Panasonic 12-35mm F/2.8 lens review.
The first lens review of the new year is a high performing zoom—only from the mind of Panasonic!! This time we check out the X Vario 12-35mm that sports a relatively fast constant F/2.8 aperture, and a zoom range with the equivalent of 24-70mm in 135 film format. At the wide end, this lens is superb at F/2.8, (much like this prime lens) but gets slightly better along the sides at F/4!! No need to stop down additionally unless DOF is an issue. As you zoom out, the Panasonic keeps the centers and mid-sections very sharp, but the sides are a bit soft, and stay that way. The Sony CZ 16-80mm and 16-50mm (see comp at bottom) work just the opposite, which I’ll show in another post.