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A Pro-Level Micro Four Thirds Lens
Saturday 28 July 2012   —   Category: Equipment
After owning a Panasonic Lumix 14-​45​mm Micro Four Thirds (µ4/3) zoom lens for only three weeks, I’m already getting rid of it! Why? Was there something wrong with it?

No, there was nothing “wrong” with it per se, but just as the light of the sun surpasses and overwhelms the light of the moon, so this mediocre, consumer-level lens has been surpassed by the brilliance of the new, pro-level Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-​35​mm f/2.8 Aspherical zoom lens, which arrived on my doorstep just a few days ago.

There are a number of reasons why this is a professional-level lens, with a price tag $1,100 higher than the lens it’s replacing in my kit — Panasonic shares all about it in their product literature:
  • It incorporates Panasonic’s unique Nano Surface Coating technology which minimizes reflections through the entire visual range (380nm-780nm), resulting in a dramatic reduction of ghosts and flare for extremely clear picture quality.
  • It has a moisture and dust sealed metal body and mount, making it ideal for outdoor photography enthusiasts. Because the OM-D E-M5 camera body is also moisture and dust sealed, they make an ideal pair.
  • Its lens system is comprised of 14 lenses in 9 groups, including 4 aspherical lens elements. The UED (Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion) glass minimizes chromatic aberration while the UHR (Ultra High Refractive) lens realizes high descriptive performance from corner to corner, resulting in high contrast and resolution from the center to corner at entire zoom range.
  • The lens' superior inner focus system provides for excellent resolution and contrast without changing the overall length from full life-size magnification to infinity. Seven blades give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth defocus effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings.
  • It has a fast f/2.8 maximum aperture, which it retains throughout the entire focal length.
Needless to say, I’m thrilled that this lens has finally arrived! I've put its poorer cousin up for sale on Amazon and Craigslist — hopefully it won’t be too hard to sell. I’m still dreaming of the pro-level companion to this new lens: the as-of-yet-unannounced Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-​100​mm f/2.8 Aspherical zoom lens. I’m hoping it will be in my hot little hands by the end of the year, but I’m not holding my breath!

Between now and then, the amazing, announced-but-unreleased Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 should arrive — I’m REALLY looking forward to getting my paws on this one! Be sure to check out the review and amazing photos that a photographer from Malaysia took with this lens and the same OM-D E-M5 camera that I just got. And don’t miss the second part with shots at night. Incredible!

Well, that’s all my Micro Four Thirds (µ4/3) lens news for now. Last week I went on my first hike with all of my new µ4/3 equipment. You can read all the details in Sweet Creek Is So Sweet! I haven’t had time to write up a full report regarding the equipment, but for now all I can say is that I was very impressed — and very happy — with it. I’ll share all the details in the near future — stay tuned!
Brian's Photo Blog — Article 137
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