First Looks at the Lumix G X VARIO 12-35mm f2.8 and the Olympus 75mm f1.8

It looks like the wait is almost over. According to 43 Rumors, the new Lumix G X VARIO 12-35mm f2.8  should be shipping this week in Asia and Europe (no word yet on the U.S. and Canada), and the Olympus 75mm f1.8 should be coming in July. If you’ve had a hankering to see videos of these lenses in action then you’re in luck:

Lumix G X VARIO 12-35mm f2.8

Here's Panasonic's Lumix G X VARIO 12-35mm f2.8 demo footage shot on a GH2:

Video is no longer available:

And here are a couple of clips from the Chinese website Mobile01 shot on a GF5:

All in all, the images on the Lumix are looking good. The lens is nice and sharp, with good contrast, vivid color rendition, circular bokeh, and it's going to be the fastest constant aperture zoom in the Lumix line. On top of that, it has a Nano Surface Coating to reduce flare and ghosting and a UED (Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion) lens to minimize chromatic aberration.

You can see more images and video of the Lumix G X VARIO 12-35mm f2.8 over on Mobile01. However, the Google translation of the page leaves something to be desired, so if you’re looking for reviews there’s a preview on DP Review and a great in-depth series of tests over at the Photography Blog.

Olympus 75mm f1.8

Blunty, the same YouTube user behind the D800 VS OM-D EM-5 Shootout, posted this short review of a pre-production version of the Olympus 75mm f1.8:

The Olympus looks like it has a warm, smooth color rendition somewhat reminiscent of the Voigtlander f0.95, good sharpness and contrast, and some very pleasing bokeh. It also has three ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) elements to correct chromatic aberrations and a lens coating to reduce reflections.

There's a preview of the Olympus 75mm f1.8 at DP Review and you can see more images at CSC Rumors.

Overall, these clips have more of a “video look" than I would like, so it's probably best to take what you see with a grain of salt until AF-100 and hacked GH1/GH2 shooters get their hands on these lenses.

What are your impressions of these lenses thus far? Do they look like they would be good additions to your kit?


Via [43 Rumors-Lumix G X VARIO 12-35mm f2.8 & 43 Rumors-Olympus 75mm f1.8]

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Not cheap, but great to see m4/3's getting some more pro-level love. Now we just need some more advanced hardware, a la the GH3...

June 22, 2012 at 7:50AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I Pre-Ordered. I have both the AF-100 and GH2 cameras. This is the perfect all around lens for both. I see it living on the GH2. At first I was hesitant because of the price but it does look like a solid fast lens with video features. Still not sure if it's parfocal or not. I sure hope so. I like the MFT format, and with native lenses they are so small and light and great to travel with. Looking forward to getting mine I hope soon.

June 22, 2012 at 2:49PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I love my GH1, but I haaaate the idea of investing much money in M4/3 lenses. We have the Voigtlander 25mm f/.95 at work for our AF100s, and while it is an undeniably sweet piece of glass, I can't imagine personally spending that kind of money on a lens that can't upgrade with me when I eventually move up the M4/3 format. When it comes to this stuff, I'm sometimes frugal to a fault... so this might just be one of those times.

June 22, 2012 at 7:31PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I hear ya, and It took me a while to accept the price for this lens. However I like the MFT format more for my GH2 than I do for my AF-100. The GH2 has become my main stills cam. I take it everywhere because it’s so compact and the image quality is very good. I shoot time lapse with it as well and it does a great job. The video quality is also outstanding so it’s a strong twofer. Heck many people prefer the GH2 over the AF-100. That’s what sold me on buying the lens, and when they announce the 35-100 I will buy that one as well. Then I will have a set of fast zooms.
My next digital cinema camera might not be a MFT camera but I will buy the next GHx camera for sure.

June 24, 2012 at 8:44AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Yeah, why buy glass for MFT? It can't grow as you grow. If you get full frame, or at least super-35 sized lenses, until shooting on 65mm/IMAX or medium format sensors become the newest rage, you can't go upwards with it. With Nikon/canon lenses, you can go down to MFT just fine...even better, in fact b/c you won't get vignetting...unless your into that kind of thing.

June 29, 2012 at 5:55PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Daniel Mimura

I love my canon 60d nd 550d it gives me the dept I want......

September 4, 2012 at 9:02AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM