February 25, 2016

Panasonic Has a New Splash & Dust-Proof 12-60mm Micro 4/3 Lens

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens
Panasonic's newest Micro 4/3 lens is designed to keep out the elements. 

The Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 has a pretty wide range for an everyday lens, with a full-frame 35mm equivalent of 24-120mm (though for video shooting the variable aperture can be tough if you're trying to shoot wide open and zoom in):

Covering wide-angle to telephoto perspectives, the lens' design incorporates three aspherical elements and one extra-low dispersion element to reduce spherical and chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range for increased clarity and image sharpness. Additionally, an apt POWER Optical Image Stabilization system compensates for the effects of camera shake and is also compatible with cameras featuring Dual I.S. for robust stability to benefit handheld shooting in difficult lighting conditions.

MTF charts for the lens:

Panasonic 12-60mm f3.5-5.6 MTF Chart

The specs:

  • MFT Mount, Covers MFT Sensors
  • 24-120mm Full-Frame 35mm Equivalent
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/22
  • One Extra-Low Dispersion Element
  • Three Aspherical Elements
  • POWER O.I.S., Dual I.S. Compatible
  • Splash and Dust-Proof Construction
  • Rounded Seven-Blade Diaphragm
  • Availability: May 2016
  • Price: $500

When you combine this lens with a body that is also splash and dust-proof, you've got a combination that can survive in some pretty difficult environments.

Panasonic 12-60mm on Lumix Camera

The lens will be available in May at a cost of $500.      

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Wish it had a constant aperture like F/4. It would be perfect for a 24-105mm replacement (with a range of 24-120mm). Honest the lack of constant aperture zooms for m4/3 is the worst thing about the mount.

February 25, 2016 at 2:13AM

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Zachary Will
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I have the 12-35 f/2.8 and it's a constant aperture. Beautiful lens - I take it off my GH4 maybe once a month.

February 25, 2016 at 6:56PM

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Daniel King
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I own the Pany 12-35/f2.8 and like it, BUT it is not true constant aperture, as it tends to shift exposure when zooming. The Pany 35-100/f2.8 is constant aperture.

February 26, 2016 at 6:03PM

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David Patterson
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