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Panasonic Lumix G 12-60 mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S.

Panasonic Lumix G 12-60 mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S.
15 October 2016
Szymon Starczewski

1. Introduction

24-105 mm or 24-120 mm lenses are quite widespread in different full frame systems. Even though their aperture fastness is worse than that of classic 24-70 mm f/2.8 instruments they are able to provide a wider focal range so they are all purpose, preserving good optical properties across the focal range.

In the 4/3 and Micro 4/3 systems an equivalent of such instruments should feature a focal length range starting with 12 mm and finishing at 50-60 mm. So far only Olympus hasn’t been idle in that segment. In the old 4/3 system line-up they offered the excellent Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 12–60 mm f/2.8–4.0 SWD; since December 2011 the Micro 4/3 features the smaller but also much slower Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 12–50 mm f/3.5–6.3 ED EZ.

Panasonic made us wait long for any move in that market segment but the result was worth it. In 2016 two interesting new devices were launched, first the Panasonic Lumix G 12–60 mm f/3.5–5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. and then, during the September Photokina 2016 the 12–60 mm f/2.8–4.0 lens co-designed with Leica was announced.

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After some waiting we managed to obtain the first of the Panasonic lenses, the 12-60 mm, courtesy of Panasonic Poland and now we present our impressions in the following chapters – enjoy your reading!

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Panasonic Lumix G 12-60 mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. - Introduction

Panasonic Lumix G 12-60 mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. - Introduction