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Panasonic G X VARIO 35-100 mm f/2.8 P.O.I.S.

22 March 2013
Arkadiusz Olech

3. Build quality and image stabilization

If you want to find out in an easy way what you gain by entering Micro 4/3 mirrorless systems, simply compare their instruments to the analogous lenses designed for APS-C/DX sensor reflex cameras. In the following chart we compared the tested lens with other stabilized devices which provide similar angles of view. Here the advantage and the difference is greater than in the case of the Panasonic 12-35 mm and its rivals – the Panasonic 35-100 mm can be even four times physically lighter than its full frame equivalents. Still we must repeat what we wrote in the tests of the 12-35 mm model. The Micro 4/3 system is not aimed at those people who love paper-thin depth of field. A nice background blur can be obtained more easily if you use full frame lenses.

Panasonic G X VARIO 35-100 mm f/2.8 P.O.I.S. - Build quality and image stabilization


In the photo above the tested lens is positioned next to its 12-35 mm brother. As you see the thickness of both instruments is similar but the 35-100 mm model is noticeable longer. Contrary to its smaller sibling it doesn’t change its dimensions during focusing.


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Panasonic G X VARIO 35-100 mm f/2.8 P.O.I.S. - Build quality and image stabilization


The tested lens starts with a metal mount which surrounds contacts and a rear, immobile element, 20 mm in diameter. From the side of the mount the lens remains completely sealed so no dirt can invade inside the construction.

Panasonic G X VARIO 35-100 mm f/2.8 P.O.I.S. - Build quality and image stabilization


The proper body of the lens (made of metal like the mount) starts with a red dot which makes the alignment with a body easier. On the left side there is a distance range of the lens and above it two inscriptions “35-100” and “HD”. To the left of these inscriptions you can find an optical stabilization switch (POWER O.I.S. ON/OFF), and to the right another notice: “NANO SURFACE COATING”, meaning that the lens features special anti reflection coatings. On the other side of the lens you can find its serial number and also information that it was made...in China. It is very interesting because the 12-35 mm model, belonging to the same series, with an almost similar price tag and design, was made in Japan.

Panasonic G X VARIO 35-100 mm f/2.8 P.O.I.S. - Build quality and image stabilization


The next part of the casing is a zoom ring, 46 mm wide. Most of it is covered by rubber ribbing and next to the ribs there are focal lengths markings at 35, 40, 70 and 100 mm. The ribbing sticks to your fingers very well – you can even say too well because it also catches all the dirt. After just one day of usage it was simply caked with specks of dust.

Further on you can find a manual focus ring. What’s interesting, this time the ribbing was made of metal so there is no problem with dirt sticking to it. The ring is 18 mm wide and features electronic transmission; running through the whole distance scale needs a turn through about 270 degrees.

Immediately behind the manual focus ring there is a plastics hood thread. Contrary to the 12-35 mm model here the front element system doesn’t change its position while you set the focus. The lens construction is sealed and its dimensions remain the same. The front element is 38 mm in diameter and surrounded by another inscription with the name and parameters of the lens along with a non –rotating filter thread with a diameter of 58 mm.

Panasonic G X VARIO 35-100 mm f/2.8 P.O.I.S. - Build quality and image stabilization


The optical construction of the Panasonic 35-100 mm consists of 18 elements positioned in 13 groups. As many as three low dispersion glass elements were used (one UED, two ED). Inside you can also find a circular aperture with seven blades which can be closed down to the value of f/22.

Buyers get both caps, a hood and a soft pouch in the box – we are really glad that here the producer didn’t try to spuriously save some money here.

Panasonic G X VARIO 35-100 mm f/2.8 P.O.I.S. - Build quality and image stabilization


Optical stabilization

The efficiency of optical stabilization in the tested lens we checked by taking several dozen photos for every exposure time from 1/200 to 1/4 of a second with the stabilization switched on and off. Then we determined the percentage of blurred photos and presented it as a function graph depending on the exposure time expressed in EV (where 0 EV is an equivalent of 1/160 of a second). The result is presented below.

Panasonic G X VARIO 35-100 mm f/2.8 P.O.I.S. - Build quality and image stabilization

As you can notice the maximum distance between these two curves reaches 3.8 EV and such is the efficiency of the optical stabilization of the Panasonic 35-100 mm. It is a very good result, even a tad better than that of the 12-35 mm model.