Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6
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Dante, B&H Photo
1 week ago
Excerpt: I needed a lens that had a 12mm focal point micro four thirds to use on my Olympus Pen EP-2 for landscape pictures. Olympus offers an outstanding 12mm prime lens as well as their 9-18mm zoom but the price points are prohibitive for my needs even though I'm an enthusiastic photographer. I read several positive reviews about this Panasonic lens and concur with other customer's impressions as well as industry reviews on it.
Summary: I decided to check out this tiny lens while I was also checking out the far larger and heavier (and faster) 12mm f2 Samyang (three samples of that one were tried, but none was found that I wanted to keep). MUCH to my surprise, this little kit lens proved to be quite good in the sample I tried, even "wide" open! While not as sharp as the Samyang, its FAR lower CA, uniformly very good sharpness, tiny size and weight, and moderate price were "winners" for me.
Moreno Tagliapietra "fine art photography", Amazon
16 February 2015
Summary: Hello, I (also) photograph with an Olympus E-M10 and Panasonic lenses (I used to have a GH1). I recently decided to try the 12-32mm lens because I don't have anything wider than 14mm and cannot afford the f/2.8 pro lenses. In the last several weeks I have taken enough pics (in snow and ice) to decide that it definitively is a keeper. The lens is hard-to-believe small and the construction is reassuringly tight with a smooth zoom ring and a metal mount ring.
Excerpt: I wanted a 24mm equivalent lens and this gave it to me at a reasonable price. This lens is great on my epl-2. It is very sharp at wide apertures and all focal lengths. It does vignette at 24mm wide open but stopped down one stop it's fine.
sharp and quick-to-focus lens, but without warranty card or Panasonic packaging
27 December 2014
Summary: Lens arrived in three day's time after flying half way around the world, including stops in Alaska and Korea. Arrived wrapped in bubble wrap, which was encased in a very small box, that also was encased in bubble wrap. No warranty card or Panasonic packaging. Lens itself is sharp and focusses quickly. No signs of previous use. The lens body itself is made of a cheap-looking gray plastic. Makes no pretense at being metallic. Despite all this I am keeping it.
Excerpt: This is a truly excellent lens, very sharp even fully open, with good contrast, and very small. It converts my EPL-5 into a go-anywhere camera with professional image quality. The combination is almost the same size as the LX-7 that I used to carry with me everywhere, but the image quality is in an altogether different league.
Excerpt: I use this lens when I want to pocket my Olympus camera. The fact that it starts at 12mm (24mm-equivalent) is just icing on the cake. I prefer its zoom ring to the lever on the 14-42 PZ pancake. It is missing a manual focus ring, but I'm fine with that choice. It's a compact, stylish package. I'm happy with the photos I'm making with it. The camera is with me more with this lens on it!
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Strong Construction