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12-32mm vs 12.35mm lens with GX7

Started Dec 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
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12-32mm vs 12.35mm lens with GX7
Dec 23, 2013

Has anyone compared the Panasonic 12-32mm and the 12-35mm side by side (and in real life, not on paper) and what is their take on it? I really don’t know which to choose for my future GX7.

Here is where I am coming from: I use a Nikon D800 (and D700) with a whole bunch of lenses but also need something a lot lighter at times. I am not happy anymore with my LX3 and LX5 image quality so decided to go the M4/3 way and get a Panasonic GX7.
My natural tendency would be to go for the better option (12-35mm 2.8) but then I also remember that I am getting this camera for its lightness. If I want top of the line IQ I still have my Nikon gear.

Will I be happy enough with the 12-32mm IQ? How big is the difference and how much of a drop in IQ would I be seeing? I am willing to take a very slight drop in IQ (I am talking about IQ only – I realize and accept the differences in low light / subject isolation capabilities between the two lenses) but I am also pretty sure that I would not be happy with the 12-32mm if it only produced very average IQ.

If it makes any difference, I am a RAW only user.

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