12-35mm f/2.8: What's the verdict?

Started Sep 28, 2012 | Discussions thread
fcna72 Regular Member • Posts: 245
Re: 12-35 zoom

Agree with all the positive comments made earlier. I'd add the following:

+excellent sharpness, better than 14/45 and miles better than 14/42x when zooming in where the double blur was an issue at the known speed... very versatile, only swapped it sometimes with the 45-175x but I don't use the 20mm anymore
+excellent OIS, up to 1/2 sec handheld at 12mm

-flare is often an issue so one needs to be careful when shooting towards the sun

-for some reason my battery life has dropped significantly compares to the 14-42x on my GX1. I have tried 3 separates OEM batteries and battery life has gone done from 500-600 photos to 400-500, ie close to a 20% drop....I have trouble explaining this since the 14-42x is powered by a motor while the 12-35 is handpowered. I am wondering if this could be due to the powerful OIS system...

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