Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 Mega OIS User Reviews

Announced Oct 17, 2013 •
Zoom lens | Micro Four Thirds | H-FS12032K
softmarmotte
 

I wanted to lighten up for my hiking trips so ordered a Pana GX9 with 12-60 3.5...but Amazon made a cock up and sent the camera with the 12-32 kit on it instead. Straight back I thought...then I tried out the 12-32. Amazing. I cannot believe how good it is. I am struggling to see much of a difference between it and the Oly 12-40 2.8. except it weighs nothing - I really mean that, it is 0 grammes...lighter than air and cost nothing :-D So now I am taking it out on the Oly EM 1 ii and the Pana. ...

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Tatouzou
 

This lens came bundled with my GM5 3 years ago in february 2017. Since I got it, I have added a G7 and a GX8 and several lenses to my gear list. The tiny 12-32 has always been either on one of these camera or in my bag ever since. It is a very efficient wide angle complement to my 14-140 travel lens. IQ is good to very good, AF is fast and responsive. OIS allows me to use very slow shutter speeds when shooting static scenes in very dim light. There is no OEM hood, but it is very resistant to ...

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The Lumix 12-32/3.5-5.6 may be considered a miracle candidate. Tiny, weighs next to nothing, very cheap in the right kit deals - at the moment it is free in a kit with the GX80 in the UK, with the kit price the same as the body-only price - and reputed to have excellent optical performance. What's not to like? My copy is not reliable in delivering that reputed optical excellence. The lens may suffer (the key word is ' may ') from a lack of consistency between the left- and right-hand sides ...

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NZ Scott
 

This little guy is ... 1) almost impossibly small 2) as sharp throughout its range as some prime lenses 3) image stabilised. That's the good news, now the bad: 1) It distorts heavily with pincushion effect at wide angle and this is quite obvious when shooting around straight lines such as man-made objects. However, this is easily corrected in post. 2) The rendering isn't so great when compared with my M. Zuiko primes. 3) The extending design requires an extra step to make the lens ready to shoot.

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One of the things m43, and Panasonic specifically, got right was introducing the original G1 with the 14-45 "kit lens".  There really weren't any other lenses to chose at that time and so the first impressions of the whole format would rest on that lens.  It was, and still is, an excellent slow zoom that was widely regarded as one of the best kit lenses in any format (though by no means the best slow zoom in general, best with regards to reasonably priced and included with a camera).  I've ...

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ahaslett
 

I know that this lens has been much discussed but I often see people recommending it as very sharp. Just bought an open box GM1 kit for £250 in order to get this lens.  The GM1 body is the orange variant and the kit is gorgeous and handles well.  I normally test new lenses to get some sense of their capabilities.  Just for a change I used a fence! GM1 12mm wide open GM1 32mm wide open EM1 with ZD 12-60SWD at 12mm f/3.5 EM1 at 32mm f/5.6 A7R with Canon 24mm TSE II at f/6.7 My overall ...

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I have praised this lens in a number of posts, it is just astonishing in its performance. Tiny, light, covering a very useful zoom range, producing sharp images through that range. Economical to buy. I was introduced to it when I bought a GM1. I found I couldn't be friends with the GM1, it was just too small and fiddly for my largish and slight arthritic fingers (the result of a life time of pounding keyboards), but I loved the little lens and the IQ of the images the GM1 sensor produced ...

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Some forum members will be familiar (bored silly) with my championing of the Panny f3.5~5.6 12-32mm which I use as my casual or fun lens on the Panny G6 while reserving the heavier and bulkier f2.8 12-35 for "serious" pro duties. There is overlap of course, made possible by the excellent quality of the images produced by the 12-32. I am not saying it is quite up to the 12-35, but the two can run pretty close! I work exclusively in JPEG so remarks about the IQ are in terms of the JPEGs ...

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I received a silver 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 in the mail a few days ago for my wife's E-PM2. It was removed from a kit and sold on ebay for $280 free shipping. I have only taken a few test photos inside, and managed some outside tonight, so can't judge the IQ too much yet. So far, here are my impressions: Pros: (1) nice feel, I like the metal zoom ring (2) focus is fast and quiet (3) about half the length of the 14-42IIR collapsed, and still ...

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Alan Ernst
 

This is a great little lens and very good value considering its performance. In my opinion, the best Lumix kit lens to-date, which falls in IQ somewhere between the 12-35mm f2.8 and the original 14-45mm kit lens for the G1. Definitely superior to all the Lumix 14-42mm kit lenses including the X-PZ, as well as the Olympus 12-50mm. My unit produces images which are sharp throughout the zoom range and from corner to corner with a little loss of corner sharpness at 12mm wide open . There is ...

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