Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH Power OIS User Reviews

Announced Feb 24, 2016 •
Zoom lens | Micro Four Thirds
DMKAlex
 

I got this used for $200. It was practically a new lens. It worked great for my video need. The light physical weight is good for traveling and handling. Caution: it is a plastic lens which is susceptible to damage. The metal mount was screwed into the plastic barrel. The screws could strip the plastic and it costs a bit to have it replaced. That's why happened to mine.

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This Lumix 12-60mm 3.5-5.6 lens is simply another low cost , no frills, plastic fantastic but it`s definitely better than any other kit lenses than I`ve ever used/experienced , and I`ve had those from Nikon, Canon, Fuji, and Samsung. Mine is a good copy and in anything but the poorest light , I am extremely satisfied with it in most respects and at all sizes that I print and up to 16x20 it will match anything from my Fuji XT30 even though its mounted on my 16mp GX85 . That is with regards to ...

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Personally, I’m completely underwhelmed by the creative limitations of what this lens’s convenient zoom range, coupled with its rather mediocre variable aperture, offers. What follows is not an objective or a technical review, but more of a commentary about how I have experienced working with this lens. Please keep this in mind because, quite seriously, your preferences may mean that you will actually love it. However, for me the aesthetics of this lens mean that it rarely comes out of the ...

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This is an update to my 2018 review. I now have been using the 12-60 for over a year, and the 14-140 for over 2 years, on GX8 as well as G7 and GM5. My experience is that, when viewed on a full HD screen, across their common range, there is little visible difference in percieved sharpness. But a closer examination tells a different story. Watching close (2/3 feet from the screen) on my 4K OLED TV, the borders are obviously weaker when shooting far away landscapes with the 14-140. Watching at ...

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Holistic Photog
 

I'll start by saying that I have this lens, the Olympus 14-42 and also the Canon 18-55 II IS for APS-C. I also had the Panny 14-42 mark I. And the Panny 12-60 beats the other three hands down. I believe this is the best kit lens in Micro Four Thirds, if not the best kit lens period. Of course, I can't state the latter definitively, as I obviously haven't tried everything. Comparing this lens to the Olympus 14-42 in terms of IQ, one obvious thing jumps out at me immediately, and I don't have ...

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I have being using the 14-140-II since november 2017, and just bought the 12-60 f3.5-5.6 because I missed the 12mm wide end. I was tempted by the PanLeica f2.8-4, but was put off by the price. The 3.5-5.6 is very affordable, especially in bundle with a new body, and will allow me to decide whether the 12-60 range suits me better than the 14-140 for travel. My travel combo in Tuscany last june was the 14-140 on G7 and the 12-32 on GM5. In Peru last april, and in Germany and Vietnam in 2017, I ...

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jaeae
 

First reviews of the lens were not entirely positive. So I forgot about this lens. Later I looked for sample images and then bought it. The lens has good, smooth, vibrant output and the bokeh transition areas before and after sharp regions are also suprisingly good. It's a bit softer in the corners than maybe Oly's 12-50mm lens but again, the transition from sharp to less sharp happens smoothly, so it's not that noticeable. Recommended.

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Hey gang... The thing about all reviews is that they are all purely subjective. Other obvious variables influencing a review are factors involving copy-to-copy variations (optical qualitities, that is), subjective preferences, camera settings, performance factors, and more. Like many here, when the Panny 12-60 f3.5-5.6 was first announced, many of us thought, " well, finally...a focal length that was sorely needed! " However, soon thereafter some of the subsequent reviews seemed less than ...

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Ed Overstreet
 

I have been using interchangeble-lens cameras for fifty years, and have tested every lens I’ve owned in that time using the Edmund Scientific Company’s Lens Resolving Power Chart. The Panasonic Lumix 12-60mm f:3.5-5.6 Power OIS kit lens that came with my Lumix G85 is the best kit lens I’ve ever owned and tested. It is also as good as or better than any other zoom lens I’ve owned and tested, in terms of resolving power. Tested on my G85 using the chart, camera on a tripod with flash and with ...

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Alan Ernst
 

This is one of two Lumix  lenses I have been waiting for a long time (the other being a well-corrected, close focusing 10mm f2.5 or so ultra wide angle!). I ordered unseen because I find this zoom range ideal for travel photography, when I don't want to carry more than one body and lens. The 12-60 is a great zoom range and the lens is reasonably compact and still handles well even on the smaller GM / GF bodies. Construction and "feel" are on the cheap side however and image quality is not ...

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