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Keywords: Panasonic G-Series Wide Mid Tele Zoom Micro-Four-Thirds O.I.S. Stabilized Tested


spochana

Registered: January 2013
Posts: 6
Panasonic 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH MEGA OIS LUMIX G VARIO review by spochana
Review Date: 7/11/2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $200.00| Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp Light
Cons: A little high contrast

I bought this lens from a guy that got it with his GM1. I think it should be a good companion for street photo since it covers 24-64 mm focal length. I feel that the images from this lens gives a little high contrast (compare to other lens I have with the same setting). But overall it is an excellent little kit lens.
_dickb

Registered: June 2015
Posts: 1
Panasonic 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH MEGA OIS LUMIX G VARIO review by _dickb
Review Date: 6/14/2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $170.00| Rating: 10 

 
Pros: extremely light, small, real wideangle , very decent quality, pretty fast to focus
Cons: shortest focus distance could be better, no manual focus ring (but hey, at thiz size...)

This is an extremely small and light take-me-anywhere lens with very decent quality. If you take the size, weight and price into account, this might be one of the best and most versitile lenses around, regardless of system. Of course trade-offs are made: it's not metal, no manual focus ring, shortest focus distance could be better, no long reach with 64mm equivalent, not the fastest (f3.5), and there are sharper lenses around. But all in all a very balanced and well executed lens, I like it lot!


And as a bonus: it fits nicely into the standard camera case :-)
pc998

Registered: September 2010
Posts: 6
Panasonic 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH MEGA OIS LUMIX G VARIO review by pc998
Review Date: 3/25/2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Excellent sharpness through out the entire zoom range even at wide open
Cons: Not MIJ; F5.6 at the tele-end is a bit slow

It's the best kit lens (in terms of IQ) ever released by Panasonic. Highly recommended!
richeso

Registered: April 2010
Posts: 3
Panasonic 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH MEGA OIS LUMIX G VARIO review by richeso
Review Date: 3/15/2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $170.00| Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, Light, Excellent Image Quality
Cons: 3.5 Aperture wide open

Excellent for a Kit Lens. Sharp, Light. Goes well with the GM1's diminutive footprint . Only drawback is that it not too bright with the largest aperture being 3.5 wide open.
Nonius

Registered: January 2014
Posts: 1
Panasonic 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH MEGA OIS LUMIX G VARIO review by Nonius
Review Date: 1/17/2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
Pros: sharpness
Cons: not speed

See the posibilities of this lens for casual shooters:


http://www.flickr.com/photos/one_year_with_my_lumix_gm1/
oluv

Registered: March 2012
Posts: 4
Panasonic 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH MEGA OIS LUMIX G VARIO review by oluv
Review Date: 1/16/2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $380.00| Rating: 8 

 
Pros: useful range, extremly compact, extremely light, sharp, fast AF
Cons: has softness issues (especially at the right side), prone to purple fringing

this lens is impressive. it is very small and very light but can compete with some fixed focal lenghts sharpness-wise through its entire zoom-range. it is not the best lens if you want fast apertures, but the OIS can compensate for some camera shake due to longer shutter speed.
the 12mm wideangle is especially nice compared to other kit-lenses so that i can live with a bit less reach.


but there is one serious problem. i have tested several of these lenses and all of them had shown a softer right side. sometimes the softness was extreme, while with other shots it could be minimal. it was worst at f/4.5 while wide open or stopped down to f/5.6 the softness was not that obvious.


i am not sure if this is a general problem, because many other lenses (like the one from dpreview, photographyblog and even the one tested by SLR gear) seem to have exactly the same problem.


 






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