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PANASONIC LUMIX G X VARIO LENS 35-100MM F2.8 ASPH (Black)

RM 3300.00

RM 2799.00

SKU: H-HSA35100E

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The Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 35-100mm F2.8 is a fast telephoto zoom lens for the Micro Four Thirds system. Providing a classic focal range of 70-200mm in 35mm terms, the 35-100mm lens is both compact and lightweight. It combines 18 lens elements in 13 groups, including 2 ED and 1 UED lens elements, features f/2.8 brightness throughout the zoom range, incorporates Panasonic’s Power O.I.S. optical image stabiliser, and has an iris diaphragm with rounded blades which give the aperture a rounded shape. The Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 35-100mm F2.8 lens is available for £1099 / $1499 in the UK and the US, respectively.

The LUMIX G VARIO 35-100mm F2.8 ASPH is relatively small and light for a fast zoom lens covering a 35mm equivalent focal range of 70-200mm, measuring just 10cms in length from the tip of the lens to the base side of the lens mount. An extra 4cms is taken up by the supplied lens hood, which helps prevent lens flare and also protects the protruding front element from scratches and finger marks.

In terms of features, the lens has little to offer (aside from its fast aperture, of course). There is no distance scale and no focus limiter, although there is a handy image stabilisation switch for the Power O.I.S system which helps to combat camera shake.

Focal Range

At the 35mm end of the zoom range, the lens has a diagonal angle of view of 34°, equivalent to that of a 70mm lens in a 35mm system.

Focusing

The LUMIX G VARIO 35-100mm F2.8 ASPH lens offers virtually silent focusing thanks to the inclusion of a stepping motor. In use, we found the system surprisingly quick on the DMC-G5 that we tested the lens with. The lens also incorporates an inner focus system, good news for filter users, as it means that it doesn't rotate in use. This combination of silent, quick focusing makes the lens well suited to shooting both stills and video.

Manual focusing is possible in a focus-by-wire fashion. This should not put you off using it as it feels pretty natural in use, and actually enables the camera to display a magnified view of the subject automatically, i.e. without your having to press a dedicated button or enter the menu. The focus ring is fairly slim but adequate for the job.

Chromatic Aberrations

Chromatic aberrations, typically seen as purple or blue fringes along contrasty edges, are not a problem with this lens at either end of the focal range.

Light Fall-off

With the lens set to its maximum aperture of f/2.8, you can see some light fall-off in the corners at both 35mm and 100mm, but nothing too excessive. You will likely only notice this when photographing a subject with large homogeneous surfaces.

Macro

The LUMIX G VARIO 35-100mm F2.8 ASPH has a closest focusing distance of 85cm / 2.8ft at all focal lengths and a maximum 0.1x magnification rating, so it's no macro lens, although that's not too surprising for a telephoto zoom lens.

Bokeh

Bokeh is a word used for the out-of-focus areas of a photograph, and is usually described in qualitative terms, such as smooth / creamy / harsh etc. In the LUMIX G VARIO 35-100mm F2.8 ASPH lens, Panasonic have employed an iris diaphragm with seven rounded blades, which has resulted in nice bokeh in our view. We do realise, however, that bokeh evaluation is subjective; so we've included several 100% crops for your perusal.

Sharpness

In order to show you how sharp this lens is, we are providing 100% crops on the following page.

Indicative price (USD)  1300  
Aperture f/ 2.8  
Focal range (mm) 35-100  
Filter diameter (mm) 58 
Max diameter (mm) 67.4 
Mount type Micro 4/3  
Stabilization Power O.I.S.  
AF Motor  
Zoom type Ring  
Rotating front element  
Tripod mount No  
Color Black  
Full-Time manual focus  
Number of lenses 18  
Number of groups 13  
Diaphragm blades 7  
Circular aperture Yes  
Length (mm) 99.9  
Weight (gr) 360  
  • F2.8 Constant Aperture Across Entire Zoom Range 
  • Micro Four Thirds mount 
  • Power O.I.S. 
  • Splash and Dustproof Sealed Body. 
  • HD Video Support

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