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The Panasonic Lumix G X VARIO 12-35mm and 35-100mm 2.8 lenses have been used for 95% of all photos and videos I have shot over the last year since I bought them. I can’t imagine that I wouldn’t be shooting with these two Panasonic Lumix zoom lenses any time soon.

The first lens I bought when I purchased the Panasonic G7 camera was the ubiquitous 25mm, which in micro 4/3 parlance is the equivalent to a nifty fifty. A very fine lens, it gave me crisp shots in a lovely tiny package.

Frankly though I rather like zoom lenses. The romance of using a prime lens is simply lost with me. Cheap though they may be I nevertheless miss the convenience of zoom.

Optical Performance

Both of these Panasonic Lumix zoom lenses feature a fast 2.8 aperture. There are plenty of camera tech sites that have reviewed, compared, critiqued and discussed the value of these lenses as compared to full-frame and crop and iPhones, ad nauseum.

What I do know is that the photos and videos that I pull out of my camera after using these lenses are just fantastic.

Will pixel peepers be happy? They never are. Will photo forum complainers like them? They probably will not. But I find the performance to far outpace my current needs.

Focal Length

With just these two lenses I cover the 35mm equivalent of 24-70mm and 70mm-200mm. I can shoot in every playground from landscape photography at 12mm to portrait at 50mm to wildlife at 100mm.

Certainly there has never been a time that I thought, “sure wish I only had a 50mm attached.”

Form Factor

The size of these two lenses is never a detriment. I never hesitate slapping on the 12-35mm and carrying the 35-100mm in my pocket. Yea, I know, it sounds ridiculous but sometimes that’s what I do when I think I’ll want the extra reach.

I can slip either lens into my coat pocket and walk around taking my shots with the other attached. The equivalent for crop sensor or full-frame would necessitate a carry bag. Of course, simplicity is best and rolling with just the 12-35mm is a lightweight joy.


2.8 lenses and lower are never cheap. These weren’t. Frankly, these are professional level quality lenses that are attached to a beginner level camera in the G7. However, I’d rather have great glass than a great body. Glass lasts forever. A new camera body with improved tech will be released every year.


The best money I have spent on lenses has been the Panasonic Lumix G X VARIO 12-35mm and 35-100mm 2.8 zoom lenses. There are tons of great prime and zoom lenses available but these are the only ones that matter a great deal to me. They cover 95% of every photographic situation I’m interested in shooting. They are fast and sharp. As an investment in my photography I have no regrets.