Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8


I had been away from blog for 2 month because I was away to Japan.

Japan is the place for… shopping… so, I purchased expensive Panasonic LUMIX G X vario 12-35mmF2.8 which costs over $1,000 in Canada was $200 cheaper over there and also come with 5 year extended warranty!!

This lens is equivalent to 24-70mmF2.8 on 35mm format.

Panasonic-12-35mmF2.8First of all, this lens is slightly heavier than my Panasonic GX1. It makes me a bit out of balance.

That is the reason, I started using external view finder to get better holding.



This is a panorama which I merged 7 images by Adobe Photoshop.


When you do this kind of merger especially in this kind of clear sky, it is easy to get bad finish by cheap lenses due to the poor image quality around edges of each image.

Granville-Island_Panorama-Jan2015-2I think this one is done quite well due to the reasonable image quality around the edge.

Also the color balance is quite impressive. This one is merging 6 images.
When you use this kind of fast F speed luxurious lens, it is good idea to test in darker area.
So, I went to public market in Granville Island which is just near by.


Before, I was using Panasonic 14-42mmF3.5-5.6. In that case, I had to use ISO1600 at this place, but now, ISO400 is good enough at the same place!

_1190403This is even darker… but I still     could  handle with ISO400!




Photo from New York… just kidding… they were taking film in Vancouver and those New York Yellow Cabs are all movie set.

This is the twilight time in winter. But I still could handle with ISO400 without tripods.


If you want the same kind of lens for 35mm format, you will have to pay at least $2,000 and you have to deal with the weight which is like carring a rock.
When you think that way, this lens could be quite compact and reasonably priced.

Panasonic Lumix GX1 + 14-42mm F3.5-5.6
It is much bigger and heavier than my old 14-42mm lens, but I don’t need tripod as much as before and it can reduce weight too.

I can say this is a quite reasonable high quality zoom lens which I can recommend to micro four-thirds users.


Another good news is… this is “Made in Japan” !!

Zoom lens and Photography skill

Canada day in Granville island 2012

This is taken by 100mm range of zoom lens

Today, when people buy a camera, almost everyone buy with zoom lens.

When I started photography 30 years ago, the situation was different. There was no Auto focus and so as zoom lens. Zoom lens were still expensive and everyone used to buy with 50mm standard lens.

Then we had to take everything with 50mm lens. When we wanted to take something big, we had to get as close as possible. When we wanted to take wide area, again we had to go further away from objects.

That was how we learned how to use one single lens. Then, when we got other lens, we could feel how different they are compere to 50mm.

Changing focal range is not only adjusting the size of objects. It is also changing the perspective and depth of field too.

But today, people start photography with zoom lens don’t have chance to get used to certain focal range. People are using zoom lens just as “Size adjustment tool”

That is ashamed….with the different focal range, we get different perspective and depth of field, This means although you take the same objects, the background could be totally different.

Actually, that is very important part of photography. But less and less people know about this today.

Canada day in Granville island 2012_2

This is using 50mm range of zoom lens

The first photo is using 100mm(35mm equivalent) and the second one is using 50mm and taking from a little bit lower angle.

Although the main targets are about the same size, they ended up with totally different background.

This is very difficult point of photography and also interesting point too.

I used to use 28mm, 50mm and 100mm fixed lenses for many years. So, I am still using those focal range a lot without thinking on zoom lens.

Leica Digilux 3 14-50mmF2.8-3.5

Which manufacture to buy next?

My main camera is LEICA DIgilux 3…..this is a part of 4/3 system.

As you know, Olympus & Panasonic 4/3 group has already given up the system and shifting to Micro 4/3 these days.

This means when I need to buy something new, I will have to buy some other system.

When I think about my current LEICA, I just don’t like the lens system.

I use 50mm, 100mm and 135mm(35mm conversion) all the time.  In case of my system, what I have is 28~100mm and 80~300mm equivalent.

This means with my current lens, I have to exchange lens all the time. As reality, I exchange lens every single shot……This is really uncomfortable…..

When I was using film, my favorite lens was 50-135mm zoom. In this case, I really did not have to exchange lens at all….or maybe once a day…….

But these days, none of manufacture make that kind of “mid range zoom”. All they want about tele photo zoom is……300mm equivalent or even longer.

So, I was searching all the manufacture and what I found is….not Canon or Nikon…..It was SONY…..I knew they have been making Cirl Zeiss 16-80mm zoom which is equivalent to 24-120mm zoom.

Of course when I bought LEICA, I was also interested in this lens, but it was not still in the market and SONY only had entry-level α100……that was how, I tried LEICA at that time.

SONY started Digital SLR after they bought Camera dept. from Konica-Minolta. I always liked Minolta cameras….so, maybe for next, I will have to go for SONY…..

By the way, why they don’t make reasonable mid range zoom these days? Old days, After standard 50mm, we bought 28mm or 35mm and 100mm or 135mm lens. Of course, that kind of tradition is gone long time ago and nobody care about that kind of range anymore.

I guess current engineers are all Zoom lens generation. All they want is as wide as possible and as long as possible…..nothing in between.