Panasonic 12-60mm f_2.8-4 Review

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Panasonic 12-60mm f_2.8-4 Review
Panasonic 12-60mm f_2.8-4 Review

Hey, guys,Just ended and we’re still here for another day. So we decided to come down here to the strip in Las Vegas and record our review of the new Panasonic like a twelve to sixty two point eight to F4 lens that I’ve been using this lens for close to a month now. And I use in a variety situations.

As soon as I got the G.H. five, I picked up this lens as well.

And there’s some things I like about it, but there’s one kind of main reason why I am not going to be keeping this lens. And I’ll let you guys know about that at the end of the article. But first off, let’s just look over the outside. I’ll give you guys a little bit information.

Now, this is a brand new lens, F2 Punti on the white end and F4 on the long end. And the design is really nice. I prefer this over like the twelve to thirty five design.

It has two switches here, auto autofocus and manual focus switch as well as their power optical image stabilization that’s built in.

That’s nice because if you’re using a body that’s smaller, it doesn’t have an actual dial. The GM, Ford and GM five do. It’s nice to be able to switch that here. What I like the most about this lens is the hood. Actually, they put this little lock on it and you can set it up either way so you can have the lock on one side or the other, depending how you attach it.

And it makes. So this doesn’t go anywhere. My lens it on the twelve to thirty five constantly comes off and this is just a non issue.

I really wish they put this on their latest version, two of the twelve to thirty five, but they did not. Now there’s no doubt that this lens is very sharp.

It is Alika and it’s very similar or maybe even a little bit better.

Twelve to thirty five, version two. So before we look more into this lens, let’s go ahead and take a look at some footage. Hopefully you guys enjoyed some of those shots. One thing that this lens offers is a dual image stabilization, two point.

Oh, that’s Panasonic’s best stabilization. That’s on the GJ five. So you can use both a simulation of the lens and the sensor and kind of work together. So I’m going to go ahead and do some sample walking shots so you guys can see how stable this is on the camera. Let’s try to walk as smoothly as I can.

Now, I don’t know what you guys stop, but to me, from my experience with this lens, the dual IBIS 2.0 works really, really well. And you can even kind of simulate some slider or some Gimbel’s shots with it. I’m going to go ahead and do a couple of those for you guys.

So the ibis obviously doesn’t replace us lighter or a gamble, but using the dual A-S system would like the G.H. five and adding a little bit of post stabilization really is awesome for being able to handhold and get the emotion into your shots.

So to finish off kind of this review article, I know it’s a simple one.

The reason why this lens doesn’t work out for me is that variable aperture. Now, of course, I knew coming into that is a 2.8 to four, but I was hoping for a little bit better low light performance out of the G.H. five.

And also, I was hoping that I would stay at F 2.8. A little bit longer than it did.

Basically, you only have F to 20 at that’s 12 millimeter. And as soon as you start zooming in just a little bit, it starts changing. And so the two point eight is almost not there unless you’re wide.

So if you want to use the full zoom range, you’re almost always really close to that EF four, which isn’t very appealing. Now, in low light situations where I often have to shoot you, shooting at EF four forces you to be at about 60, 400 ISO, maybe even more.

So, as you guys saw in some of those clips with even the G.H. five in the shots do not look good. So you really do need a faster lens.

So what I really would have liked is if they could have made this a little bit larger, maybe even then, you know, if they charged another two hundred dollars for it, but had the F 2.8 go at least to twenty five.

That gives you about a 50 mile equivalent. That’s a nice usable range.

Other than that, it’s almost like a four. Zoom now doesn’t mean it’s not going to work for everybody. You don’t shoot in. Lots of low light situations are not very sensitive to noise or grain.

Then it’s not gonna be as big of a deal if you’re doing some news-gathering logging, stuff like that, mainly in daylight. I think the lens is gonna do a great job for you.

Now, my other nitpicked with it is the actual focus ring. Now, electronic focusing rings are known to be not very responsive and hard to manual focus with because they’re not really consistent. But this is one of the worst electronic focusing rings that I’ve ever used.

It was very frustrating to try to do manual focused pulls with it. It was very, very slow and I twist to go fast and it go too fast and usually it could do a decent job with these after I’ve tried and played with a little bit.

But after, you know, over three weeks, this is still really frustrating.

So those are my two nit picks. This is not the right lens for me personally. I need something that’s 2.8 or faster, and I really wish that maybe Panasonic would put out like a F to zoom a larger, more expensive one.

I think it would sell really well for people that shoot in situations where I shoot. Thank you. Yes. For watching. If you guys has any questions you guys can ask in the comments section below. And if you guys bought one of these, you’re happy to let me know.

Let me know what type of stuff you shoot. A definite love to hear your Grice’s opinions. Thank you guys for joining us.

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