With a new stills camera and two refreshed lenses debuting this week, we thought it was time to revisit the Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-35mm F2.8 zoom for Micro Four Thirds cameras. This lens debuted all the way back in 2012 under the Lumix G X Vario line and received a Mark II version in 2017. Late last year, almost missing its 10th anniversary, the 12-35mm was given the coveted Leica seal of approval, along with the DG Vario-Elmarit name.
The revised version of this lens retains the optical image stabilization of its forbearers but adds nicer build quality and the latest Nano Surface Coating to minimize ghosting and flare. It also has been tweaked to reduce focus breathing and has better aperture control, both key improvements for video. With a versatile equivalent zoom range of 24-70mm on a full-frame camera, this lens has stuck around the market for a reason – it’s flexible, compact, and weather-resistant.
Check out this brand-new sample gallery of Raws and processed JPEGs shot on the Lumix GH6.