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For us, the Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12 - 60mm f/2.8-4 Micro Four Thirds (M43) lens is a bit like our 12 - 35mm lens on steroids. Pat uses it mainly on her GH5 and the images it creates are just wonderfully sharp. As with the 8 - 18mm, it's very new to us so, alas, we don't have many pics that we can show case, but we will post additional photographs as soon as we have them. So, like the 12 - 35mm lens, this one is going to work. We just love the 24 - 120mm 35mm equivalent - so very useful as a travel lens, even if it's just attached to the tiny GM5.

It has four aspherical and two extra-low dispersion elements that deliver well-corrected, sharp images with almost no colour fringing. Its autofocus while shooting stills is lightning fast and the optical stabilisation hooks up nicely with the IBIS, enabling shooting to some incredibly long shutter speeds, even at maximum zoom. Like most of our other lenses it has a durable metal body and the splash and dust proofing make it suited to outdoor use. The 9 blade diaphragms make for pleasing bokeh.

What we like:

- Very sharp.

- Silent and fast AF.

- A very versatile and useful focal length.

- Beautiful build quality.

- Dust and splash resistance.

What we like less:

- It's not cheap but then, "you gets what you pays for."

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The Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4 lens

Photos shot with the Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 II

  • Clarence Drive Cape Town

    Image Number GH5R360343. The glorious Clarence Drive between Gordon's Bay and Rooi Els. Cape Town. Western Cape. South Africa

  • Rock formations Nuwekloof Pass

    Image Number GH5R365415. Rock formations on Nuwekloof Pass, Baviaanskloof near Willowmore. Eastern Cape. South Africa

  • Clarence Drive Cape Town

    Image Number GH5R360326. The glorious Clarence Drive between Gordon's Bay and Rooi Els. Cape Town. Western Cape. South Africa

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