The type of photography that you are planning to use is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated the Panasonic 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 and the Panasonic 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 for their suitability to various photography scenarios:
Size and Weight Comparison
The size of a lens is a crucial factor to consider when comparing two lenses. Panasonic 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 is the longer of the two lenses at 86mm. The Panasonic 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 with a length of 71mm, is 15mm shorter. Besides being longer, the Panasonic 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 also has a larger diameter of 68mm compared to the Panasonic 12-60mm F3.5-5.6's 66mm diameter.
The weight of a lens is equally significant as its external dimensions, particularly if you intend to handhold your camera and lens combination for extended periods. Panasonic 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 weighs 210g, 34% (110g) lighter than the Panasonic 12-60mm F2.8-4.0's weight of 320g.
Below you can find the dimension and weight table of the Standard Zoom Lenses in Micro Four Thirds Mount for size comparison purposes.
Standard Lenses in Micro Four Thirds Mount for Size Comparison
The Panasonic 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 has a filter size of 62mm whereas the Panasonic 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 has a 58mm diameter. Larger filters are generally more expensive than the smaller ones given all the other features are equal.
Below are links to the 62mm filters that we recommend you to consider for the Panasonic 12-60mm F2.8-4.0:
And these are the 58mm filters that we recommend for the Panasonic 12-60mm F3.5-5.6:
Both the Panasonic 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 and the Panasonic 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 has the same Micro Four Thirds lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Micro Four Thirds lenses are OM System OM-1 II, Panasonic G9 II and OM System OM-5.
Both lenses have the same focal range of 12-60mm
but while Panasonic 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 has the fastest aperture of F2.8-4
, the Panasonic 12-60mm F3.5-5.6's widest aperture value is F3.5 - F5.6