Panasonic 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 is a Variable aperture Auto Focus (AF) Standard Zoom
lens with Optical Image stabilization and FourThirds max sensor coverage, and it is designed to be used with MFT
What type of photography is the Panasonic 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 lens good for?
The type of photography that you are planning to use the Panasonic 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated its suitability to various photography scenarios:
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| Optical Image Stabilization
| Hood supplied
| Full-time Manual Focusing
| Fast Aperture at Wide end
| Fast Aperture at Tele end
| 9 Diaphragm Blades for Smooth Bokeh
| Minimum focus distance of 0.2m / 7.9 inch
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| Lens Extends while zooming
| Variable Aperture
Panasonic 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 is compatible with cameras that have a Micro Four Thirds lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Micro Four Thirds lenses are Panasonic G9 II, OM System OM-5 and Panasonic GH6.
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Size, Weight and Filter Thread
Size and weight is a very important decision factor when searching for your next lens. Panasonic 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 has a maximum diameter of 68mm and total length of 86mm when not extended. It weighs 320g / 11.3 oz.
Below you can find a scaled side-by-side image of Panasonic 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 and Olympus 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro (Micro Four Thirds mount) to get a better idea of how their sizes compare in real life. Check the detailed comparison of these two lenses here.
Panasonic 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 has a filter thread of 62mm. Below are links to the filters that we recommend you to consider for your Panasonic 12-60mm F2.8-4.0:
Panasonic 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 has a focal range of 12-60mm and 5.0X zoom ratio which has a 35mm equivalent focal range of 24-120mm when used on a FourThirds format camera.
The Panasonic 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 is a weather-sealed lens, which provides extra protection to prevent water and dust get inside the lens and camera body under light rain, snow and wind. In order to have effective protection, you have to pair the Panasonic 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 with a weather-sealed camera body such as the Panasonic G9 II, OM System OM-5 and Panasonic GH6.
Optical Image Stabilization
The Panasonic 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 features an optical image stabilization system which helps to reduce the blur that occurs due to shaking during hand-held shooting.
Panasonic 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 features Rotary (extending) zoom method where the length of the lens changes as you zoom in or out. This makes it possible to design the lens with a smaller minimum length ( generally when it is zoomed out) compared to internal zoom lenses. The disadvantages of this design are being harder to seal against dust and moisture, weight balance shifting while zooming and zoom creep in certain lenses.
Maximum Magnification Ratio
Panasonic 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 has a Max Magnification Ratio of 0.3x and has a minimum focusing distance of 0.2m. For a non-macro lens, the 0.3x is considered a high magnification and will come handy for close-up shots.
Below are the 3 Standard Zoom type MFT mount lens alternatives with highest max magnification ratios:
Panasonic 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 is a variable aperture lens with a max aperture of f2.8 and a minimum aperture of f22 at 12mm, and a max aperture of f4 and minimum aperture of f22 at 60mm .
Panasonic 12-60mm F2.8-4.0's optical formula consists of 14 elements in 12 groups . Following special elements are used in this design:
- Nano Surface Coating
- 4 ASPH elements
- 2 ED elements
Panasonic 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 comes with a removable lens hood which is handy to reduce lens flare and glare in your photos.
Panasonic 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 is available in Black color.
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