Panasonic has confirmed that its long-planned 12-35mm f/2.8 Power OIS 'X' lens will go on sale at the end of next month.

Announced as a concept earlier this year, the Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 ASPH Power OIS will cost £999.99 and is due in UK shops at the end of June.

Compatible with micro-four-thirds cameras, the 14-lenses-in-9-groups optic should deliver the 35mm viewing angle equivalent of a 24-70mm zoom.

In a statement, Panasonic claims: ‘The Power Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS)… effectively compensates for, not only small, fast movements but large and slow ones – making it easy to shoot super-clear shots even in low-lit situations, such as nighttime or indoors.’

An Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion lens aims to minimise chromatic aberration.

‘The inclusion of four aspherical lenses helps achieve the downsizing of the lens unit…’ adds the firm.

The 12-35mm is 73.8mm long and weighs around 305g, according to Panasonic.

It contains a seven-blade aperture diaphragm.

Panasonic revealed a mocked-up version of the new 12-35mm lens at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.


  • Lee

    Prices for Panasonic M4/3rds lenses are becoming increasingly out of reach of the average Micro 4/3rds owners. It’s the rough equivalent of someone buying a Canon 5D Mk 111 and then spending £4000 on a lens – ridiculous operating model, and one which will surely see sales move towards the likes of Sony NEX-7s etc,which far outperform the average Micro 4/3rds body and kit lens. Also the size of these lenses goes against the whole idea of discrete portability, the raison d’etre of M4/3rds.