Panasonic 12-60mm f3.5-5.6 review
Online review site Lenstip has conducted technical testing of the weather resistant Panasonic Lumix 12-60mm f3.5-5.6 zoom which is intended to act as a step up from the usual kitted zoom lens that often come packaged with Panasonic Micro Four Third (MFT – M43) cameras.
As expected the 12-60mm optic ( which offers a 24-120mm 35mm equivilent) is better all round than the regular standard zooms and from testing it proved also slightly superior to the Olympus Zuiko 12-50mm zoom that comes kitted with some Olympus M43 cameras.
However the 12-60mm is not hugely superior to the tiny Panasonic 12-32mm panacke zoom although this petite lens only offers a 12-64mm equivilent focal length and isn’t weather sealed so in real world usaged the 12-60mm optic is probably more useful and pratical.
It so happens that Amateur Photographer (AP) Magazine also undertook a review of the Panasonic Lumix 12-60mm f3.5-5.6 the other week and like Lenstip they considered it a sensible buy which gives better results than standard M43 zoom lenses.
You’d have to step up to the Lumix G 12-35mm f2.8 Zoom If you seek ultimate image quality form a Panasonic M43 lens or else use an Olympus Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 which is a superb (but expensive) m43 zoom lens.
Mark Baynham (October 2016)