Two new Panasonic lenses reviewed: 12mm f/1.4 (Imaging Resource) and 12-60mm zoom (Mirrorlessons)

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The two new Panasonic MFT lenses got reviewed:

Imaging Resource tested the new 12mm f/1.4 lens:

Panasonic’s partnership with Leica continues to bear excellent fruit. The 12mm ƒ/1.4 Summilux provides an excellent shooting experience for Micro Four Thirds users, especially at the wide ƒ/1.4 aperture where it will probably spend most of its time being used. While the price point may be a bit high for the lens, it is definitely worth every penny.

Mirrorlessons tested the new 12-60mm zoom:

The Lumix 12-60mm remains an appealing option for those in search of that one all-purpose standard zoom. As of today, there isn’t another kit lens with the same versatility and we can only hope that Panasonic will begin including it in other bundles besides just the GX8.

12mm f/1.4 preorder links at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
12-60mm store links at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

DxO tests the new GX80/85 sensor. Is as good as the other best MFT cameras.


DxOmark (Click here) posted the full Panasonic GX80/85 sensor score results. As expected the camera performance is as good as the rest of the MFT bunch. We can probably expect a new jump in the score from the future GH5 and E-M1II only.

Store links:
Black GX80/85 at BHphoto. Amazon. Adorama. WexUK. ParkUK.
Silver GX80/85 at BHphoto. Amazon. Adorama. ParkUK.

Curiosity: How the 256GB Samsung EVO+ microSD works on MFT cameras


Just recently Samsung introduced an impressive 256GB microSD card:

“The EVO Plus 256GB raises the bar for capacity and performance of microSD cards thanks to Samsung’s advanced V-NAND technology, offering high read and write speeds of up to 95MB/s and 90MB/s, respectively. This level of performance will provide general consumers and professionals with superb user convenience for storing heavy-loaded, high-resolution photography and 4K video recording, as well as graphic intensive multimedia like virtual reality (VR) and gaming.”

Our reader Dixon tested the card on MFT cameras:

Just got a 256GB Samsung EVO+ (U3) microSD off ebay, so it may be an early sample. It works fine in still, but doesn’t work on any video mode in the GX-8 (firmware 2.1)–giving something like “Write Error. Check your memory card.” It work fine in all video modes in the GM-5, EM-5ii, and a Nikon D600.  I am guessing it is a GX-8 firmware issue. Wondering if anyone else tried.


Why does that card matter for MFT folks? In the near future this kind of cards could be used by smaller cameras to save space. Or maybe you could have a dual miniSD card slot instead of one single SD slot.

Full Panasonic Leica 12mm f/1.4 Review by Mirrorlessons


Mirrorlessons posted the full Leica 12mm MFT lens review and writes:

From its premium build quality and quick autofocus to its performance at the fastest apertures and sharpness across the frame, almost everything about this lens oozes quality and perfection. And even though it is larger and heavier than the most compact primes for the system, it is still much smaller and lighter than an equivalent 24mm f/1.4 for full-frame.
The biggest disappointment is the lack of flare resistance in direct sunlight but this is a problem that afflicts many Micro Four Thirds lenses from Panasonic.  Finally, we have the price, which is a direct reflection of the premium status of this lens. At nearly $1,300 US, it costs almost double the price of the Lumix GX85 body itself.

12mm f/1.4 at BHphoto. Amazon. Adorama. Panasonic US. WexUK. ParkCameras.