Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Used Panasonic 12-35mm X Lenses Available For Less Than $900

The Panasonic 12-35mm lens is something of a disappointment. It's good, no doubt about that. But it's not great. And it really needed to be great. Worse still, it's priced as though it was great. $1,299 is too rich for my blood, but it is tempting. The thing stopping me is that Fuji has some incoming lenses of similar length that are cheaper and bound to be exceptionally sharp, and Olympus has its 12-60mm that outperforms the Panny in all ways except speed. The value equation just doesn't work out in Panasonic's favor.

But the same lens at $900? Now we're talking! And guess how much the lens costs, lightly used, on Amazon? Just about $900. At that price, even with the lens' rather severe distortion, I think it a good deal. If you're invested in the m4/3 system, this is a solid deal.

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