Seems like a good price. Sold by Amazon as well. Most B&M store have it for $1k.
Thank OP bought one!
Holy crap that's an excellent price!
Well, in real world the 12-35 F2.8 is much better. If you really want the zoom range then go for this one.
Seconded. Plus having a constant aperture across the whole range is worth the price of admission compared to the 12-60mm. The 12-35 is a beast on an BMPCC4K.
twice the price, about half the focal length, one stop up top
if you're shooting mainly wide its a wash?
F4 at 120mm fullframe equivalent is minimal to get a decent DOF.
IMHO it is a perfect travel or walk around lens.
Being 2.8 at wide end is a good bonus for night landscape / citisape photography.
@Foma2: It's tough. 120mm FF equiv is a beast to stabilise and focus. I'd sooner shoot wide primes for sanity's sake. Much more tolerant.
We shot for a pilot on Sirui anamorphics on a BMPCC4K on Friday. F1.8, 35mm & 50mm. Butter. Gorgeous. Much easier to wrangle (except for the 850mm minimum focus distance).
I find these zooms are great for documentary work or on the fly. I shot a doco last year on the 12-35mm and it performed beautiful around the world. But I wouldn't shoot a series on them, especially at 120mm. So much room for error.
@bootlace: That may be the case with a BMPCC4K but most people will be using this optic on m43 where you're looking at 6 stops IBIS. The Panas have an I.S. Lock Mode for video which makes the 35-100 f/2.8 feel like it's on a tripod even at 200mm equiv.
@bootlace: "… F1.8, 35mm & 50mm …"
The lenses you are referring to have completely different purpose.
This one is a very very good one as a walk around lens and esp. for trips.
I wish my Canon 18-135 on APS-C was at least 16-135, still not gonna be as wide as this one at the wide end but would get close to it.
I like my 24-105 F4 on FF (esp. at wide angle) but it lacks a longer angle. Sometimes it struggles to reach ducks or birds in a park or on trees.
This one is very good and do not worry about non constant aperture - it is not that critical as you may think.
@Foma2: Totally different purpose. But the discussion was in DOF & aperture - horses for courses.
Constant aperture is absolutely a consideration for pros & video. Walk around photog, not so much.
@bootlace: I would argue about it but I won't.
If you really need a constant aperture than do not buy this lens.
I would personally get it straight away if I had Panasonic eco system.
Fantastic price for those who managed to purchase one.
This is around the used price.
Agree. The lens itself is very good.
Back in stock at $634