Panasonic 35-100mm (3 of 4)

The most impressive thing about the m4/3 format for me is the size of the lenses. This Panasonic 35-100mm f2.8 is equivalent to my Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS in focal length yet it’s less than half the size and much lighter. With gear this small I can fit 2 or 3 primes, a couple of zooms, and the GH4 into a small shoulder bag and still have room for audio gear, batteries, and a few extras. That’s basically a full kit (minus lighting) in something the size of a messenger bag at less than half the weight. The trade off is that you give up some depth of field compared to a full frame combo. On m43 body f2.8 is closer to f5.6 on a full frame camera and f4 is closer to f8 on a full frame body. (credit to Dave Dugdale for reminding me to add that to this post)

Panasonic 35-100mm (2 of 4)

The box that the Panasonic 35-100mm f2.8 came in is pretty large compared to the lens itself, but the Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS towers over both of them. While the 70-200 is one of my favorite lenses, leaving it at home reduces the amount of weight i’m carrying around by a little over 3 pounds (35-100mm is about 3/4 of a pounds). Plus the Panasonic 35-100mm has image stabilization and very good optics so there isn’t a big compromise in usability and quality.

Panasonic 35-100mm (1 of 4)

I’ve only had the Panasonic 35-100mm f2.8 for a few days, but so far i’ve been pretty impressed with the results for such a compact lens. I’ll be taking it out on it’s first shoot this weekend and I’ll report back once I’ve spent a little more time with it.

While I wont be selling off my Canon gear anytime soon, i think i’m starting to fall in love the with the m4/3 form factor. If I only need to bring a single camera with me and i’m not shooting low light, the GH4 is most likely the camera i’m going to use.

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