Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm f/2.8 II Power OIS review

The Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm f/2.8 II Power OIS is essentially a ‘trinity’ telephoto zoom for the MFT system.

Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm f/2.8 II Power OIS
(Image: © Panasonic)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The 2x crop factor of Micro Four Thirds cameras really plays into your hands when you want good telephoto reach from a compact and lightweight lens. This Panasonic is a perfect example. It effectively gives you the classic combination of a 70-200mm zoom range (in full-frame terms) with a fast and constant f/2.8 aperture, but in a relatively tiny build. Handling is rather basic compared with most full-frame 70-200mm lenses but overall performance and image quality make it a good buy at the price.


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    Quick and virtually silent AF

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    Optical image stabilization

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    Compact and lightweight


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    Lacks handling refinements

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    Bokeh of mediocre quality

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A 70-200mm f/2.8 is often cited as the most essential zoom lens, even by photographers who generally prefer to shoot with primes. The Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm f/2.8 II Power OIS plugs this gap in the Micro Four Thirds lens line-up, the 2x crop factor giving it the same ‘effective’ zoom range coupled with a constant f/2.8 aperture rating. It therefore aims to cover many shooting requirements, from event and wedding photography to action sports and wildlife.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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