View Full Version : ZD 35-100 vs 75/1.8 vs Pana X 35-100

22nd October 2012, 11:39 AM
Thinking of selling the ZD 35-100 to get the 35-100 Panasonic, but am wondering if the IQ is anywhere near comparable. I have also been wondering whether the 75/1.8 would be a better choice (I need to check my usage, but I suspect the 75 would cover most of my needs).

The 35-100 is amazing but really heavy and noisy/slowish focussing. My back/neck aren't coping too well with lugging it around. I'd like a two-camera set-up for weddings: E-5 + 14-35 and the E-PL3 (possibly upgrading to the E-PL5 or E-M5) plus the 25/1.4 or 45/1.8 or 75/1.8.

Any quantitative comparisons or view on this?


Ulfric M Douglas
22nd October 2012, 07:15 PM
Is the Lumix lens even available now?

22nd October 2012, 08:54 PM
I can't comment on the other two, but since getting my 75mm a week ago it's my most used lens this holiday. I've only the iPad to check them on, but the quality is astounding and it focusses so quickly. Being a prime it both takes away the need for focal length decision and forces you to consider composition more carefully.

Kiwi Paul
23rd October 2012, 08:53 AM
I can only comment that the Pany 12-35 IQ isn't as good as the 14-35, I would rate the 12-35 about as good as the 12-60 maybe a bit better.
So correspondingly I'm assuming the Pany 35-100 IQ will be somewhere between the 50-200 SWD and 35-100 Oly lens.
I'm probably going to get the Pany 35-100 (I've got it on pre-order with SRS) but not looking forward to the 999 price tag.


23rd October 2012, 08:55 AM
I think the killer benefit of the mFT lenses is actually that they do use contrast AF. The f2 SHG lenses can and too often (for me) do miss focus in tricky low light conditions. I think I am probably going down the 75/1.8 route...

Unless anyone has any other comments?


23rd October 2012, 08:56 AM
Thanks, Paul. Look forward to your thoughts...

23rd October 2012, 12:28 PM
The full size examples from the 35-100 on dpreview look pretty impressive wide open.
From these examples I would say it looks to be edging the performance of the 12-35.

And I too have it's shorter sibling the 12-35 and find it to be pretty impressive.
In all honesty though for me it doesn't quite match up to the 4/3rds 12-60, negatives being slight corner softness and fair bit of distortion at the wide end, both can of course be corrected / compensated for.