Is the Panasonic 35-100mm 2.8 Pro Spec Lens a DSLR Killer?

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Paul Gero is a good friend and fellow Hybrid Hero on  He’s an extraordinarily talented photographer who’s been shooting professionally since 1983.  As such, he’s seen a lot of technology come and go in the world of photography, and he’s used just about every photographic tool that you can imagine.  Paul has photographed weddings, portraits, sports, famous people and regular people alike.  Heck, he’s even photographed Princesses and Presidents (No kidding – Check out his archives >>Here<<!).  So he won’t use just any camera equipment.

Lately, Paul has been trying out the new Panasonic Pro Spec Zoom Lenses on a Panasonic Lumix GH3.  He’s been looking for viable alternatives as he downsizes from his 35mm Canon System, and many of us have been telling him that the GH3 and the new lenses are the way to go.  We believe that they will be DSLR killers, but Paul’s not the kind of guy who will take our word for it without seeing for himself.  So he’s been giving the new equipment the Gero Treatment to make sure that it’s up to snuff before he makes his final decision.  Can the new micro 4/3 camera and lens hold their own against Paul’s “full frame” systems?

David and Goliath, Redux…

Is the Lumix 35-100 f2.8 zoom lens (and Lumix GH3 M43 camera) a DSLR killer?  There are many who are drawing that comparison since the 35-100mm lens has the same field of view as a 70-200mm lens on a camera with a 35mm sensor, and that lens is the “bread and butter” for many pro photographers.  But just how does the quality of the micro 43 lens stack up to it’s larger cousins?

In the video above, longtime Southern California Pro Photographer Paul Gero explores mirrorless photography and invites you to come along for the ride.  He shares images shot with this lens on both the Lumix GH2 and the new GH3 while comparing them to images taken with full frame DSLR cameras.

First, Paul makes the obvious physical comparisons between the systems (amazing differences):

  • Size
  • Weight

Next, he compares the color that’s captured by each camera.  Paul is blown away by the image quality and color captured by the 35-100 2.8 lens, even when using the older GH2.  (Read article on

I believe that this professional grade lens is a must have addition for any pro or enthusiast M43 shooter, and the quality that it delivers may tip the balance away from DSLRs and towards smaller cameras systems.

What do YOU think?  Leave a comment below…

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