Panasonic LUMIX Professional 12-60mm Camera Lens
Panasonic Corporation is a multinational electronics company headquartered in Osaka, Japan. It was founded in 1918 by Konosuke Matsushita and originally started as a vendor of duplex lamp sockets. Over the years, Panasonic has grown into one of the largest electronics manufacturers in the world, offering a wide range of products and services.
Panasonic‘s business operations span various sectors, including consumer electronics, home appliances, automotive, industrial solutions, and B2B solutions. The company is known for its innovation and has a strong focus on research and development.
Information for Your Safety
Keep the unit as far away as possible from electromagnetic equipment (such as microwave ovens, TVs, video games, radio transmitters, high-voltage lines etc.).
- Do not use the camera near cell phones because doing so may result in noise adversely affecting the pictures and sound.
- If the camera is adversely affected by electromagnetic equipment and stops functioning properly, turn the camera off and remove the battery and/or the connected AC adaptor. Then reinsert the battery and/or reconnect the AC adaptor and turn the camera on.
The lens can be used with a digital camera compatible with the lens mount standard for the “Micro Four ThirdsTM System”.
- It cannot be mounted on the Four ThirdsTM mount specification camera.
- The appearance and specifications of products described in this manual may differ from the actual products you have purchased due to later enhancements.
- Micro Four ThirdsTM and Micro Four Thirds Logo marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Olympus Imaging Corporation, in Japan, the United States, the European Union, and other countries.
- Four ThirdsTM and Four Thirds Logo marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Olympus Imaging Corporation, in Japan, the United States, the European Union, and other countries.
- G MICRO SYSTEM is an interchangeable lens type digital camera system of LUMIX based on a Micro Four Thirds System standard. LEICA is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH. ELMARIT is a registered trademark of Leica Camera AG. The LEICA DG lenses are manufactured using measurement instruments and quality assurance systems that have been certified by Leica Camera AG based on the company’s quality standards. Other names of systems and products mentioned in these instructions are usually the registered trademarks or trademarks of the manufacturers who developed the system or product concerned.
- This lens has a dust-proof and splash-proof construction. When using it, please be careful of the following. If the lens is not working properly, consult the dealer or your nearest Service Center.
- Please attach the lens to a dust-proof and splash-proof digital camera.
- When detaching the lens from the digital camera, take care to ensure that sand, dust, splashes of water, etc., do not get into the lens or the terminals.
- This lens is not waterproof and cannot be used to record underwater. For splash-proofing, the lens is constructed to resist the entry of water. If splashes of water etc. do adhere to the lens, wipe after use with a soft dry cloth.
- To improve the dust-proofing and splash-proofing of this lens, a lens mount rubber is used in the mounting portion. After changing the lens a number of times, you may find that the lens mount rubber has marked the mount portion of the digital camera body, which does not affect its performance. For information on changing the lens mount rubber, contact your nearest Service Center.
- Do not press the lens with excessive force.
- When there is dirt (water, oil, fingerprints, etc.) on the surface of the lens, the picture may be affected. Lightly wipe the surface of the lens with a soft, dry cloth before and after taking pictures.
- To prevent dust and other particles from accumulating on or entering the lens, attach the lens rear cap when the lens is not in use.
- To protect the lens contact points 1, do not place the lens with its mount surface facing down. In addition, do not allow the lens contact points to become dirty. (See illustration A)
About Condensation (Fogging of the Lens)
- Condensation occurs when there are differences in temperature and humidity as described below. Condensation can cause the lens to become dirty and lead to mold and malfunctioning, so exercise caution in the following situations:
- When the camera is brought indoors from outside during cold weather
- When the camera is brought into an air-conditioned car
- When cold air from an air conditioner is directly blown onto the lens
- In humid places
- If condensation occurs, turn the power off and leave it for about two hours. Once the camera acclimatizes to the surrounding temperature the condensation will go away naturally.
Product numbers are correct as of January 2017. These may be subject to change.
- Lens Pouch
- Lens Cap
- Lens Rear Cap
- Lens Hood
- The lens rear cap and lens cap are attached to the interchangeable lens at the time of purchase.
Names and Functions of Components
- Lens surface
- Focus ring
Rotate to focus when taking pictures with manual focus (MF).
- Zoom ring
Rotate the zoom ring when you wish to take large (tele) or wide (wide angle) pictures.
- [O.I.S.] switch
When the lens is attached to the camera the stabilizer function is set to activate if the O.I.S. switch is set to [ON].
- We recommend setting the O.I.S. switch to [OFF] when using a tripod.
- [AF/MF] switch
This allows you to switch between Auto Focus (AF) and Manual Focus (MF).
- When either the [AF/MF] switch of the lens or the setting of the camera is set to [MF], Manual Focus (MF) is enabled.
- Lens fitting mark
- Contact points
- Lens mount rubber
- When recording on the wide-angle side and using the flash, the periphery of the screen may darken. In such cases, we recommend using the external flash.
- If you zoom in after focusing, focusing errors may occur. After zooming, please perform the focusing again.
- In very quiet situations Auto Focus operating sounds may be recorded during motion picture recording. This is not a malfunction. In such situations, switching to Manual Focus will improve the situation.
- If you set the O.I.S. to [ON] when recording a motion picture, operating sounds may be recorded. If they become bothersome, we recommend setting the O.I.S. switch to [OFF] and mounting the camera on a tripod.
Attaching/Detaching the Lens
For information on how to attach and remove the lens, refer to the owner’s manual for your digital camera.
- Before attaching or detaching the lens, check that the digital camera is turned off.
- Before attaching the lens to the digital camera, remove the lens rear cap A by rotating it in the direction of the arrow. (See illustration 1)
- To prevent dust and other particles from accumulating on or entering the lens, be sure to attach the lens cap/lens
rear cap after detaching the lens from the digital camera.
- Vignetting may occur if using 2 or more filters at the same time.
- It is possible to attach the lens cap with the filter already attached.
- When using the lens hood and a filter at the same time, attach the filter first.
- You cannot attach a conversion lens or adaptor to this lens. A filter may be used, but attaching any other element may cause damage to the lens.
Attaching the Lens Hood (Supplied Accessory) (See illustration 2/3)
Hold the lens hood with your fingers placed as shown in picture (B).
Do not hold the lens hood in a way that twists or bends it. (C)
- Align the mark D on the lens hood with the mark on the tip of the lens.
- Rotate the lens hood in the direction of the arrow until it clicks and then align the mark E on the lens hood with the mark on the tip of the lens.
Removing the lens hood (See illustration 4)
Rotate the lens hood in the direction of the arrow while pushing the button F on the lens hood.
Temporarily Storing the Lens Hood (See illustration 4)
- Align the mark E on the lens hood with the mark on the tip of the lens.
- Rotate the lens hood in the direction of the arrow until it clicks into place.
- When taking pictures with the flash with the lens hood attached, the lower portion of the screen may turn dark (vignetting effect) and the control of the flash may be disabled because the photo flash may be obscured by the lens hood. We recommend detaching the lens hood.
Cautions for Use
Take care not to drop or knock the lens. Also, take care not to put a lot of pressure on the lens.
- Take care not to drop the bag that you inserted the lens in as it may strongly shock the lens. The camera may stop operating normally and pictures may no longer be recorded. Also, the lens may be damaged.
- When carrying the digital camera with the lens attached, hold both the digital camera and the lens.
When using pesticides and other volatile substances around the camera make sure that they do not get onto the lens.
- If such substances get onto the lens they can damage the exterior case or cause the paint to peel.
Do not point the lens at the sun or other strong light sources.
- This could cause the lens to collect an excessive amount of light, resulting in fire and malfunction.
- Under no circumstances should the unit be stored in any of the following locations since doing so may cause problems in operation or malfunction.
- In direct sunlight or on a beach in summer
- In locations with high temperatures and humidity levels or where the changes in temperature and humidity are acute
- In locations with high concentrations of sand, dust, or dirt
- Where there is fire
- Near heaters, air conditioners, or humidifiers
- Water may make the unit wet
- Where there is vibration
- Inside a vehicle
- Refer also to the owner’s manual of the digital camera.
- When the unit is not going to be used for a prolonged period, we recommend storing it with a desiccant (silica gel). Failure to do so may result in performance failure caused by mold, etc. It is recommended that you check the unit’s operation prior to use.
- Do not leave the lens in contact with rubber or plastic products for extended periods of time.
- Do not touch the lens contact point. Doing so can cause failure of the unit.
- Do not disassemble or alter the unit.
Do not use it while directly touching the lens at low temperatures for a long period of time.
- In cold places (environments below 0 degrees C (32 degrees F), such as ski slopes), prolonged direct contact with the metal parts of the lens may cause skin injury. Use gloves or similar when using the lens for long periods.
Do not use benzine, thinner, alcohol, or other similar cleaning agents to clean the lens glass or exterior cabinet.
- Using solvents can damage the lens or cause the paint to peel. Wipe off any dust or fingerprints with a soft, dry cloth. Use a dry, dust cloth to remove dirt and dust on the lens mount rubber, zoom ring, or focus ring.
- Do not use a household detergent or a chemically treated cloth.
A sound is heard when the camera is turned on or off. A sound is heard from the lens when taking a picture of a bright subject such as when outdoors.
This is the sound of lens or aperture movement and is not a malfunction.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
INTERCHANGEABLE LENS FOR DIGITAL CAMERA “LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 12-60 mm/F2.8-4.0 ASPH./POWER O.I.S.”
FAQS About Panasonic LUMIX Professional 12-60mm Camera Lens
What is the purpose of a 12-60mm lens?
It may be used as a general-purpose lens to capture a variety of scenes, including landscapes and portraits, and because of its improved stabilization, movies can be made using it.
What else is comparable to the Lumix 12-60?
A regular zoom lens called the Lumix 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 (24-120mm equivalent in 35mm terminology) is offered separately or in a kit with the Lumix GX8.
What is the Panasonic 12-60’s minimum focus distance?
Who produces the lenses used by Lumix cameras?
How are Lumix lenses mounted?
How far can the attention be focused?
Focus is acceptable from 0.7 meters and beyond.
What is the focusing distance of a camera lens?
Each lens has a minimum focusing distance at which it may capture an image.
Where are the lenses made by Panasonic?
Japan’s northern region
Why are Lumix lenses so pricey?
The fact is that Panasonic has produced cutting-edge lenses for professional TV and video applications for a very long time, and their native glass is outstanding. However, reputations are important, whether they are true or not, and because they sell fewer native lenses than other producers, they do not enjoy the same economies of scale.
How good are Panasonic lenses?
They frequently offer a fantastic blend between construction quality, autofocus quickness, and optical performance.
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