Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor

Having had a few micro four third lenses over the past few years and been asked what is your all time best lens, I could not answer this question till now.

The answer has to be the 12-100 f4 Olympus PRO lens which gives stunning optical performance and the best news for GH5S owners is it also comes with image stabilisation (IS) built into the lens.

I bought this lens specifically for my documentary on Arran in July this year as I wanted a lens that would sit on the camera without the need to keep transferring from one focal length to another, this helps the sensor, keeping dust to a minimum.

This is a cracking lens for any micro four third mount camera and converting it to an equivelant 35mm its a 24-200mm constant f4 lens.

  • Professional 8.3x travel zoom lens
  • Constant 1:4.0 aperture
  • Dust-, splash- and freezeproof
  • 1.5cm minimum working distance for extreme close-up performance
  • Combines up to 6.5 EV steps** compensation when used with compatible Olympus camera and built-in 5-axis Sync IS
  • Z Coating Nano to significantly reduce flaring
  • High-precision, very fast AF
  • L-Fn button and focus clutch
  • Weight: only 561g

The JVC LS300 has been missing a good all round zoom lens and onto the super 35mm sensor this 12-100 f4 Olympus PRO lens is perfect. Please remember the JVC LS300 has a super 35mm sensor with a micro four third mount and you use the VSM (Variable scan mapping) to adjust for the MFT lens.

Using the lens with the LS300 you get all autofocus and image stabilisation functions, though the great design of this lens lets you quickly move from AF to manual focus at the touch of the front lens flange by pulling it back.

Its also not very front heavy as I was first expecting and remember you also get the ability to zoom into the 4K sensor using the camera in HD mode as if you had a servo zoom, great feature with no loss in picture quality or “f” stops.



Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

3 thoughts on “The best lens for the Panasonic GH5, GH5S or the JVC LS300…Olympus 12-100mm f4 PRO (£900) UPDATED

  1. hi , can the olympus 12-100 f4 force the gh5 to use just the lens o.i.s & not the body sensor stabilsation…I hope so as the lumix lenses combo only allows both stabilisation methods or none
    Also how does the Olympus stabilisation compare to other o.i.s
    Fred Goudie

    HDW : Test done via GH5S as this camera does not have IOS built in. The 12-100 f4 Olympus lens on the GH5S works well especially at the 100 end you need the IS for stable filming. As far as the GH5 with the 12-100 f4 Olympus lens, it works in 5 axis or switching stabiliser off you can force it to work with the lens IS which is still stable but less “floaty” as can be seen in 5 axis mode.

  2. Can you post any video’s that taken with Olympus 12-100 and Jvc gy ls300? how is the low lite performance? Greatly appreciate any guidance in this matter before I spend $1300

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