Panasonic 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 (H-FS12060) - Lens Manual

Panasonic 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 (H-FS12060) - Lens Manual


Panasonic 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 (H-FS12060) - Lens Manual

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 Thirds

  • It cannot be mounted on the Four Thirds 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 Thirds TM 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 Thirds TM 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.
  • 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.


Lens Care

  • 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 splashproof 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, and 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.
  • Do not place the lens mount facing downwards. Do not allow the lens contact points to become dirty. (See illustration )
    Precautions - Lens Care

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.

Supplied Accessories

Supplied Accessories
Product numbers correct as of February 2016. These may be subject to change.

  1. Lens Pouch
  2. Lens Cap
  3. Lens Rear Cap
  4. 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

Names and Functions of Components

  1. Lens surface
  2. Focus ring
    Rotate to focus when taking pictures with manual focus (MF).
  3. Zoom ring
    Rotate the zoom ring when you wish to take large (tele) or wide (wide angle) pictures.
  4. Lens fitting mark
  5. Contact points
  6. 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 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.

Attaching/Detaching the Lens

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 by rotating it in the direction of the arrow.
    (See illustration )
  • After detaching the lens from the digital camera, be sure to attach the lens cap/lens rear cap.

Attaching Filters

  • 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
Hold the lens hood with your fingers placed as shown in the picture ().

  • Do not hold the lens hood in a way that twists or bends it. ()
  1. Align the mark () on the lens hood with the mark on the tip of the lens.
  2. Rotate the lens hood in the direction of the arrow until it clicks and then align the mark () on the lens hood with the mark on the tip of the lens.

Temporarily Storing the Lens Hood
(See illustration )
Temporarily Storing the Lens Hood

  1. Rotate the lens hood in the direction of the arrow and then remove.
  2. Align the mark () on the lens hood with the mark on the tip of the lens.
  3. 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 malfunctioning.
    • 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
    • Where 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 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 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.

  • This is the sound of lens or aperture movement and is not a malfunction.

When this lens is attached to digital camera, stabilizer function cannot be turned off or stabilizer function does not work.

  • The Optical Image Stabilizer function of this lens only works correctly with supported cameras.
    → When older Panasonic digital cameras (DMC-GF1, DMC-GH1, DMC-G1) are used, [Stabilizer] in the [Rec] mode menu cannot be set to [OFF]. It is recommended to update the firmware of the digital camera at the following website.
    → When using this lens with another make of digital cameras, contact the respective company about details.


Specifications are subject to change without notice.

Focal length
f=12 mm to 60 mm (35 mm film camera equivalent: 24 mm to 120 mm)
Aperture type
7 diaphragm blades/circular aperture diaphragm
Maximum aperture F3.5 (Wide) to F5.6 (Tele)
Minimum aperture value F22
Lens construction
11 elements in 9 groups (3 aspherical lenses, 1 ED lens)
In focus distance
0.20 m (0.66 feet) to (Wide) / 0.25 m (0.82 feet) to (Tele) (from the focus distance reference line)
Maximum image magnification
0.27k (35 mm film camera equivalent: 0.54k)
Optical image stabilizer Available
[O.I.S.] switch
None (Setting of the [Stabilizer] is done in [Rec] mode menu by LUMIX digital cameras.)
Mount "Micro Four Thirds Mount"
Angle of view 84x (Wide) to 20x (Tele)
Filter diameter 58 mm
Max. diameter
Approx. 66.0 mm (2.60 inch)
Overall length
Approx. 71 mm (2.80 inch) (from the tip of the lens to the base side of the lens mount)
Mass (Weight) Approx. 210 g (0.46 lb)
Dust-proof and splash-proof

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