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Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 ASPH

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Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 ASPH

At about $1298, the Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 ASPH is one of the priciest prime lenses on the market for Micro Four Thirds. And it looks to be worth it: superb build quality and a very high degree of optical correction make it highly appealing, surely a must-have lens for the Olympus or Panasonic M4/3 shooter.

  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 24mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • One ED Element, Two UED Elements
  • Weather-Resistant Construction
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

I have the Panasonic 12mm f/1.4 in hand, but I may defer most work with it until the Olympus E-M1 Mark II appears later this year.

This is the “kit to have” for an Olympus E-M1 or E-M5 or Panasonic M4/3 camera:

 
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 ASPH
Specifications for Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 ASPH
Focal length: 12mm
comparable to 24mm f/2.8 on full frame camera
Aperture range: 1.4 - 16
Focusing range: 7.87 in / 20 cm
Angle of view: 84°
Number of elements/groups: 15 elements in 12 groups
Lens diaphragm: 9 blades, rounded
Magnification 0.1x = 1:10
Filter thread: 62mm
Weight (nominal): 11.82 oz / 335 g
Dimensions: Approx. 2.76 x 2.76" (70 x 70 mm)
Street price: about $1298
Supplied with: ALC-F55S 55mm Front Lens Cap
R1EM Rear Lens Cap for E-Mount Lenses (Dark Gray)
Limited 1-Year Warranty

Description

A fast and optically refined wide-angle prime, the Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 ASPH. Lens from Panasonic is a 24mm equivalent lens designed for Micro Four Thirds digital cameras.

haracterized by its truly bright f/1.4 maximum aperture, this lens is ideal for working in low-light conditions and also affords a wealth of control over focus placement for using shallow depth of field techniques.

The optical design employs a pair of aspherical elements, two ultra extra-low dispersion elements, and one extra-low dispersion element in order to control both spherical and chromatic aberrations for a high degree of sharpness and clarity from edge to edge.

Benefitting the optical assets, this lens also incorporates a smooth and quiet autofocus motor that is well-suited to both stills and video recording, and a manual AF/MF switch lends direct focus mode adjustment for more intuitive handling.

Additionally, the all-metal construction of the lens is also weather-resistant in order to permit working in trying environmental conditions. Pairing Leica's design legacy with Panasonic's technological innovation, this versatile wide-angle prime is distinguished by both its optical merits as well as intuitive handling and contemporary functionality.

  • Designed for mirrorless Micro Four Thirds digital cameras, this wide-angle 12mm f/1.4 lens provides a 24mm equivalent focal length
  • The bright f/1.4 maximum aperture is well-suited to working in difficult and low lighting conditions, and also affords greater control over depth of field for selective focus techniques.
  • Two aspherical elements are featured in the lens' design, which help to maintain a compact form factor as well as help to reduce spherical aberrations and distortions.
  • Two ultra extra-low dispersion (UED) elements and one extra-low dispersion (ED) element work to significantly minimize color fringing and chromatic aberrations for increased clarity and color fidelity.
  • The smooth and near-silent autofocus performance complements movie recording applications while the quick operation is beneficial to still photographers.
  • A manual aperture ring gives tactile control over exposure settings and a dedicated AF/MF switch offers a simple, intuitive means for switching between focusing modes.
  • The metal construction of the lens is durable as well as splash- and dust-resistant when paired with Lumix Micro Four Thirds cameras for working in harsh environments.
  • A rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when making shallow depth of field imagery.
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