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Fabulous Synergy: Olympus E-M1 Mark II + Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.2 Nocticron, Examples from the Las Vegas Strip

See my micro four thirds wish list.

These examples were shot while walking the Las Vegas 'strip' in early January on a nice cool day with variable cloud cover for excellent lighting most of the time.

I really enjoyed shooting the Olympus E-M1 II with the Panasonic 42.5/1.2; the combination is just awesome for walk-around handheld shooting—I give the combo my highest recommendation. See my M4/3 wish list.

Examples chosen to show off sharpness, color rendition, flare control, and Olympus E-M1 Mark II image stabilization.

Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.2 Nocticron Examples: Las Vegas Strip (E-M1 II)

Images are shown at up to full resolution 5184 X 3888 = 20.1 megapixels. Viewing on an iMac 5K is just stunning and just about perfect since the width almost fits in its entirety (5120 display resolution, across).

The Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 is a gem that the M4/3 shooter should consider a must-have. At about $1397 (time of writing) it is expensive for an M4/3 lens but worth it—it looks to be the best lens available for Micro Four Thirds.

There is also something very special going on with the about $1999 Olympus E-M1 Mark II: although “only” 20 megapixels, the total detail ranks right up there or exceeds anything I’ve seen from far more expensive cameras with more megapixels (think Leica M or Leica SL). The FAR higher hit rate and total sharpness are unapologetically superior to most of what I’ve ever gotten out of Leica. Small sensor camera with a superb lens punches way beyond its alleged class. Kudos to Olympus.

f1.2 @ 1/125 sec, ISO 200; 2017-01-04 06:41:43
Olympus E-M1 Mark II + LEICA DG NOCTICRON 42.5/F1.2 @ 89.3mm equiv (43mm)

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James M writes:

I have been stunned by the sharpness I am getting from the Oly EM1-II. Thanks for explaining the math behind it.

DIGLLOYD: indeed, the E-M1 offers sharpness that surely validates the Micro Four Thirds format. It is just brilliant with the Panasonic 42.5/1.2 Nocticron.

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