A lens that carries all the glamour of the 85mm f/1.2, but with the ease of construction of the 50mm standard is an exciting prospect. Damien Demolder tests Panasonic’s Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 Asph Power OIS
Panasonic 42.5mm f1.2 LEICA DG NOCTICRON ASPH. POWER OIS
- New Or Secondhand: New
- Lens is suitable for: Micro FourThirds Fit Bodies
- Fitting: Micro FourThirds
- Standard PRIME
- Telephoto PRIME
- Filter Size: 67mm
Product code: 199743 (5025232775217)
RRP £1,199 SAVE £210.00
No used versions available
Micro Four Thirds System
- 85mm (35mm Equivalent)
- Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/16
- Two Aspherical Elements
- One ED Element, One UHR Element
- Nano Surface Coating
- Stepping AF Motor, Internal Focus
- POWER Optical Image Stabilizer
- Manual Aperture Ring
- Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
This incredible lens not only has a maximum aperture of F1.2, but it also incorporates optical image stabilization (POWER O.I.S.) along with full time Auto Focus. Certified by the world-renowned LEICA, exceptional high image quality is guaranteed as well as its sophisticated metal design. The name "NOCTICRON" was newly defined by Leica Camera AG for this lens that achieves a remarkably fast F1.2 aperture among Micro Four Thirds digital interchangeable lenses.
The new lens system is comprised of 14 elements in 11 groups and uses two aspherical lenses, one ED (Extra-low Dispersion) and one UHR (Ultra High Refractive Index) lens. The aspherical lenses suppress spherical aberration and distortion. The ED lens enables sharp, high contrast description without color bleeding to the corners while the UHR lens enables high optical performance that renders an image with uniformed descriptiveness from centre to edges as well as downsizing of the lens unit.
The popular 42.5 mm medium-telephoto focal distance (Equivalent to 85 mm on a 35 mm camera) is perfectly suited for portraits with rich stereoscopic effect. Together with the high-speed aperture, users can utilize the beautiful soft focus for more impressive, creative shots. Nine blades give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings. It also captures landscape with an extremely natural perspective. In addition, the aperture ring on the lens barrel allows direct, intuitive control over aperture settings.
Panasonic's Nano Surface Coating technology has been adopted to the NOCTICRON 42.5mm / F1.2 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. Reflection is dramatically minimized at entire visual light range (380nm-780nm) by applying the extra-low refractive index coating with nano-sized structure on the surface of the lens. It results in a super clear image with dramatic reduction of ghost and flare.
Due to the shallow depth of field which is unique to the large aperture lens, even a slight handshake can potentially cause images to be out-of-focus. However, the POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) which is integrated in the LEICA DG NOCTICRON 42.5mm effectively compensates for not only small, fast movement but also large, slow movement, making it easy to capture super clear shots even when shooting in low-lit situations such as in night time or indoors.
It incorporates superior inner focus system, which enables excellent resolution and contrast from close-up to infinity. The inclusion of newly developed stepping motor makes the focusing action smooth and silent for use in both still and video recording. Notably the performance of Auto Focus is far superior to the phase-difference AF when a fast lens with smaller F value is used. When mounted on LUMIX G cameras, users can take advantage of the high-speed, high-precision Contrast AF system.
The Panasonic Lumix G Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 is the best Micro Four Thirds lens we've seen for portraiture thanks to impeccable sharpness and a wide aperture. It's an easy Editors' Choice.
The Panasonic 42.5mm ƒ/1.2 ASPH POWER OIS Leica DG NOCTICRON is a serious lens for serious shooters of the Micro Four Thirds system. It produces outstandingly sharp images -- even wide open -- with extremely low distortion and very well-controlled CA and vignetting.
The Panasonic Nocticron 42.5mm f1.2 is well worth the price tag. Be aware that it is large lens for the m43 system, but this should be expected for a f1.2, but the results ... oh the results it gives .... tt opens a whole new realm of sublimely wonderful looking image possibilities.
The sharpness (at F1.2), color, contrast, build quality, stabilization, the "Leica look" - it's all there. I was skeptical when I mounted this thing on my GH5 - but no pixel peeper can deny the quality in the RAW files this lens can make. It's stunning. It turns ordinary subjects into art.
This has got to be one of the best lenses you can get for the M43 system. It's incredibly sharp and the images are supreme. If you love bokeh, you'll love this lens. It's my favorite lens out of my collection. Can't say enough good things about it. Worth every penny.
Crisp, in that sharpness is screen and/or paper popping. Mellow, in that skin tone and gradient tones are smooth. Snappy auti focus response. Ideal for portrait and full body/fashion captures. Nice bokeh, which makes the subject (person or object) eye catching.
This lens is worth the price. It is large for an m43 lens, but it pulls you into a whole new realm of wonderful with what it can do. I cannot praise the image quality enough. I also own the Olympus 75mm f1.8 which is a great lens.
I'm using the 42.5 lens primarily for headshots but feel that it's a great all around people' lens if you're looking to obtain shallow depth of field on the M 4/3 cameras. I've read some reviews that felt the lens was large or heavy but i haven't found it to be either one (at least when compared to...
I can just agree with the other positive reviews! This lens is by far my favourite lens on the Gh5 for filming and stills! It is exactly what I expect from my gear. That is being a tool that I can use to express myself and for that I need it to perform in a reliable way contributing to the whole...
This lens, when wide open, can produce results with the right balance of angle of view, depth of field, and image quality . It is an ideal portrait lens.
I tried a couple of shots with my GX8 and I am impressed. Very nice bokeh and separation of subject. Sharp even wide open.
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