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Panasonic LUMIX G Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH Power OIS Lens

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Product Highlights
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 85mm Equivalent Focal Length
  • Fast f/1.2 Maximum Aperture
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Nano Surface Coating
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • One Extra-low Dispersion Element
  • One Ultra High Refractive Index Element
  • Nine Circular Diaphragm Blades
  • External Aperture Ring & Metal Design

The LUMIX G Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH Power OIS Lens from Panasonic offers a 35mm focal length equivalent of 85mm and a fast aperture of f/1.2 making it well-suited for portraits. It also features Power O.I.S. for optical image stabilization, ensuring sharp images by decreasing the effect of movement and camera shake.

For quality, the lens has a Nano Surface Coating technology that minimizes reflections cause by stray light. This combines with two aspherical elements that suppress spherical aberration and distortion to give a clear image. Additionally, there is an Extra-low Dispersion element that increases contrast and sharpness and an Ultra High Refractive Index element allows for a uniform look to the edges of the frame.

This lens also has an all-metal design including the lens mount and the included hood. There is even an external aperture ring and nine circular diaphragm blades for smooth out of focus areas of the frame at large apertures.

Medium telephoto length combines with large aperture to create excellent separation from the background
Stepping motor type autofocus provides smooth and silent focusing for still and video recording
Aperture range from f/1.2-16
Front filter thread size of 67mm
0.1x maximum magnification with a 0.2x 35mm equivalent
Minimum focusing distance of 1.6'
29° angle of view
Performance
Focal Length 42.5mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 85 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.2 - 16
Camera Mount Type Micro Four Thirds
Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
Angle of View 29°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.64' (.5 m)
Magnification 0.1x
Elements/Groups 14/11
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 67 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.91 x 3.03" (74 x 77 mm)
Weight 14.99 oz (425 g)
Panasonic LUMIX G Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH Power OIS Lens
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Storage Bag
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    PanasonicLUMIX G Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH Power OIS Lens
     
    5.0

    (based on 13 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Nice bokeh (12)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (11)
    • Strong construction (10)
    • Rugged (6)
    • Consistent output (5)

    Cons

    • Heavy (4)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (8)
    • Night photography (7)
    • Landscape/scenery (5)
    • Weddings (5)
    • Sports/action (4)
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    5.0

    Great lens

    By Cookie

    from Belgrade, Serbia

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Night Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Panasonic LUMIX G Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH Power OIS Lens:

    I travel a lot, and I like to pack light. I ended up with only 3 lenses that I take with me, and this being the one of the 3, and also this is the one I use the most. It is not the lightest of the micro 4/3 but the image quality is great. It is a very fast lens, and you can shoot with low iso, and without flash in low light. I am using it with GH4. The lens can be even used as a macro lens, though the minimal focus distance is around 0.5m

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    5.0

    worth the money

    By document life

    from east palo alto, ca

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    Pros

    • Buttery smooth focus ring
    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Feels Like 1600 Dollars
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Nice Metal Hood
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Panasonic LUMIX G Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH Power OIS Lens:

      Gave me the leica look that I wanted from my m lens with autofocus. Yes very expensive but good glass is always worth it. It will outlast the body if the OIS stays good. You can hear it stabilizing however...now I want the 25mm and a new oly body.

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      5.0

      Breathtaking

      By Seano

      from Minnesota

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Panasonic LUMIX G Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH Power OIS Lens:

          I'm a novice that purchased a GH4 and this lens from B&H 2 weeks ago. I bought it for my stepdaughters wedding this past weekend in beautiful northern Minnesota.

          Wow. Just, wow. Crisp, FAST focus, lightweight, not 'in your face'; this thing does all the work for a newbie photographer.

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          5.0

          Great Lens

          By GeoS

          from Redding, CT

          Comments about Panasonic LUMIX G Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH Power OIS Lens:

          Finally the micro-4/3 line is starting to fill with fast aperture lenses. This is the fastest lens in this focal length category that has autofocus. In addition, it come with optical image stabilization - a plus when using it Panasonic cameras. The bokeh on this lens is very nice and is equivalent to an 85mm f/2.4 lens from the depth-of-field perspective. What I have found, in 35mm FF imaging, is that the fast 1.4+ aperture 85mm portrait lenses are seldom useable wide open except in straight on portraits - more often, the aperture is stopped down to at least f/2 to ensure both eyes are in focus. So, the Nocticron is more useable wide open than a fast portrait lens for FF. It's a large lens for a micro-4/3 camera, but worth the price.

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          5.0

          Superb

          By Amudgarden

          from Phoenix, MD

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about Panasonic LUMIX G Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH Power OIS Lens:

            I use this lens on the GH4 predominantly as a walk-around travel camera. I cannot say enough good things about this lens...it's tack-sharp, and even wide-open it produces crisp images without significant CA. I enjoy using it wide-open to obtain the shallow depth of field effect...in a micro-four thirds-size sensor, to get this kind of shallow DOF is stunningly impressive.It's not light, but what you lose in weight, you gain in speed and optical quality. In all honesty, this lens rivals any prime Nikon or Ziess lens...and it better considering its price.I was hesitant to purchase, given the high price...but I took a leap of faith and was very pleasantly surprised. If it fits in your budget and you enjoy shooting in MFT format, I would strongly recommend this lens.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome Lens

            By Bill T

            from Rowland Heights, CA

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            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Sharp At F12
            • Sharp Image
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Panasonic LUMIX G Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH Power OIS Lens:

              Given its high price I did expect this lens to be great so my expectations was high. Knowing the m43 sensor size I wanted a lens that does decent DOF so I went for F1.2. Some backgrounds - I am new to the m43 format, my other cameras are Nikon D700 (full frame) and Fuji X100S (APS-C). Sample pictures are taken using Panasonic GM1. The lens itself is well constructed, feel solid and heavy, but since all fast lenses are made of tons of glasses so I wouldn't call it a negative. Aperture and focus rings are butter smooth and easy to operate. Auto focus is very fast (just a tiny bit slower than the kit lens came with GM1 but it is fast nevertheless) and the color is very good.Of course the reason for getting this lens is for its F1.2 and I must say that I am not disappointed. At F1.2 the image is still incredibly sharp! It is the sharpest lens in my fast lens collection, period. So if you don't mind the weight and its relative high price then this is an excellent lens for you m43 camera. Get it if you want an auto focus LEICA, shallow DOF, and do lots of portrait shots.

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              5.0

              Leica Glass Superlative for Micro 4/3

              By RLM

              from Denver, Colorado

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • none

                Comments about Panasonic LUMIX G Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH Power OIS Lens:

                Excellent low-light capacity. Works well to complement the Voigtländer 17.5mm f/0.95 on the Lumix G6. I use this quasi-journalistically in available light for portraits and two-shots. So far nothing negative to say. The lens is sharp and contrasty and well worth the rather high price.

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                5.0

                Definitely the Best

                By Sam in Michigan

                from Grand Rapids, Michigan

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Video

                Comments about Panasonic LUMIX G Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH Power OIS Lens:

                This is a great lens that will give you excellent results. Undoubtedly the best that m4/3 currently has to offer. If the cost is not an issue, this is the lens that every m4/3 user needs to have. Great for portraits. Autofocus is fast. It is a little heavy and large for what is supposed to be a compact system but if you're buying this lens, it isn't for the size but the results.

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                5.0

                Great lens!

                By flyin_hawaiian

                from honolulu, HI

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Price

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Panasonic LUMIX G Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH Power OIS Lens:

                  Incredible lens and incredibly solid build. f1.2 is simply incredible. Price is pretty high though.

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                  5.0

                  An excellent lens for low light

                  By via101

                  from San Jose, CA

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                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Night Photography
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Panasonic LUMIX G Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH Power OIS Lens:

                  1. Superb image quality.
                  2. An excellent build quality.
                  4. A very fast auto-focus.
                  5. Manual aperture ring - very nicely done.
                  6. Manual focus is excellent.

                  Large and heavier than Panasonic GX7 body itself.

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                  5.0

                  Fantastic Glass - at a price

                  By Joe

                  from Seattle

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Sharp
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Expensive
                  • Not Weather Sealed

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Portraiture
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Panasonic LUMIX G Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH Power OIS Lens:

                  Optically this is a truly wonderful lens. If you are looking for a very fast 85mm equivalent lens for your m43 body that also has autofocus, this lens will not let you down - even at f/1.2 it is razor sharp in the center and quite sharp even to the corners. There is a hint of LoCA in some of the out of focus elements at f/1.2, but surprisingly little (I don't know if my E-M1 is doing in-camera processing on those aberrations even on RAW files or not).

                  Vignetting is present but well controlled at f/1.2, giving an overall pleasing look (pleasing to me). Bokeh rendering is fantastic. You can get subject separation from the background even at a range of 15 or more feet from your subject - something I personally thought I'd need a full frame sensor to achieve.

                  The build quality is very solid, all metal. The hood is a clamp-style that I wasn't used to, but I just leave it on all the time rather than try to reverse it (your mileage may vary on that score). The lens is *not* explicitly weather sealed, which is unfortunate - at this price it should be.

                  In short: this is a great portrait/short tele lens that works perfectly on my OM-D E-M1. Note I use the IBIS of the E-M1 so I haven't evaluated the OIS on the lens.

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                  5.0

                  I wish I had this on Nikon FX

                  By nightmedia

                  from San Diego, CA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Photography
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Panasonic LUMIX G Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH Power OIS Lens:

                  The MFT platform is what it is, a limited platform when it comes to DOF because of the sensor size. The 40-45 mm range on MFT is effectively littered with good-to-excellent lenses, not so much when you go wider or longer, so the competition is stiff.In its own right, this is a fantastic lens in any way. It is sharp, clean, no onion rings in the bokeh, colors are great, the manual focus action is smooth, the AF is reasonably good, I guess the OIS is fine too - using it on an OM-D the sensor stabilization is far superior to the in-lens stabilization. Compared to the Oly 45mm, this has a better bokeh, it is sharp when shot wide-open even in the corners, the vignetting is acceptable, the colors are better.Paired with the excellent OVF on the OM-D E-M1, working with this lens is a pleasure. Stopped down a bit to F/2 the vignetting goes away completely, the LoCA is reduced to a minimum, and it can be used for landscape stitched shots, as the distortion is minimal.What this lens is not:- It is not small, nor light- It does not focus very close to the subject, so it is not a macro or a close-up lens.- It is not an APO lens, so there will be some minimal LoCA - the correction for that is outstanding.

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                  5.0

                  Expensive and worth it.

                  By Mr. Fearless

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Night Photography
                    • Video

                    Comments about Panasonic LUMIX G Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH Power OIS Lens:

                    I have had it for a short time but so far I am extremely impressed with its performance. Using it on my GH3 for video, I find that it does a fantastic job of pulling focus for me. This is the sharpest MFT lens I own now. I really want Leica and Panasonic to make some wider lenses that work as well as this. I don't mind that it's a little heavy. I am willing to carry it because it just looks so great.

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