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PanasonicLUMIX G Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH Power OIS Lens
 
5.0

(based on 25 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice bokeh (22)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (20)
  • Strong construction (19)
  • Consistent output (12)
  • Durable (12)

Cons

  • Heavy (5)

Best Uses

  • Low light (17)
  • Night photography (14)
  • Weddings (13)
  • Sports/action (9)
  • Video (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (9), Semi-pro photographer (7), Pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
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(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Product!

By Kenneth

from Hackensack

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

Best lens that i ever had!

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love it!

By Indy Traveler

from Indianapolis

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

I recently switched from Canon to the micro four thirds system, and this was my first prime for my new GX-8. Photos with this combo have all been stunning. It's an extraordinarily fast lens, and the colors just pop. Yes, the lens is heavier and pricier than many lenses in this system. But wow, what a difference it makes. Highly recommended.

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The absolute best bar none

By CHNJAB

from Oakland NJ

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Expensive But Worth It

Best Uses

  • Anything It's Pointed At
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Night Photography
  • Sports/Action
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife Photos

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

The ratings and prior reviews are 100% correct. Absolutely the best lens in the bag.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A must for M43

By Loves Nocticron

from Phoenix, AZ

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Stability Not As Good

Best Uses

  • Baby Photos
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Night Photography
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife Photos

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

Amazing, simply amazing!! Had the Oly 45mm and sold it for this beast. Needed the stability for video and sharpness at f/1.2. Did not disappoint!

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth every dollar

By Nanc

from Casper, WY

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    This is an incredibly sharp, fast focusing lens definitely giving you at least 3 stops with the optical image stabilization built into this lens. Hesitated to spend the dollars, but absolutely no regrets. Excellent f/1.2 when needed for low light situations, great portrait lens and everything else you want to photograph in the 95mm (35mm equivalent) photo range.

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    (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    O' Yes

    By Duckling65

    from Simi Valley CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

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

      Unfortunately this was the first lens I got with the GH4. Now every other lens I have tried does not come even close to this. I even have the Sigma 18-35 art lens with the new metabones speedbooster XL 0.64 which takes me to f/1.1 and that does not even come close to how good this 42.5 looks.
      it is worth every penny

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      (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The sharpest lens I have ever owned.

      By Lanscape Photographer

      from Roseville, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        I had many cameras Canons, Nikons with all the pro lenses within the past 40 years, but I have not seen anything so perfect and razor sharp with incredible details, from the very edge to edge and corner to corner.
        This lens just blew me away, no words can describe the fantastic quality of workmanship and performance of this lens.
        Expensive: Yes But believe me it is worth every penny of it.

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        (22 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A Comparison

        By oly35100

        from Wilton, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          Rented both this lens and the Voigtlander 42.5 0.95...liked AF and handling of the Lumix but in the end the Voigtlander was the winner...All of us 4/3 owners relish that full frame look of extreme beautiful bokeh..the lumix comes close but the Voigtlander matches and exceeds the 1.8 full frame look...of couse this lens has manual focus but would buy this lens over and over again (that is how good it is)..But if you want to come close the Lumix is definitely no slouch...

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          (8 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Superb lens. Worth every Shekel.

          By Snapshot

          from New York City, NY

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Bad Lens Shade

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography
          • 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:

          Great lens.. NO! Fantastic lens! Fast in focus and light gathering, gorgeous bokeh, and SHARP!

          However the shade being metal is plain AWFUL, particularly when you have new age plastics that will absorb shock and are more resilient. The metal transmits damage when placing down or accidentally hitting a wall or door frame. Furthermore, the lack of bayonet mount, wobble (easy to lose) and glue sweat is awful.

          A good target for engineering a shade is the Oly m.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO => bayonet, metal mount ring and squeeze latch 'a la' Leica 35mm Summicron, and PLASTIC front (ideally Nylon, {or carbon fiber for the Sunday photographers}).

          Minor issue, but problematic, the "A" setting on the f/stop ring setting does not lock down (Gaffer to the rescue!). Maybe Nocticron II with a good shade and a button lock on the "A" setting?

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Favorite mft portrait lens

          By Martin Reiser

          from Singapore

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            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:

            This is a superb lens, extremely sharp even at f1.2, wonderful bockeh and excellent build. Most highly recommended, well worth its price.

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            One of my favorites!

            By ibmradio.

            from Clyde, Ohio

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Sports/Action
            • Video

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

            A real workhorse in my productions. It rarely comes off the GH4 body. Great bokeh and a nice focal length of around 90mm on the GH4 in 4K mode. Super sharp between f2.2 and f8. Nice and creamy at f1.2 -f2. It does fringe in high contrast areas if wide open, but doesn't seem to be too distracting in video mode and it is fixable in post with stills quite easily.

            Solid metal build too.

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Elite lens

            By bdale

            from Iowa

            About Me Pro Photographer

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                I use the Leica DG Nocticron for stills and video. It's incredibly sharp, focuses fast, has effective image stabilization, creates creamy background blur and produces great color and contrast. This is an elite lens and it stacks up well against elite lenses in any format. The MFT system has some great lenses in this focal range but nothing else has the unique look this lens produces.

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                (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great lens

                By Cookie

                from Belgrade, Serbia

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                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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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                worth the money

                By document life

                from east palo alto, ca

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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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                      (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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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                      (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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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                        (17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Awesome Lens

                        By Bill T

                        from Rowland Heights, CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        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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                          (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          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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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Definitely the Best

                            By Sam in Michigan

                            from Grand Rapids, Michigan

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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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