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PanasonicLUMIX G Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH Power OIS Lens
 
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  • Nice bokeh (9)
  • Strong construction (9)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (8)
  • Rugged (5)
  • Consistent output (3)

Cons

  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (6)
  • Night photography (5)
  • Landscape/scenery (4)
  • Video (3)
  • Weddings (3)
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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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    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

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        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

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          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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