Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens

Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens

Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens

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Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens

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  • 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
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Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.2 overview

  • 1Description

Characterized by its fast and sophisticated optical design, the Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. from Panasonic is an 85mm equivalent prime for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. The fast f/1.2 maximum aperture benefits working in difficult lighting conditions and also affords more control over focus position for producing shallow depth of field imagery. The lens's optical design employs a pair of aspherical elements, one UHR element, and one extra-low dispersion element to reduce both spherical and chromatic aberrations for improved sharpness and clarity. Additionally, a Nano Surface Coating also enhances contrast and color fidelity by reducing lens flare and ghosting.

Complementing the optical attributes, this lens also distinguishes itself with a POWER Optical Image Stabilizer, which minimizes the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting. A stepping AF motor and internal focus design also offer fast and near-silent focusing performance that is ideal for both photo and video applications.

Portrait-length prime is designed for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras and provides an 85mm equivalent focal length.
Exceptionally fast f/1.2 maximum aperture offers notable control over depth of field for working with selective focus techniques and also benefits shooting in low-light conditions.
Two aspherical elements and one Ultra-High Refractive Index element help reduce spherical aberrations and distortion for improved sharpness and accurate rendering.
One extra-low dispersion element controls chromatic aberrations and color fringing for greater clarity and color accuracy.
A Nano Surface Coating minimizes surface reflections throughout the entire visible spectrum for maintained contrast and color fidelity with a marked reduction in lens flare and ghosting.
An internal focusing system, coupled with a stepping AF motor, results in fast, smooth, and precise focusing performance that is well-paired to both still shooting and movie recording.
POWER Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.) minimizes the appearance of camera shake to realize sharper imagery when shooting handheld.
Metal lens barrel is accentuated by a dedicated MF/AF switch and an aperture ring for more direct, intuitive operation.
Rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.
UPC: 885170180772
In the Box
Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens
  • G Lens Cap for Lumix Lenses (67mm)
  • Rear Lens Cap for Lumix G Lenses
  • Lens Hood
  • Storage Bag
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.2 specs

    Performance
    Focal Length 42.5mm
    Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 85 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/1.2
    Minimum: f/16
    Camera Mount Type Micro Four Thirds
    Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
    Angle of View 29°
    Minimum Focus Distance 1.64' / 50 cm
    Magnification 0.1x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:10
    Optical Design 14 Elements in 11 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
    Features
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Autofocus Yes
    Physical
    Filter Thread Front: 67 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 2.91 x 3.02" / 74 x 76.8 mm
    Weight 14.99 oz / 425 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.3 x 4.5 x 4.5"

    Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.2 reviews

    Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 47.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible optics 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.� �And don't get me started on the bokeh. How this thing makes a tack sharp sliver of a focal plane at F1.2 melt away into a blissful and oh so pleasing smooth cloud of blurriness will confounded your senses.� Micro four thirds cameras are as good as ANYTHING on the market when you use the right lenses - like this one.
    Date published: 2017-12-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Leica Nocticron After a year of my thinking about it, B&H had a couple hundred bucks off sale, so I bought one. I come from decades of great Nikon gear, so appreciate a nice sharp image. Other objective technical reviewers have said this lens is among the best of any brand, and my subjective opinion concurs. The focal length is a sweet-spot for portraits, gardens, family dogs and kids, and many other applications. Bokeh is just what you want, and the 1.2 aperture offers new opportunities in non-flash low light. Yes, it costs a few extra bucks, but if quality is important to you, get one.
    Date published: 2017-02-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb 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.
    Date published: 2014-08-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great 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.
    Date published: 2014-09-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The sharpest lens I have ever owned. 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.
    Date published: 2015-06-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best Lens on my GH4 for stills and videos PROS: Highest resolving lens on my GH4 the micro contrast creates amazing 3D pop effects in portrait shots. This lens is amazingly good at f/1.2 I used to own the Voigtlander 42.5mm f/0.95 lens but I found I had to stop it down to f/2.8 or even f/4 to get edge to edge sharpness. What is the point of a f/0.95 lens which is only useful @ f/2.8? I have sold my Voigtlander sice purchasing the Noctricon. The greatest thing about the Noctricon is the colour� and bokeh. It is also super sharp @ f/1.2 edge to edge. CONS: Very expensive. The lens barrel is rather big and on my GH4 it protrudes below the mounting plate (problem solved by replacing the tripod mounting plate with one with a smaller length. The lens hood is rather big.
    Date published: 2017-11-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great 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
    Date published: 2014-11-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! 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.
    Date published: 2016-03-19
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