A fast and optically refined wide-angle prime, the Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 ASPH. Lens from Panasonic is a 24mm equivalent lens designed for Micro Four Thirds digital cameras. Characterized by its truly bright f/1.4 maximum aperture, this lens is ideal for working in low-light conditions and also affords a wealth of control over focus placement for using shallow depth of field techniques. The optical design employs a pair of aspherical elements, two ultra extra-low dispersion elements, and one extra-low dispersion element in order to control both spherical and chromatic aberrations for a high degree of sharpness and clarity from edge to edge. Benefitting the optical assets, this lens also incorporates a smooth and quiet autofocus motor that is well-suited to both stills and video recording, and a manual AF/MF switch lends direct focus mode adjustment for more intuitive handling. Additionally, the all-metal construction of the lens is also weather-resistant in order to permit working in trying environmental conditions. Pairing Leica's design legacy with Panasonic's technological innovation, this versatile wide-angle prime is distinguished by both its optical merits as well as intuitive handling and contemporary functionality.
- Micro Four Thirds System
- 24mm (35mm Equivalent)
- Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
- Two Aspherical Elements
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 Overview
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 Specs
|Focal Length||12mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 24mm)|
|Lens Mount||Micro Four Thirds|
|Lens Format Coverage||Micro Four Thirds|
|Angle of View||84°|
|Minimum Focus Distance||7.87" / 20 cm|
|Optical Design||15 Elements in 12 Groups|
|Diaphragm Blades||9, Rounded|
|Filter Size||62 mm (Front)|
|Dimensions (ø x L)||2.76 x 2.76" / 70 x 70 mm|
|Weight||11.82 oz / 335 g|
|Package Weight||1.24 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||6.4 x 4.5 x 4.45"|
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 Reviews
Expensive (heavy) lens that delivers
Moved on from a Rokinon 12mm F2 MF to this lens. Had business trip to Tokyo and picked this up locally. Pros: F1.4, super sharp in the center, absolutely great color rendition, nice bokeh (IMHO), silent and rapid AF, solid construction. Works well on Oly bodies. Cons: The price, of course, but you decide if it is worth it. As a hiker and an avid wide angle fan, this is my goto lens BUT the weight is HUGE compared with other MFT primes. I did not subtract any stars because it is lots of glass (low F) and metal construction. Just be aware that as you get older you WILL think about how much you want to lug that extra weight if you are doing mileage.
This 12mm MFT f1.4 has been an excellent lens for wide gimbal work in low light. I use for filming wedding receptions.
Dissapointed and suprised
I've been using m43 on and off for 2 years, and have been impressed at how good the best m43 lenses are, and how poor some of the other m43 lenses are. Not suprisingly, the more expensive lenses tend to be the better ones, except for the simple lenses like the pancakes. My usual m43 wide angle is the excellent Panasonic 8-18 but I wanted something faster. The Olympus 12mm was good but not great unless stopped down--at which point there was no reason not to use the 8-18 I already had. Reviews of the Panasonic 12mm were stellar and that's what I expected. The good news is that this lens is a fine performer by f/2.8 and on a par with the Olympus 12mm at f/2. But at f/1.4 it behaves like an old-fashioned 1.2 lens, fine in the center, soft at the edges and with the correction m43 cameras apply to keep things rectilnear, pretty awful in the extreme corners. No quality control issues that I could see; the lens behaved exactly the same in all 4 corners and sharpened up beautifully when stopped down. So if you must have the speed and can confine the important stuff to the center (or just stop down) this lens is everything people say it is. It's beautful to behold, and says "Leica." And it might be great for video. Just don't photograph any brick walls at f/1.4.
Crisp and Clear
Great lens for indoor low light. Crisp and Clear. Great response under low light conditions. Lightweight. Manual aperature.
perfect addition to my GX8
I already had a 20mm and 45mm for my micro four thirds camera. This high quality wide angle lens makes this collection more complete. It has already come in handy for its first job. Great optics with very little distortion.
Very low CA, great sharpness. Mint condition. recommended!
This lens delivers beautiful deep colors. I am amazed that for such a wide lens it has very little distortion. Build quality is excellent and focus is quick. Highly recommended for the Panasonic G9.
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