PMA@CES 2014: Panasonic Releases the Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH

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Leica aficionados using Micro Four Thirds cameras rejoice! Panasonic has released the Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH. The lens gives a 85mm f/1.2 equivalent on Micro Four Third systems, making it suitable for portraiture. The lens has Panasonic’s Power O.I.S. stabilisation built-in and is touted as the brightest aperture of any AF lens on Micro Four Thirds systems.

As with anything Leica-branded, this will not come cheap. It’ll be available in the first quarter of 2014 at US$1,599. Maybe David can get one for his Olympus OM-D E-M5.

YS: Geez, finally, after all that teasing, though I am certainly not interested at that price. And didn’t David sell his E-M5?

David: I still have it – haven’t put it up for sale. On the topic of this lens, I’ll say this is a pretty welcome development. Looking forward to see how this lens will improve further on the already very good Olympus 45mm f1.8 lens!

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Panasonic Pre-announces the Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 Micro Four Thirds Lens

Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 Lens

Ugh. I don’t know about you, but I am starting to get really tired of these “pre-announcements.” I know generating hype is important, as is making buyers skip their purchases of competitors’ products, but this really does not tell us much. Sure, it is a 42.5mm f/1.2, but Panasonic have already shown the prototype, and without a shipping date and price, there’s just not much to talk about that has not been rehashed elsewhere. Anyway, new lens, unknown launch date. You portrait photographers might like it. Maybe it will ship in 2014?

PS. Yes, we know how “equivalence” works. No, please don’t start in the comments.

(Image credit: Panasonic press image)

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