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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Nikon Launches the 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2 Portrait Lens For The Nikon 1 System

1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2
1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2

In the world of 35mm full-frame cameras, the 85mm focal length is a favourite among portrait shooters. All the major camera makers like Nikon and Canon both have this focal length in the lens line-up, offering both a f/1.8 and the more expensive f/1.4 and f/1.2 flavours – the latter being very popular with the professionals.

Today, Nikon launched the 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2 portrait lens for their Nikon 1 system. This is equivalent to 86mm f/3.2 on full-frame systems, thanks to the 2.7x crop factor of the 1-series cameras. The maximum aperture of f/1.2 makes it the fastest lens for the Nikon 1 System to date.

The lens features a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for super fast focussing as well as Nano Crystal Coat and Close Range Correction (CRC) for sharp, distortion-free images. A M/A (autofocus with manual override) mode lets you manually focus the lens during AF operation, something that’s not commonly seen on the 1-series lenses.

Priced at a rather ridiculous ambitious US$899.95, the lens will be available from June.

YS: US$900 is going to be stretching it. I imagine a lot of people would rather buy the AF-S 50/1.4 with a competent DSLR like the D5200. Sure, it’s bigger, but this is one point where the trade-off for size is no longer worth it. At least in my opinion.

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