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12mm F1.4 Panasonic Leica lens
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    PR

    The new 12mm wide-angle lens enables photographers to capture beautiful group, event, and nature photography. It also allows indoor shooting in low lighting and produces an impressive, natural defocusing effect with its F1.4 aperture. In addition, the LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH. boasts a rugged, splash/dust-proof design (when combined with splash and dustproof LUMIX G Mirrorless camera models) to meet the needs of a wide-range of photographic situations.

    Integrating two aspherical lenses, two UED (Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion) lenses and an ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lens, the lens system is comprised of 15 elements in 12 groups. The adoption of five special lenses makes it possible to meet the stringent LEICA standard for exceptional image quality with high resolution and minimum distortion. In general, flare is commonly seen around the periphery of a point source with many high-speed lenses when a large aperture is employed. However, the new LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH. achieves high resolution from the center of the image to the corners by suppressing this flare. Users can take advantage of this lens to shoot a brilliant night skies or night scenes containing illumination to capture true-to-life images with minimal blurring and distortion at the edges. The multi-coated lens elements also minimize ghosting and flaring.

    Incorporating an inner focus drive system and a stepping motor, the new LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH. is capable of smooth, silent operation together with the camera’s high-speed, high-precision contrast AF system for both photo and video recording. It is also compatible with the sensor drive at a maximum of 240 fps to take full advantage of cameras with high-speed AF. This stunning AF performance is excellent for recording 4K videos, where precise focusing is essential.

    The LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH. comes with an aperture ring for direct, intuitive aperture control. Nine blades give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings. A highly reliable metal mount assures durability for repeated use. The lens mount, the barrel and the hood are all made of metal to provide a sleek, sophisticated design that matches the entire line-up of LUMIX G Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) cameras.

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  • Hell yeah :D

    UK PR

    Panasonic’s New Ultra Wide-Angle 12mm Lens Enables Photographers to Capture Dynamic Landscapes with Rich Perspectives

    Rugged, splash and dustproof design to meet the needs of outdoor photographers

    Panasonic’s new LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH(1) lens is a high-speed, single focus lens that meets professional needs and provides high image quality. It not only offers outdoor photographers a tool for capturing landscapes across a wide angle but also allows indoor shooting in low-lit environments. Furthermore it can produce impressive, natural defocusing effects with its F1.4 large aperture and boasts a rugged, splash/dustproof design to cater for photographers carrying it on their outdoor adventures.

    LEICA standard for exceptional image quality

    Integrating two aspherical lenses, two UED (Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion) lenses and an ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lens, the lens system comprises 15 elements in 12 groups. The adoption of five special lenses makes it possible to clear the stringent LEICA standard for exceptional image quality with high resolution and minimum distortion.

    The new LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH achieves high resolution from the centre to the corners of the image, which can be taken advantage to shoot starry skies or night scenes containing illumination. The multi-coated lens elements also improve image quality to capture true-to-life pictures and video.

    Precise Focusing for 4K Video

    Incorporating an inner focus drive system and a stepping motor, the new LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH is capable of smooth, silent operation. When used in combination with any LUMIX G camera and its high-speed, high-precision contrast AF system, both photo and video recording are optimised. It is also compatible with the sensor drive at a maximum of 240 fps to take full advantage of cameras with high-speed AF. This stunning AF performance is excellent for recording 4K videos, where precise focusing is essential.

    Full, Intuitive Aperture Control

    The LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH has an aperture ring for direct, intuitive aperture control. Nine blades give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings.

    Metal Durability

    A highly reliable metal mount assures durability for repeated use. The lens mount, the barrel and the hood are all made of metal to provide a sleek, sophisticated design that matches the entire line-up of LUMIX G Mirrorless cameras.

    Help is at Hand to find the Perfect Lens

    From wide-angle to telephoto, there is a LUMIX G lens for all circumstances. To help you find the perfect lens for your needs, the Panasonic website offers an intuitive lens selector tool. Within the gallery, simply select the type of photos that you’d love to take and the website will provide recommendations for equipment to achieve similar, breathtaking results.

  • Looks like a stablemate to the 15mm 1.7. Would guess the price is probably similar. Definitely interested for 4K video (because of the tight crop).

    To echo @carlopecic. Hell yeah :)

  • Preorder for $1299

    http://www.adorama.com/IPC1214.html

    This is interesting:

    "The LEICA DG not only performs smooth aperture changes to eliminate sudden jumps in exposure...."

  • Hell :( I hope ther will be budget version @1.7

  • Ouch that's pretty steep, into the territory of the 42.5mm Nocticron. No thanks then lol

  • Good thing to understand - time for fast budget lenses from brands is over. On falling market they try to get huge margins on anything.

  • hard to reap a margin on a no sale

  • hard to reap a margin on a no sale

    You just have little understanding of cameras and lenses market.
    Guys who offer products and sell prices have much more information and knowledge.

  • Guys who offer products and sell prices have much more information and knowledge.

    ...not really...that's why products are continually being shelved

    ps...I might consider spending 1300 on a 12-60 f2 pz !

  • Review is already available

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    Regardless of the technical results, this is a lens that produces images that look fantastic. Some might argue that's actually what a lens is for and we need look no further than that. When we do examine the detail, the overall standard of sharpness is very good indeed, but becomes outstanding at the centre over most of the aperture range.

    https://www.ephotozine.com/article/panasonic-leica-dg-summilux-12mm-f-1-4-asph--review-29473

    Lens has clear issue with sharpness, especially at the edges.

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  • I am curious if this lens has smooth aperture change in video?

  • Cameralabs review shows excelent performance in corner/edge, better than other 12mm lenses.

  • Some reviews show quite poor results. And it seems little expensive, don't you think?

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    DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens is an excellent performer, although a bit on the pricey side, particularly when compared with the Lumix G 25mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens. But when build quality is taken into account, it represents decent value.

    http://photoreview.com.au/reviews/lenses/m4-3/panasonic-leica-dg-summilux-12mm-f-1.4-asph-lens-h-x012

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  • Why such a wide variation in testing edge sharpness reporting between the June 15th above and the 28th? Am I reading the graphs wrong?

  • @Kob

    What you mean exactly?

    As it is different reviews, different measurement methods and even lenses can vary.