Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH Hands On with Park Cameras

For the advanced amateur or pro photographer Micro 4/3rds now offers excellent optics in most if not all of the traditional focal lengths and with the OM-D EM-5 and EM-1 from Olympus and the GX7 and GH3 from Panasonic pro spec bodies as well.

Now Panasonic add to the growing range of pro-spec optics with the new Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH.

This is exciting news for Micro 4/3rds users as it is the fastest Auto-focus lens yet launched for the format.

Equating to the classic 85mm portrait focal length the lens also includes Power O.I.S. Stabilisation built it.

With 14 lens elements in 11 groups, 2 aspherical, one ED and one UHR lens the new 42.5mm promises superb performance.

The Aspherical elements suppress spherical aberration and distortion, the ED element and UHR element assure high performance and compact dimensions.

We have had some hands on time with the new 42.5mm and it certainly is an impressive lens. Depth of field at f/1.2 is razor thin and the 9-blade aperture produces beautifully smooth bokeh and there is a real '3D pop' look to the images produced.

Though on the large side for a Micro 4/3rds lens compared to its full frame equivalents it is truly diminutive and feels superbly well made.

Focussing is silent thanks to a newly developed stepper motor and with the 1.2 aperture and Power O.I.S this has to be the best choice for low light work in the short telephoto range.

It will be interesting to compare the new 42.5mm with the well regarded 45mm f/1.8 from Olympus which is dramatically cheaper but not stabilised of course – though with stabilisation built in to Olympus bodies and Panasonic following suit this is not an issue for most.

We hope to be able to post images from a production spec lens on our blog.

So another lens to add to the already substantial range offered in micro-4/3rds – no wonder the system is proving so popular!

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