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- Without question, one of the finest Micro Four Thirds lenses to date
Unboxing and Hands On with the Leica Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2ces 2014
Without question, one of the finest Micro Four Thirds lenses to date
Leica and Panasonic have had a close relationship in recent years, collaborating on several lenses for the Micro Four Thirds standard. The latest progeny of the house of Pana-Leica is the Nocticron, a 42.5mm f/1.2 lens with optical image stabilization for MFT cameras.
Panasonic was kind enough to lend us a sample of the new lens for the last few weeks, on the condition that we don't drool all over it. After lots of shooting with it both at home and here in Las Vegas, we're ready to tell you all about it. The short version? This may be the best Micro Four Thirds lens currently in existence.
The Nocticron is an ideal low light portrait lens, with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 85mm. At f/1.2 the depth of field isolates faces wonderfully, while the bokeh wide open has a slightly swirled quality. Details are tack sharp at f/1.2, however, and the bokeh and sharpness both improve as you stop down slightly, as you'd expect.
There are some weird quirks that we did notice in our time with the lens, namely that the aperture ring does nothing with Olympus bodies. Panasonic says this is because Olympus simply doesn't support aperture rings (they're not found on most MFT lenses), but they may change that in the future. Anyway, we'll let the samples speak for themselves, which you can see below.
UPDATE: Panasonic has confirmed that the U.S. price for the Nocticron will be $1,599.