Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 ASPH OIS lens review: Best performing Micro Four Thirds model

By Kevin Carter - Friday April 18 2014

Lens Review
Introduction | Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 ASPH mounted on Olympus OM-D E-M1: Highest ranking M4/3 lens to date | Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 ASPH versus competition | Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 ASPH image quality at F1.2 | Conclusion
Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 ASPH OIS lens review: Best performing Micro Four Thirds model

After evaluating Panasonic’s high-end Leica 15mm f1.7 Summilux lens, we’ve continued the theme by assessing the firm’s ultra-high speed stabilized 42.5mm f1.2 Nocticron model. Read on to find out if this new lens can contend with the best offerings from its partner and rival Olympus.

Introduced at CES at the beginning of the year, the Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm (85mm equivalent) f1.2 ASPH OIS is an ultra high-speed and stabilized model designed to tackle portraits in available light.

Unsurprisingly perhaps for a lens with a $1,600 ticket, it adopts an advanced optical formula consisting of 14 elements in total, arranged in 11 groups, including two aspheres, one low dispersion and one high refractive index glass element.

Adopting a new “Nocticron” moniker for its high-speed design, the new model features Nano lens coating for improved contrast, a circular diaphragm consisting of nine-blades and a metal exterior complete with an aperture collar. As this lens is likely to appeal to video enthusiasts as much as stills photographers a stepper motor is used for smooth, near silent autofocus.

While not exactly small with a 67mm front accessory thread and measuring 2.91 x 3.03" (74 x 77mm) this lens is more compact than rival offerings for full-frame models and is only moderately heavy at 14.99 oz (425 g). It is available now at $1,599.

Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 ASPH mounted on Olympus OM-D E-M1: Highest ranking M4/3 lens to date

Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 ASPH versus competition

Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 ASPH image quality at F1.2

Conclusion