Panasonic Has A New Lumix G Leica DG Lens

Panasonic Lumix G Leica DG Summilux 12mm, F1.4 ASPH Lens

Panasonic has a new Micro Four Thirds lens in the new Leica DG Summilux 12mm/F1.4 ASPH. It’s 24mm equivalent for 35mm cameras. The new lens is a digital single lens mirrorless camera.  Unfortunately, Panasonic has not yet released a price or release date for this lens. Currently, Panasonic’s 15mm Leica DG Summilux lens runs about $600, so we expect a price point relatively close to that. For more details on the lens itself and specifications, check out the full press release below. —Scott Younker

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NEWARK, NJ (June 15, 2016) – Panasonic unveiled a new LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH. (35 mm camera equivalent: 24 mm) digital interchangeable lens for Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera based on the Micro Four Thirds standard. 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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Specifications

LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm / F1.4 ASPH.
Lens Construction 15 elements in 12 groups (2 aspherical lenses, 1 ED lens, 2 UED lenses)
Nano Surface Coating
Mount Micro Four Thirds mount
Optical Image Stabilizer
Focal Length f=12mm (35mm camera equivalent 24mm)
Aperture Type 9 diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm
Maximum Aperture F1.4
Minimum Aperture F16
Closest Focusing Distance 0.20m / 0.66ft
Maximum Magnification Approx. 0.1x / 0.2x (35mm camera equivalent)
Diagonal Angle of View 84°
Filter Size φ62mm / 2.44inch
Max. Diameter φ70.0mm / 2.76inch
Overall Length Approx. 70mm / 2.76inch (from the tip of the lens to the base side of the lens mount)
Weight Approx. 335g / 11.82oz (excluding lens cap, lens rear cap and lens hood)
Standard Accessories Lens cap, Lens rear cap, Lens hood, Lens storage bag

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