Panasonic 12mm f/1.4 Lens Review: Panasonic’s new luxurious Leica lens is wide, fast and sharp
posted Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 3:22 PM EDT
Last month, Panasonic unveiled their latest lens created in partnership with venerable optics company Leica, the Panasonic 12mm f/1.4 Leica Summilux. What's now the widest and brightest rectilinear autofocus prime lens for Micro Four Thirds, it offers MFT shooters a big 24mm eq. field of view as well as excellent low-light capabilities and subject isolation.
We've just completed our full review of this compact, bright prime lens, and by most counts -- except for maybe our wallets -- the new Panasonic 12mm f/1.4 is fantastic. The lens is very sharp, even wide open, with very little in the way of chromatic aberration, vignetting, or even distortion, which is quite impressive given its wide-angle focal length. The build quality is fantastic, sharing a similar design with other recent Panasonic Leica lenses, such as the 42.5mm f/1.2 Nocticron. It's constructed almost completely from metal and is dust- and splash-proof, so the lens not only feels great in the hand and balances well, but it's also designed to withstand some rather harsh environments.
For all the details, head over to our in-depth Panasonic 12mm f/1.4 lens review. Here, we not only have our full range of test results, sample images and handling notes, but we also have a selection of real-world gallery images for downloading right from within the review itself.