Panasonic 12mm f/1.4 Lens Review: Panasonic’s new luxurious Leica lens is wide, fast and sharp


posted Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 2:22 PM EST


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.

Panasonic GX8: f/11, 1/200s, ISO 200

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.

Panasonic GX8: f/1.4, 1/60s, ISO 500
Panasonic GX85: f/1.6, 1/6400s, ISO 200

Panasonic 12mm f/1.4 ReviewGallery

Panasonic GX8: f/5.6, 1/50s, ISO 3200, -0.3EV