CES 2014: Panasonic Announces the LEICA DG NOCTICRON 42.5mm F1.2 Ultra High Speed Portrait Lens
The F1.2 Ultra High Speed Portrait & Medium Telephoto Single Focal Length Lens
January 6, 2014 -- Panasonic is proud to introduce the new LEICA DG NOCTICRON 42.5mm / F1.2 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (H-NS043) interchangeable
lens for the LUMIX G based on the Micro Four Thirds System standard.
(35 mm camera equivalent: 85 mm). This incredible lens not only has a
maximum aperture of F1.2, but it also incorporates optical image
stabilization (POWER O.I.S.) along with full time Auto Focus. Certified
by the world-renowned LEICA, exceptional high image quality is
guaranteed as well as its sophisticated metal design. The name
"NOCTICRON" was newly defined by Leica Camera AG for this lens that
achieves a remarkably fast F1.2 aperture among Micro Four Thirds digital
new lens system is comprised of 14 elements in 11 groups and uses two
aspherical lenses, one ED (Extra-low Dispersion) and one UHR (Ultra High
Refractive Index) lens. The aspherical lenses suppress spherical
aberration and distortion. The ED lens enables sharp, high contrast
description without color bleeding to the corners while the UHR lens
enables high optical performance that renders an image with uniformed
descriptiveness from center to edges as well as downsizing of the lens
popular 42.5 mm medium-telephoto focal distance (Equivalent to 85 mm on
a 35 mm camera) is perfectly suited for portraits with rich
stereoscopic effect. Together with the high-speed aperture, users can
utilize the beautiful soft focus for more impressive, creative shots.
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. It also captures landscape with an extremely natural
perspective. In addition, the aperture ring on the lens barrel allows
direct, intuitive control over aperture settings.
Panasonic's Nano Surface Coating technology has been adopted to the NOCTICRON 42.5mm / F1.2 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. Reflection
is dramatically minimized at entire visual light range (380nm-780nm) by
applying the extra-low refractive index coating with nano-sized
structure on the surface of the lens. It results in a super clear image
with dramatic reduction of ghost and flare.
to the shallow depth of field which is unique to the large aperture
lens, even a slight handshake can potentially cause images to be
out-of-focus. However, the POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) which
is integrated in the LEICA DG NOCTICRON 42.5mm effectively compensates
for not only small, fast movement but also large, slow movement, making
it easy to capture super clear shots even when shooting in low-lit
situations such as in night time or indoors.
incorporates superior inner focus system, which enables excellent
resolution and contrast from close-up to infinity. The inclusion of
newly developed stepping motor makes the focusing action smooth and
silent for use in both still and video recording. Notably the
performance of Auto Focus is far superior to the phase-difference AF
when a fast lens with smaller F value is used. When mounted on LUMIX G
cameras, users can take advantage of the high-speed, high-precision
Contrast AF system.
sophisticated metal design of LEICA DG NOCTICRON 42.5mm / F1.2 ASPH. /
POWER O.I.S., including the hood, deserves to bear the prestigious LEICA
name. A highly reliable metal mount is durable enough for repeated
mounting of the lens.
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• NOCTICRON are registered trademarks of Leica Camera AG.