Panasonic Unveils Super Fast Wide-Angle Lens, the Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4

If you're in the market for a wide-angle prime lens that can gather plenty of light, you might want to check out Panasonic's highly anticipated new offering.

Officially announced just hours ago, the Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 is a prime lens built for mirrorless Micro 4/3 cameras. Not only ideal for low-light situations, this lens, which is equivalent to a 24mm, is weatherproof, has aspherical elements that control spherical and chromatic aberrations, provides sharp and clear images, and features an AF/MF switch with an auto-focus motor that is quiet enough for video.

Key Features

  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 24mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • One ED Element, Two UED Elements
  • Weather-Resistant Construction
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Price: $1300

The expected availability for Panasonic's new lens is mid-August, but you can pre-order it now for $1300 at B&H    

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that's why I'll never be rich

June 15, 2016 at 3:28AM

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gandulf charpentier
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I have more money in the form of camera gear than I do in my bank account right now.

June 15, 2016 at 5:57AM, Edited June 15, 5:57AM

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Nicholas Ortiz
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Are you kidding? I am lucky to have more money in gear than my debt in bank :D

June 17, 2016 at 12:20PM

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zetty
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Wow, that's a very nice lens. When filming in 4K with a 2.3 cropfactor on my GH4, my F3.5 14mm lens became a 32mm lens. That's not a true wide angle lens anymore. When using it on 1080p, the cropfactor would be 2.0 and thus it would become 24 mm. To pay 1300 USD or more for this new lens is a very hefty price though. The alternative might be the Samyang 12 mm F2.0 which cost only 320 USD or near on. Alternatively one can take a look at the Sony Nex cameras which have a crop factor of just 1.5 (4K and 1080p) which makes wide angle lens selection a lot easier.

June 15, 2016 at 5:59AM

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Erwin Hartsuiker
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It's expensive, but it should deliver professional performance, so you are getting what you pay for. Hopefully it will be available for rental.

June 15, 2016 at 7:25AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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If you can do without autofocus, Voightlander makes a 10.5mm lens in f0.95 that you can snag for under $1100.

There's so many low budget cameras these days that do excellent video, though, so it's probably worth it to just get a bigger sensor than smaller lenses.

June 15, 2016 at 8:22AM

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Chuck McDowell
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I haven't shot with the Voightlander 10.5mm but the reviews were not good for it: Low sharpness and high chromatic aberration in the corners of your image until you reach f/2.8.

http://www.lenstip.com/445.1-Lens_review-Voigtlander_Nokton_10.5_mm_f_0....

This new Panasonic lens should perform much better and possibly be sharp across the whole image at full aperture.

June 15, 2016 at 8:37AM, Edited June 15, 8:40AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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This is why my family lives in our car. =/

But seriously, this is great!

June 15, 2016 at 6:20AM, Edited June 15, 6:20AM

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Benja Lockridge
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Looks like a winner to me!

June 15, 2016 at 5:59PM

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Cary Knoop
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i'll be giving this a serious look when the gh5 is released

June 16, 2016 at 4:16PM

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June 17, 2016 at 12:38PM, Edited June 17, 12:38PM

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