Panasonic 12mm f/1.4 Summilux ASPH lens!

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by jjinh, Jun 14, 2016.

  1. jjinh

    jjinh Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 6, 2014
    Don't see a thread for this (maybe it was the lens mentioned in here??).

    Anyway 43rumors has leaked images of a PL 12mm F1.4 apparently to be announced June 15th, i.e. tomorrow! :)

    Looks to be similar in style to the 15mm F1.7 but much bigger ('62mm filter size'). This could be quite interesting but bad for my wallet...

    Quote and pics from the website below
    Panasonic 12mm f1.4 Summilux ASPH lens

  2. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Oct 14, 2010
    Too bad it's yet another 12mm (especially when Oly's got that 12mm f/1.2 coming...). I would have paid big bucks to get a 10mm f/1.4 but these 12mm's won't do since I've already got my superb 12-40mm.
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  3. jjinh

    jjinh Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 6, 2014
    Didn't know about the Oly 12mm F1.2. Only recalled a possible Oly 25mm F1.2 so I also look forward to that!

    But yeh, I suppose wider like 10mm would have been better... we still need a wide rectilinear prime with AF.
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  4. srhphoto

    srhphoto Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 26, 2012
    My credit card has already ran off to hide! Time to start saving those pennies. 12mm is plenty wide enough for me :)

  5. benjimouse

    benjimouse Mu-43 Regular

    I'd take 4x light gathering over the 12-40 everytime. If Panasonic doesn't price this much past the oly 12mm, I could see myself selling my 12-40 for it.
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  6. NoSeconds

    NoSeconds Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Yep, would have preferred 10mm too but as I don't have the 12-40mm Pro I'm prolly going to pickup one of these 12mm primes - physical size and cost being the deciding factor over the 0.2 aperture difference... Although I do like the touted 20mm close focus distance of the PL...

    Who knows, if they're both excessively expensive I may just grab the 12-40 Pro instead... :biggrin:
  7. eteless

    eteless Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2014
    Interesting lens for the lineup however it doesn't appeal to me for a few reasons, size being one of them.

    That said if the coma performance is good it's still on the menu... a wide, fast, and without significant coma design is rare indeed.
  8. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    That thing looks Nocticron sized.
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  9. Mwing

    Mwing Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 31, 2014
    is this good for astrophotography (milky way) instead of the rokinon/samyang 12mm 2.0?

    Sent from my E6683 using Mu-43 app
  10. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Could well be, need to see the corner coma performance though. The PL15 is pretty good in this respect so there's some hope. The Samyang 12mm isn't that much slower on paper though, and being able to easily set MF in the dark is nice.
  11. brettmaxwell

    brettmaxwell Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 8, 2012
    It could potentially be the new best milkyway lens for m4/3, but 24mm equivalent can be a bit limiting and will require panorama stitching for many common milkyway compositions. A 9mm or 10mm f1.4 would be phenomenal, but perhaps double the cost, size, and weight.

    Focal length and aperture isn't everything though, the CV 10.5mm f0.95 seems like it would be a great astro lens, but reviews seem to all agree that the image quality at those large apertures is insufficient.

    MCMLXXIII AD Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 18, 2014
    This is going to be a cracking lens, but I don't need 12mm...I need 25/1.2 or 50/1.2!
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  13. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    Sound interesting, probably appealing for some. Seems pretty chunky.

    Not for me though...
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  14. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    All the local astrophotographers that I know seem to prefer using moderately fast wide angles (not UWA) on FF with auto pano mounts...
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  15. MaK543

    MaK543 Mu-43 Regular

    May 1, 2012
    MD USA
    We now have 12mm, 15mm, 25mm, 42.5mm, and 45mm PL lenses. There's no more room except 10.5mm, 17.5mm, and 67.5mm! YAY!
  16. Ramsey

    Ramsey Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 9, 2013
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Astro is not my cup of tea, but the more, the merrier, i guess.

    I'm not sure what kind of divine sign Oly and Panasonic are waiting for to issue a fast 17.5. That thing would sell like crazy
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  17. ahinesdesign

    ahinesdesign Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 6, 2011
    NC, USA
    I love fast wide angle lenses, and this looks fantastic. We already have a number of good-great wide lenses, where is a fast 17mm?!
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  18. SpecFoto

    SpecFoto Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Aug 28, 2012
    So Cal
    Well I could see myself selling my Oly 12mm f/2 for it. But the 12-40 zoom is just too good and useful of a lens to ever get rid of :2thumbs:.

    I also shoot with a D800 and a bunch of Nikon lenses. Since I bought the Oly 12mm f/2, 45mm f/1.8 and the original EM5 almost 4 years ago (coming August) I hadn't bought any new FF lenses until just 2 weeks ago. Having recently sold my Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 zoom (which I did not find that good or useful), I purchased a 24mm f/1.4 Sigma Art lens. I am enjoying the heck out of that lens, it is fast, wide, sharp and I luv it. So I am primed for this new, fast 24mm with M43, only hope it performs like my Sigma.

    The Nocticron is 67mm filter size, this new one is 62mm. Let's only hope it is built like the Nocticron, which is by far my favorite lens. BTW, the Sigma 24mm Art is 77mm filter size, and just for comparison costs $849. Hope that Panasonic keeps it pricing near that mark.
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  19. peppermonkey

    peppermonkey Mu-43 Regular

    May 20, 2013
    Toronto, Canada
    Well, assuming you want to focus on infinity, at least that's dead simple on a Panasonic body (press the lens mount release button).
  20. peppermonkey

    peppermonkey Mu-43 Regular

    May 20, 2013
    Toronto, Canada
    Umm...would the Panasonic Nocticron 42.5mm 1.2 be close enough to the 50?
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