Where are you P43/1.2???

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by WT21, Jun 6, 2013.

  1. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    Anyone hear any rumors on the Panasonic 43/1.2. I'm really itching for this lens, though I know it's going to require a gear sell-off to afford it.
     
  2. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    Where are you P43/1.2? - same place as the rumoured Oly fast zooms! Until they are announced and available for purchase, they are no more noticeable than trees falling in forests devoid of people!
     
  3. jamespetts

    jamespetts Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 21, 2011
    London, England
    When it was first announced, it was specifically stated that it would be available in 2014. It is still 2013. 2014 is next year. It should be available then.
     
  4. sammykhalifa

    sammykhalifa Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 22, 2012
    Pittsburgh PA
    Neil
    Dumb question maybe, but do people really think it's going to be THAT much better than the Oly45? Yeah, I understand that it will be much brighter, but this thing's going to cost well north of a grand, I imagine. And the Oly is here now--I'd probably be more impatient for that rumored 150mm instead.

    I guess maybe if people are more "expert" than me they'll really notice a difference, heh. I'm definitely no pro.
     
  5. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    Dang. I must have missed the "2014" bit :(
     
  6. dav1dz

    dav1dz Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 6, 2012
    Canada
    2014 is so far away! They teased it way too early.
     
  7. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Joe
    Yeah looking forward to it as well.

    Depending of course how exotic the glass is I don't expect it to be sharp wide open, but no f1.2 ever has been I believe...by f1.8 though it'll probably match up quite well against the Oly 45mm. Should be a real background obliteration lens, great for portraits, as is a tiny bit of softness too.
     
  8. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    But the PL25 is sharper at f/1.4 than a Canon EF 1.4, so it's possible the 1.2 could be reasonably sharp.
     
  9. STR

    STR Mu-43 Veteran

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    May 16, 2013
    42/1.2 was announced. And photographed. We still don't know IF the Olympus fast zooms exist, and if they do, what their focal lengths and apertures are. They're complete unknowns beyond a handful of patents that suggest Olympus was at least working on something along those lines.
     
  10. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Joe
    Lets hope so.

    I think all of the better m43 primes are perfectly acceptable wide open, excellent even....for me anyways. I've never had a complaint with the primes I have or have tried (14, the new 17, 20, 25, 45, 75).
     
  11. rklepper

    rklepper Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 19, 2012
    Iowa, USA
    Robert
    Link on the 42/1.2?

     
  12. rklepper

    rklepper Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 19, 2012
    Iowa, USA
    Robert
  13. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    Better isn't really the point of fast lenses (often they're worse, optically). Shooting in low light, with shallow DoF are what it's designed for. Plus Panasonic doesn't make money from the Olympus 45, so a competitor that may divert some sales makes sense.
     
  14. sammykhalifa

    sammykhalifa Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 22, 2012
    Pittsburgh PA
    Neil
    Ha, yeah that's all true. I suppose it will be the fastest AF lens around, too.
     
  15. McBob

    McBob Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 22, 2012
    In the meantime, there should be the Voigtlander 42.5/0.95 in about a month or so
     
  16. With_Eyes_Unclouded

    With_Eyes_Unclouded Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 17, 2012
    Vassilios
    IIRC, this is usual with Olympus lenses and even bodies. I can't recall a case where they presented a mock-up of a lens they were going to introduce one year later. Usually when we see a photograph, lens "prototypes" (i.e. very close to release items, perhaps with non-final firmware) are already in the hands of testers/reviewers.

    OTOH, Panasonic is happy to "announce" lenses and camera bodies months or years prior to actual release, in which case "release" means a broad statement about the item "being available" but, in reality, almost nowhere to be found for actual purchase.

    Different marketing paradigms, I suppose.
     
  17. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    And with focus peaking available on the most recent Lumix & Olympus bodies, should be a good seller :smile:
     
  18. STR

    STR Mu-43 Veteran

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    May 16, 2013
    Google Image Search for "42.5 f1.2"

    42.5 1.2 and 150 2.8 side by side
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    Compared to 7-14
    oscar210_3_Panasonic-_4b13087e1a7a96e61520ac9c8822a1fb.

    Good info. Personally, I prefer having a heads up towards what I should be saving for (though, I don't use primes aside from the normal-ish 20mm 1.7 for low light). But I dig most Panasonic decisions more than Olympus, which is probably why I haven't bought anything from the latter, though their flashes and 60mm macro look great to me. Some day...at least for the 60mm.
     
  19. With_Eyes_Unclouded

    With_Eyes_Unclouded Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 17, 2012
    Vassilios
    You have a valid point there. Sometimes it's better to pre-announce a piece of gear instead of relying on rumor sites to culticate a sense of expectation. Perhaps though it's a valid strategy to take the competition by surprise. A relevant example would be for Olympus to come out with an "actual" 150mm f/2.8, or similar, before Panasonic and announcing it just a couple of months beforehand.