Close look at the new Leica 12mm f/1.4 reviews…


Back in April I reported about the new 12mm Leica lens (rumor article here). And now that it has been officially announced let’s check out if the lens is as good as advertised by Panasonic.

CameraLabs compared the lens with the Olympus 12mm f/2.0 and 7-14mm f/2.8 lenses:

The Leica Summilux 12mm f1.4 kicks-off the comparison in isolation as the only lens in the group to open to f1.4. There’s visible vignetting darkening the image, but look beyond this and you’ll see an image that’s still impressive crisp and detailed. Close it to f2 and the vignetting essentially goes away, while the Olympus 12mm f2 joins the battle. The Olympus crop wide-open at f2 suffers from vignetting, but you’ll also see that it’s softer than the Leica Summilux – indeed it’s lacking the crispness and details of the Leica when the Leica is at its maximum aperture of f1.4.



ePhotozine tested the lens on the GX80 and writes:

Regardless of the technical results, this is a lens that produces images that look fantastic. Some might argue that’s actually what a lens is for and we need look no further than that. When we do examine the detail, the overall standard of sharpness is very good indeed, but becomes outstanding at the centre over most of the aperture range. This high standard shows up the effects of diffraction with the fairly soft results at f/16 and it is probably a wise decision not to include the option of f/22.
No lens is perfect, but we have here a very exciting prospect for MFT format users with a lens that provides a unique bright f/1.4 aperture and excels at producing superb images. Lovely.

Photographyblog writes:

The Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 ASPH is an outstanding ultra-wide-angle prime lens. It’s exceptionally well-built, weather-proof and delivers fantastic image quality at both the centre and edges of the frame, even when shooting wide-open at f/1.4, and the very welcome aperture ring makes it quick, easy and precise to set this key element of exposure.

12mm f/1.4 at BHphoto. Amazon. Adorama. Panasonic US. WexUK. ParkCameras.

Panasonic GX80/85 tested by Dpreview: “impresses with image quality, versatility”


Dpreview posted the full GX80/85 review. The camera earned the Silver Award with a 82% overall score:

“So what do you get if you buy a Panasonic GX85? You get a 4K capable camera that can be used handheld thanks to great image stabilization. You also get an impressive stills camera with good image quality which can shoot fast action with relative ease thanks to its very good autofocus system and burst rate of 6 fps with AF-C. You get a logically designed body with enough custom buttons to satisfy most, a tilting LCD with an excellent touch interface and easy-to-use Wi-Fi connectivity.
What you don’t get is weather-sealing, microphone or headphone jacks, an external battery charger or the latest generation 20MP Four Thirds sensor. But most casual shooters can probably live without those things.”

Store links:
Black GX80/85 at BHphoto. Amazon. Adorama. WexUK. ParkUK.
Silver GX80/85 at BHphoto. Amazon. Adorama. ParkUK.

Panasonic GX85/GX80 Hands-On Field Test by TheCameraStoreTV

The guys from TCST really like the new GX80/85 a lot!!!

I think the GX80 is one of those camera that do not get a lot of media attention on the web as it has no visible big new “WOW” feature. But when it comes down to real usability the GX80 beats most of the competition. A real hidden jewel camera!

Store links:
Black GX80/85 at BHphoto. Amazon. Adorama. WexUK. ParkUK.
Silver GX80/85 at BHphoto. Amazon. Adorama. ParkUK.

GX80 records Flooded Paris

Flood of the Seine in Paris | Crue de la Seine à Paris from Pier-Yves Menkhoff on Vimeo.

Pier Yves is testing the new GX80 and recorded those images of the flooded Paris:

“Paris is under flood sine one week. I made 2 films about it. On this second film (3 minutes) >, you can watch what happens just in front of my building…It changes me from Kansas City. Completely filmed with the Panasonic DMC-GX80 and the Panasonic 12-35mm F/2.8 lens.