Leica DG Nocticron 42.5 f/1.2 First Look video by WDC.


WhatDigitalcamera posted the Leica DG Nocticron 42.5 f/1.2 First Look. And LLoyd Chambers writes quite an interesting note about the OIS feature of the lens:

I’m not a fan of optical stabilization, because it does not improve imaging performance and in this case, I’d want to use it on the Olympus E-M1, which has superb in-body image stabilization. So those extra lens elements just make the lens heavier and more expensive and more complex and more prone to alignment errors. Well, it is what it is.

Sure OIS doesn’t improve the IQ on Panasonic cameras???

P.S.: I take the chance to ask our European readers if they found any preorder option in Europe! I haven’t :(


Nocticron the day after. RAW files for download and killer price discussions…


Depth of field and sharpness are excellent at f/1.2 (Image on top via Quesabesde).

Our spanish friends over at Quesabesde (translation here) posted a first test of the new lens with RAW files available for download. Their first conclusion is rather positive:

The level of detail and resolution achieved this Nocticron is very high even at maximum aperture. If the center of the image resolution is spectacular the corner performance does not disappoint. The aberrations are well controlled,  the reflections do not seem a problem for optics. Vignetting is evident at f/1.2 and disappears at f/2.0. OIS is very effective.

I have little doubt that this is an extraordinary performer. it could even beat the Fuji 56mm f/1.2 in terms of optical performance and the Panasonic also has OIS and likely faster AF. Well, that’s the good side of the story. The biggest limit of the lens is the likely the price: $1,699 (here at BHphoto) is quite a lot, but you obviously get the best of all MFT lenses. So the question to you is:

Will you buy the lens?

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Hot! First picture of the Panasonic GH 4K camera mockup!


Image courtesy: SmallCameraBigPicture

Panasonic is now displaying the mockup of new Panasonic GH 4K camera at the CES Las Vegas show! There are no details yet about the camera price, specs and launch date. The new GH 4K will NOT replace the GH3. It will be placed above it rumored specs are:

1/8000 shutter
1mil dot OLED screen
21mm OLED viewfinder, 3,000+ dot.
Time code
200mbps mp4 All-i/100mbps IPB
4:2:2 10/8bit output
3G-SDI and XLR adaptor (An adaptor that the camera sits on with XLR x2, HD-SDI x4)
Price: €2799


This is an enlarged crop of the top of the GH 4k (it’s just like the GH3).