Panasonic Goes Wide and Fast with New 12mm f/1.4 Lens

June 16, 2016

By Greg Scoblete

Panasonic has a pulled back the curtain on  new, fast, wide-angle prime lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras: the LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH

Offering a 35mm equivalent focal length of 24mm, the SUMMILUX 12mm is splash and dust proof and has two UED and one ED lens element to reduce flare. It stops down to f/16, has nine aperture blades and close focusing up to 0.66 feet. 

The lens employs an inner focus drive system and a stepping motor for smooth AF and is compatible with Panasonic’s Depth to Defocus system.

There’s an aperture control ring for manually setting aperture and the lens mount, barrel and lens hood are all made of metal. 

The new lens ships in August for $1,300 and is available for pre-order now.