Alongside the enthusiast-oriented DMC-GX7, Panasonic has announced the Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 - the fastest autofocus lens ever created for the Micro Four Thirds system. If you're getting a sense of deja vu that's because Panasonic actually announced this lens already (sort of) at last year's Photokina tradeshow in Cologne, Germany. But what was then a dummy lens behind glass now appears to be a real product, albeit one without any firm availability date or pricing information. 

The Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 is optically stabilized, and covers an effective focal length of 85mm on Panasonic and Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras, making it an attractive proposition for portraiture and low-light candid work. Details are scant, and we're expecting more information later this year.


Press Release: 

PANASONIC ANNOUNCES THE FASTEST INTERCHANGEABLE LENS FOR THE LUMIX G SERIES CAMERAS

NEWARK, NJ (August 1, 2013) Panasonic today announced the LEICA DG NOCTICRON 42.5mm F1.2 lens, the fastest (1) interchangeable lens in the Micro Four Thirds standard for the LUMIX G Series cameras.

Previously, Panasonic has marketed interchangeable lenses meeting LEICA specifications, including the LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25mm/F1.4 ASPH. and the LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45mm/F2.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S. The name "NOCTICRON" was defined by Leica Camera AG for this lens type continuing LEICA's legendary elements of large diameter, high quality lenses. The LEICA DG NOCTICRON 42.5mm/F1.2 achieves the fastest (1) F1.2 for a Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens, becoming the first large diameter, high performance NOCTICRON lens. 

Panasonic will continue to further advance its product development to meet the diverse needs of customers in the globally expanding Micro Four Thirds market. 

Note 1. For an AF interchangeable lens, as of August 1, 2013, according to research by Panasonic. 

Note 2. Details of the product specifications, the date of release and the price are yet to be announced.  See the lenses road map on our website.