First Look Video & Images: Panasonic 12mm f/1.4 Summilux Lens for Micro 4/3


First Look Video & Images: Panasonic 12mm f/1.4 Summilux Lens for Micro 4/3

UPS guy just dropped off a lens I have been excited about trying out. The new Panasonic Leica 12mm f/1.4 Summilux for Micro 4/3 has landed! Literally, just about 2 hours ago.

Since I have yet to seriously shoot it or use it, I just made a first look and thoughts video, and have 2-3 images I snapped for fun to see the character…and I like it so far. The build is solid, the style reminds me of a baby Noctilux or Nocticron and the focus is very fast. As fast as I would ever need. I would guess that this beats the Olympus 12mm f/2 for pop and pizazz even though I’ve always loved the Olympus. This guy is a new beast. Larger, feels great on the camera, has a manual aperture dial (for use on Panasonic cameras) and the contrast and color appears to be fantastic in my initial tests.

The price is a shocker though…$1297! WOW! That’s more pricey than the Olympus 7-14 Pro 2.8! BUT IT IS MUCH LESS than the Leica 21 Summilux for the M mount 😉 hehehe.

So enjoy the video below, and look for my full review of this lens soon! Also have a full review of the Olympus 300mm pro coming and a Sony 70-200 G master review!

a couple backyard shots minutes after I unboxed it…right out of camera…click for larger. All at f.14



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  1. Compare Oly EM1 with 12mm f2 vs Panasonic and Pan/Leica outfit. $, weight, waterproof, use able slow shutter speed and IQ. I’M GUESSING Oly BLOWS Pany outfit out of the water.

  2. Nice lens. Too bad panasonic decided to limit their sales and only allow the aperture ring to work on panasonic cameras. Guess ill stick with my Oly 12mm. Its smaller and produces more than acceptable results.

  3. Well, even though I just moved from MFT to Fuji I couldn’t resist to watch your video Steve.
    As a matter of fact I watch and enjoy them all, you always bring a smile to my face.

    Now off to see if you ever did a video on the X100/S/T.

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