Panasonic has announced the Leica DG Summilux 12 mm f/1.4 ASPH. for Micro Four Thirds cameras. It’s the equivalent of 24 mm in full format. The lens boasts a rugged, splash/dust-proof design (when combined with splash and dustproof camera).
Integrating two aspherical lenses, two UED (Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion) lenses and an ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lens, the lens system is comprised of 15 elements in 12 groups. Panasonic says the adoption of five special lenses makes it possible to meet the stringent Leica standard for exceptional image quality with high resolution and minimum distortion.
The company also notes flare is commonly seen around the periphery of a point source with many high-speed lenses when a large aperture is employed. However, this new lens is said to achieve high resolution from the centre of the image to the corners by suppressing this flare. Multi-coating also minimizes ghosting and flaring.
Incorporating an inner focus drive system and a stepping motor, the lens is capable of smooth, silent operation.
The new lens has an aperture ring for direct aperture control. Nine blades give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings.
A metal mount assures durability for repeated use, says Panasonic. The lens barrel and hood are also made of metal.
The lens weighs 335 g (0.74 lb).
No word as yet on availability and price.