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Pro portrait photographers will tell you that the 85mm f/1.2 lens is considered "magical;" Panasonic has teamed up with Leica to bring similar magic of extremely limited depth of field portrait photography to Micro Four Thirds camera owners with the Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH lens.
Constructed of 14 elements in 11 groups including two aspherical lenses, one Extra-low Dispersion and one Ultra High Refractive Index element, the lens suppresses spherical aberrations and distortion, while letting in sharp, contrasty images and uniform sharpness from edge to edge. All this is in a small and relatively lightweight lens that includes nine aperture blades for pleasing bokeh.
Panasonic also notes that thanks to its extremely wide maximum aperutre and resulting shallow depth of field, the lens can also be used for stereo effets as well as portraits, low-lit inside shots, and landscapes. Panasonic says the lens is optimized for the Lumix G MILC system for high-speed, precise autofocus.
Pricing and availability were not announced.