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Lens review

Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5 mm f/1.2 Asph. P.O.I.S.

9 January 2014
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary

Pros:
  • high build quality,
  • brilliant image quality in the frame centre,
  • very good image quality on the edge of the frame,
  • very low lateral chromatic aberration,
  • practically zero distortion,
  • excellent coma correction,
  • low astigmatism,
  • out of focus image pleasing to the eye,
  • silent, accurate and quick autofocus,
  • efficient image stabilization,
  • good performance against bright light.

Cons:

  • high vignetting,
  • a bit too pronounced longitudinal chromatic aberration.

The list of pros and cons speaks for itself, leaving no doubt what kind of lens you deal with. I admit I was tempted to give it our “Editors’ Choice Award” but I restrained myself, mainly due to that huge vignetting. An expensive lens designed for small sensors should perform better than that. The noticeable level of the longitudinal chromatic aberration can be forgiven as, after all, it is not especially high.


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Despite the vignetting blunder I don’t doubt the achievements of the tested lens should be assessed very well. If you can afford it I am pretty sure you will be very pleased with the purchase and the lens will be a joy to use.