Panasonic will add the Leica-branded DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens to its line-up for Lumix G Micro Four Thirds system cameras in Australia in August 2016.


Angled view of the new Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens. (Source: Panasonic.)

Covering an angle of view equivalent to 24mm on a 35mm camera, this lens is ideal for low-light use, including astrophotography. Precisely engineered with a splash- and dust-proof design and a metal lens mount, barrel and hood, the new lens meets professional standards for durability and performance. The optical design comprises 15 elements in 12 groups and includes two aspherical elements, two UED (Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion) elements and an ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lens. Nine iris blades close to a circular aperture for smooth, attractive bokeh and the large maximum aperture makes it easy to separate subjects from distracting backgrounds and produces a natural-looking defocusing effect.

With an inner focus drive system driven by a stepping motor, the new lens is capable of smooth and silent operation, making it ideal for both photo and video recording. As well as supporting Panasonic’s fast, high-precision Depth from Defocus (DFD) technology, it also provides the precise focusing essential for recording 4K video.  The Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens is scheduled for release in Australia in August. It will be priced at AU$1,799 (RRP). Visit for more information.