Panasonic has a new fast wide-angle lens to sell you, but its aperture isn't the only thing that's big.
The H-X012 Leica DG Summilux 12mm f1.4 lens (a 35mm equivalent of 24mm) is brighter than the competing 12mm f2.0 lens from Olympus but comes in at $1,300 (approximately £900 and AU$1,800) compared with just $700 (£550, AU$850) for the Olympus.
It is a professional-quality lens designed for Micro Four Third cameras, though, and is comprised of two aspherical lenses, two UED (ultra-extra-low dispersion) lenses and an ED (extra-low dispersion) lens -- 15 elements in 12 groups. Panasonic says the combination suppresses flare, allowing for high resolution from the center to corners.
Using a quiet inner focus-drive system and a stepping motor, the lens is suitable for both photos and video and can take full advantage of cameras with high-speed autofocus.
Other features include:
- A rugged, splash- and dustproof design
- An aperture ring for direct, intuitive aperture control
- A nine-blade aperture
- A metal lens mount, barrel and hood
The H-X012 can be ordered now, but it isn't expected to ship till July or August.