Panasonic Announces the LUMIX G LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm F1.4 ASPH Lens

Panasonic has announced a new, professional quality lens for Micro Four Thirds Cameras, launching the LUMIX G LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm F1.4 ASPH (Aspherical) Lens. This lens has a new model number of H-X012, and is designed to impress the most discriminating of photographers with its professional build quality, great optics, and highly desirable features.

Panasonic_12mm_f14_1000px.jpegWhen used on a Four Thirds System Camera model, this new lens will offer a 35mm equivalent focal length of 24mm, with a very bright f/1.4 maximum aperture that will allow a camera to focus faster and capture images using faster shutter speeds at the same ISO speeds and lighting conditions when compared to most other lenses with a similar focal length.

This new Lumix G 12mm f.1.4 Aspherical lens sports two aspherical lens elements, combined with two UED (Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion) lens elements, as well as an ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) optical element to insure the best image quality quality possible using current technology..  

This new premium lens is also designed with 15 elements in 12 groups, configured to make sure it can offer superior image quality compared to competing lens models, so that users can capture amazing images in more conditions, including when shooting in very low light, thanks to its wider f/1.4 aperture.

Flare and Ghosting are also well controlled, thanks to a very advanced optical design, using the latest multi-coated lens element design, with construction that also insures optimum light transmission with less distortion,

This new Lens also features Professional Level build quality including Weather Sealing for use in harsher environments, and image quality is enhanced even more with a 9 blade circular aperture designed to help provide smoother out of focus highlights.  

Four Thirds System owners will soon have the opportunity to enjoy this new premium quality lens, since the new LUMIX G LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm F1.4 model will be available at www.shop.panasonic.com and authorized dealers in the near future. Panasonic has not yet announced a firm availability date. But, do not expect to wait long, as Panasonic users are going to be anxious to use a lens with its superior quality and build design.

This new lens is expected to list for about $1299, and we will be looking forward to using one soon. Please see the Press Releases below for even more information:

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PANASONIC LUMIX G LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm, F1.4 ASPH Lens

The H-X012 Micro Four Thirds Professional Wide Angle Mirrorless Lens


NEWARK, NJ (June 15, 2016) - Panasonic unveiled a new LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH. (35 mm camera equivalent: 24 mm) digital interchangeable lens for Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera based o n the Micro Four Thirds standard. The new 12mm wide-angle lens enables photographers to capture beautiful group, event, and nature photography. It also allows indoor shooting in low lighting and produces an impressive, natural defocusing effect with its F1.4 aperture. In addition, the LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH. boasts a rugged, splash/dust-proof design (when combined with splash and dustproof LUMIX G Mirrorless camera models) to meet the needs of a wide-range of photographic situations.


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. 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. In general, flare is commonly seen around the periphery of a point source with many high-speed lenses when a large aperture is employed. However, the new LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH. achieves high resolution from the center of the image to the corners by suppressing this flare. Users can take advantage of this lens to shoot a brilliant night skies or night scenes containing illumination to capture true-to-life images with minimal blurring and distortion at the edges. The multi-coated lens elements also minimize ghosting and flaring.


Incorporating an inner focus drive system and a stepping motor, the new LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH. is capable of smooth, silent operation together with the camera's high-speed, high-precision contrast AF system for both photo and video recording. It is also compatible with the sensor drive at a maximum of 240 fps to take full advantage of cameras with high-speed AF. This stunning AF performance is excellent for recording 4K videos, where precise focusing is essential.


The LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH. comes with an aperture ring for direct, intuitive 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 highly reliable metal mount assures durability for repeated use. The lens mount, the barrel and the hood are all made of metal to provide a sleek, sophisticated design that matches the entire line-up of LUMIX G Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) cameras.


LEICA is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH.

SUMMILUX is a registered trademark of Leica Camera AG.

Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.


To learn more about Panasonic's line of other consumer electronic products please visit www.shop.panasonic.com.


Based in Newark, NJ, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company is a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation. The company offers a wide range of consumer solutions in the U.S. including LUMIX Digital Cameras, Camcorders, Blu-ray players, Home Audio, Cordless Phones, Home Appliances, Beauty, Grooming, Wellness and Personal Care products and more. In Interbrand's 2014 annual "Best Global Green Brands" report, Panasonic ranked number five overall and the top electronics brand in the report. As part of continuing sustainability efforts, Panasonic Corporation of North America relocated its headquarters to a new facility, adjacent to Newark Penn Station in Newark, NJ. It is the first newly constructed office tower in Newark to earn both LEED Platinum and Gold certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council. To learn more about our products, visit panasonic.com. Follow Panasonic on Twitter @panasonicUSA; additional company information for journalists is also available at www.panasonic.com/pressroom.