Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH Power OIS Lens

Model #H-NS043

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Weight 14.99 oz (425 g)
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.91 x 3.03" (74 x 77 mm)
Filter Thread 67 mm


Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
Angle of View 29°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.64' (.5 m)
Magnification 0.1x
Focal Length 42.5mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 85 mm
Diaphragm Blades 9
Elements/Groups 14/11
Aperture Maximum: f/1.2 - 16
Camera Mount Type Micro Four Thirds


Tripod Collar No
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Expert Reviews
12 February 2014

This new prime lens for Micro Four Thirds system cameras sports a fast f/1.2 maximum aperture, Power Optical Image Stabilisation, Nano Surface anti-reflective coatings and a manual aperture ring.

22 January 2014

Optically, this lens is currently amongst the best performers available for the Micro Four Thirds format due to its delivery of high sharpness, with low CA and distortion. This alone is enough to recommend this lens.

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    Excellent sharpness from maximum aperture, Low distortion, falloff and CA, Effective stabiliser, Excellent build quality, Manual aperture ring, Fast focusing, Realistically priced

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    Aperture ring may not function on all Micro Four Thirds bodies

Lenstip com.34355424
9 January 2014

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.

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    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...

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

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
3 May 2017

Hands down the best lens I have ever owned. Take this and it's image stabilizer and pair with the new gh5 and wow, you got some smooth footage with incredible depth. Great portrait lens as well.

B h photo.32817553
23 June 2017

This lens is worth the price. It is large for an m43 lens, but it pulls you into a whole new realm of wonderful with what it can do. I cannot praise the image quality enough. I also own the Olympus 75mm f1.8 which is a great lens.

B h photo.32817553
23 June 2017

Simply an amazing lens with clean image quality and fast focus. Within a few minutes of using I became familiar with the speed and accuracy of this lens. Loving it so far and I can't wait to use it on my trip to Yosemite soon.

B h photo.32817553
23 June 2017

Simply an amazing lens with clean image quality and fast focus. Within a few minutes of using I became familiar with the speed and accuracy of this lens. Loving it so far and I can't wait to use it on my trip to Yosemite soon.

B h photo.32817553
4 May 2017

This is a great prime for the GH5! Love the stability and speed.

B h photo.32817553
3 March 2017

I bought the 42.5 Nocticron for low light portrait shooting on my em1. Notwithstanding the well documented balky autofocus problems with the em1 in low light, I recently shot close-up people pictures at f1.2, ISO 12,800 at an Independence Day celebration in the Dominican Republic with truly...

B h photo.32817553
22 February 2017

One of the best lenses I've ever used during 40 years of photography and videography. Sharp, fast, accurate color, great AF and nice manual focus control.

B h photo.32817553
18 January 2017

Honestly one of the best lens I ever owned / used. You may be hesitant with the price but the 1.2 f.stop really saves you in low lighting situations. The separation between your backdrop and focus subject is amazing.

Product Highlights
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 85mm Equivalent Focal Length
  • Fast f/1.2 Maximum Aperture
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Nano Surface Coating
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • One Extra-low Dispersion Element
  • One Ultra High Refractive Index Element
  • Nine Circular Diaphragm Blades
  • External Aperture Ring & Metal Design
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In The Box
  • Panasonic LUMIX G Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH Power OIS Lens
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Storage Bag
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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