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Old Jan 8, 2014, 12:08 AM   #1
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Default New Panasonic Leica 42.5mm f/1.2

Faster, better, cheaper! Well, two out of three ain't bad.

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Old Jan 8, 2014, 7:13 AM   #2
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Oh yeah. B&H has it for preorder at $1,699. I'm betting the 40-150mm f2.8 M. Zuiko coming out later this year is going to be less than that.
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Oh yeah. B&H has it for preorder at $1,699. I'm betting the 40-150mm f2.8 M. Zuiko coming out later this year is going to be less than that.
I sure hope so. I have a hard time warming up to the idea of paying more for a lens than the cost of the camera it's mounted on. I'm sure pros do it all the time but for this hobbyist who makes no $$ in photography it makes little sense.
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I sure hope so. I have a hard time warming up to the idea of paying more for a lens than the cost of the camera it's mounted on. I'm sure pros do it all the time but for this hobbyist who makes no $$ in photography it makes little sense.
Yeah, for now I'll be happy with my 45. I'm sure this lens is fantastic, but I'm not so positive that the landlord would understand why I wasn't giving him any money that month.

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I've been in a rather enjoyable position now for several years of not having to run anything by anyone. If I want it, and it's within the diluted state of reason I use to think about any photography-related purchase, I get it. In many ways a great thing, while not so good in others.

It's the 40-150mm f2.8 M. Zuiko carrot dangling out there later this year that has me in the current midset of, I'm going to be ready when that is available, making this $1,700 lens an unlikely purchase.....for now.
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Would not be interested in that for sure.
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I've seen some samples and while this lens appears to be very special I think it is only going to find it's home among a very few who have money to blow. It is a specific portrait lens focal length and you would need to decide that you needed something faster than the Olympus 45mm f1.8, or the existing Panasonic 45mm f2.8 macro but couldn't be bothered to manually focus with the Voigtlander 42.5mm f0.95 which at $999 seems a downright bargain... but still didn't want to get a full frame camera and the equivalent 85mm f1.2.

Me if I had $1599 (the $1699 price was a mistake) and didn't already have the 45mm f1.8 I would probably still buy the 45mm f1.8 and an EM-1 with the change
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Gordan Laing at Camera labs... Flickr posted some images from this lens on his flickr feed and after my request posted a comparison to the 45mm at f1.8...

review of the Leica with more samples Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f1.2 review on Camera labs

Leica 42.5 at f1.8


review of the Olympus 45mm f1.8 on camera labs review of the Olympus 45mm f1.8 on camera labs


Olympus 45 at f1.8
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For what I do with it the 45 is still top notch!
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For what I do with it the 45 is still top notch!
no doubt for what I do and after viewing those two images I linked, I'm more than happy to keep the Olympus 45mm f1.8 in my bag and the $1300 difference in my pocket... but anyways I thought it was an interesting comparison.
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