That one came out of nowhere, didn't it?
Interesting specs. And silly name, if you ask me. Maybe Leica marketing is now run by interns? That would explain the recent Mini M and Nano M stuff, too...
That Mini M and Nano M did not actually happen, did it?
About the Nocticron... The name, oh well... There was a time when all manufacturers were making up such silly names for their lenses (I have a Helioplan, a Solinar, a Delfinor, a Lattar, a Maginon, a Projar and a Talon :wacko: ). Just silly that Leica (and Zeiss) can't seem to stop that silliness.
A nice short portrait lens, a 85mm f2.4 FF equivalent. But probably at a much higher price than a 85mm f1.8 from Canon or Nikon (for FF).
It does give an advantage over APS-C. But I am more of a 135mm (FF) fan for portraits.
Interestingly ... this thing will have an OIS. That's quite unique at that speed. I'm slightly wondering about the centering problems here.
It will have to be very good at f/1.2 otherwise such a speed doesn't make much sense, especially given MFT users can already get the excellent Oly 45 f/1.8 which is very good wide-open and extremely cheap (at least here in Switzerland: 216 euros new!).
I concede this new Leica targets a different category of customers though.
I wonder if Panasonic will keep designing lenses with OIS (in-body stabilization) given their latest body features in-body stabilization.
I hope they will stop as I've never been a fan of OIS in-lens because of the adding complexity, larger size, heavier weight and decreased reliability (at least in theory).