A large, heavy, gorgeously-engineered piece of hardware, the Noctilux-M 50 mm F0.95 ASPH is guaranteed to turn heads. Its maximum aperture of F0.95 makes this Leica's fastest lens, but in practice, you'll struggle to get accurate focus 'wide open'. If you can get it right though, you'll be rewarded with uniquely shallow depth of field. The optical design comprises eight elements in five groups, with a floating rear element. Ideal for those holiday snapshots of life in first class.
Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH
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|Lens type||Prime lens|
|Max Format size||35mm FF|
|Focal length||50 mm|
|Lens mount||Leica M|
|Special elements / coatings||2 aspherical elements 5 anomalous dispersion glass elements|
|Minimum focus||0.70 m (27.56″)|
|Maximum magnification||0.059 x|
|Full time manual||Unknown|
|Focus notes||floating focus system|
|Weight||700 g (1.54 lb)|
|Diameter||73 mm (2.87″)|
|Length||75 mm (2.96″)|
|Materials||metal barrel, metal mount|
|Filter thread||60 mm|
|Notes||built-in extendable hood|
Leica Noctilux 50 mm f0.95 lens for 'M' cameras
The Noctilux is a large and heavy lens with the unusual maximum aperture of f0.95, and a price of about $11 thousand USD. Few people would see the need to pay this much for a lens whose image quality is bested by many cheaper lenses, and so the ultra-fast aperture of f0.95 is the sole justification for that price as far as I know. Once a user gets the Noctilux onto their camera and gets used to what it provides, they might feel better about their expenditure, since the speed is real and will ...