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Leica 50mm / f0.95 ASPH. (E60)
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- 50mm focal length
- F0.95 maximum aperture; F16 minimum
- Manual focus
- 60mm filter thread
- 1m/39.3" minimum focus
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Leica M||Leica M||Leica M||Leica M||—||Leica M|
|Item Dimensions||2.87 x 2.95 x 2.87 in||4 x 4 x 4 in||2.13 x 2.05 x 2.05 in||2.09 x 1.85 x 2.09 in||6 x 6 x 6 in||2.13 x 2.05 x 2.05 in|
|Item Weight||1.54 lbs||0.74 lb||0.65 lb||0.66 lb||2.65 lbs||7.76 ounces|
|Lens Type||Prime lens||normal||normal||Prime lens||fixed||normal|
|Maximum Focal Length||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||85 millimeters||50|
|Minimum Focal Length||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||85 millimeters||1.5|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||60 millimeters||—||49 millimeters||39 millimeters||86 millimeters||49 millimeters|
After more than 30 years, Leica breaks its own record and introduces the world s highest-speed aspherical lens: the LEICA NOCTILUX-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH. It is the successor to the famous LEICA NOCTILUX-M 50 mm f/1 ASPH., which was added to the product range in 1975. Thanks to state-of-the-art optics and mechanical technologies, Leica has succeeded in achieving substantial improvements over the previous model. With nearly identical dimensions, a noticeable increase in lens speed has been achieved. The extremely shallow depth of field (DOF) at open aperture produces portraits and detailed studies of unequalled aesthetic effect. Even when just slightly stopped down, the result is outstanding image quality, comparable to the LEICA SUMMILUX-M 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH, which is considered the best standard lens ever produced. When used in available light photography, the lens exceeds the perception of the human eye. Even the light from one candle can be sufficient for handheld photography. A floating element retains high image quality even in the close-up range. Vignetting and distortion have also been visibly improved compared to the 50mm f/1.
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The Noctilux is tack sharp in the field of view even at f/0.95 and has a special dreamy isolation look that simply can't be obtained with a Summilux or any other lens I've ever used. At f/1.4 it has the identical depth of field and clarity of the Summilux--sometimes I need to stop it down to f1.4, for instance, if I'm nearly face-to-face with a portrait subject and I want the nose, eyes and ears to be in the field of view--at f/0.95 one can get the eyes in focus and have the nose and ears *out* of focus. But I stop it down to f/1.4 or 2.0 and I can take great portraits even as close as 7/10th of a meter away. And there is no way to get the look this lens provides any other way (at least that I know of). It is the dreamy-and-sharp all at the same time. The build quality on the lens is absolutely bespoke. This thing will be around and working for my grandchildren. That said, it is my #1 tool in my toolbox and if I could only have *one* single lens for my Monochrome, it would be this lens. As it is my second lens is a 28mm for wide-shot landscapes and my third lens is a 135/f2.8 for sneaky stealth faraway street photography or the occasional wildlife shot.
The major downside of this lens is the weight--it is heavy and it is large. It is much larger and heavier than a Summilux or other traditional Leica lenses. It is more of a "medium format" size lens. Also, at f/1.4 and tighter I can't find any difference between it and the Summilux.
I tried a knock-off made by SLR Magic--that lens is garbage and nowhere near the Noctilux in any respect--not in the feel, heft or build quality of the lens nor more importantly, in the pictures it creates. The SLR Magic version is simply fuzzy--unless stopped down to f/4 or tighter the SLR Magic lens is simply out-of-focus no matter what you do with it. Stopping it down to f/4 defeats the purpose of having a super-fast f/0.95 lens. The SLR magic was a total waste of money.
I have owned one of these since it was launched. I beat it up, used it day in and out in pro situations. Needed repair twice.
It's large for a rangefinder lens but not large when compared to some DSLR lenses such as the Canon 85 1.2 or even 50 1.2L.
It's no where near medium format size.
The price is insane, $11k is just ridiculous but if you want this signature and look this is the only game in town. I have used this lens on an M8, M9 and M 240. My best results came from using it on a Sony A7s and A7II. This is fact and pretty interesting. It is amazing in the A7II and A7s. No RF to go out, no hoping you nailed focus and no worries. Just the same gorgeous color and signature that you would expect.
So with my lens needing repair twice (I now have a new one) and the cost being ridiculous why give this 5 stars? It's simple. It provides a look to your images when wide open that no other current production lens will give you. Period. If you want the Noct look, NOTHING will do it. No Canon lens, no Nikon lens, no Zeiss lens, etc. It's a one of a kind and while its not perfect (has CA and barrel distortion) it's a legend and a special lens. A lifetime lens, one to hand down to your kids.
Beautiful lens, probably the worlds most beautiful and on the A7 series it gets new life.
This lens released in 2008 as a modernization and update to the venerable Noctilux 50/1.0 which Leica released in 1966.
This lens like the original Noctilux, latin for light of the night, is the most light avid production lens on the market. Allowing the photographer to take photos hand held in very low light situations where normally a tripod and very long shutter speeds would be required. Many dedicated Leica shooters actually love this lens for daylight photography as well and use ND filters to allow for using this lens "wide open" in the daytime.
The Noctilux formula adds a lovely texture and creaminess to light, has a beautiful pattern of bokeh and can make even mundane photos look and feel special.
The price tag is high, but the lens is hand manufactured in Germany in very small batches and maintained in good condition they sell briskly on the secondary market at a price which is very close to the MSRP.
Highly recommended for serious enthusiasts and professionals who can afford it
I JUST PURCHASED THE LENS IN JAN 2016 AND I LOVE IT AND WHAT IT CAN DO.
Pro... it the best light weight lens in the market for it range.
Con.. dry up wallet and bank account.