The brightest lens available for any interchangeable lens camera system today, the Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M works with any Leica M-mount camera. Noctilux redefines the limits of available-light handheld shooting, and for some it is really a reason unto itself to shoot with the Leica M system. The Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 is able to create 11% more light gathering capacity without lowering the peak central resolution, compared to its predecessor, the 50mm f/1.0 lens.
The Noctilux-M f/0.95 is born to shoot at amazingly large apertures of f/1.4 and brighter. It can allow you to make pictures that other lenses, no matter the camera behind them, could never achieve. Together with the excellent high-ISO abilities of Leica M cameras, you can do things like capture an image of someone's face lit by a tiny candle or a cigarette's ember. If you can see it, you can shoot it.
Add a neutral density filter and try shooting at f/0.95 in bright daylight; imagine beach snaps where backgrounds are completely unrecognized washes of sky/water blue and sandy white blobs. It is almost like the feeling of a dream. With the Noctilux's unique capacity, you could capture a full-length picture of your friend in Times Square and perhaps not even be able to tell that they were in that immediately-recognized setting.
The Noctilux has a floating rear lens group, which aims to provide higher performance at closer focus ranges. Leica has also decreased vignetting with the Noctilux-even at f/0.95 you'll only have 1.5 stops of light loss in the image corners. Incredible images are waiting to be made by this lens.
|Minimum Focus Distance||3.3' (1 m)|
|Angle of View|| 40° x 27° (horizontal x vertical)upon analog cameras |
30° x 20° (horizontal x vertical) upon Leica M8/M8.2
|Maximum Diameter||2.9" (73mm)|
|Weight||1.54 lbs (700g)|