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Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens

You Pay: $10,995.00
Product Highlights
  • World's Fastest-Aperture Lens - f/0.95
  • State-of-the-Art Optics and Mechanics
  • Exceptional Performance
  • Amazing Quality Throughout Focal Range
  • 2 Aspherical / Rear Floating Elements
  • 6-Bit Lens ID Bar Code for Digital M
  • Leica M Bayonet Lens Mount
  • Extremely Soft & Diffuse Backgrounds
  • Depth of Field Scale on Lens Barrel
  • Knurled Focusing Ring

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.

The brightest lens available for any interchangeable lens camera system today
Produces the most extremely diffuse, soft backgrounds
11% greater light-gathering capacity than its predecessor (Noctilux-M 50mm f/1)
Improved peak resolution over that of the Noctilux-M 50mm f/1
Floating 2-element rear lens group retains consistent performance at closer shooting distances
Just ~1% of maximum distortion (barrel type); nearly undetectable
Dedicated collapsing hood
Accepts E60 filters
Lens mount's rear has 6-bit code allowing digital M-series cameras to identify lens and its characteristics
Classic depth-of-field scale at rear of lens barrel
Filter Size 60mm
f/Stop Range f/0.95-16.0
Minimum Focus Distance 3.3' (1 m)
Magnification 1:17
Angle of View 40° x 27° (horizontal x vertical)upon analog cameras
30° x 20° (horizontal x vertical) upon Leica M8/M8.2
Groups/Elements 5/8
Length 3.0" (75mm)
Maximum Diameter 2.9" (73mm)
Weight 1.54 lbs (700g)
Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens
  • Rear Lens Cap for M-Lenses
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  • Leather Lens Case
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty
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    Leica50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens
     
    5.0

    (based on 12 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits (3)
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      5.0

      Wonderful Lens!

      By RAG

      from Florence, SC

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Home
        • Portraits
        • Traveling

        Comments about Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens:

        This is an expensive lens. Having said that, its quality is appealing to the senses and there is a feeling of being connected to the photographic experience which is primal and hard to explain. It is tack sharp and fast with a razor thin depth of field when it is wide open, so it can be a little difficult to focus. There is something to "the Leica experience" and this lens is a pleasure to use.

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        5.0

        Night time in the Nepal Mountains

        By George

        from Daejeon, South Korea

        Comments about Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens:

        This is a great lens for taking pictures in the mountains. When using in the middle of the night one can not only see more than your eye does but it also shows the mountains with a background of stars. I took photos and videos when visiting Nepal and was amazed at the photos. I never knew at there were s many stars in the night sky! All around great lens that sees more at night then your eyes!

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        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic Bokeh

        By Sal

        from Chicago, Ilinois

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        Pros

        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraits
          • Studio

          Comments about Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens:

          A pleasure to use. Easy focusing. Images continue to favorably surprise me. The bokeh is lovely. Focus line is very sharp.

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          5.0

          Leica M 50mm f/0.95

          By fchan1211

          from Toronto, Canada

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            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Portraits
              • Studio

              Comments about Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens:

              This is the most expensive lens I ever bought so far, but this is also the best 50mm lens I ever used. I am sure that this is the lens for life and you won't feel sorry to buy it now if you can afford it.

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              5.0

              amazing

              By david

              from santa monica

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              • Durable

              Cons

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                  Comments about Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens:

                  It hasn't come off my Monochrom since I received it from B and H. Incredible detail all through the image when you want it and dreamy bokeh and excellent isolation when when you want that. It's surpassed my expectations! For me the 1.4 magnifier helps to get the focus I want at .95It's build quality is absolutely excellent and its weight on my Monochrom gives a good feel in my hands.Price is a real concern! I had been thinking about getting it since getting my Monochrom and seeing many excellent and unique photos done with it on that camera. When I saw B and H finally listed it as in stock, desire overcame common sense and I got it....but then that was the case with my Monochrom too. I don't regret for a second either purchase!!!!!!! The Noctilux is a lens that I will always have and enjoy using.I've used it for portrait, street, landscape and a wedding with very unique and beautiful results. It's a lens that gives me a creativity that I really enjoy exploring!!!!!

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                  5.0

                  in a class of its own

                  By klinerm

                  from charleston, sc

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens:

                      I've had this lens for over a year, and only now feel I understand it well enough to review it. The great thing about this lens is that it absolutely excels at two different things - incredible bokeh, on one hand, and incredible sharpness, resolution, and lack of distortion, on the other. The catch is, the magic of a super-crisp sharply isolated subject, and a dreamy, alluring out-of-focus background, is only obtainable if you can manually focus the camera quickly enough and with enough accuracy at a fast enough shutter speed to prevent blur. If you can, this lens and an M9 give you the potential to make the photo "pop" like nothing I've ever seen. It's a whole level beyond the 50 / 1.4 ASP, which is my next favorite.

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                      5.0

                      Paint with light

                      By pvezir

                      from Athens, Greece

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens:

                          As everybody knows "photography" is coming from the Greek words write with light. Some thousands years later Leica gave us the absolute tool to do that. This lens can do everything in any conditions. On top of that is amazingly sharp even on wide open. I know that is quite expensive but if you want a lens that will be your best buddy go for it.

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                          5.0

                          The PERFECT lens.

                          By Platypus

                          from NSW, Australia.

                          About Me Pro Photographer

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                                Comments about Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens:

                                It is said that there is no such thing as perfection, well I beg to differ....this lens is PERFECT. It is the most exciting, creative, magical lens that I have ever used and I have had the good fortune to own a wide variety of Leica lenses over the last thirty years or so. I have had my Noctilux .95 since last February (having waited the usual eternity for it to arrive) and, after six months I still use it almost every day and I am still constantly amazed and excited by at what this lens does wide open and how great it is all around. I have come to the conclusion that it is the the only lens I will ever need or want. It is addictive!! Sure it is a heavy beast and it does block the view finder of my M9, but believe me you soon adapt to those small irritations and they no longer matter. This lens is nothing less than THE experience of a lifetime.

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                                (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Awesome Glass!!

                                By M

                                from Aliso Viejo, CA

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Nice Bokeh
                                • Rugged
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Night Photography
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Weddings/Events
                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                  Comments about Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens:

                                  The lens as you probably have read in all the online forums has the ability to produce a magical effect wide open. Stopped down it renders very similar to the current version Summilux 50 1.4 ASPH. It is an absolute joy to use. View finder blockage mysteriously becomes a non issue as you begin to shoot with it.

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                                  5.0

                                  Amazing results!

                                  By garyabq

                                  from Albuquerque, New Mexico

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                                  Pros

                                  • Buttery blur
                                  • Image Quality
                                  • Low-light capability

                                  Cons

                                  • none

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everything

                                  Comments about Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens:

                                  I have been playing around with this lens for the past week. I can confirm the two things I've heard from others who own this lens: first, it is very hard to focus -- the lower the light you're in the more difficult it is to focus; second, when opened up to .95, the spot you've focused on is razor sharp with softness radiating outward until you get to buttery smooth blur along the margins. This yields almost surreal results. And when shooting at f11 or f16 the subjects are razor sharp (assuming you get good focus) which is evident even when blowing up an image in Photoshop to 100%. This lens is a little heavy for my M9 body but compared to using a Canon 70-200 f2.8 this lens is very lightweight. All in all this lens is meeting and exceeding my expectations. If you can afford one and can find one, treat yourself!

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                                  5.0

                                  Much better than the last version

                                  By Archi

                                  from Seoul, Korea

                                  Pros

                                  • Brighter
                                  • F095
                                  • Sharper Focusing

                                  Cons

                                  • Bigger
                                  • Heavier
                                  • More expensive

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoor
                                  • Night shooting

                                  Comments about Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens:

                                  I own the previous Noctilux f1.0 with 6 bit. Comparing the two models, this new version is not only 5% brighter, the main focused area is sharper than the previous version. Amazing lens for M9 Digital format. But if you want the softer Noctilux result, the previous version will do fine.

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                                  (53 of 63 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  King of Night

                                  By Alex

                                  from Miami

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Comments about Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens:

                                  I use Noctilux for low light photography. Having Summilux and Summicron, I was able to perform a test of this lens (of course I refer only to Leica lenses, as nothing in 50 mm can match their performance). Besides of Noctilux being extremely great in low light, it has a great unbroken and "dreamy - creamy" boken. There is nothing as good as Noctilux. Sometimes you can make a Summilux to match performance of Noctilux (at f/1.4), yet the boken and result is not the same. My recommendation is to keep both Noctilux (for low light and special photography), and Summicron (my choice of a second 50 lense due to a small size), or Summilux. I would never give up Noctilux, and would purchase Leica body(s) at least because of this lense. If your preference is not a "dreamy" look, but rather a sharp looking photo, then Summilux is a better choice. Noctilux produces very nice "old-look" unique images. The size is not an issue, as it balances very well with Leica light-weighted body. You will never miss a shot with Noctilux, as flash is not needed, and with Noctilux expectations of "creamy" unique images are more important than sharp digital-looking photos. Absolutely amazing lens and best performer for low light photography.

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