Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH. Lens (Black)

BH #LE50095NB • MFR #11-602
Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH. Lens (Black)
Key Features
  • Leica M-Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/0.95 to f/16
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Five Partial Dispersion Glass Elements
One of the most legendary lenses in Leica's M-mount lineup, the black Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH. is an ultra-fast normal-length prime characterized by its unique rendering quality, ability to isolate subject matter, and exceptional low-light performance. Based on a classic double Gauss optical design, the lens employs a pair of aspherical elements, anomalous partial dispersion glass, and high refractive index elements to produce the distinct subtle softness when working wide open while also delivering accurate color and minimal distortion. A floating elements system is also used to maintain consistent image quality throughout the focusing range, from 3.3' to infinity. Additionally, the lens features a built-in extendable lens hood and accepts 60mm threaded filters.
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Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH. Overview

One of the most legendary lenses in Leica's M-mount lineup, the black Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH. is an ultra-fast normal-length prime characterized by its unique rendering quality, ability to isolate subject matter, and exceptional low-light performance. Based on a classic double Gauss optical design, the lens employs a pair of aspherical elements, anomalous partial dispersion glass, and high refractive index elements to produce the distinct subtle softness when working wide open while also delivering accurate color and minimal distortion. A floating elements system is also used to maintain consistent image quality throughout the focusing range, from 3.3' to infinity. Additionally, the lens features a built-in extendable lens hood and accepts 60mm threaded filters.

Extremely fast f/0.95 maximum aperture affords notable control over depth of field for selective focus shooting, and also benefits working handheld in low-light conditions.
Distinct "slightly soft" rendering is characteristic of the Noctilux line, and is well-suited to portraiture and other lifestyle applications.
Referencing a double Gauss-type optical design, the lens is constructed with eight elements in five groups. Five of the elements are made from anomalous partial dispersion glass and three are made from high refractive index glass to produce distinct rendering quality while limiting color fringing and chromatic aberrations.
Two large-diameter aspherical elements are also used to control spherical aberrations for improved clarity and reduced distortion.
A rear floating element is employed to maintain consistent image quality throughout the focusing range, even at the minimum focusing distance of 3.3'.
Built-in extendable lens hood shades and protects the front element to reduce lens flare and ghosting. Additionally, the front of the lens is threaded to accept 60mm screw-in filters.

Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH. Specs

Focal Length50mm
Maximum Aperturef/0.95
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountLeica M
Angle of View47°
Minimum Focus Distance3.3' / 1 m
Macro Reproduction Ratio1:17
Optical Design8 Elements in 5 Groups
Focus TypeManual Focus
Filter Size60 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.9 x 3" / 73 x 75.1 mm
Weight1.5 lb / 700 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.545 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.85 x 7.7 x 6.55"
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Considering the Heliopan variable ND filter for this lens, what would be the best recommended option?
Asked by: Silvio
I would recommend the B+W 3-stop ND filter with MRC coating. One method of use is to leave the filter on the lens, and shoot ISO 200 in daylight and ISO 3200 in low light or indoors (ISO 3200 is acceptable with the Leica M). The 3-stop filter is enough to allow you to shoot wide open even in bright sunlight, and the B+W quality assures you that there will be no loss of image quality.
Answered by: Ben S.
Date published: 2018-08-27

Do you need a evf to use this lens? Is this ...

Do you need a evf to use this lens? Is this blocking the viewfinder? I have a m9.
Asked by: Zhunyou
The Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 does block a good portion of the viewfinder (bottom right of the frame), and you do not need an EVF to use it though it does help when focusing at wide open. Also in your case, the M9 does not support the use of electronic viewfinders.
Answered by: Richard
Date published: 2020-08-12

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Does anyone know it's T-stop wide open?
Asked by: Anonymous
A photometric measurement of the T-stops gave theses results: 0.95/1.12; 1.4/1.44; 2/2.02; 2.8/2.8; 4/3.97; 5.6/5.41; 8/7.48 (engraved aperture/measured T-value).
Answered by: John
Date published: 2021-07-23

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Is the 10k price tag worth when you compare it to the $750 price tag of the Mitakon 50mm f.95? B&H # MI5095CFFB MFR # MTK50MF095BK
Asked by: Matt
One cannot measure the difference in dollars. There are many lenses with fast apertures than can give one a unique look, but none can do it the way the Leica noctilux does. It really comes down to what you want to shoot and how important that buttery smooth bokeh, and shallow depth of field, and transitions in contrast may be. If you one can live without the perfection of what the noctilux does, then dollars should be part of your equation. (But, you may always wonder did you choose wisely!)
Answered by: Robert
Date published: 2020-05-25

will this lens cover fuji gfx sensor? \

will this lens cover fuji gfx sensor? \
Asked by: ¿¿¿¿¿
Can't find anywhere where Leica lists an image circle spec. However, given the image circle diameter necessary for the GF cameras, 54.27mm and the image circle necessary for a Leica M, 43.27, image quality beyond that 43mm diameter would be poor at best. Especially at maximum aperture where vignetting is already off by 4 stops in the corners when used on an M body. Corner sharpness follows a similar pattern of degradation as distance from center increases. So, no. Even if some light lands on the edges of the Fuji frame it will be dim and not sharp.
Answered by: Patrick
Date published: 2019-05-10

is this a grey market lens?

is this a grey market lens?
Asked by: Darryl
No, these are Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH. lenses intended for the US market. To avoid confusion, B&H labels gray-market or imported items in the item name and/or by the SKU number.
Answered by: Jeremy
Date published: 2021-08-26

Does this include the box, accessories and ...

Does this include the box, accessories and paperwork?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, the Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH. Lens (Silver) is a new lens. It comes with, In the Box; Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH. Lens (Silver) Front Lens Cap Leica Rear Lens Cap for M-Mount Lenses Presentation Box Limited 3-Year Warranty
Answered by: Robert
Date published: 2021-08-26

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Has anyone ever used the Noctilux 0.95 on a Fuji X mount camera? If so, how did the images look? Thanks.
Asked by: Bonny W.
I haven't tried that setup, but I do have that lens. I use it with the Leica M (240). I know that the Fuji X series cameras have focus aids, and you should take into account that the lens (purposefully) has extremely shallow depth of field when used wide open. That is, it gives fantastic results when you nail an image, but it does require practice in order to get it right. (Many people use zone focussing, or some variant.) Also, as you probably know, the lens is noticeably heavier than other Leica lenses, and probably heavier than Fuji lenses. Enjoy!
Answered by: Ben S.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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