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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"

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

the bomb~

By Alfonso
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-16

Killer lens but it has a often purple fringing in high contrast situations!

there is no better 50mm lens, Leica or otherwise

By Sam
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-01

This is the pinnacle of 50mm photo lenses, and a lens any serious photography connoisseur should aim to own. The price is stratospheric but the resale is so good, that you can be assured of maintaining value over the long run. The color, contrast and depth of field is unrivaled, but the lens is an artists lens, not a technical lens.. it is anything but sterile in it's outputs.

Fantastic Lens

By Gary D
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-02-23

I dont think there is anything Ive come across like this lens especially when used at f/0.95. The bokeh is very smooth...Ive heard it equated to buttery which i would agree. I do have a UV filter to protect the lens. Minor issue - when I add an ND filter to it (cause you will most likely need a 3 or 6 stop filter since you are shooting with a really wide aperture) each time i unscrew it, it also unscrews the UV filter. Just a minor issue i am sure can be fixed to ensure the UV doesn't try to come off with the ND. Great lens overall.

Amazing!

By Joshua
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-12-31

If you are reading this, you are already in too deep. Buy it. You won’t regret it.

Outstanding!  Images have a special and distinct look.

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-08-22

An amateur's perspective. I bought this lens, sold it thinking I wanted to free up some funds for other gear, and regretted it from that day forward . . . until I re-acquired it! There is just something special about the way that the lens draws; its images just stand out. I use it on the Leica SL so achieving focus is very attainable. It is a bit heavy and a tad unbalanced, but very manageable. I don't really understand those that complaint about its size and weight. (Perhaps it's more of an issue on the rangefinder M cameras).   There are other fast lenses that come close to the Noctilux, certainly they can be found at much more affordable prices, but for me, there's just nothing like it!

Good but not without flaws

By Al
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2018-12-19

The field curvature on this lens is not our cup of tea.

Character like no other

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-30

I bought this lens seven years ago, and at the time I shot with it mounted to a Leica M9, the first digital M. When I could nail focus, the images it produced were breath-taking, but for me, focusing the lens wide open was difficult with the rangefinder. Fast forward a few years to the release of the Leica SL2 and it's highly effective electronic viewfinder, and the Noctilux adapted to that camera became much easier to focus. Combined with the SL2's incredible sensor, this lens is stellar with a character like no other. While it felt heavy on M cameras, it is a perfect match for the SL, and is my favorite combination of camera and lens, producing images that are truly unique. I can scroll through 15,000 photos I have stored on my computer, taken with dozens of camera/lens combinations, and pick them out from all the rest strictly by the character of the images. As a side benefit, the price has increased by 50% since I acquired my copy, but knowing what I know now, I would purchase it at its current price. It's that good.

Spectacular!

By Thomas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-02

Initially I was hesitant about this purchase and the price tag was the main reason but one can’t deny what a fast lens can do. It’s a typical high quality Leica lens that will bring me a lot of unforgettable photos!!

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question

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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