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

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

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

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Product Highlights

  • Leica M-Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/0.95 to f/16
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Five Partial Dispersion Glass Elements
  • Three High Refractive Index Elements
  • Floating Elements System
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 3.3'
  • Filter Thread: 60mm
  • Built-In Extendable Lens Hood
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Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH. Overview

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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.
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Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH. Lens (Black)
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap for M-Mount Lenses
  • Presentation Box
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

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

    Focal Length 50mm
    Maximum Aperture f/16
    Minimum Aperture f/0.95
    Lens Mount Leica M
    Angle of View 47°
    Minimum Focus Distance 3.3' / 1 m
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:17
    Optical Design 8 Elements in 5 Groups
    Filter Thread 60mm
    Dimensions ø: 2.9 x L: 3.0" / ø: 73.0 x L: 75.1 mm
    Weight 1.5 lb / 700.0 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.417 x 7.402 x 5.984"

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

    Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH. Lens (Black) is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 21.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! This lens is simply incredible. Wide-open it has a look unlike anything else, while stopped down it is essentially just as good as the outstanding 50 LUX. That Noctilux look isn't just shallow depth of field, but also color, rendering, and just a beautiful way that light is transferred to sensor or film. The Noctilux doesn't really make very much sense, but it is so good that it really doesn't have to. It was the most difficult purchase decision I ever made, but since buying it, I rarely think about the price and have absolutely ZERO regrets.
    Date published: 2017-08-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from in a class of its own 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.
    Date published: 2012-10-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from SPECTACULAR. If you are considering this lens, BUY IT. This lens shoots jaw-droppingly gorgeous photos. If you have the money, buy this lens. I have about 40K in Leica glass, and this lens was a completely gratuitous purchase... when I bought it, I wasn't even sure how often I'd use it. From Day 1, it became my favorite lens. The large aperture allows for shooting in very low light conditions AND a narrow depth of field. Portraiture is luscious............. One thing to keep in mind it's big. This isn't a small little nearly-weightless Summicron 50mm; this is a beast of a lens, designed to be man-handled. Another thing to keep in mind after you own this lens, your other lenses will get lonely in your camera case. Yes, it is that good.
    Date published: 2016-03-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A superb lens on the right body It is a large, heavy, beast of a lens but it is worth the effort to carry around. Comes into it's own on a Sony A7r because you can see what is, and isn't, in focus whereas you can't on any Leica M except the Type 240. When I first bought it, apart from during the first flush of enthusiasm, I hardly ever used it. Now, with the A7r, it is my constant lens. the control over focus and depth of field is just amazing. I have other wide aperture lenses, but nothing compares to this. Hopefully Leica will launch a proper full frame EVIL M at some point (and why not, it's what everyone wants?) and, when they do, I'll buy one. Until then it is the A7r. Oh, and the Voigtlander adapter allows close focus.
    Date published: 2014-09-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from King of Night 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.
    Date published: 2010-07-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing results! 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!
    Date published: 2011-03-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lights up the night I originally was not going to purchase this lens but I went to a workshop on Seoul and used it at night and with a ND 4 filter during the day. I could not believe the photographs. At night the view was so bright and I could use shutter speeds and Asa readings I had only dreamed of in the past. So I purchased on and took it on a trip to Nepal. One night I would up on the trekking adventure and leaned Out and took pictures in the middle of the night. The final pictures could only have been take with this lens! They were amazing. The stars that with my eyes were bearly visible stood out like beams in the dark ski. The mountains were so beautiful and shrouded in clouds on their summits. I then took some videos not expecting much but they were sharp and bright too. This would have been impossible with any other lens. This is what this lens is about. It can take pictures that no other lens can produce. It is truly a lens for those special unforgettable moments that you never wish to forget. I have tried many other fast lens including Noktilux lens from the past but this one is the sharpest and has the greatest light gathering ability of any of these lens. To me it is worth every cent if you wish to produce great photographs. Thank you Leica for making this wonderful lens!
    Date published: 2014-10-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bokehlicious! If your style is bokehlicious, this is the lens for you. The super creamy bokeh is too die for. Not the sharpest lens when shot wide open, but the dreamy bokeh more than makes up for it. It is a challenge to nail the focus at f/0.95, so take a series of shots just in case. Also, make sure you get a neutral density filter if you want to shoot wide open in mid day. Attached is a photo shot wide open at f/0.95 in a backlit situation.
    Date published: 2016-08-15
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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 W.
    For those that love Leica optics, it is worth it. For everyone else, the Mitakon is a good product at a much more attractive price.
    Answered by: Andrea O.
    Date published: 2019-03-21

    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

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    Considering the Heliopan variable ND filter for this lens, what would be the best recommended option?
    Asked by: Silvio P.
    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

    question

    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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    Does anyone know it's T-stop wide open?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    T-Stop is a different measurement of f/stop, and is in most cinema lenses. The lens you are referring to is not a cinema lens so is not in T-stops but f/stops. The widest the lens goes is f/0.95.
    Answered by: Robert K.
    Date published: 2019-03-02

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    Is there an adapter to use this with a canon full frame body? Does it support focus confirmation?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    I don't think so since the M lens is for a mirrorless camera which will not be able to fully project the entire sensor of a full frame Canon DSLR. If you have a Canon EOS M (a mirrorless camera), there is an adapter for it. By the way, the Leica M lens only performs best on a Leica body since the lens is designed to mate with the sensor so you get minimum distortion. Unfortunately Leica digital camera body is somewhat behind the curves in technology and yet you pay premium price for it. It's a Leica!!!
    Answered by: tdtran2
    Date published: 2019-03-20

    question

    I wonder if any of you have had this problem: the exif info does not show the correct aperture number. I mostly shoot wide open at f/0.95 with a Leica M-P typ 240 camera, but the metadata of the photos shows the aperture values ranging anywhere from 1.2 to 2.4. Is this normal?
    Asked by: Edward N.
    Hello, there is no electronic connection between the lens and camera. The aperture setting on the lens is not sent to the camera, but instead, the camera assess the light entering and estimates the aperture. This applies to all Leica M-lenses on M-cameras.
    Answered by: Terrence L.
    Date published: 2018-08-25
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    Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH. Q&A

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    Does anyone know it's T-stop wide open?
    A shopper on Nov 16, 2015
    Best Answer: T-Stop is a different measurement of f/stop, and is in most cinema lenses. The lens you are referring to is not a cinema lens so is not in T-stops but f/stops. The widest the lens goes is f/0.95.
    Reply · Report · Robert KStaff on Nov 22, 2015
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    Considering the Heliopan variable ND filter for this lens, what would be the best recommended option?
    Silvio P on Dec 13, 2014
    Best Answer: The Heliopan 60mm variable filter, http://bhpho.to/1DZG5rv would be the only one to use without getting step up ring.
    If you are using this lens with a range finder digital camera then you might want to use this adapter, http://bhpho.to/1CkH7MZ and get a larger filter like this one, http://bhpho.to/1AUQkaF.
    Reply · Report · Robert KStaff on Dec 21, 2014
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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.
    Bonny Waudfaycfabxstzrsfytr on Jan 10, 2015
    Best Answer: 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!
    M (Typ 240) Digital Rangefinder Camera (Body Only, Black)
    M (Typ 240) Digital Rangefinder Camera (Body Only, Black)
    Reply · Report · Ben S on Jan 10, 2015
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