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Leica Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 ASPH Lens

Leica Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 ASPH Lens
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Product Code: L242609B

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The Leica Noctilux-M 50 lens has been reinvented for 2021, following on from the original 1966 model it provides an unmistakably unique style with characterful bokeh particularly when wide open at f/1.2

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  • Desirable lens with a rich history which has been reimagined for 2021
  • Ultra-bright aperture delivers fine depth of field with soft defocus and bokeh effects
  • Unmistakably characterful images with unique colours and highly detailed results
  • A complete ownership package including the original storage container for safe keeping
  • Worldwide limited release ensures this particular lens retains legendary status
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Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/1.2 ASPH. Lens Summary

The Leica Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 ASPH. Lens has been reimagined for 2021, arriving as the modern counterpart to one of the most famous Leica M-System lenses ever made. The original from 1966 has garnered an almost mythical status over the years and this new reinterpretation is set to follow suit. Boasting Leica’s own aspherical optics enables the lens to achieve highly detailed results with excellent colour, contrast and sharpness to the edges of the image.

Whilst the optical design has been updated for contemporary rangefinder cameras, the bright aperture and compact size remain faithful to the original, as do the impeccable results. Photographs made with the aperture wide open at f/1.2 are instilled with a soft dreamlike quality, creating an unmistakably unique style with characterful bokeh. Despite the historical significance of the Noctilux-M 50mm f/1.2 ASPH., it is perfectly suited to today’s photography, across a wide range of genres with the versatile 50mm focal length. Subjects as diverse as portraits, lifestyle, documentary and street photography all fall easily within the capabilities of this standard prime.

The lens arrives in packaging inspired by the original and is complemented by the same container which came with the original model, perfect for safe keeping and as a conversation piece in its own right.

The Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 is the perfect accompaniment to any rangefinder cameras including the highly popular Leica M10 Monochrom, Leica M10-R and Leica M10-P models. Optics have been designed to produce high resolving images with exquisite results, whichever body the lens is mounted on.

Although primarily designed for the M System, this lens can be used with SL cameras with the Leica M-Adapter L. The adapter preserves all functions including exposure metering, automatic aperture priority exposure, and manual setting.

Key specifications

  • Filter thread: E49
  • Lens Mount: M mount with 6-bit encoding
  • Aperture range: f/1.2 - f/16
  • Aperture blades: 16
  • Optics: 6 elements arranged in 4 groups with 2 aspherical lenses
  • Minimum focus distance: 1m
  • Angle of view (full-frame): 45.6°/38.6°/26.3°
  • Dimensions: 52mm (l) x 61mm (diameter)

What’s in the box

  • Leica Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 ASPH. lens
  • Lens front cap (metal)
  • Lens hood (metal)
  • Lens rear cap (metal)
  • Lens container
  • Instructor

Leica Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 ASPH. Lens Sample Images


Photographer: Milan Swolfs

Leica Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 ASPH Lens
Camera: Leica M10-R
Focal length: 50mm
Exposure: 1/1500
f/1.2
ISO 100

Leica Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 ASPH Lens
Camera: Leica M10-R
Focal length: 50mm
Exposure: 1/1500
f/1.2
ISO 100

Leica Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 ASPH Lens
Camera: Leica M10-R
Focal length: 50mm
Exposure: 1/250
f/2.4
ISO 1600

Leica Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 ASPH Lens
Camera: Leica M10-R
Focal length: 50mm
Exposure: 1/125
f/2
ISO 1600

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Our Verdict

Aspherical M-System lenses are notorious for delivering some of the highest quality images embellished with their own unique styles. The original Noctilux-M 50 perhaps holds the crown as the most desirable, although it has a lot of competition. Regardless, images made with the Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 create highly desirable defocus effects with unique colour rendering, showing similar characteristics to the original particularly when wide open. Results can be spectacularly unique and attractive as expected from a lens of this calibre.

With the bright f/1.2 aperture photographers can continue shooting as light levels dip well into near darkness. Lucky owners of the Leica Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 ASPH lens will be investing in a piece of Leica’s rich history, with this significant and limited new release.

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