Leica Noctilux-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH Black Lens Anodized Finish (11602)

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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 and provides a field of view equivalent to a 67mm lens in the 35mm format when used upon the M8/M8.2 digital rangefinder.  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 has made great strides over its well-known predecessor, the Noctilux-M 50mm f/1.  It was able to create 11% more light gathering capacity without lowering the peak central resolution.  Perhaps 11% doesn't sound like much to you, but when you're talking about an 11% improvement upon an already-amazing f/1.0 aperture it becomes quite substantial.

The Noctilux-M f/0.95 is born to shoot at absurdly large apertures of f/1.4 and brighter.  Don't buy the Noctilux for normal use; choose it instead because it can allow you to make pictures other lenses, no matter the camera behind them, could never achieve.  Together with the M8's excellent high-ISO abilities you can do things like capture an image of someone's face only lit by a tiny candle or 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's also decreased vignetting with the Noctilux-even at f/0.95 with the M8 you'll only have 1.5 stops of light loss in the image corners.  Coding on the rear lens barrel will communicate to the M8/8.2 the particulars of the 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
&quotFloating&quot 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)

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