I know things with Leica written on them are supposed to be expensive, but wow. Leica has been producing Noctilux lenses for over 50 years. It kicked off in 1966 with the Noctilux 50mm f/1.2 at Photokina in 1966. That lens today has been updated with an f/0.95 aperture. Leica say that the new Noctilux-M 75mm f/1.25 ASPH is even better, and even more expensive.
At $12,795, one would hope so, too. Designed for the 35mm “full frame” format, the Noctilux-M 75mm contains 9 elements in 6 groups with 11 aperture blades. Leica says the elements are designed from material with high anomalous partial dispersion and low chromatic dispersion. This allows them to reduce aberrations to a “hardly detectable” level, Leica told Digital Trends.
- Focal length: 75mm
- Aperture: f/1.25 to f/16
- Mount: Leica M
- Angle of view: 32°
- Minimum focus distance: 2.8′ / 85cm
- Optics: 9 elements in 6 groups
- Diaphragm blades: 11
- Focus: Manual
- Filter thread: 67mm
- Dimensions: 2.9 x 3.6″ / 74 x 91mm
- Weight: 2.3lb / 1055g
I can’t see this one flying off the shelves with a $12.8K pricetag, of course, people buy into Leica knowing that it’s going to be expensive. Still, it is a whole heap of money. Personally, I think if I were looking to spend this much, I’d sooner just go medium format.
The Leica Noctilux-M 75mm f/1.25 ASPH lens is available to pre-order now for an insane $12,795. It will ship in at the beginning of 2018 (that’s as specific as they get).
[via Digital Trends]