Leica announces 75mm f/1.25 manual focus lens and it’ll only cost you $12.8K

Nov 30, 2017

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Leica announces 75mm f/1.25 manual focus lens and it’ll only cost you $12.8K

Nov 30, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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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).

To find out more information, head on over to the Leica website, or visit the Leica Blog to see what Leica Head of Lens Development, Peter Karbe, has to say.

[via Digital Trends]

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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9 responses to “Leica announces 75mm f/1.25 manual focus lens and it’ll only cost you $12.8K”

  1. Manuel Bolaños Avatar
    Manuel Bolaños

    Manual focus lens?? That price?

    1. Viggo Næss Avatar
      Viggo Næss

      Some of the best lenses on the planet are MF??

    2. Manuel Bolaños Avatar
      Manuel Bolaños

      Ok but it’s a really expensive telephoto lens for photography and it’s 2017

    3. Najib Saer Avatar
      Najib Saer

      Welcome to the world of Leica

  2. Craig Fouché Avatar
    Craig Fouché

    Christopher

  3. Stephen Kennedy Avatar
    Stephen Kennedy

    Is this an onion article?

  4. Sergi Yavorski Avatar
    Sergi Yavorski

    They need a team of psychiatrists dispatched to their headquarters.?

  5. Alan Amos Avatar
    Alan Amos

    I wish i could just afford a Leica

  6. Redowan Nafi Avatar
    Redowan Nafi

    leica is a joke with their retro bullshits.