Back in November 2017, Leica announced a super-pricey Noctilux-M 75mm f/1.25 ASPH lens. The $12,795 lens should start shipping soon, and photographer Matt Granger was lucky to try it out.
Matt got the opportunity to test out the Noctilux-M 75mm f/1.25 ASPH, as well as another unreleased Leica lens: Summicron-SL 90mm f/2 ASPH. He went out on a cold day in Brooklyn and shot some great portraits of Stephanie Pham. In this video, he shares some of the photos, as well as his impressions of the lenses.
As for the camera, Matt tested out the lenses on a Leica SL. For the Noctilux-M 75mm f/1.25, he used a Leica M to L adapter.
The first thing Matt points out as a potential problem is an insurance for the Noctilux-M 75mm f/1.25. It’s obviously a very expensive lens, so I guess it can be hard to find insurance for it. Another problem is getting the focus right. At f/1.25, it can be really hard to nail the focus, but according to Matt, Leica SL’s focus peaking is really helpful in this situation. However, he doesn’t find focus peaking helpful when he stops down the lens.
After it became too freezing for Matt and Stephanie to shoot outdoors, he also tested the lenses for taking some cat portraits inside. So, in the video, you can also see how the lenses performed for indoor shots.
In the video, you can see sample photos Matt shot with the two lenses. He also shares hi-res images for download on his website, if you want to take a closer look. How do you like the results?
[Testing the $12,800 Leica 75mm NOCTILUX f1.25 lens | Matt Granger]
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