Leica 50mm f/1.0 Noctilux M Lens

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Leica 50mm f/1.0 Noctilux M Manual Focus Lens The Noctilux-M is a member of the fastest 35mm lenses in the world. It has mastered extraordinary optical performance and is eminently appropriate for shooting photos in poor light environments and for creating photos containing exceptionally shallow depths of field. The contrast rendition is outstanding, so that scarcely noticeable color hues are authentically separated while the finest compositions of your subject are accurately resolved, even under extremely adverse light situations.

The Leica 50mm f/1.0 Noctilux-M was produced from 1993-2008, so it's certainly a lens that has been around for a couple of years however it doesn't in any way feel like an older lens which is a demonstration of its superior quality. At 630g, the 50mm Noctilux is heavy for a Leica lens and as substantial as it looks. The development of this lens is basically world class and feels like it will be here to the end of time. Similar to other Leica lenses, the opening ring clicks determinedly in half stops and stays safely in the selected setting. There is positively no play. The focus ring works easily yet it has a long throw and it's likewise tight; in any case, this is the thing that you need in a lens of this caliber since it will help you focus all the more precisely, particularly at f/1.0. It's a huge lens for a M camera yet not large on the off chance that you contrast it with other DSLR lenses. In any case, it just feels so thick and strong for a lens of this size it gives you this feeling it's a standout amongst the most well manufactured lenses you purchase, which I don't question.

This 50mm Noctilux f/1.0 version is accompanied with a retractable lens hood, which is exceptionally handy. I'm generally a major fan of retractable hoods since I don't care for carrying additional things and adding an extra step to attach a hood. Likewise, since it's retractable, it'll consume up less room in my bag yet I'm somewhat baffled that it is made of plastic. What's left of this lens is almost all metal, so it would've certainly been decent to see a metal lens hood. The 75mm Summilux was constructed around the time the 50mm Noctilux F1.0 was produced and it came with a strong metal hood, so I was astounded the Noctilux didn't provide one. Besides, once it's completely extended, there's no chance of securing it in place. Be that as it may, this is a more seasoned out of production lens, so I can't generally blame it for these two issues, particularly since Leica has made all their current lenses with lockable retractable hoods and out of metal. Case in point, when I extend the metal hood on a 50mm Summilux ASPH, a straightforward simple twist will secure the hood.

The Noctilux-M provides Leica-M photographers the wherewithal that are outside the reach of many other lens outfits.  Replaced by the Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M ASPH

Leica lens new updated "6-bit" coding

This Leica lens features the new updated "6-bit" coding, that allows the M digital camera to optically read this information and then identify the lens being mounted. Optionally the M camera can then apply a software based "last stage" vignetting adjustment (for images captured in RAW, the lens mounted is simply recorded, with no changes made).  Read more. May 10, 2011 ✓


A high-performance lens of extreme speed for exceptional optical results

Includes "6-bit code" which allows the digital M8 and M9 cameras to identify which lens is being used, and also to store this information in image metadata

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Lens stylePrime
Max Format Size 35mm  
Lens focal length50mm  
Stabilization type No
Camera mount Leica M Mount
Angle of view 45 Degrees  
Largest aperture opening f/1.1
Smallest aperture opening f/16  
Includes aperture ring Yes  
Total diaphragm blades 10 blades
Magnification 1:17  
Total Elements 7  
Number of Groups 6  
Coatings / special elements special high-index glass / Mostly single-coated mostly in magenta and amber  
Minimum focus distance 3.3'  
Autofocus type No
Motor No  
Full time manual focus Yes  
Focusing method Half-stop clicks  
Lens distance scale Yes  
Depth of field scale Yes  
Overall weight1.39 lb  
Lens diameter 2.7"  
Overall length 2.4"  
Construction materials Plastic / Metal  
class="label">Lens ColorBlack  
Zooming method N/A  
Filter thread size 60mm  
Lens hood included Built-in two section telescoping hood  


M Mount AdaptersLeica Four Thirds Adapter
The Leica M mount was introduced in 1954 at the same time as the Leica M3. It's been the mount of choice on every Leica M series thru the present day Leica M7 film camera and Leica M9 digital camera and Lenses.

The M Mount was also the mount used for Minolta's CLE rangefinder, on the Konica Hexar RF, on the later versions of the Voigtlander Bessa family and Lenses, the mount for the Rollei 35RF, also quite recently on the newest Zeiss Ikon Rangefinder and Lenses..

Benefits of Lens adapters is versatility, and saving money with the continued use of the preferred lenses you already own.

Drawbacks of lens adapters is the inconvenience, no electronic connection between the adapted lens and your camera body A couple of factors are necessary for a lens adapter to work properly. First, the camera body "lens registration" space or the expanse between the mount of the lens to the sensor or film surface. Two, the "throat size" of the mount or the mount diameter. An adapter flanked by the body of the camera and a lens from different brands, this registration distance of the adapted lens must be larger than the registration distance on the body; plus the lenses throat-size must be less than the throat size on the body mount. M lenses can be adapted to Canon EOS, Nikon, Micro Four Thirds, and Sony Nex Cameras.


The only lens when there's no light and you need the picture, November 11, 2006

By Mark W. Bohrer "Technology Writer & Documenta... (Saratoga, California)

I own three Leica 50mm lenses. The Noctilux is the one I use for weddings and commercial indoor work without flash or studio lights.

Pictures from this lens lack the sparkle of those from more recent Leica designs, but in a poorly-lit room with ISO 800 film, there's no other alternative if you have to get the picture without flash.

My lens is a first-version 50mm f/1, 11 821, but the optical formula hasn't changed since Walter Mandler designed it in 1976. Stopped down to f/1.2, the vignetting wide-open reduces a little.

The lens makes great images stopped down further, too, but it's a real boat anchor to carry. If you don't need the f/1 speed, the 50mm f/1.4 Summilux is much lighter and smaller. I use the second version - it's optically excellent. They're available used for less than $1000 if you hunt around a bit.

Another reviewer cites Canon's EF 50mm f/1, but this lens has been discontinued. Even used, it can fetch over $5000.

Canon will release the new EF 50mm f/1.2 in late 2006. For fast 50mm lenses, it and the Noctilux are your only choices.


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