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The Return Of An Icon: Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 ASPH. Joins Leica's Classics Range

Leica's legendary Noctilux lens is back and you can purchase one of these iconic lenses for £6500 or £13500 if you'd prefer a limited-edition silver version.

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Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 ASPH.

 

Leica Camera has announced the launch the Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 ASPH. - a lens that occupies a very special place in the company's history and in many collector's hearts.

First launched in 1966, the Noctilux 50 f/1.2 was the world's first lens to feature aspherical elements. Its light sensitivity further contributed to the Noctilux's legendary status as did its unique aesthetics with images captured at open aperture producing excellent bokeh. 

Only 1,757 of the black-finish lenses were produced at the time, making the lens a highly sought-after collector's item in today's market. Prior to releasing the Noctilux on the market, Leica produced around five silver-finish prototypes which now count among the most coveted and highly-priced M lenses in existence.

Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 ASPH.

The distinctive visual characteristics have been carefully retained in the new Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2, whose calculation and construction adhere so closely to the original that the imaging results are almost identical. The purpose of this lens is by no means limited to nostalgic experiments: the Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 delivers sharp images that live up to any quality expectations of modern-day digital photography. The lens also continues to be the most compact and lightweight Noctilux in Leica's range.

The Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 ASPH. will be available in two colours: black anodised with an aluminium lens barrel and silver chrome with a brass lens barrel. The black anodised variant comes in a packaging inspired by the original box and is complemented by the same lens container that was provided with the original Noctilux 50 f/1.2 for safekeeping. The silver chrome variant, which is released in parallel, will be limited to a production run of 100 units. The special-edition model features a front-ring engraving that reads LEITZ WETZLAR (instead of LEICA) and comes in a packaging that bears an even closer resemblance to that of the original.

The Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 ASPH. is the third lens to be added to the Leica Classics Range, following the previous re-issues of the Summacron-M 28 f/5.6 of 1955, and the Thambar-M 90 f/2.2 of 1935.

The lenses are available now at the Leica retail stores, or online, with the following RRPs: 

  • Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 ASPH. Black version: £6,500 (incl.VAT)
  • Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 ASPH. limited-edition silver version: £13,500 (incl.VAT).

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