Leica has introduced the reissue of what it calls a “landmark” lens: the Noctilux-M 50mm f/1.2 ASPH. The lens will likely be launched in two variants: customary black, which is out there via all sellers, and silver, restricted to 100 items and solely obtainable at Leica shops.
Additionally referred to by Leica as a “beloved traditional,” the Noctilux was produced from 1966 till 1975 and was the world’s first lens to characteristic aspherical components. The firm says that the light-gathering functionality of the f/1.2 aperture, which was appreciable on the time and nonetheless spectacular even by as we speak’s requirements, supposedly additional contributed to the recognition and standing of the lens.
The visible aesthetic is what Leica says is indicative of its “visible signature” in lenses, and the corporate says that it helped form the panorama of Leica’s iconic status.
In its reissue, Leica says that these “unmatched visible traits” have been fastidiously retained. The firm claims that the calculation and development of this new model adhere so intently to the unique that the imaging outcomes are almost equivalent.
“Whereas the unique was created over fifty years in the past, the aim of this lens is certainly not restricted to nostalgia or journeys down reminiscence lane,” the corporate writes.
Whereas imperfect broad open (which is probably one of many causes many could search the lens: it’s “character”), as soon as stopped all the way down to f/2.eight or additional, the Noctilux-M 50mm f/1.2 supposedly delivers super-sharp photographs that dwell as much as the standard expectations of modern-day digital images. The traditional lens additionally units itself other than its up to date successors as essentially the most compact and light-weight Noctilux in Leica’s portfolio.
The two colour choices are typical of Leica, however on this case are significantly notable as they pay homage to Leica’s optical historical past. The authentic Noctilux 50mm f/1.2 marked the beginning of Leica’s transition from silver to black-anodized lenses.
“Previous to releasing the legendary lens, Leica produced round 5 prototypes in a silver end,” the corporate explains. “These prototypes are at the moment among the many most coveted and highly-priced M lenses in existence. The authentic serial manufacturing run of black-finish Noctilux 50mm f/1.2 lenses, 1,757 items in whole, continues to reign as a extremely sought-after collector’s merchandise in as we speak’s lens market.”
As a callback to this heritage, the brand new Noctilux-M 50mm f/1.2 will likely be obtainable in two variants: a black anodized serial manufacturing mannequin and an unique particular version silver chrome mannequin that can solely see 100 whole items produced.
The black version of the lens is out there now for $7,695, whereas the restricted particular version silver chrome variant, unique to Leica Shops, is out there for $16,395. This particular version mannequin includes a brass lens barrel, a front-ring engraving that reads LEITZ WETZLAR (distinguished from the up to date LEICA engraving), and together with the clear lens container is packaged in a vintage-inspired field that even additional recreates the 1966 authentic.
The Noctilux-M 50mm f/1.2 ASPH. is the third lens to be added to the Leica Classics Vary, following the earlier reissues of the Summaron-M 28 f/5.6 of 1955, and the Thambar-M 90 f/2.2 of 1935.