Leica Noctilux-M 75mm f/1.25 ASPH lens officially announced


The previously rumored Leica Noctilux-M 75mm f/1.25 ASPH lens is now officially announced. The US price is $12,795 (EU price: €11,900). Shipping is expected to start in early 2018. Pre-orders are now open:

The new lens has a shallower depth of focus than that of the Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 APSH with a close focusing distance of 0.85m and a reproduction ratio of 1:8.8:

"The optical design of the Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH. features nine elements in six groups. Two aspherical elements are included in the design to ensure optimum imaging performance across the entire frame. Thanks to a floating element, accurate and sharp focusing is maintained from the minimum focusing distance of 0.85m all the way to infinity.

This exceptionally short focusing distance for a fast lens, and a reproduction ratio of 1:8.8, underline the particular suitability of the lens for portraits and highly detailed close-ups.

The harmonious bokeh of the lens is the result of the round aperture created by the eleven blades of its iris. An integrated, lockable lens hood shades the lens from stray light and protects it from accidental impacts. Thanks to its enormous resolving power, the Leica 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH. is future-proof and delivers exceptional quality when capturing images onto high resolution sensors or cropping into the composition."

Sample photos taken with the lens can be found here and here. See also the related interview with Peter Karbe.

Press release and technical specifications:

Leica Camera Pushes Photographic Boundaries With the New Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH. Lens

True to the Noctilux legacy, the new lens boasts impeccable speed and exceptional imaging performance

November 29, 2017-- For more than 50 years, the name ‘Noctilux’ has been synonymous with exceptional speed and outstanding optical design. Today, Leica Camera announces the newest addition to their lens portfolio – the Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH. Coupled with exceptional imaging performance and unique bokeh, its hair-thin depth of focus isolates subjects with extreme precision, ideal for portraits with an unmistakable “Leica look”.

A legacy of excellence

The first lens of the Noctilux family, the Leica Noctilux 50 mm f/1.2, was announced at photokina in 1966. While the original lens innovated with revolutionary optical properties, ongoing developments led to the launch of two additional generations of the Noctilux in 1975 and 2008. The additional lenses were developed under the premise of further pushing the envelope for imaging performance, each with a faster aperture than its predecessor. All Noctilux-M lenses to this day are special for their rendering and aesthetic when shot wide-open, yielding a three-dimensional “pop” that separates its subjects from the background like no other lenses. The out-of-focus areas behind the subject is smooth and pleasing to the eye, giving a lovely soft background even in the darkest of lighting scenarios.

Together with the Leica Noctilux-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH., the Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH. is the co-founder of a new family of lenses. The two current members of this family are both distinguished by their extreme maximum aperture and exceptionally high performance at all apertures, even wide open, and lend themselves to the creation of timeless images marked by a distinctive and revered Leica aesthetic.

Superior imaging performance

The upgraded features of the Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH. open up entirely new opportunities in portrait and close-up photography, including a shallower depth of focus than that of the Noctilux-M 50 mm f/0.95 APSH. and a close focusing distance of 0.85m, making for a reproduction ratio of 1:8.8 for even more precise isolation of subjects. Additionally, the eleven blades of its iris ensure a soft and harmonious bokeh in out-of-focus areas.

To guarantee this extraordinary imaging performance, the nine elements in six groups that make up its optical design are manufactured from glasses with high anomalous partial dispersion and low chromatic dispersion. Two of the elements are aspherical, and reduce other potential aberrations to a hardly detectable minimum. The use of a floating element within the complex focusing mechanism guarantees a constantly high level of imaging performance throughout the entire focusing range of the lens – from its minimum focus distance to infinity.

When shooting at maximum aperture, the exceptionally shallow depth of field of the Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 APSH. can be easily focused in when an electronic viewfinder such as the Leica Visoflex. Additionally, the Leica M-Adapter L transforms the Noctilux-M into an excellent lens to use in conjunction with the Leica SL. When the lens is mounted on the Leica SL, the 4.4 megapixel resolution of the camera’s EyeRes® electronic viewfinder enables particularly comfortable and extremely precise focusing.

The Noctilux-M 75mm f/1.25 ASPH. features the convenience of an integrated lens hood, which can be extended or retracted in one simple twist. The lens is complemented by a tripod adapter for safe and secure mounting of the lens on a tripod.

The Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH. will be available at Leica Stores, Boutiques and Dealers at the beginning of 2018.

Technical data

Angle of view
(diagonal, horizontal, vertical)
For 35 mm format (24 x 36 mm):

~ 32°, 27°, 18°

For Leica M8 models (18 x 27 mm):

~ 24°, 20°, 14°, equivalent to FL of ~ 100 mm in 35 mm format1

Optical design

Number of elements/groups

Aspherical surfaces

Position of entrance pupil

(at infinity)

 

9/6

2

26.9 mm (in front of the bayonet)

Focusing

Working range

Scales

Smallest object field/

largest reproduction ratio

 

0.85 m to ∞

Combined metre/feet graduation

For 35 mm format: ~ 212 x 318 mm / 1:8.8,
For Leica M8 models: ~ 159 x 238 mm / 1:8.8

Aperture

Settings/functions

Smallest aperture

 

With click stops, half-stop detents

16

Bayonet Leica M quick-change bayonet with 6-bit bar coding for Leica M digital cameras2
Filter mount Inner thread for E67 screw-mount filters, non-rotating
Lens hood Integrated, with twist-out function
Viewfinder Camera viewfinder3
Finish Black anodised
Dimensions and weight

Length to bayonet flange

Largest diameter

Weight

 

~ 91 mm

~ 74 mm

~ 1055 g

Compatible cameras All Leica M-Cameras3, 4, Leica SL-Cameras with Leica M-Adapter L

1 The nominal focal lengths of the Leica M-Lenses relate to 35 mm format, i.e. original image frame dimensions of 24 x 36 mm. However, with dimensions of 18 x 27 mm, the sensor of the Leica M8 models is a little smaller, by a factor of 0.75. For this reason, the angle of view of this lens when mounted on a Leica M8 model corresponds to that of a lens with a focal length that is longer by a factor of 1.33 (1.33 = reciprocal of 0.75).

2 The 6-bit coding on the lens bayonet (7) enables Leica M8 digital models to identify the lens type mounted on the camera. The cameras utilise this information for the optimisation of exposure parameters and image data.

3 With the exception of the Leica M3 and the former version of the Leica MP ( professional version of the M3), all Leica M-Cameras without a 75 mm bright line frame can be retrofitted with this frame by the Customer Care department of Leica Camera AG (it then appears in the viewfinder together with the frame for 50 mm lenses).

4 This is independent of the image frame format of the respective camera – whether 18 x 27 mm (sensor size) for the Leica M8 models or 24 x 36 mm for all other Leica M models.


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  • Brennan McKissick

    Almost $13,000 lmfao.

    • CHD

      Yes, this is one of those Leica lenses I will never own. I’m a Leica guy but $13k would buy a Fuji GFX and (2) lenses…

      • Brennan McKissick

        Truth. I mean, if you really wanted to, you could buy an M10 and a 75mm Summilux for about the same price too lol.

      • Or an X1D 1 lens kit. Or an S. Or a 645z + 3 lenses. On world does this lens make any sense at this price, other than Leica trying to take the “Dentist’s Camera of Choice” crown back from Hasselblad.

      • Bo Dez

        If you need a GFX and two lenses more then it’s an easy choice.

    • Did anyone expected it to be cheaper? The 50mm Noctilux is $11k, the new Chamber is $6.5k… Leica products will only get more expensive in the future. The M10 went up by $300 just 3 months after it was released…

      • Brennan McKissick

        No, I just find it entertaining watching the prices get more and more egregious.

        • Wait until they release the 90mm Noctilux 🙂

          • Mistral75

            They never will: “The fact that the diameter of the entrance pupil – in other words the ratio between focal length and aperture – should not exceed 60mm in order to facilitate the operation of the rangefinder, consequently led to the new Noctilux’s maximum aperture of f/1.25 ” (Peter Karbe, Head of Optics Development) and consequently led to the new 90mm being a Summilux with a maximum aperture of f/1.5.

          • Mistral75

            Indeed but this 90mm f/1 X-ray lens is an Elcan, not a Noctilux. 😛

          • I think I know what happened – I switched the places of the 75mm and 90mm lenses when I first reported a few months ago (Noctilux Summilux):

            https://leicarumors.com/2017/04/10/leica-rumors-recap-new-noctilux-lens-and-tl-camera.aspx/

          • Mistral75

            You shall be whipped for that.

          • yes, I agree 🙂

          • Bo Dez

            Karbe did say that, yet the lens is stamped as E67 filter size.

          • Mistral75

            The diameter of the entrance pupil of a 75mm f/1.25 is necessarily equal to 60mm (otherwise the lens wouldn’t be f/1.25).

            The diameter of the filter thread is something different.

          • Bo Dez

            true that. But the comment was made in relation to finder blockage – I think it said as clever/shifty marketing to make it appear not much bigger than the E60 50mm Noctilux – not that 7mm equates to a big difference.

      • Mistral75

        the new Chamber“: lol! (Thambar)

        • lol 😉

        • autocorrect doesn’t like Thambar

      • eric

        yep, you’re absolutely right about Leica prices only getting more expensive. I think all cameras are going to get more expensive and Leica is not immune to this reality. They are smart enough to only make so many Noctilux lenses etc. anyways, they’re very skilled at managing inventory.

        • Yes, I agree – all photo gear prices are going up. The latest MFT cameras are $2,000…. now that is expensive. With Leica glass and film camera, there is a very good chance that you will get your money back over time because they continue to increase prices every year. Leica M lenses will work just fine in another 50 years. Digital Leica cameras is a different story… so buy wisely 🙂

          • raziel28

            i agree! is there any leica film camera currently in production?
            regards

          • George Burgyan

            M7, MP, MA — All current production.

  • MrWelshB

    I have quite alot of Leica gear. I could afford to buy this – so I guess I’m in the target audience. But there is no way I will buy, not at this price. Then again maybe this is just an example of optical excellence/novelty that’s for the collectors rather than photographers?

  • CHD

    This lens is huge….funny that they show it mounted to an M as it is better suited to the SL. Focussing this on an M would be a challenge never mind the fact that the lens will block most of the viewfinder.

    • Brennan McKissick

      My thoughts as well.

    • Les

      It’s big, but it’s only 1kg, which is lighter than a Sigma 1.4/85.

      Focusing should be no harder (or easier) than the 0.95 50mm Noct., given that they have the same entrance pupil diameter. In other words, it will be difficult, but not impossible.

  • eric

    Cool lens…if bitcoin continues to climb i may be able to afford one eventually. With the size factor though, I could only see myself using it in a studio or something. The closer focusing ability, 0.85, is a nice bonus.

  • Aditya Gupta

    Bokeh at normal distance is ugly tbh…

  • Mistral75

    From the interview with Peter Karbe, Head of Optics Development:

    The fact that the diameter of the entrance pupil – in other words the ratio between focal length and aperture – should not exceed 60mm in order to facilitate the operation of the rangefinder, consequently led to the new Noctilux’s maximum aperture of f/1.25 along with an E67 filter thread.

    According to Nokishita Camera:

    http://www.nokishita-camera.com/2017/11/summilux-m-11590-asph.html

    the version 1.0.0.7 of the firmware of Leica M (Typ 262) makes reference to a lens not announced yet, the Summilux-M 90mm f/1.5 Asph.

    ‘Coincidentally’, this Summilux-M 90mm f/1.5 Asph. would have the same entrance pupil diameter as the Noctilux-M 75mm f/1.25 Asph.: 60mm.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/11c5255e583342b82e9c426c616a8b316174c3e72085395d62e319236c86f474.jpg

  • YourFace

    You mentioned a 35mm 0.95 before, is that still happening?

    • I think so, but it will be a while. Like I already said, Leica is planning to expand their Noctilux line.

      • Super fast wide angles are probably a little more interesting on an M, but if the size of the 21 and 24 summilux are anything to judge by they’re just too big and heavy to be worthwhile.

        • Bo Dez

          Hey dude 🙂 I don’t mind the 21mm Summilux, It’s one of my favourites. I don’t think a 35mm Noctilux will be prohibitively big, probably same size as the 50 which to me is totally fine. There is an interview with Karbe saying that lens diameter will have to stay at 60mm for acceptable finder blockage.

          • Sup! Personally I find the 21 & 24 Summilux and the Noctilux too big for my tastes. Out of all of those the 24 Lux is probably the most appealing to me because I like the rendering and feel it might actually be worth the weight penalty. 35mm Noct. would be interesting too. Right now my most used kit is 35mm f/1.4 Distagon and 75mm Summicron, so that’s about as large and heavy as I’m willing to go right now.

          • Bo Dez

            They are relatively large, yes. But once you use it for a while, once you get hooked on the rendering and fall hard for them then, well personally, I don’t even notice the size any more and I still think compared with other lenses and systems even the biggest are tiny.

          • “…even the biggest are tiny…!”

            so true! but try to tell the others… ^^

          • do you think the 60mm diameter is just for the 50mm upward lenses, but downwards it´s may possible to go smaller??
            i mean im not into that lens buildup system thing but isn´t that one of the reasons why it´s possible to make small and light pancakes?? not so many glass, wider angle??
            sorry for my stupid english!

        • RONIT

          the lux 50mm 0.95 has a filter thread size of 60mm, this here is 67mm, naturally, The focal length may be desirable but the size is just big for an M I would think, on the SL this would be a perfect balance, man, yes indeed, all that glass. I own the noctilux 50mm, and I think its the best with respect to size that is, pretty compact for a 0.95! Jeez I fear image quality of this 75 will be better than the noct 50mm, I am gear to find out!

  • Wait… what?

    Oh, cool. I think I’ll buy two.

  • these kids today… what you guys thought?!
    “…ok sell it for half the price”… even than 90% will yelling the same “too expensive” shit.
    thats mastering technology! and small amounts, high quality materials and craftsmanship of things due the fact of pricing. ITS LEICA; its not a crappy lens which drop off a maschine like other lenses. try to do it better… then bitching!
    i am super proud that it´s possible to build something like this in anyway. but even my wallet had a good laugh, after buing the 35/2 asph.^^
    god damn leica! 🙂

    • I agree 🙂

    • raziel28

      yes, this price tag is reserved for the ultra fast leicas and monstrous canikon telephotos… 🙂
      regards

  • Budaoy

    It becomes the most expensive regular Leica M lens, and I just wonder how seriously it blocks the viewfinder.

    • RONIT

      The canon dream lens (50mm f0.95) has been used on the M bodies and it having a filter size of 72mm that is considerably bigger or fatter than this, still it has worked out. The 75mm f1.25 should be ok and not interfere with the frame lines at all or very little, another reason why it is f1.25 and maybe not 0.95

  • beach

    The nominal focal lengths of the Leica M-Lenses relate to 35 mm format…

    That from Leica! The lens either has a 75mm focal length or it doesn’t – the format of the sensor has nothing to do with it (just determines the field of view).

    For $13K, I could get the Nikon 105/1.4, Sigma 85/1.4, Sigma 135/1.8 and still have money left over for the Otus 85/1.4. Not to mention a decent camera to use with those four (like a Nikon D850).

    85cm is not an “exceptionally short focusing distance for fast lenses (unless you limit that to faster than f/1.4); each of the lenses mentioned above gives a higher reproduction ratio than the Noctilux.

  • William Bridge

    cheap ! just above a single unit of BitCoin !

    • Yes, it’s just a coin 🙂

  • FountainHead

    How the hell do you frame and focus your shot?

  • ZMWT

    Cat-eye light bokeh? From a Leica? For a lens that expensive? Something went south in the optical design. Sorry, Mr Karbe, and Leica team, you have stuffed too much glass into that tube that it spits out visual nightmare. Some things should never be attempted (like following stupid trends of overcorrected superfast apertures) and you have fallen victim to your own vanity.

  • Bo Dez

    Has there been any hint or talk of when we might see a 35mm Noctilux? And the 90mm Summilux?

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