King of the Night
Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 It has the largest aperture of Leica. Capable of capturing light in extremely low light conditions. He is known as the “King of the Night” by many fans. Even the light from a street light is enough when using this lens. The lens is built with a combination of aluminum and brass materials to make it durable and heavy. The “floating element” design maintains high image quality even when shooting at close range.
Introduced in 1966, the Noctilux lens with its f/1.2 aperture (total production: ~1500 units) was more of a technology demonstration and marketing gimmick. The optical improvement of Noctilux f/0.95 is very significant. This is a trustworthy high-quality lens.
Compared to its predecessors, the Noctilux 50mm f/1.0 or Noctilux 50mm f/1.2, the Noctilux f/0.95 is sharper wide open at f/0.95. It also produces a unique and distinctive aesthetic effect. The bokeh effect of Noctilux 0.95 is similar to that of Noctilux 1.0, with background light points becoming ovals towards the sides of the image.The 0.95 bokeh is great, and has a three-dimensional effect similar to that of a twin-lens reflex camera. This feature is unique to this lens.
Many people say that large aperture lenses make focusing difficult on rangefinder cameras. The Noctilux 0.95 focus ring has a relatively short travel which makes it quick to focus in street photography. This is not available in other versions of Noctilux. The most difficult thing about using this lens is that it is too heavy. I don’t think focusing is a problem.
On digital cameras, purple fringing appears when facing strong light sources. For a lens with an f/0.95 aperture, it is not a disadvantage and is normal.
The Noctilux 0.95 is a dream lens for many photographers. But be sure to consider three things before buying one: cost, portability, and viewfinder occlusion. After using Noctilux, I found that after installing the Noctilux lens, a large part of the field of view in the lower right corner of the viewfinder is blocked. This is a big problem for people who require precise communication, but it’s fine for me.
The extremely shallow depth of field at open aperture produces portraits and detailed studies of unequalled aesthetic effect. Brand Leica Lens Type Standard Compatible Mountings Leica M Camera Lens Description 8 Maximum Focal Length 50 Millimeterscontact: firstname.lastname@example.org © 2020 Zhao Zhenguo. All Rights Reserved.