LEICA 50mm f/0.95 NOCTILUX-M ASPH review

King of the Night

LEICA 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M ASPH is developed as one of the standard lenses for the Leica M rangefinder camera. It had the largest aperture in the Leica world.It attracts a great deal of attention as the ” King of the Night”, as it exceeds the perception of the human eye. Even the light from street lights can be sufficient for handheld photography.

LEICA 50mm f/0.95 NOCTILUX-M ASPH + Black and white film

The lens is very solid with aluminum and brass construction. A “floating element” retains high image quality even in close-up range. The focus ring feels very smooth when turning and the aperture ring clicks in place very nicely.


LEICA 50mm f/0.95 NOCTILUX-M ASPH + Black and white film

The Noctilux is sharp at f/0.95 if you compare it to the Noctilux 50mm f/1.0 or Noctilux 50mm f/1.2. It also offers unequal aesthetic effects. The Noctilux 0.95 has a similar type of bokeh to the Noctilux 1.0. The background light spots become oval towards the sides of images.

Introduced in 1966, the Noctilux Lens' f/1.2 aperture (total production: about 1500) was more of a technical demonstration and marketing gimmick than anything else.

Focus Throw

LEICA 50mm f/0.95 NOCTILUX-M ASPH + Black and white film

Noctilux 0.95 is quick to focus compared to the Noctilux 1.0, which has a somewhat long focus throw. Focus throw is measured in degrees and represents the amount of rotation needed to turn a lens’ focus ring from its MFD (minimum focus distance) to infinity.

Purple Fringing

Sometimes, the Noctilux will give you some purple fringing on a digital M camera when you use it wide open facing strong light sources.

My Noctilux 0.95

Noctilux 0.95 is a lens that many people dream about. After almost two months of consideration I became the owner of a Noctilux 50mm F/0.95 lens. My consideration before purchasing was due to the combination of three important issues, cost, portability and weight.

LEICA 50mm f/0.95 NOCTILUX-M ASPH + Black and white film

After months of use, I was not completely satisfied with it. Looking through the viewfinder when the Noctilux was fitted, I found its huge diameter obscured a good part of the view in the bottom right corner. I have locked the Noctilux in the box for a long time, as I feel that the Summilux and Summicron fit my needs for street photography better.

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