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

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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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Leica 50mm f/1.4 summilux pre-asph e46 Titanium reviews

Nice Leica Lens

I often get approached by friends who are interested in “getting a nice Leica lens.” We talked about the budget. Some of them may be in the position of getting his first Leica lens, others may hold Leica Summicron looking for an upgrade . 

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Wide Aperture

Low light performance and bokeh aren’t the benefits to a Summicron f/2 lens, and a Summilux can give you great low light performance by providing a wider f/1.4 aperture. The wider aperture not only gathers a lot of light, it also produces good bokeh . A Leica Summilux lens is usually the way to go if you want to shoot with a wide aperture.For many people, a wide aperture lens is going to open up a lot of creative opportunities that a narrow aperture one won’t. 

Old Lens Life

Leica old lenses often have an added bonus, they maintain their value very well compared to new lenses. If you buy a Leica Summilux 50mm f/1.4 E46 and find you don’t use it much, you can often resell it and get most of your money 

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Street Photography

Leica Noctilux 50mm f/0.95 ASPH is a big, expensive lens and people definitely take notice when you walk around with it. It’s a fantastic lens, but also costs three times more than a Summilux e43. I didn’t use it much on my street photography because it’s bulky and heavy.

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This E46 version sort of transitions between earlier E43 and the current ASPH:

The E43 is optically the same(designed by Mandler), but it only focuses to 1 meter vs 0.7 meter for the E46 version. The E46 and ASPH have the same built in hoods(designed by Peter Karbe).


Basically Leica kept black chromed lenses in aluminum body, lighter weight, silver chromed in brass body, heavier.  The brass body lenses are more solid than aluminum body lenses. It weighs 275g/9.7oz in black, and 380g/13.4oz in silver and titanium.

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Leica M6 is Stuck, Leica M6 is Popular


Leica M6 is Stuck

One, remember to look through the viewfinder and not through the film counter window. Because the Leica M6 film counter is stuck. There are plastic parts under the film counter, which can break and the counter cannot reset to “0”.

Two, never take a closer look at the top plate. Many Leica m6 top plate finishes appear to be bubbling up under the paint.

Three, if you are lucky enough to find a new special edition, remember it is limited and don’t use it, it should stay in the Moisture Proof box.

Leica M6 is Popular

You like Leica cameras not only because of their appearance, but because they are easy to use, buy, and repair. The Leica m6 is such a camera.

M6 is the first M with in-camera metering. Metering is one of the most important aspects of film photography, especially for the newbies who switch from digital to film.

Not every photographer likes to run through the Sunny 16 rule to shoot a film. It’s not accurate.

Maybe, have an In-camera metering, that is the reason why Leica M6 is so popular.

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Rollei RPX100 black and white film

Rollei RPX100 + leica m6 + noctilux 50mm f/0.95 asph
Rollei RPX 100 is a traditional medium-speed black and white film.
This film is suitable for a wide range of photographic and scientific applications.
Particularly portrait and landscape photography, architecture and product photography.
The popularity of this film confirms its high quality.
It is a fine grain film that enables good sharpness and a broad tonal range with good contrast.
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