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Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH. is a Very Fast Lens for Portrait & Close-Up Photography: Create Aesthetic Pictures with Authentic, Natural Clarity as Well as Unique Soft Bokeh, Even When Shooting in Low Light

Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH.
Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH.

Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH.: Photographer is Nick Rains, Australia

Leica just announced the Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH. lens, an addition to the Leica M-System Lens Portfolio.

Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH.: Photographer is Sean Hopkins, USA

Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH.: Photographer is Sean Hopkins, USA

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11/29/2017

Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH.: Photographer is Andrew Lum, Singapore

Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH.: Photographer is Andrew Lum, Singapore

Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH.: A New Extremely Fast Lens Enriches the Leica M-System Lens Portfolio

Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH.:: Photographer: Mathieu Bitton, France

Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH.:: Photographer: Mathieu Bitton, France

For more than 50 years, the name ‘Noctilux’ has been a synonym for exceptionally fast lenses with an optical design that verges on the limits of what is physically possible. Today, Leica Camera AG has added a new highlight to the lens portfolio – the Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH. Together with exceptional imaging performance and unique bokeh, its gossamer-thin depth of focus isolates subjects with extreme precision and makes it a truly exceptional lens. Its focal length of 75 mm makes it especially suitable for the creation of portraits with a natural look.

Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH.: Photographer is Cedric Viollet, France

Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH.: Photographer is Cedric Viollet, France

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

Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH.: Photographer:is Nick Rains, Australia

Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH.: Photographer is Nick Rains, Australia

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 asphericals and reduce other potential aberrations to a hardly detectable minimum. Here, particular emphasis must be placed on the use of a floating element within the complex focusing mechanism, which guarantees a constantly high level of imaging performance throughout the entire focusing range of the lens – from the closest focusing distance to infinity.

Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH.: Photographer is Sean Hopkins, USA

Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH.: Photographer is Sean Hopkins, USA

In addition to the intuitively located focusing and aperture setting rings typical to Leica, the lens also features an integrated lens hood. This can be extended or retracted by a simple twist action and can be locked in place in its extended position. The lens is supplied complete with a tripod adapter for safe and secure mounting of the lens on a tripod.

Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH.: Photographer is Sean Hopkins, USA

Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH.: Photographer is Sean Hopkins, USA

The first lens of this series, the Leica Noctilux 50 mm f/1.2, was revealed to the world of photography at photokina in 1966. It astounded visitors to the fair and the industry press with its literally revolutionary optical properties. Ongoing developments led to the launch of two new generations of the Noctilux, in 1975 and 2008. Each new version was developed under the premise of achieving even better imaging performance, making the initial aperture value even faster than its predecessor and simultaneously maintaining the maximum aperture as a working aperture – it always was, and still is, unnecessary to stop down a Leica Noctilux-M lens to achieve a great imaging performance.

Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH.: Photographer is Cedric Viollet, France

Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH.: Photographer is Cedric Viollet, France

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 stand for pictures with a truly special, uniquely aesthetic look.

Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH.: Photographer is JoongSeok Oh, Korea

Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH.: Photographer is JoongSeok Oh, Korea

When shooting at maximum aperture, the exceptionally shallow depth of focus of the Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH. can be used to particularly effect with the aid of an electronic viewfinder such as the Leica Visoflex. What’s more, the Leica M-Adapter L transforms the Noctilux-M into an excellent lens for use on the Leica SL. When the lens is mounted on the Leica SL, the 4.4 million pixel resolution of the camera’s EyeRes® electronic viewfinder enables particularly comfortable and extremely precise focusing.

Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH.

Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH.

The Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH. will be on sale at the beginning of 2018.


Technical Specifications

Angle of view (diagonal, horizontal, vertical)
32° / 27° / 18° (for 35mm format)
Optical design
Number of lenses/groups 9 / 6 (2 aspherical elements)
Focal length 75mm
Position of entrance pupil 26.9mm (related to the first lens surface in light direction)
Focusing range 0.85m to Infinity
Distance setting
Scales Combined meter/feet graduation
Smallest object field 212 x 318mm (for 35mm format)
Largest reproduction ratio 1:8.8
Aperture
Setting/Function With click-stops, half values available, manual diaphragm
Lowest value 16
Bayonet Leica M quick-change bayonet with 6 bit lens identification bar code for digital M models
Filter mount Inner thread for E67 screw-mount filters, non-rotating
Lens hood Integrated, with twist-out function
Finish Black anodized
Scope of Delivery Lens, metal lens cap, clip-on lens cap, tripod adapter, rear lens cap, soft leather lens cases for lens and tripod adapter
Dimension and weight:
Length 91mm (3.58 inches)
Largest diameter 74mm (2.91 inches)
Weight 1,055 grams (2.33 pounds)

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