NOCTILUX-M 50 f/1.2 ASPH.

Unique image quality and nostalgic charm.

A Milestone in Photography History

Carefully adapted in line with modern lens design, the Leica Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 ASPH. marks the return of one of the most famous lenses made for the Leica M-System. The reasons for the enduring appeal of this iconic lens have been its speed, elaborately constructed aspherical lens elements, and high rendition quality with a unique aesthetic at open aperture. The original Noctilux 50 f/1.2 was produced from 1966 to 1975 at a total quantity of 1,757 units.

A lens illuminates the Night

A street light in the dark, the rear lights of a car, a child’s face in candlelight, a performer in the spotlight – depicted with an authentic and natural clarity: images captured with a Noctilux are characterized by an unmistakable bokeh, and an almost impressionist aesthetic. Photographers the world over use this exceptional tool to master visual and creative challenges, and tell fascinating stories of darkness and light.

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The new Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 ASPH. marks the revival of the world’s first lens with aspherical elements.It allows me to create timeless portraits with a wonderful bokeh and soft skin tones.
Milan Swolfs

Photographer Milan Swolfs is best known for his burlesque and vintage-style fine art portraits that bring to mind the unforgettable Hollywood glamour of the 1920s and 1930s.

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Rather than looking to the work of other photographers, Swolfs draws inspiration from old movies, timeless works of art, and the way in which Dutch Masters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer utilized light in their paintings. The photographer, who is also the owner of a vintage Noctilux 50 f/1.2, has taken the new Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 ASPH. on a thorough field test. His findings confirmed that the original’s distinctive look at open aperture has been retained in the new model. In addition, the Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 ASPH. delivers an extremely sharp rendition when slightly stopped down – making the new lens suitable for everyday shooting scenarios across the board.

1966: the first Noctilux lens

In 1966, the Noctilux 50 f/1.2 astounded expo visitors and the trade press with its positively revolutionary optical attributes. The lens offered a maximum aperture that was enormous by the standards of the time, in conjunction with an exceptional optical performance. This was partly due to the fact that the Noctilux was the world’s first serially produced lens to feature two aspherical elements. Their purpose was to reduce spherical aberration at maximum aperture and improve rendition quality. To re-issue this iconic lens, the original calculation and construction were only minimally changed, and carefully adapted to the glass types and production methods available today.

Leica Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 ASPH. in Silver

The Noctilux 50 f/1.2 was one of the first serially produced Leica lenses to feature a black finish. In the course of the transition from silver to black-paint lenses, Leica made a very small number of Noctilux 50 f/1.2 prototypes with a silver finish. Today, they are among the most coveted and highly priced M lenses in existence. As an homage to the ultra-rare original Noctilux in silver, Leica is also releasing a special edition of the Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 ASPH. with a silver chrome finish and lens barrel made of brass rather than aluminum. Its packaging has been designed to emulate the original box of 1966, and instead of the customary LEICA engraving, the front ring of the lens is marked with LEITZ WETZLAR – just like the original Noctilux 50 f/1.2.

Only 100 units of the special-edition model will be available worldwide.

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