Video shot on the Leica M Type 240 with a Noctilux f/0.95 lens is as great as you’d imagine
posted Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 2:39 PM EDT
Just the name “Noctilux” is enough to make some photographers' hearts beat faster. The famed Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M has dazzled generations of photographers thanks to its insanely wide f/0.95 maximum aperture, and its likewise astonishing $11,000 price tag. And now that there’s a Leica camera that can shoot video, we’re starting to see what this incredible glass can do for movies on a native Leica body.
Thorsten Overgaard has released the below just over one-minute clip of HD footage shot with the new Leica M Type 240 and the Noctilux, and he talks about shooting with it in depth on his website. Since the Type 240 is the first Leica M to feature Live View and HD capture, users can not only record video, but also accurately focus with the tiny DOF that comes hand-in-hand with the immense amount of light this lens can let in.
As you can see from the footage below, the video is as creamy and light-filled as you could possibly hope for with shooting in such low light.
Overgaard extensively discusses the difficulties and advantages of shooting like this on his site, including the total lack of image stabilization, and how to work in a better audio recording system.
The $7,000 camera and $11,000 lens will probably be out of the price range of most photographers, but if you’re desperate to shoot faster than f/1.0, and don’t mind substantially sub-Leica optics, there are other f/0.95 lenses available for a fraction of that price.