Leica announces the nearly $13,000 Leica Noctilux-M 75mm f/1.25 ASPH lens


posted Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 4:15 PM EDT


For Leica M mount users, they will soon be able to purchase a very fast 75mm prime. The German company has announced the Leica Noctilux-M 75mm f/1.25 ASPH lens and this intriguing optic comes with an eyewatering price tag of US$12,795. 

This lens packs in a lot of interesting technology and appears to be well-suited for portraiture. The high-speed portrait lens has a "sophisticated optical composition," which includes "anomalous partial dispersion" glass. This glass is engineered to supress color fringing and chromatic aberrations. The lens also includes a pair of aspherical elements to help ensure high sharpness. The lens has a floating element design, which helps keep the image quality consistently high throughout the focusing range. That focusing range, by the way, is 2.8 feet to infinity, which results in a 1:8.8 reproduction ratio. In total, the lens has nine elements across six groups.


The aperture diaphragm has 11 blades and Leica promises that the prime delivers pleasing, rounded bokeh. The lens has a built-in lens hood and employs a traditional Leica design. The lens is not lightweight; it weighs in at 2.3 pounds (1,055 grams) and has dimensions of 2.9 x 3.6 inches (74 x 91 millimeters). The lens has a 67mm front filter thread.

If you'd like to preorder the new Leica Noctilux-M 75mm f/1.25 ASPH, you can do so via this link. Shipping is expected to begin in early 2018.

You can see here the optical design of the Leica Noctilux 75mm f/1.25 ASPH. The price amounts to over $1,400 per lens element.

(Via Leica Rumors