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Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux samples on the M9

Just added to my review of the M9 in DAP is a page of examples with the amazing Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M ASPH. Thanks go to Leica USA for graciously supplying the demo lens. I am glad Leica designs and builds such amazing lenses.

I found that I was able to focus at 50mm with good consistency by paying close attention. With an hour of daylight remaining, I did yard duty photographing a variety of mundane subjects, always a challenge. I only have the Noctilux for a few days, but its character is already clear: it’s one lens I’d love to own were I an M9 owner.

The Noctilux is a remarkable lens, and it’s in stock at B&H Photo if you have a wheelbarrow full of cash.

Field curvature is “interesting” with the Noctilux, and a salient characteristic that will need to be understood to avoid and/or exploit to advantage. Color rendition and field uniformity are outstanding— I am very impressed there.

Leica M9 + Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux @ f/0.95

In addition to the Noctilux examples, ’ve also made some minor additions and changes to other pages in the M9 review, clarifying some of the focus accuracy issues as well.

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