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Leica 75mm f/1.25 Noctilux-M ASPH

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At about $12795, the Leica 75mm f/1.25 Noctilux-M ASPH offers a breathtaking price point with a rendering style one hopes to offer a unique rendering to match. It’s out of my price range, but I’m looking forward to getting one to shoot and review. The loaner request is in, but when it will arrive, I just do not know.

  • Leica M-Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/1.25 to f/16
  • 2 Aspherical Elements
  • One Anomalous Partial/Low Dispersion Glass, all other elements of low chromatic dispersion glasses
  • Floating Elements System
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 2.8'
  • Filter Thread: 67mm
  • 11-Blade Diaphragm
  • Built-In Extendable Lens Hood

It looks that Leica has gone all-out on the optical design, hence the stratospheric price.

It’s a beautiful lens (I always did like my 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M ASPH) and given the 75mm focal length, might actually perform reasonably well adapted to Sony since ray angle issues will be minimal (see in MTF terms how ray angle destroys performance of wider lenses).

Its specifications state that it comes with a tripod adapter, so that might solve the tripod and lens mount stress issue (“A tripod adapter is included to facilitate easy and secure use of this lens when shooting from a tripod.”). Leica’s weight limit for M bodies to avoid lens mount stress is around 700 grams, and it easily exceeds that limit.

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

Leica 75mm f/1.25 Noctilux-M ASPH

Leading the way in F1.4 brightness

Rivaled in speed only by its legendary 50mm sibling, the Noctilux-M 75mm f/1.25 ASPH. from Leica is a high-speed portrait-length prime characterized by its ability to isolate subject matter, render subjects in a unique way, and perform admirably in low-light conditions.

Beyond the wide maximum aperture, this 75mm f/1.25 is also distinguished by its sophisticated optical composition that solely utilizes anomalous partial dispersion and low chromatic dispersion glass to suppress color fringing and chromatic aberrations for high clarity. Two aspherical elements are also featured to ensure notable sharpness and low dispersion, and a floating element system is employed at the rear of the design to maintain consistent image quality throughout the focusing range from 2.8' to infinity.

Additionally, this lens has an 11-blade diaphragm to produce an especially pleasing, rounded bokeh quality and a built-in lens hood helps to prevent lens flare and ghosting.

  • Extremely fast f/1.25 maximum aperture affords notable control over depth of field for selective focus shooting, and also benefits working handheld in low-light conditions.
  • Short-telephoto 75mm focal length offers a slightly compressed image quality that is well-suited to portraiture and close-up images, especially when used in conjunction with the shallow depth of field afforded by the bright maximum aperture.
  • Nine elements in six groups optical design is comprised entirely of anomalous partial dispersion and low chromatic dispersion glasses in order to significantly reduce color fringing and produce imagery with a high degree of clarity.
  • Two large-diameter aspherical elements are also used to control spherical aberrations for improved sharpness and reduced distortion.
  • A rear floating element system is employed to maintain consistent image quality throughout the focusing range, even at the minimum focusing distance of 2.8'.
  • An 11-blade diaphragm produces a rounded and pleasing bokeh quality.
  • Built-in extendable lens hood shades and protects the front element to reduce lens flare and ghosting. Additionally, the front of the lens is threaded to accept 67mm screw-in filters.
  • A tripod adapter is included to facilitate easy and secure use of this lens when shooting from a tripod.

Specifications

As per Leica.

Leica 75mm f/1.25 Noctilux-M ASPH
Focal length: 75mm
Aperture scale: f/1.25 - f/16
Diaphragm blades: 11 blades
Number of elements/groups: 9 elements in 6 groups
all elements are anomalous partial dispersion and low chromatic dispersion glasses
2 aspheric elements
Focusing range: 2.8 ft / 85 cm
Angular field: 32°
Image ratio at close range:            1:8.8
Filter thread: 67mm
Weight, nominal: 2.3 lb / 1055 g
Dimensions: 2.9 x L: 3.6 in / 74.0 x L: 91.0 mm
List price: about $12995
Includes Leica Noctilux-M 75mm f/1.25 ASPH Lens
Metal Front Lens Cap
Clip-On Front Lens Cap
Rear Lens Cap for M-Mount Lenses
Soft Leather Lens Case
Tripod Adapter
Soft Leather Tripod Adapter Case
Limited 3-Year Warranty

Roy P writes:

I was looking at the MTF more closely last evening, and this looks like an amazing lens. At f/5.6, it’s a flat line stuck to the ceiling. I was thinking of ordering one, notwithstanding its insane price, and I just decided to push the button.

I sold my 50 Noctilux, in large part because I already had (and still have) the 50 Summilux-M and 50 APO, and the Nocti became expendable.

The 75 Nocti looks like a very unique, one of a kind lens. If it delivers the sharpness the MTF promises, I’d be very thrilled with it, and I’d probably get rid of a lot of other stuff.

DIGLLOYD: my entry line was a personal joke to Roy P, and here the joke is on me—he ordered one.

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