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Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M

Examples: 50/0.95 Noctilux (Yosemite)

These examples use the Noctilux both wide open and stopped down in a landscape-shooting application. As the world’s fastest lens, it is often thought of in limited terms, but in fact it is highly versatile.

See also the wide aperture examples in Wide Aperture Landscapes (DAP).

Curiously, the ultra-fast Noctilux turns out to be perhaps the highest performance 50mm lens I’ve yet seen when stopped down to f/4 - f/5.6, perhaps even a tad better than the 50/1.4 Summilux. Yet at wide apertures the Noctilux has a gentle, lower contrast look than the Summilux which yields a very different effect— the serious user will want both lenses for their different image rendition in the f/1.4 - f/2.8 range.

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Leica M9 + Noctilux 50/0.95 @ ~f/4, 32 sec , ISO 160

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