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Leica NOCTILUX-M 50mm f/1.0

Leica NOCTILUX-M 50mm f/1.0 lens
Leica NOCTILUX-M 50mm f/1.0 lensLeica NOCTILUX-M 50mm f/1.0 lens

Full frame sized image

Lenses that create APS-C sized image are designed for digital only. They cannot be used on cameras that have image sensor larger than the APS-C format. These lenses are not suitable for film cameras either.


No stepping motor AF

Lenses with stepping motor focusing mechanism are better for contrast based focusing, and are quiter and faster than traditionally focusing lenses.


Not stabilized

Image stabilization helps to reduce blur caused by hand shake, especially at high focal length or in low light situations. Image stabilization can give 1 to 3 stop advantage over none stabilized lens, based on the reciprocal rule.


Metal mount

Cheaper lenses are usually equipped with plastic mount, while more expensive, professional lenses have metal mount. In general, metal mounts are more durable, and a good thing to have when lenses are changed a lot. When a camera is used mainly with one lens, the material of the lens mount is not that important.


No drop-in filter support

Drop-in filters are used in those lenses where either the front lens is too large, or the field of view doesn't permit the use of traditional filters at the front of the lens. Usually bright tele and ultra-wide angle lenses support this filter type.

The Noctilux transmits light more effectively than even the human eye, and as the world's first production f/1.0 lens for 35 mm photography, it represents a landmark in the history of photography. Its outstanding contrast sensitively differentiates subtle colors and its precise resolution displays the finest of textures, even in highly unfavorable light. Maximum correction for aberrations such as coma means that it delivers virtually bleed-free reproduction of point light sources. This lens opens up to photographers a unique and fascinating pictorial language. It is not only outstandingly well suited to shooting in dim light, but also for night shots without flash. The light from a candle is sufficient to produce outstanding results. Specific image areas can be highlighted by means of its very shallow depth of field at full aperture. In the soft-focus zones, this causes outlines to dissolve into an almost abstract aesthetic of shapes and colors.

Leica NOCTILUX-M 50mm f/1.0 Specification

Available mount(s) Leica M
Application(s) Portrait, Landscape, Architecture, Special effects
Category(s) Standard prime
Stabilizer no
Focal length 50 mm (prime)
Lens construction 7 elements in 6 groups
Angle of view 35mm: 47°
digital: N/A
Number of blades N/A
Maximum aperture f/1
Minimum aperture f/16
Minimum focusing distance 100 cm
Magnification 0.06×
Filter size 60 mm
Size ∅ 69 × 62 mm
Weight 630 g
AF speed N/A
AF sound
Internal focusing N/A
Internal zoom N/A
Fix front lens N/A
Mount type metal
Weather sealed N/A
Drop in filter no
Ultrasonic AF N/A
Stepping motor AF no
APS-C sized circle no
Low dispersion lens element N/A
Hard case N/A
Soft case N/A
Lens hood N/A
Tripod adapter N/A
Leica NOCTILUX-M 50mm f/1.0 Specification

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