Pre Photokina 2008: Along with the M8.2, Leica has unveiled the world’s fastest asphercial lens, the NOCTILUX-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH. offering the market a faster lens than the SUMMILUX-M 50 mm f /1.4 ASPH. The wide maximum aperture gives extremely shallow depth of field and very low light capability. Priced at £6290 it will be made available in February 2009.

Press Release:

The World’s Fastest Aspherical Lens (35 mm camera system)
The new LEICA NOCTILUX-M 50 MM F / 0.95 ASPH

Breaking the optical “sound barrier” of lens speed 1.1 has been the Holy Grail of lens design for many years. Notably, the Canon 0.95 “Dream lens” was a bold attempt; however this was prior to modern aspherical lens technology.

Following the renowned LEICA NOCTILUX-M 50 mm f / 1, Leica is to now launch the world’s first aspherical f / 0.95 prime lens the new LEICA NOCTILUX-M 50 mm f / 0.95 ASPH.

Comparing vignetting and distortion values in a head to head comparison, with both lenses at full aperture, the new lens will be a clear winner and is faster.

Not only this, but the new LEICA NOCTILUX-M 50 mm f / 0.95 ASPH also performs comparably with the LEICA SUMMILUX-M 50 mm f / 1.4 ASPH (regarded as the best standard lens ever produced) when stopped down.

At the new 0.95 full aperture, depth of field is so shallow as to allow the most esthetic portraits or detailed studies. Low light becomes even less of a barrier, with the LEICA NOCTILUX-M 50 mm f / 0.95 ASPH, surpassing the speed of the human eye even more so than its predecessor.

Hand assembled in Solms Germany, this lens is designed to retain its value and usability for decades.

Available from February 2009, the LEICA NOCTILUX-M 50 mm f / 0.95 ASPH is £6290
(inc VAT) SRP.