German lens manufacturer Meyer-Optik Goerlitz is expanding its range of F0.95 aperture lenses with the release of the Nocturnus 75mm. The lens will have the world’s widest aperture for the focal length, according to the company, and will offer sharp detail even when used wide open.

Like the Nocturnus 50mm F0.95 lll, this full-frame lens will be available in mounts for Leica M, Sony E and Fujifilm’s X series cameras, and will feature a 15-bladed iris that Meyer says will help to create bokeh ideal for portrait work. The aperture will be click-less to allow silent operation for filmmakers, and will close steplessly to F16.

The hand-made lens uses only five elements in five groups, and will have a closest focusing distance of 0.9m/35.4in. It will take a 82mm filter, will weigh about 750g/26.4oz and can be ordered in a black or a silver finish.

Meyer says it expects the lens to be delivered in December this year at a price of €4,000 (~$4,900 USD), but those ordering before 20th May will be able to get it for €1,900 (~$2,300 USD). For more information, visit the Nocturnus 75 f0.95 product page on the Meyer-Optik Goerlitz website.

CORRECTION: The original article (and press release) stated that the filter thread was 72mm. This is incorrect. Meyer Optik informed us that the actual filter thread of the lens will be 82mm. Both the article and press release have been updated with the correct figure.

Press release

Meyer-Optik Goerlitz Nocturnus 0.95/75mm continues the creation of the “master of light series” and the legacy of the fastest 75mm lens in the world

Nocturnus 0.95/75 mm becomes world’s fastest 75mm lens with 15 aperture blades

Available for Leica M, Sony and Fuji X

Again Meyer optic reaches for the next big step. But this time it’s a big one: the creation of the fastest 75mm lens worldwide causes a stir

  • sharpness with aperture of 0.95 - 16
  • the fastest 75 mm lens of the world
  • with 15 aperture blades
  • a Bokeh ideal for portrait photography in difficult light conditions
  • a lens that creates a three-dimensional appearance separating the subject from the background in a characteristic manner
  • compatible with Leica M, Sony E and Fuji X
  • clickless aperture ring
  • Made in Germany
  • Highest requirements for the glasses used

Expected launch: May 2018

Special Early Bird Price until 20.05.2018: 1899 €, expected MSRP €3499
Available camera mounts: Leica M, Sony E and Fuji X

More Information:

Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz: Again in the leading position for available light photography
Already in the 1920s, Meyer brought lenses to market which were the fastest lenses of their time: the Kinoplasmat 75/f1. 5. Later the Primoplan 1.9/58 was to become the fastest standard lens for the famous Exakta camera, which was sold in the USA as "Kine night Exakta". At this time Meyer-Optik Goerlitz was considered as the most prominent manufacturer of available light lenses, so called “giants of light” and in 2016 the company presented the Nocturnus 0.95/50 mm for the first time now available in its third version.

Now Meyer is following the legacy of creating the fastest 75mm lens in the world like it once did with the Kinoplasmat. The Nocturnus 0.95/75 mm lens is a full format lens available for Sony E, Fuji X and Leica M. The company also intends to follow with a 35mm lens later in order to complete its Nocturnus line.

Main Features

1. The Nocturnus provides unsurpassed portrait images

Like its “little brother” – the Nocturnus 50 – the Nocturnus 0.95/75 delivers outstanding performance with a ully opened aperture 0.95 for Sony E, Fuji X and Leica M photographers.

With its aperture at 0.95 and its 15 steel aperture blades with antireflection coating the Noctunrus 50 delivers an appearance and imaging which cannot be obtained by any other lens. This opens creative opportunities especially in “people photography” under difficult light conditions.

2. 75mm focal length, 15 Steel Aperture Blades: #1 and Only in the World of Available Light Photography

World premier! 75mm focal length, 15 steel aperture blades along with a maximum aperture of 0.95 is only available in the portfolio of Meyer-Optik Goerlitz. This combination allows photographers who are using Leica M, Sony E or Fuji X to make use of the outstanding creative opportunities by the conscious use of depth of field, sharpness and bokeh. The 15 blades aperture was designed by Dr. Prenzel from Goerlitz and the mechanical components of the aperture are built by Otto Niemann precision mechanics from Berlin. Otto Niemann has been one of the specialists in the production of iris diaphragms since 1945. Of course, the aperture of the Nocturnus 0.95/75 is adjustable to infinty. The mechanical quality is outstanding and as a result the Nocturnus 0.95 / 75mm is a tool, that the photographer can rely on all his life.

3. Handmade Masterpieces

The Nocturnus 0.95/75 is a handmade masterpiece. Trained expert staff and state of the art technology make each Meyer-Optik Goerlitz lens a masterpiece in itself. Meyer-Optik Goerlitz employs a selected staff who put in all their experience and pride to produce a perfect Meyer-Optik Goerlitz Nocturnus 0.95/75. The company offers guided tours in its production facilities in Hamburg, Germany, to give customers an insight into the high production standards.

4. Photography at the speed of light

The combination of 75mm and the unique aperture of f 0.95 creates images of an unmet aesthetic especially when shot wide open, generating a three dimensional appearance where the subject seems to be stepping out of the image. The Bokeh is smooth and under the appropriate condition may contain some sharp edged light circles.

Each shot is of unique sharpness, depth of field and Bokeh characteristic.

5. Technical Specification

  • Focal Length: 75mm
  • Aperture range: f0.95 - f16
  • Mounts: Fuji X, Sony E, Leica M
  • Angle of view: 32°
  • Minimum Focal Distance: 0,9m
  • Filter Thread: 82mm
  • Elements/Glasses: 5 Elements in 5 Groups
  • Aperture Blades: 15, with special anti-reflex coating
  • Weight: ~ 750g