Leica announces a new 1kg/$12,795 Noctilux-M 75mm f/1.25 ASPH lens




Today Leica camera announced a new Noctilux-M 75mm f/1.25 ASPH lens with a price tag of $12,795 (EU price: €11,900). The lens weights 1055g. Shipping is expected to start in early 2018. Pre-orders are now open at:

Additional information can be found over at LeicaRumors:

Leica Noctilux-M 75mm f/1.25 ASPH lens officially announced

A new Leica Summilux-M 90mm f/1.5 ASPH lens has been rumored since April:

Leica Rumors recap: new Noctilux lens and TL camera

New firmware for all Leica M cameras released, new Summilux-M 90mm f/1.5 ASPH lens rumors

In the future Leica could also introduce a new Noctilux 35mm f/0.95 lens:

New Leica Noctilux lens rumored

 

 

 

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  • TurtleCat

    For the 3 people who need it?

    • Mistral75

      For the hundreds of people who will buy it and allow Leica Camera AG to make a nice profit on it.

      For the technical achievement it represents, for the tens of thousands of people who will hear from it and for its impact on the brand image.

      • TurtleCat

        I’m sure there will be buyers for it but it’s clearly not intended for many users. It seems like it’s more something to keep an optical lens designer challenged/interested than in providing an in-demand option.

        • sperdynamite

          There is no challenge in making this lens. There is simply no market for a $13k manual focus 75mm 1.2. A technical achievement would require low-cost, low weight, and auto focus.

      • Correct!

      • Azmodan

        Of course Zeiss don’t make a profit I assume with their expensive yet somehow as good and 1/4-1/3 cost Otus lenses. It’s a $4K with a $9K badge thrown in for good measure.

      • Spy Black

        The people who can afford this status symbol won’t have a clue as to how to use it.

      • sperdynamite

        Technical achievement? What technical achievement? They pulled the curtain off some whiz bang manual focus lens that other makes have more or less made in auto focus since the 90s and manual since the 80s. Oh but I get it, now that there is a red dot attached they landed on the moon. If you think this over priced bragging right is going to do anything for you that you couldn’t already do with an Canon 85/1.2, Nikon 85/1.4G, or Otus 85/1.4, I don’t know what to tell you. Hell I bet the Sigma matches it in real life. Leica is just another luxury brand like Prada, and they put another feather in their cap and said it’s gold. Wow, what an achievement! Other than a few American dolts, I’m sure the nouveau riche in Hong Kong will enjoy not shooting with this lens. Honestly what a joke.

  • J L Williams

    For the ultra-high-net-worth Americans who are about to get a gigantic tax cut and are looking for fun tchotchkes on which to spend it. Too bad it won’t be out in time to give as a Christmas gift to the butler at your country place, the one who’s into photography…

    I wish I could get behind Mistral75’s notion that Leica will use the profits for technical research that will benefit a broader range of photographers, but I suspect that research will simply yield further ultra-costly lenses. On the other hand, a lot of the technically interesting lenses nowadays seem to be coming from feisty Chinese companies with something to prove… maybe this will convince one of them that a wide-aperture 75 should be its next challenge.

    Having said all that, I’ll also say that a 75 is a really nice length to use on an M, and if I had a spare $20K I’d buy this one and an M10 to put it on in a heartbeat.

    • TurtleCat

      I suspect that it will be rich people around the world, not just Americans, who will buy this…

  • Oooh… lens pr0n

    Expensive one at that, maybe one day…

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