There’s fast lenses…and then there’s the new Noctilux-M 75 f/1.25 ASPH that has been announced by Leica! The premium prime optic is expected to start shipping in early 2018.
This insane piece of glass comes with an equally eye-watering price-tag of nearly $12,800 and is comprised of nine elements in six groups. Leica says that ‘two aspherical elements are included in the design to ensure optimum imaging performance across the entire image frame and that, thanks to a floating element, this is also maintained from the closest focusing distance of 0.85 m to infinity.’
So, with a flattering portrait-friendly focal length of 75mm and a ultra large maximum aperture of f/1.25, it should come as no surprise this optic produces stunning bokeh. In fact, Leica explain that; ‘the harmonious bokeh of the lens is the result of the round aperture created by the eleven blades of its iris.
An integrated, lockable lens hood protects the lens against dirt and stray light. Leica also mentioned in the press release that; ‘thanks to its enormous resolving power, the Leica 75mm f/1.25 ASPH is ideally equipped for the future and delivers exceptional quality when cropping images captured by sensors with smaller pixels’.
Essentially, this is the Ferrari of primes lenses and comes with high quality lens coating to minimise reflections and ghosting and an integrated twist-out-and-lock lens hood. But what exactly does that premium bokeh look like?