New Noctilux from Leica: Chrome, heavy, same optics. Chrome 35 Summilux
UPDATE: Misleading title to this article. I now realise these two lenses are not heavyweights like the old chrome 35 and 50 Summiluxes. Instead, they are made from a lighter weight aluminium material. The silver Noctilux feels similar in weight to the existing black model. The new Summarits appear to be made from the same material.
Leica has introduced a new chrome version of the f/0.95 Noctilux ― specially crafted for the Leica fanboy with deep pockets and strong muscles. The optics are the same as the current black Noctilux which is plenty heavy enough, thank you very much. Owners of silver M-Ps will be drooling already. See the prices: At £7,550 the chrome Noctilux is cheaper than the black version.
The iconic LEICA NOCTILUX-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH. and LEICA SUMMILUX-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH. Leica M-Lenses are now available in silver
Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, now offers two of the fastest Leica M-Lenses, the Leica Noctilux-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH. and the Leica Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH., in an alternative silver anodised finish. The technical specifications of both lenses are identical to those of their serially produced counterparts. Whether in classic black or elegant silver, the two lenses offer exceptional imaging performance and enormous versatility, particularly when shooting in available light.
As the world’s fastest aspherical lens, the Leica Noctilux-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH. represents a milestone in lens construction and possesses a unique performance spectrum. At its maximum aperture, its extremely shallow depth of field enables the creation of portraits and detail studies characterised by inimitable aesthetic qualities. When used for available-light photography, the lens actually exceeds the perceptive capabilities of the human eye and delivers outstanding imaging results. Due to the very natural reproduction of perspectives and proportions by its 50 mm focal length, it is also an ideal universal lens that allows true-to-life rendition of subjects under normal lighting conditions.
The Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH. combines a moderate wide-angle character with natural reproduction of proportions and is therefore also an extremely versatile lens. Regardless of whether it’s a matter of selective focus in the close-up range, high-contrast available-light applications or landscape shots with immense depth of field, the lens delivers persuasive arguments in any situation. Its focal length of 35 mm, the classic for reportage photography, makes it ideal as the first lens for newcomers to Leica M-Cameras, while its low weight and particularly compact size make it perfect as part of a lightweight M-System for travel photography.
As is the case for all Leica lenses, the Leica Noctilux-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH. and the Leica Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH. are designed and constructed by Leica optical specialists and combine the best of optical and mechanical expertise. As particularly reliable products with enduring value, they are made in Germany from only the finest materials and assembled in an elaborate process entirely by hand. The combination of cutting-edge technologies and painstaking manufacturing procedures guarantees consistently excellent quality.
Both lenses in silver anodised finish will be available from authorised Leica dealers from the end of October 2014.
NOCTILUX-M 50mm/f0,95, silver anodized £7500.00 RRP
SUMMILUX-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH. Silver £3550.00 RRP