The Leica Noctilux-M 75mm f1.25 ASPH Has All The Bokeh for $12,795

The Leica Noctilux-M 75mm f1.25 ASPH is bound to appeal to portrait photographers

It’s been some time since we’ve seen a truly super fast aperture lens from Leica, but today we’re getting the new Leica Noctilux-M 75mm f1.25 ASPH. This lens is designed for M mount cameras; but with a depth of field so shallow at f1.25 when shot wide open, I’d really ensure that your camera’s rangefinder is calibrated to the absolute best that it can be. It’s bound to appeal to portrait photographers and those who like Leica M mount lenses and then adapt them to their other camera systems will really appreciate what’s possible here. Leica lenses have always been incredibly sharp and gorgeous in their renditions, but they’re also really only been able to be fully realized by their own cameras because of the way that rangefinders work and how the light travels through their own lenses.

The new Leica Noctilux-M 75mm f1.25 ASPH covers a full frame area, so you can mount it onto our Leica M10 or your Leica M6 with ease. The lens has 9 elements in 6 groups with two of those lenses being aspherical. It can focus to just under 3 feet, which is standard for most rangefinder glass. From f1.25, the lens goes all the way down to f16 at the smallest aperture. Of course, it isn’t cheap at all. $12,795 is the retail price.

Granted, this lens isn’t like Leica’s 50mm f0.95 Noctilux lens, but it’s also a bit more of a telephoto focal length. The 75mm makes a lot of sense because a lot of Rangefinders have framelines for that focal length. If that wasn’t the choice, then 90mm would have been the more obvious one.

Technical data

Angle of view 
(diagonal, horizontal, vertical)
For 35 mm format (24 x 36 mm):

~ 32°, 27°, 18°

For Leica M8 models (18 x 27 mm):

~ 24°, 20°, 14°, equivalent to FL of ~ 100 mm in 35 mm format1

Optical design

Number of elements/groups

Aspherical surfaces

Position of entrance pupil

(at infinity)

 

9/6

2

26.9 mm (in front of the bayonet)

Focusing

Working range

Scales

Smallest object field/

largest reproduction ratio

 

0.85 m to ∞

Combined metre/feet graduation

For 35 mm format: ~ 212 x 318 mm / 1:8.8,
For Leica M8 models: ~ 159 x 238 mm / 1:8.8

Aperture

Settings/functions

Smallest aperture

 

With click stops, half-stop detents

16

Bayonet Leica M quick-change bayonet with 6-bit bar coding for Leica M digital cameras2
Filter mount Inner thread for E67 screw-mount filters, non-rotating
Lens hood Integrated, with twist-out function
Viewfinder Camera viewfinder3
Finish Black anodised
Dimensions and weight

Length to bayonet flange

Largest diameter

Weight

 

~ 91 mm

~ 74 mm

~ 1055 g

Compatible cameras All Leica M-Cameras3, 4, Leica SL-Cameras with Leica M-Adapter L