These Lenses Have Beautiful Bokeh That’s Hypnotic

The beautiful bokeh from these lenses will hit you right in the heart! You’ll fall in love all over again!

While easy to get lost in the beautiful bokeh of your lenses, some lenses are just better than others. Lenses like those from Leica combine gorgeous colors with a jaw-dropping out of focus area. Further, there’s something to be said for lining up the shot and getting an idea of how gorgeous the image will be. We dipped into our Reviews Index for a better idea on lenses with hypnotic bokeh. Here are some of our favorites.

Leica 35mm f2 Summicron ASPH

It’s tough to beat the beautiful bokeh of an f1.4 lens. And the Leica 35mm f1.4 Summilux FLE has absolutely gorgeous bokeh. But we believe most photographers are more inclined to tote the 35mm f2 along with them. The Leica 35mm f2 Summicron ASPH is much smaller and lighter. And what’s great bokeh without a great lens to begin with? We thoroughly enjoyed using this lens in documentary settings with the Leica M10-P.

We’ve previously said about this lens:

“When shooting wide open with the Leica 35mm f2 ASPH Summicron and focusing closely, you’re bound to get nice bokeh. I’m aware that lots of photographers will love it.”

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Buy Now: $3,495

Leica 28mm f1.4 Summilux ASPH

Arguably my favorite lens on this list is the Leica 28mm f1.4 Summilux. I’d make a strong argument that this is the perfect walkaround lens for the Leica M system. You can go from striking, beautiful bokeh one second to an entire scene in focus the next. It’s commendable that Leica created a lens this spectacular. And the colors from it are incredibly vivid.

We’ve previously said about this lens:

“…When combined with effective white balancing methods, the bokeh will really, really pop. And this is where I think things are pretty interesting because the bokeh from the Leica 28mm f1.4 Summilux is gorgeous and creamy…”

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Buy Now: $6,000

Leica 75mm f1.25 Noctilux ASPH

This list couldn’t be complete without at least one Noctilux lens, and the new Leica 75mm f1.25 Noctilux is spectacular. We’ve used it to shoot digitally and with film. Personally speaking, I haven’t seen sharpness like this from a lens for the 35mm format on Ektachrome. It’s unreal, and I’d expect this from a medium format camera instead! And of course, there’s the gorgeous bokeh with the wide f1.25 aperture and the telephoto focal length.

We’ve previously said about this lens:

“No matter how many photographers say that you should stop fixating on perfect bokeh, I’m not sure how many photographers can truly gawk at what the Leica 75mm f1.25 Noctilux is capable of. “But the price!” is what the IRL version of the Simpson’s Comic Book guy will say behind the protection of his PC screen and the broadband internet that he uses from his mom’s basement. Yes, the Leica 75mm f1.25 Noctilux is expensive. But the Leica 75mm f1.25 Noctilux isn’t a purchase you make because it’s logical or because you’ll get the greatest images out of it. Quite honestly, you buy it because you want it.”

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Buy Now: $14,095

Leica 28mm f2 Summicron ASPH

If you’re a photographer doing environmental portraits, I strongly recommend the Leica 28mm f2 Summicron ASPH. You’re not going to stick out with a large lens attached to your camera. And you’ll be able to document exactly what you need to get in focus and blur the rest out with the beautiful bokeh. We strongly recommend it with the Leica M10, or Leica M10 Monochrom which is exceptional in low light.

We’ve previously said about this lens:

“The bokeh from the Leica 28mm f2 Summicron ASPH is hazier than it is creamy. It’s pleasing for sure. Because of the muted look, you don’t really get the pop that you would otherwise from faster lenses. There isn’t a lot of micro-contrast. And if you’re looking for a more subtle look, then you’ll adore the Leica 28mm f2 Summicron ASPH.”

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Buy Now: $4,895

Editor’s Note: This blog post is presented in partnership with Leica.

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.