Leica Revives the Legendary 1970s Noctilux-M 50mm f/1.2 Lens

The Lecia M rangefidner camera system has a long history, and current digital models work with M lenses dating back to the 1950s. Over time, many have enjoyed lofty status, sought after by both photographers and collectors hoping to own a rare item.

Leica Noctilux-M f/1.2 ASPH.copy in its original packaging.

As part of its Leica Classics series, Leica is bringing the Noctilux-M 50mm f/1.2 ASPH. back to life, for less money, but still Leica prices. It joins the 1950s-era Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6 and the Thambar-M 90mm f/2.2, a design from the 1930s, in the series.

It’s being sold in two versions. The black edition is priced at $7,695 and ships along with a metal hood, plastic display case, and a slip-on metal hood. Its barrel is anodized aluminum, the same material Leica uses for most of its lenses.

Leica Noctilux-M f/1.2 ASPH.M10-R and black-and-white M10 Monochrom.

If you’re intrigued, photo retailers are expecting stock in mid-February, but preorders are open starting today at Leica stores and authorized dealers. The silver limited edition is on sale exclusively at Leica stores.

January 28, 2021
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