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Leica Noctilux-M 50/.09.5 'Titan' (Pic: Leica)
The lens is an update of the classic Noctilux first released in 1966 (Pic: Leica)

Leica has announced the release of a ‘Titan’ edition of its classic Noctilux-M lens.

The new ‘Titan’ edition of the lens – a 50mm f/0.95 lens first released in 1966 – is made from solid titanium.

Only 100 examples of the Leica M-mount lens will be produced, and the retail price will – in the UK at least – be £14,000.

“First introduced in 1966, the Noctilux-M lens quickly gained a reputation as an optical masterpiece. Each generation redefined the limits of what was technically possible, raising imaging performance to a higher level, with the Noctilux-M 50 f/0.95 ASPH surpassing the perception of the human eye,” Leica said in a press release.

“In the exclusive new special edition, all visible components are now milled from solid titanium, which is a lightweight and exceptionally resistant metal giving the lens an elegant appearance making it the ideal complement to all previously released Leica M-Cameras in titanium finish.”

Leica Noctilux-M 50/.09.5 'Titan' (Pic: Leica)
The new lens will cost £14,000 in. the UK (Pic: Leica)

The new lenses are being unveiled on Thursday (14 September) at Leica stores across the world.

“The Noctilux-M 50 f/0.95 ASPH ‘Titan’ achieves images with an unmistakable character, just like the series version,” Leica said. “With its extremely shallow depth of field at open aperture, it produces pictures with a unique bokeh and inimitable aesthetics. Even in low light, the Noctilux-M brings out the finest details and impresses with a high-contrast, brilliant imaging performance.”

Last year, Leica produced a ‘Titan’ version of its M-A film rangefinder camera with a matching APO-Summicron-M 50 F2 ASPH lens. The set was limited to just 250 examples and was launched with a $20,000 price tag.

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17 days ago

Will put it on my wishlist, number 129 in rank.