Just picked up this lens with the M9-P body yesterday from Leica Singapore.
Signing the Loan Agreement was like signing a mortgage on a small studio apartment ha ha
OK Clubsnap will be putting both lens and body through their paces over the next 2 weeks
This thread is dedicated to the review of the Noctilux 50mm f0.95 lens ..... a seperate thread will review the M9-P with other 'crons and 'lux's
Photos will come soon in a day or 3
First impressions..... the 50mm is not a small lens , and it looked (and weighed) like an R (Leica SLR) mount lens on an M body.
It has a built-in metal lens hood
Needless to say, the build quality is top-notch ..... almost everything's engraved
Nearest the front lens element is the all-metal retractable lens hood
Followed next by the f-stop aperture ring and
the focusing ring
The thread size of the lens is an E60 (60mm) .... so this baby is big (most old-school 50mm primes are between 45-50mm )
Number of lenses/groups : 8elements in 5groups
Actual focal length: 52.3mm
Minimum focusing distance: 1m
Minimum f-stop : f16
Leica literature lists this lens' 'sweet spot' at f5.6 " Stopping down brings a continuous significant improvement in performance, up to an exceptional level over the entire image field at 5.6"
Distortion is slightly slightly barrel-shaped and at MAXIMUM of 1% (in real-world... hardly visible)
Other highlights ... 5 (elements) are made of glass types with anomalous color dispersion to correct color defects, while 3 elements simultaneously have extremely high refractive power....... the rear most element is a floating element that moves independently of the rest of the group
Patience..... photos will follow in a day or 2