Friday, September 19, 2008
Leica debuts world's fastest lens
Digital Photography Review reports: [edited]
Breaking the optical “sound barrier” of lens speed 1.1 has been the Holy Grail of lens design for many years. Leica is to launch the world’s first aspherical f/0.95 prime lens the NOCTILUX-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH.
At the new 0.95 full aperture, depth of field is shallow enough to allow the most aesthetic portraits or detailed studies. Low light becomes less of a barrier, with the LEICA NOCTILUX surpassing the speed of the human eye.
Available from February 2009, the LEICA NOCTILUX-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH will cost £6290 (inc VAT).