The Ultimate Dream lens for Bokeh Lover’s everywhere

The Ultimate Dream lens for Bokeh Lover’s everywhere

Taken wide open at F/1.25 with the new Leica Noctilux-M 75mm ASPH lens on a Leica SL.
Image Courtesy of Jeremy Lebled

As we all know Leica is world renowned for making some of the best lenses on the planet. One lens in particular that they are known for is the so called “Holy Grail,” the 50mm 0.95 Noctilux ASPH lens. A flagship lens for them. It has been one of if not the most desirable lenses for photographers across globe. The ultimate lens for bokeh as smooth as butter that have many of us dreaming to own. Up until now . . .

Leica has been able to come out and replicate the 50mm 0.95 in a different focal length with even better results, in my opinion. The New 75mm Noctilux-M F/1.25 lens. The new lens is basically an enlarged version of the 50mm Noctilux with the same beautiful build quality. It definitely is not a light lens by any means and as some heft to it. Just holding it, you realize you have something significant in your hands. I was lucky enough to be able to take it for a spin for a weekend. Here are some of the images I was able to capture with the lens. I want to warn you though . . . You might want to give your wallet or purse to your spouse and have them lock it up! After you see what this lens can do you will have some serious lens envy!

Taken wide open at F/1.25 with the new Leica Noctilux-M 75mm ASPH lens on a Leica SL.
Image Courtesy of Jeremy Lebled

One of the first things I noticed right off the bat was how rich and smooth the bokeh of the images were. It separated my subjects effortlessly from the background and gave my photos a “painting” like quality. Something I would hope for from a lens of this stature. It surely did not let me down.

Taken wide open at F/1.25 with the new Leica Noctilux-M 75mm ASPH lens on a Leica SL.
Image Courtesy of Jeremy Lebled

The second noticeable thing I saw. Was the incredible sharpness that the lens has even wide open at F/1.25! Which at that aperture is very hard to do for most lenses. Let’s take a look at the next two photos so you can see what I mean.

Photo taken wide open F/1.25, no crop, straight out of camera.

Okay, so the first shot here above is taken wide open at F/1.25. Straight out of the camera, no editing, no cropping. With some beautiful natural light coming through a window. Lets take a look at the same image but cropped in below.

Image cropped 100% straight out of camera, no editing.

Now, featured above is the same image cropped at 100%. Holy Cow! Notice the detail in his eyes. You can see if you look very closely the cars on the street right outside of the window where we were shooting. Once I saw this, I realized just how special this lens was. It really helps separate it from the rest of the herd.

Image Courtesy of Jeremy Lebled

Thirdly, I feel having the 75mm focal length rather than a 50mm lens is ideal if you love taking portraits like I do. The reason is, it’s going to give you a better compression to the background. Which in turn will give you a better bokeh. Another advantage is it will also allow you not to be right up on top of your subject. Let’s be honest, no one likes having a camera stuck right in their face. Having that extra focal length will put your subject more at ease and let them be more of themselves.

Image Courtesy of Jeremy Lebled

In conclusion, if you love taking portraits of people and you currently have a Leica M camera or even a SL camera. I think it would be the perfect addition to include in your toolbox. If you have a SL or SL2 you can easily adapt this lens with a Leica M to L adapter. It also is incredibly easy to focus on the SL or SL2 camera with the integration of focus peaking. Which allows you to nail focus more accurately and quickly for manual focus lenses. I believe the photos speak for themselves. There is definitely something very special about this lens. To further inquire about the Leica Noctilux 75mm F/1.25 lens feel free to call our store at 201-473-2050 and anyone one of us would be more than happy to help. Till next time..

All my best,

Jeremy Lebled– Leica Boutique Specialist at Bergen county Camera

Introducing the Leica Q2!


Leica Camera has announced the Leica Q2, the highly anticipated successor to the popular Leica Q (Typ 116). The new model keeps the same compact form factor and exceptional 28mm f/1.7 Summilux ASPH lens, but offers notable and quite significant improvements over its predecessor.  The headlining changes include the brand new 47 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with updated Maestro II image processor, a stunning 3.68 MP OLED EVF, revised camera controls, and a larger battery from the SL, not to mention full weather and dust sealing. As good as the original Q was, and still is, the Leica Q2 is a giant leap forward

The Leica Q2 is a newly developed 47.3 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, offering almost double the resolution of the Q (Typ 116). The additional pixels now make using the built-in crop modes a much more realistic option. At the 35mm setting, you’ll now get 30MP and at 50mm expect 15MP. There’s also a new mode, 75mm, which will result in a 7MP final image. If you do use the crop modes, the on-screen review will show the cropped images, but rest assured that the DNG recorded to the SD card still contains the uncropped, full image off the sensor.


The maximum ISO remains unchanged at 50,000, but we’re expecting a slight improvement in performance. Even if noise remains the exact same as the previous 24MP sensor in the Q, the result should still be better. Keep in mind that magnification at viewing size, be it online or in print, will be much less due to the increased pixel count. This means that any noise will be smaller and less noticeable. We’ll reserve judgement until we can fully evaluate for ourselves, but our initial impression after some quick test shots show about a one stop improvement.

Leica Q-P in Stealth Matte Black Released!

 

Leica has released the Q-P, a new model variant of the ever popular Q Typ 116. Taking the design cues from other “P” models of the past, the Leica Q-P features a “Stealth” matte black finish, no red Leica dot logo on the front, classic white engraved Leicascript on top, and red lens markings instead of the standard orange.

 

Besides the cosmetic changes, the shutter release button and on/off switch have been redesigned more in the line with the M and CL, resulting in more tactile feedback for improved feel and handling. Rounding out the package, the thin, stock black strap gets swapped out for wider, adjustable-length, brown leeather one, and Leica has included an extra battery in as well.

 

The Leica Q-P is shipping immediately with a price of $4,995.

 

 

 

New Firmware updates for Leica M10, Q, CL, T2, TL & T cameras!

 

Leica Has Just announced new firmware updates for the following cameras 
> Leica CL, Version 2.0
> Leica T2, Version 1.4
> Leica TL, Version 2.3
> Leica T, Version 1.8
> Leica Q, Version 3.0
> Leica M10, Version 2.4.5.0
The firmwares are available for download by going to Leica’s Website.