Leica Noctilux 50mm f/0.95

My favorite lens of all time is the Leica Noctilux 50mm f/0.95.   It was an impulse buy for me and the best photography purchase I have made.  50 shots at 50mm with the Leica Noctilux 50mm f/0.95.

Yutenji, Tokyo, JapanAudi S4Beijing International AirportGold Coast, Hong KongTaxi Stand, Haneda Airport, Tokyo, JapanLady Gaga, Tokyo, JapanPokemon Store, Tokyo, JapanFire in Odaiba, Tokyo, JapanMan in front of Shibuya Station, Tokyo, JapanWoman reading thew news on her phone, Shibuya, Tokyo, JapanStarbucks, Maynds Tower, Tokyo, JapanShinjuku Station, Tokyo, JapanEneos Gas Station, Tokyo, JapanGinza Line, Shibuya Station, Tokyo, JapanPray for JapanStanding Bar, Shinjuku, Tokyo, JapanA conductor waits as a Yamanote Train passes at Shibuya StationA girl texting at Shibuya StationTokyo NewspapersTepco EmployeeBagel & Bagel Happy EmployeeMary Jane Bar in Shiubya, Tokyo, JapanBar in Shiubya, Tokyo, JapanGirl waiting at Hachiko, Shibuya, Tokyo, JapanNarita Airport, Tokyo, JapanSingapore Airport, Tokyo, JapanSingapore Sunset#2Clarke Quay, SingaporeBoy at Clarke Quay in SingaporeTaxi, Haneda Airport, Tokyo, JapanTaxi Stand at Haneda Airport, Tokyo, JapanCooking at Ohanami at Meguro River, Tokyo, JapanScreaming at Ohanami at Meguro River, Tokyo, JapanCherry Blossoms at Meguro River, Tokyo, JapanFlowersMotorcycle in Nakameguro, Tokyo, JapanTrain in ShibuyaThe Impossible Project, Nakameguro, Tokyo, JapanBike in Shinjuku, Tokyo, JapanFlower in Shinjuku, Tokyo, JapanYamanote LineCooking in Shibuya, Tokyo, JapanEating in Shibuya, Tokyo, JapanShibuya Station, Tokyo, JapanShinjuku, Tokyo, JapanShinjuku, Tokyo, JapanShibuya Station, Tokyo, JapanMini Cooper in Harajuku, Tokyo, JapanAntique in Nakameguro, Tokyo, Japan


  • Richard Kordts

    I always look forward to your photos. It’s the only photoblog I follow daily. You have a great eye. Wonderful composition. I would love to shoot with you the next time I’m in Tokyo and learn from you. Cheers.

  • Wow!

  • I love the way you capture loneliness in the city. Brillant!

  • Dave

    Thanks Claire… I strive for this a bit but no one has ever comment on it. Thanks for noticing…

  • I don’t think my lightmeter goes down to f/0.95 ^_^

    BTW I want that Charmander figurine.

  • andrew papadimitriou

    really epic mate i love your work and your website, and that lens is amazing :O

    keep up the good work

  • It is so nice to see such random use of a camera stimulate its natural performance. Very Good 🙂

  • Dave

    Hi Joe – Great compliment… Thanks for stopping by…

  • A fantastic, beautiful collection. Thanks for sharing your work.

    I’m so used to people around me (without skills of their own) criticizing anything and everything… I can just hear them ragging on the compositions that are aligned in the center.

    I just love them! Symmetry is glorious… focusing attention in the center is glorious. Stanley Kubrick does it a *lot*! Ignore the critics… They’re just jealous. These images are beautiful.

  • Dave

    Thanks Randy. I actually love center focus a lot of the time. It can make for very interesting photographs.

  • Nice collection Dave. How wide open are you shooting those wide aperture night shots? So little depth of field in some of those pix like the girl at Hachiko. Clearly auto-focus is overrated.

  • Dave

    Thanks Russ. Most are wide open at f/0.95 occasionally I remember to stop down but usually forget.

  • Very nice results. Will it fit my Nikon V1? 🙂 The M Monochrom and that lens would be a killer combo. ISO 12K at f.95, wow.

  • Dave

    Russ – I know… I’ll be unstoppable! First I’ll need to add another 10 stops to my ND filter so I can actually shoot the camera.

  • JuneAndRisa

    Honestly, Dave do you think I should get the Olympus om-d or the Fuji range-finger thing u use?

    I was thinking of the Olympus but you seem to swear by the rangefinder type and I more or less think we are like minded.

  • June – The Fuji X is not really a range finder it is just designed to look like one. For a point and shoot I currently shoot the Ricoh GRD V and love it.

  • Yvan Da Silva

    Absolutely stunning pictures!
    Love your point of view of Tokyo.

  • Awesome stuff Dave! Each shot looks great and perfectly exposed and composed!

  • Thanks Yvan…

  • Thanks Mark. I hope to see you in Tokyo again soon!

  • Ian McKenna

    These are great photographs but what were the settings?

    Which of these 50 pictures could NOT have been taken with a Summilux 50?

    Were they all taken at f.95? I find it hard to believe anyone can justify the enormous price of the lens.

  • Ian – I imagine most were shot at 0.95. The lens is expensive but also has a very distinctive signature that I believe creates beautiful colors and images. It isn’t for everyone but I am very happy with it.

  • James Becraft

    Enjoying your site. Have the .95 and the 21 1.4…Amazing lenses. Glad purchased. Very pleased. Your work and analysis corroborates the wisdom of my purchases and my aims to get that new 1.4 Summilux.
    Best to you.

  • James – Looking at your purchasing habits you are clearly a genius.

  • Joan hall

    Merry Christmas, the fifty from the Noctilux r such a pleasure to see

  • Thanks Joan. I always love to see Noctilux photos. They are just so great…

  • Tim

    Wow! Made me miss Tokyo…

  • Abel

    Bravo !
    The children playing in rain water is amazing!

  • Thanks Abel.

  • Ron

    Great shots! I love the warm smiles in your pictures – Japan is so inviting!

    Re noctilux, of these shots, I’m wondering how often you shoot at 0.95

  • Thanks. If you have a Noctilux almost always. It’s the point of having it. It produces images like nothing else. The lens is pretty amazing. I sold mine as it was too heavy and I wanted a 1.4 but sometimes I really wish I still had my .95.