When Noctilux 50 f/1.2 was first launched in 1966, only 1,757 lenses were produced at the time which put this black-finish lens on the collector's wish list in today's market; just prior to the release, Leica produced around five silver-finish prototypes which are now extremely sought after and equally highly-priced.
The recent modern release of this lens still contains the distinctive visual characteristics that the original lens was known for. Although a historical revival of an iconic lens, Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 ASPH has been designed with today's fast-paced photography and photographer's needs in mind, delivering sharp images and also being the most compact and lightweight Noctilux. Images captured with the lens produce soft, dreamlike look when used wide open, however, it is also built as a general use lens for everyday shooting situations.
The lens will come in a choice of two colors, black anodized with an aluminum lens barrel and silver chrome with a brass lens barrel. The black version of the lens comes in a packaging that has been inspired by the original box and with the same lens container that came with the original Noctilux 50 f/1.2. The silver chrome lens will be limited to 100 units and is further distinguished with a front-ring engraving that reads LEITZ WETZLAR, instead of LEICA, and also comes with a packaging that is even closer to the original.