Leica Goes Überschnappen on Das Noctilux

Taking a cue from Das Keyboard (a keyboard for pros), Leica Camera has perhaps gone all überschnappen on the Noctilux... Blacking out all engravings, save for the f/0.95 setting on the aperture ring - for this limited run of 95 Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH lenses. And it's only $13,950 USD.

Regarding the Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH. "Edition 0.95...

Painting with light - even in darkness

With resolving powers that exceed those of the human eye, the Leica Noctilux-M stands alone as the world’s fastest aspherical lens for 35 mm photography. At maximum aperture, the extremely shallow depth of field enables exposures of unrivaled aesthetic quality with a unique bokeh. This exclusive special edition, limited to only 95 lenses, is technically identical to the serial lens and also sets the focus on its exceptional speed in terms of design: the “0.95” engraving stands out in white and all other engravings are muted with a matte-black anodized finish. Particularly striking features are the knurling that reflects the iconic design of the “S.T. Dupont for 0.95” pen collection and the distinctively placed glossy elements on the lens body and front cap. This is the first time that a glossy anodized finish – until now, used only for moving surfaces inside a lens – has been employed as a design ele­ment. Each lens of the edition is accompanied by a certificate that emphasizes its uniqueness. A lens that is as unique as the pictures that are taken with it. Order number: 11665

Further details are...

The Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH, "Edition 0.95" is a special edition lens limited to 95 pieces worldwide. It is part of Leica's new 0.95 Collection of products and boutique items, and has a unique design and finish.

All engravings are muted with a matte-black anodized finish, except for the white "0.95" lettering on the top of the lens. The domed knurling and distinctively placed glossy elements on the lens body and front cap reflects the iconic design of the “S.T. Dupont for 0.95” pen collection. For the first time the glossy anodized finish – until now, used only for moving surfaces inside a lens – has been employed as a design element.

Each lens of the edition is accompanied by a certificate that emphasizes its uniqueness.

From the dedicated 0.95 page on Leica Camera's site...

0.95
Beyond the possible

0.95 goes far beyond being simply very good.
It is the benchmark for our self-imposed commitment to exceed the technically possible in the creation of perfectly crafted milestones, with the ability to amaze and delight. In this way, we create objects of enduring value that transform our passion for innovative technologies and materials into a tangible experience.

0.95 is an homage to the legendary Leica Noctilux - M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH. lens and its maximum aperture of 0.95. In available-light photography, it possesses the ability to reveal details that remain hidden to the human eye. As the world’s fastest aspherical lens for 35 mm photography, its extremely shallow depth of field at maximum aperture expands creative horizons in a way previously unknown to the world of photography. Its superb optical performance unites with the highest-quality materials, perfect construction, and utmost precision in a lens of unrivaled quality.

0.95 is an attitude that unites the fine art of precision engineering, quality of materials, and enduring value in exclusive collections that meet the greatest demands. In collaboration with an extraordinary partner, it not only questions established limits, but it goes further: it redefines them.

0.95 is an idea by Leica Camera AG.

In fact, this black-out treatment extends to an entire collection, called the 0.95 Collection (which you can buy here!) - though it's mostly kitschy stuff like pens, a lighter and a keyring...

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