The German brand Meyer-Optik Goerlitz has just announced the Nocturnus 75mm f/0.95, the world’s fastest 75mm lens. It’s designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras with Leica M, Sony FE, and Fuji X mounts.
The lens features a 15-blade steel aperture with anti-reflection coating for creamy bokeh that’s “ideal for portrait photography in difficult light conditions.” Paired with the massive f/0.95 maximum aperture, the lens “creates a three-dimensional appearance separating the subject from the background in a characteristic manner,” the company says.
Handmade in Germany, the lens uses a clickless aperture ring that allows for smooth and silent exposure adjustments while recording video.
Other features include a filter thread size of 72mm, 5 lens elements in 5 groups, a minimum focus distance of 0.9m (~2.95ft), and a weight of 750g (~1.65lbs).
Meyer-Optik Goerlitz actually has a legacy of creating pioneering fast lenses: the Kinoplasmat 75mm f/1.5 was one such lens when it was announced in the 1920s. The company considers itself one of the premier brands for “available light lenses.” It says it’s planning to also release a 35mm Nocturnus lens in the future to complete the lineup (it already sells a 50mm Nocturnus lens).
The new Nocturnus 75mm f/0.95 is set to launch in May 2018 with a price tag of €3,499 (~$4,240), but early birds will be able to snag it at a special price of €1,899 (~$2,300) through May 20th.