Leica Noctilux is a legendary lens which has been in production for almost 40 years. I wanted to write about this lens in two parts; in the first part the history and characteristics of Leica Noctilux which can only be summarised here, then, a second part where I explain how to best use this lens to capture better images.
The history of Noctilux begins in 1966 with Helmut Marx who designed the first version of the lens. At the time all the lens elements had to be ground and polished by hand which meant that each lens had a difference in the way they rendered images. The difficulty in producing this lens meant that only a few number of lens elements could be produced each year.