Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2007/03/24[Author Prev] [Author Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Author Index] [Topic Index] [Home] [Search]
FWIW, the Noctilux I believe is the oldest lens design in the M lineup. All the other lenses have been ASPH'd, APO'd, or otherwise modified ( except the venerable 50/2. Old Summicrons never die!) When Leica sold off ELCAN to Hughes, later Raytheon, there was talk of discontinuing all lenses from ELCAN because of glass availability, assembly costs, etc. The production was supposed to move to Germany ( or other). Never happened for all these years. Add to this the fact that the EU has banned certain chemicals from production ( I think one of the rare earth elements in the Nocti was to be banned) and you have problems... no glass, increasing production costs, and old design. Is this Noctilux the same design as the previous versions? Or is this a ASPH Nocti? APO Nocti? Your other choice is..... just plain expensive Nocti. Frank Filippone firstname.lastname@example.org Another though that I had is they stopped making them in Canada and started in Solms so they had to raise the price. Does anyone know where the current ones are being made?