New Kid On The Block lens maker, Noktor has officially opened it’s website an is taking pre-orders for it’s HyperPrime 50mm f/0.95. Currently available in m4/3 mount, this lens is the fastest prime lens available for that format. Due to m4/3’s 2x crop factor, the Noktor 50mm has an EFL of 100mm making it an ideal portrait lens.
Speed-wise, this lens is as fast as Leica’s famed Noctilux 50mm f/0.95, but it remains to be seen whether its optics come anywhere near the caliber of Leica’s glass. Still, it’s a damn fast lens for less than 1/10 the price of the Noctilux. (The announced retail price of the Noktor is $750 USD. The retail price of the Leica Noctilux 50mm f/0.95 is $10,495 USD). The next closest lens would be the $1100 CV Nokton 50mm f1.1 which would still require the addition of a $200 M-m4/3 adapter.
I have contacted Noktor and am trying to arrange for a review sample. Cross your fingers.