Leica is a polarizing brand by virtue of their prices and almost nothing else. But, if money was no object, would you shoot with them? Their Noctilux range is on many wishlists, but how good are they really and can they justify the price?
I have written about Leica many times at Fstoppers. I once wrote a fairly critical article about the brand and they did the classiest riposte they could have done: they invited me to their offices to learn more about the brand and to try some of their gear. I was convinced they would never justify their price to me, and while I don't believe everything they offer is priced fairly, they did win me over in many departments.
As I have said in a recent article, shooting with Leica equipment is an experience you need to try somehow. I'm not saying they're the greatest cameras ever made or that everybody should aspire to own one, but they have an uncommon handle on photography and it shows. Their Noctilux range of lenses play into that nicely, but they really do test the limits of price too. The Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH. is currently $12,795 and the Noctilux-M 75mm f/1.2 ASPH. is $14,295, making them some of the most expensive lenses photography has to offer.
If you take the price out of the equation, however, how are they to shoot with? Are they enjoyable to use? Are the results pleasing? Do they offer the Leica signature look? It seems to me it's a resounding yes to all questions, but what do you think?