Sure, you could just sit tight and wait until mega ISO camera sensors give all of our cameras flawless night vision, but what if you have a Micro Four Thirds camera right now? This lens will do just fine, thanks.
Noktor's HyperPrime 50mm accomplishes something I've only seen one other time in a consumer lens: it manages to have an aperture diameter that's larger than its focal length. In performance terms, this means that the lens lets in twice as much light as an already dead-fast ƒ1.4 lens, letting you crank down your camera's ISO settings to capture a cleaner picture. In photographic terms, this means that you'll be able to focus on a paper-thin plane, giving your photos - assuming you're focusing on something close by - an extreme depth of field effect.
The lens ships in April for $US750, but given the extraordinary aperture, reasonably high price and unproven company, it's probably best for you Micro Four Thirdsers to wait until this thing proves its prowess. [DPReview via Wired]