Fast 50s (Leica 50/0.95 Noctilux vs Nikkor 58/1.4G and 50/1.2 AIS)

Discussion in 'Leica M and LTM Lenses' started by asiafish, Jul 5, 2017.

  1. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
    At present I own three fast standard lenses at either 50mm or 58mm, and thought it would be fun to see how they compare for sharpness and bokeh, at near and far distances, wide open and at f/2.

    First at a little over 1 meter behind my office building, first at maximum aperture and then at f/2 in the following order: Leica 50/0.95 Noctilux, Nikko5 50/1.2 and Nikkor 58/1.4. Please ignore white balance as I did no post-whatsoever. Both the Leica Noctilux (4 stop) and the Nikkor 50/1.2 (2 stop) had ND filters fitted.

    * The Nikkor 58/1.4 distance shot is overexposed at f/1.4 because I do not have an ND filter, hit fastest shutter speed on my Df (1/4000th) and minimum ISO (ISO 50).

    ** Leica shots do not reflect accurate aperture in EXIF for obvious reasons

    *** Nikon Df has -2/3 exposure compensation due to fitment of a K3 screen from FM3a which is darker than the stock Df screen.

    Leica 50/0.95 Noctilux at f/0.95
    35607098121_e2fbcaab5d_k. L1005143 by Andrew F, on Flickr

    Leica 50/0.95 Noctilux at f/2.0
    35607019671_6e7281893d_z. L1005142 by Andrew F, on Flickr

    Nikkor 50/1.2 AIS at f/1.2
    35568929752_a8d4551c74_z. DSC_1285 by Andrew F, on Flickr

    Nikkor 50/1.2 AIS at f/2.0
    35568919682_a838546b6b_z. DSC_1287 by Andrew F, on Flickr

    Nikkor 58/1.4G at f/1.4
    35607138101_880b2c6005_z. DSC_1288 by Andrew F, on Flickr

    Nikkor 58/1.4G at f/2.0
    35568937222_ce32b5de56_z. DSC_1289 by Andrew F, on Flickr


    And here they are at a distance of roughly 18 meters

    Leica 50/0.95 Noctilux at f/0.95
    35350651440_b16e45bc13_k. L1005137 by Andrew F, on Flickr

    Leica 50/0.95 Noctilux at f/2.0
    35697932456_c126c7032f_k. L1005139 by Andrew F, on Flickr

    Nikkor 50/1.2 AIS at f/1.2
    35568932422_c8af617d60_z. DSC_1279 by Andrew F, on Flickr

    Nikkor 50/1.2 AIS at f/2.0
    35568921842_9ba91da0e2_z. DSC_1281 by Andrew F, on Flickr

    Nikkor 58/1.4G at f/1.4
    35568956662_9e667b5051_z. DSC_1283 by Andrew F, on Flickr

    Nikkor 58/1.4G at f/2.0
    35568943022_f33c202829_z. DSC_1284 by Andrew F, on Flickr
     
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  2. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    I can see why the 50/0.95 costs what it does....

    But the Nikkor 50/1.2 Ais is amazing for the price.
     
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  3. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
    I was very fond of the 58/1.4G, but I actually like the 50/1.2 AIS better and will probably let the AF lens go to fund another toy.
     
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