Showcase Leica 50mm f/1 Noctilux

Discussion in 'Leica M and LTM Mount Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by usayit, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. usayit

    usayit Leica Place Regular Subscribing Member

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    I totally enjoy this lens so I am going to start a sample image archive. Its definitely NOT the lens for everyone. Slow focus throw, big, heavy, not particularly sharp, a bit of CA, doesn't focus closely, can be difficult to use.... but it renders uniquely. It begs to be shot wide open.


    Shot on Epson R-D1. The Noctilux actually worked VERY well on the Epson R-D1 due to the 1:1 viewfinder.

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    usayit Leica Place Regular Subscribing Member

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    usayit Leica Place Regular Subscribing Member

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    Leica M9 (processed in Nik silverfx)

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    usayit Leica Place Regular Subscribing Member

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    usayit Leica Place Regular Subscribing Member

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    Leica M8 stopped down to f/5.6

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    usayit Leica Place Regular Subscribing Member

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    Leica M8

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    usayit Leica Place Regular Subscribing Member

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    usayit Leica Place Regular Subscribing Member

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  10. ajramirez

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    I have a soft spot in my heart for shots of derelict properties. Very nice set!
     
  11. Amin

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    Terrific series, usayit. Loads of personality to this lens, and you've put it to great use!
     
  12. usayit

    usayit Leica Place Regular Subscribing Member

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    Thanks...

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  13. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

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    Great examples, an amazing lens. I kick myself for passing up a Noctilux on a user M3 for $1800 at a camera show, ~12 years ago. Hindsight! Prices have soared. I should convert a Canon 50/0.95 to M-Mount, picked up when they ran $200.
     
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    usayit Leica Place Regular Subscribing Member

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    M8 stopped down to about f/2.8.
     
  15. tmldds

    tmldds Leica Place Regular

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    My son and I were at a bookstore earlier. M9 + Nocti f/1 at f1.
     

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    tmldds Leica Place Regular

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    My son, Nicholas, at a local bookstore. M9 + Nocti f/1 at f1.
     

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  17. usayit

    usayit Leica Place Regular Subscribing Member

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    So this is a sample of what the Noctilux f/1 looks like mounted on a Sony A7R. This is minimally processed with WB, Contrast, and Saturation only. Loads of vignette.

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    usayit Leica Place Regular Subscribing Member

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    Another from the Sony A7R + Noctilux 50mm @ f/1 combination. Again.. minimal processing

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  19. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

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    I had the good fortune to play with one of these recently (its owner was trying his new 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux and let me shoot his older f/1). Taken wide-open on M Monochrom, ISO 1600, 1/90th of a second, minimal post.

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  20. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    I played with the 50/1 once... I would like one, eventually will fall into one... Will make due with the 50/1.1 Nokton until then.

    The A7r shots- I suspect the steep angle of incidence with the lens used wide-open are causing more fall-off than it would on the M9 or M240, same issue with wide-angle lenses. There are a lot of fast SLR lenses out there that I bet would shine on it.Have you tried a Nikkor 55/1.2? It is a T1.25.