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    Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    Anyone have experience or knowledge about these two lenses? I think the CV is a great lens according to Reid's review. The Leica seems to have a nice drawing, but I am concerned about the focus shift issue.

    What are your experience? Anything comment would be appreciated, including goods and bads. I will use it on M9.

    Opinion around wide open performance will be great information too!

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    I had a 35 Lux ASPH, sold it, purchased a CV Nokton 1.2, sold it and am again using the Lux 35 ASPH. I got rid of the CV as I felt it was just a bit bigger than I wanted to use on the M ...to the point that I rarely used it. I will admit, however, that I never felt let down by the images I was able to create using it.

    I have learned to compensate for the focus shift of the Lux on digital while it's not a concern for me on film.

    Gotta go with your gut on this one, I suppose. I think they both are capable of delivering wonderful images. Good luck!

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    I don't have experience with the Nokton, but own a copy of the 35 Lux ASPH which barely focus shifts, and doesn't get soft at f//2.8, f/4... As such, I have been very happy with it, and it is my most used lens on the M8. If you decide to go this route, I would recommend looking around a bit until you find a good copy. For unknown reasons, chrome, titanium and older copies seem to have less shift than current lenses.
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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    What is the easiest way to test focus shift? Do I simply dial a small aperture, focus, shoot and then chim?

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    Hi Francis- The technically correct way is to set up the camera on a sturdy tripod, focus accurately at 1.4, shooting say a ruler, and then change aperture leaving the focus alone. I tested mine as you suggest, using real use technique, that is refocusing at each aperture as I would taking real photos, hand held. I found detectable but insignificant shifting, and in real use have never found a photo to be compromised by OOF stemming from shift. It's a great lens. (Mine is a black version, bought just before the M8 release, before coding. I had Leica code it). best....Peter

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    Same experience as Peter regarding focus shift. I sent my black 35/1.4 ASPH to Leica for calibration and whatever they did made it a non-issue ... on the M8 and now the M9. Great lens.

    I had a silver CV for about a year, while still owning the Leica f/1.4 ASPH ... Interestingly, they both metered exactly the same on the same camera, in the same light ... in other words I didn't gain a slight shutter speed advantage with the f/1.2 lens.

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    I recently changed from the 35 Cron ASPH to the Lux ASPH, and I have to say I am very happy.

    The look of the the 35 Lux ASPh is very pleasing, it just seems to be a great balance between a modern high resolution design, and the classic Leica smoothness.

    I have no experience with the CV.

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    I recently bought a 35 Summilux ASPH which shows some drift between 2.8-5.6, but focus is right at 1.4 so maybe I should just use it at 1.4 and 8!

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    So does it mean if I refocus everytime I dial down the aperture, I should have no issues with focus shift?

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    No Francis. If the lens has significant focus shift, it will result in OOF images at the offending apertures at a distance such that the depth of field does not "cover" the lack of sharpness. For example, if the lens shifts greatly after 1.4, say having maximal shift at 2.8, than you will have problems shooting at 2.8. Samples like mine, (and I suspect the majority of 35 luxes), may have slight shift, but not enough to render the images OOF, but some samples do. best...Peter

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    The rangefinder focuses independently of aperture, so there is no way to re-focus. You will just end up repeating the same job, and in the best case, getting the same exact result.
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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    I see. Thanks for the clarifications.

    Anyone else have experience with the CV then? Without first hand experience, I am fairly concerned about the focus shift issue, therefore leaning more toward the CV now. Or, am I making a mountain out of a molehill?

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    If you have a M9, the CV is chump change. Get both and decide which one works for you.

    Disclosure: I have the 35mm Summilux Asph. Love it!!!!
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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    i am another happy owner of the 35 Lux... i played with the CV and whilst it was nice, it was even bigger than the Lux and had much worse of a focus shift... go figure! i haven't heard much about this problem but it was there... whatever you get, test the lens first.

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    I love my Nokton. A good performer at 27% of the Leica price. But it is big, as large as a Noctilux

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    Second -> Testfile M9 & LR3 beta (focus on Leica book, handheld) + 100% crop.
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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    Here is one example from nokton: http://picasaweb.google.com/arsun.ar...00045786342610

    another one: http://picasaweb.google.com/arsun.ar...00158607453618

    first one @ f/1.4, second one @ f/1.2 first one processed in lightroom, just converted to jpeg, no further adjustments, second one converted in photoshop, again no adjustments, just converted from raw. Links provided, in case you want to get the originals, otherwise you can check the attached pictures as well.

    It is a great lens IMHO, very sharp even wide open, it is also extremely resistant to flare.

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    BTW, nokton does not suffer from any focus shift, I tested it in the above setup using different apertures. The test was done on a tripod with M8. The focus in on the EFE bottle.

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    Artears, I'm sure you know that the bottle in the middle is one of the finest brands of raki, the best-loved spirit in my country! Nice to spot a good old bottle, thank you!
    Cheers,
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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    Osman, I am originally from Istanbul and it was nice to find raki here in Chicago, just two blocks away from where I live We should get together sometime when I am back for vacation...
    All the best,
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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    The 35 lux asph is a iconic lens IMO nothing draws like it and it lived on my M8. I'm sure I'll like it on the M9 it will be a true 35.

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    Quote Originally Posted by francishmt View Post
    Anyone else have experience with the CV then? Without first hand experience, I am fairly concerned about the focus shift issue, therefore leaning more toward the CV now. Or, am I making a mountain out of a molehill?
    I have never used the 35 Summilux but often use the CV on my M8 - the size is not really an issue for me, it is only slightly larger than my 75mm Summicron.

    Handles very well, short focus throw with nicely weighted ring, no tab. Easy to focus accurately. No focus shift I can detect.

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    I have a 35 lux ASPH that I purchased 8 years ago and it performs perfectly on my M9, no perceivable focus shift whatsoever, couldn't be happier with it. So much so that I am afraid to send it in for coding, maybe leica will screw it up as I am told they check lense callibration as part of the coding process. Instead I puchased the self coding kit, we'll see how that works out.

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    I have owned both and still have my chrome silver 35 Lux asph. I have observed no significant focus shift on either of the chrome silver lenses I have owned.

    The Nokton is a very fine lens and you can't beat it for the money. Still around $900 i believe. But the micro contrast doesn't compare to the 35 Lux and the overall rendering from the Lux is unique and wonderful. On the other hand a new lux will set you back around $3700 so it had better be special.

    hope this helps

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    I have both.

    The focus shift on the Summilux is real, but it is not as bad as many people make it. From f/2 to 5.6, you can compensate simply by focusing at the front of the zone you want in focus. Or, for critical shots of people, focus on the tip of the nose instead of the eyes.

    The Nokton is also a great lens. Not quite as scary sharp as the Summilux, but sharp enough. It doesn't have any focus shift for practical purposes. It does tend to color fringe where very bright highlights intersect with dark areas, so it's not so good in brightly backlit situations in sunlight. This, along with its size and weight makes it less of a general-purpose lens than the Summilux.

    For some reason, the difference between f/1.2 and f/1.4 is not enough to make the M8's meter go to the next faster "notch" in shutter speed, so you end up with the same shutter speed as if you'd taken the shot at f/1.4, but the picture is a little brighter. To take full advantage of f/1.2, set the exposure compensation to 1/3 stop less than what you normally use. So if you normally set the M8 at minus 1/3, set it to minus 2/3 when using f/1.2.

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    Quote Originally Posted by artears View Post
    Osman, I am originally from Istanbul and it was nice to find raki here in Chicago, just two blocks away from where I live We should get together sometime when I am back for vacation...
    All the best,
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    What a coincidence! Please inform me when you are to come here.
    Best,
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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    After alignment of my camera (M8), not the lens, I get consistently good focus with the summilux 35mm at F1.4. I use it at F1.4 and f2 most of the time, with no obvious focus shift. It's a lens I can recommend without hesitation.

    I had to return my 40/1.4 Nocton twice for focus alignment problems. So I'm hesitant with the CV lenses, especially because it's not possible to try these lenses before buying. (These are mostly available only over the internet).
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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    I can't say for sure as my sample size is too small but the Chrome Silver lenses just don't seem to have the focus issues attributable to the black versions. The focus helicoid in the silver chrome version seems to help in some ways to avoid this issue. I have seen any number of posters on various threads confirm this and as mentioned I have had two chrome silver versions with no front focus issue at all.

    I also have the silver 28 cron, the 50 lux both asph and pre-asph and have had no issues with those as well. Finally the 21 Elmarit asph is also in silver chrome and have also no focus issues.

    Only way to tell for sure that I know of is to take a ruler (I use the nicely printed version for Michael Tapes Lens Align but any ruler should do). I prop it up so that I can shoot at roughly a 45Degree angle. I set the focus at f 1.4 on the 35 and shoot an image and then simply move the aperture ring to get shots at 2.0, 2.8 etc and then look at the images to see if focus moved as a function of f stop. I think this is the simplest and most revealing way to check things out.

    Am open to questions etc about the methodology.

    Hope this helps

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    I'd love to see more pictures from the CV35/1.2. From the few CV35 pics above, it seems like the CV renders a little cooler than the 35 Lux ASPH?

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    This group on flickr is devoted to the 35/1.2 Nokton. Loads of pictures:
    http://www.flickr.com/groups/nokton35/

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    I own and love the 35 1.2 nok... I sold my 35 Lux aspherical. The Lux was, well, too perfect for me. The nok has character. It is cooler than the lux. The bokeh is more refined as well.
    My one caveat about the Nok - I have found a good deal of sample variation. I have owned 5 (#1 was great, sold it, wanted another. The next 3 sucked -- soft wide open, focus not calibrated. I gave up, then finally found a used chrome -- just like #1 again!)

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    My very personal stupidity always makes me buy a voigtländer first, but the lust for the Leica glass isn't satisfied, so I end up buying the Leica.

    28 Ultron, upgraded to a 28 summicron
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    it's an expensive exercise, but it's a way to try out a focal length before you commit to the real thing.

    although the voigtländers are really good lenses, they leave me cold.

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    I have had two CV 35/1.2 lenses and both were a little soft (actually, the current one is more than a little soft). My 35 Lux is extremely good and has little in the way of focus shift detectable. I have had a 35 Cron that front-focussed significantly and I'm awaiting a CV 35/1.4 just for fun. The real sharp 35 is the Summarit. A Leica owner could buy a Summarit 35 and a Summarit 75 and never need another lens.

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    Further, the CV at 1.2 is a full stop faster than when set to 2. I would place the CV a distant second, technically to the Leica ASPH . I liked the "look" from the CV better than the Leica. The CV is better technically than my pre-lux by a lesser degree, but the "look" is not as good. Given the size difference, it was a no-brainer, and the used pre-lux was cheaper than the new CV.

    Based on 10 being best:

    Technically Leica ASPH is a 10, CV is a 7, pre-lux 6

    "Look" pre-lux is a 10, CV 8, ASPH 6
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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    If, like huiztgas, you'd like to avoid a 'clinical' look, the 35 Nokton 1.2 pairs nicely with a pre-ASPH 35 Summicron - ver. 1 or 4.

    Like geesbert, I bought CV lenses experimentally, in order to see which focal lengths felt right on M8. (Hard to chose in the 24/5-28-35 range.) Then I replaced them with Leitz/Leica lenses, preferring the older & less contrasty pre-ASPH ones designed by Walter Mandler. When M9 arrives next week I'll be using 28-35-50, same as with film bodies.

    Only for the 35mm focal length have I hung onto a CV. My choice among 35s is a Summicron ver. 1 (from an M2), & I rely heavily on it in daylight. It's not very sharp wide open, so i use the 1.2 Nokton in lower light. I wouldn't want to heft its bulk/weight the rest of the time.

    In image quality my Nokton is moderately sharp wide open, doesn't suffer focus shift, & occasionally offers bokeh circles that look like little balloons with overly-defined outlines. My low-light work is mostly street photography where low contrast is helpful, & where vision & a 'decisive moment' tend to trump technical values. But I wouldn't choose the 1.2 Nokton for landscapes, urbanscapes, portraits, &/or general use. It's neither as smooth as a pre-ASPH Leitz/Leica lens, nor as crisp as a contemporary ASPH.

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    Tonight I had the chance to try my 35 lux asph on my new M9. I already knew it did not exhibit focus shift enough to perceive any loss of critical sharpness on my M8, and this is absolutely the case on my M9. I have to say, I LOVE this lens on the M9! For one, the 35mm frame lines are the ones that "feel" best to me on the M9 with it's 0.66 magnification. I think any 35 will feel good on the M9. But the IQ is stunning, just the right amount of contrast and saturation, and extremely pleasing bokeh. Tack sharp at 1.4, 2.0, 2.8 and 4.0, didn't test beyond 4. (It's a black lens btw). I know there are a lot of great 35s to choose from, but the lux asph is superb on the M9! best...Peter

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    Post up some pictures please!

    I'd like to see a comparison of the CV 35/1.2 vs 35/1.4. I seem to notice a bit more snap to the CV 35/1.4 files than what I am seeing with the 35/1.2.

    Quote Originally Posted by innerimager View Post
    Tonight I had the chance to try my 35 lux asph on my new M9. I already knew it did not exhibit focus shift enough to perceive any loss of critical sharpness on my M8, and this is absolutely the case on my M9. I have to say, I LOVE this lens on the M9! For one, the 35mm frame lines are the ones that "feel" best to me on the M9 with it's 0.66 magnification. I think any 35 will feel good on the M9. But the IQ is stunning, just the right amount of contrast and saturation, and extremely pleasing bokeh. Tack sharp at 1.4, 2.0, 2.8 and 4.0, didn't test beyond 4. (It's a black lens btw). I know there are a lot of great 35s to choose from, but the lux asph is superb on the M9! best...Peter

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    Only just had the chance to try my 35 lux on the M9 (since the M9 only just arrived). I see what I was missing out on (in terms of resolution) shooting with it on film!

    Here's a link to the 100% file, I pushed the shadows a bit which is why there's a bit of noise there. My site tends to be slow for people outside Australia, so I apologise if that is the case.

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    As requested, here are shots made Thursday with the 35 lux asph wide open, iso 1600, shutter speeds between 1/15-1/30. best...Peter


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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    I had a chrome 35mm summilux asph and it had focus shift, even on film, since it is a property of the lens design. For very close subjects, anything just behind what I focused on was slightly out of focus at f1.4, and as I stopped down the focus shifted back but was covered by the depth of field. I found a black one and liked the lighter weight, and it behaves the same.

    At least on film, the moment you are farther than 1 meter or so, depth of field covers any focus shift with the 35mm summilux asph. My impression- those of us who have used a 90mm f2, 75mm f1.4, or 50mm f1 know that little body movements are more often a problem than focus shift. If was shooting with a tripod, really close, it might be a concern, but for hand held and low light when I have to use f1.4, I might have different criteria for what is acceptable sharpness given the amount I enlarge prints.
    Personally, I have yet to see a nice image ruined by focus shift.

    My over-generalization: focus shift is of greater importance for those who enjoy images on a monitor and are using lenses wide open, close up, and at fast shutter speeds (day).

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    Francis, sorry for the side-note above on focus shift, but it may not be an important factor depending on how you like looking at photos and your criteria for what will ruin one.

    I've used both, and I don't think you'll be disappointed with either from an image standpoint. I liked the short throw on the Nokton and the flare resistance. It's quite a bit bigger especially with the hood, but my copy rarely flared so I didn't use the hood. Unfortunately mine had some gritty-ness to the focus ring right out of the box, but that could be dealt with. If lens size isn't a problem, the Nokton is a dynamite deal.

    The 35mm summilux asph is way more lens than I could ever effectively exploit, and if you own one long enough (I'll never sell mine), its price, over the long term, isn't that big of a deal.

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    Francis, sorry for the side-note above on focus shift, but it may not be an important factor depending on how you like looking at photos and your criteria for what will ruin one.

    I've used both, and I don't think you'll be disappointed with either from an image standpoint. I liked the short throw on the Nokton and the flare resistance. It's noticeable bigger, especially with the hood, but my copy rarely flared so I didn't use the hood. The only irritating thing was some gritty-ness to the focus ring right out of the box, but that could be dealt with. If lens size isn't a problem, the Nokton is a dynamite deal.

    The 35mm summilux asph is way more lens than I could ever effectively exploit, and if you own one long enough (I'll never sell mine), its price, over the long term, isn't that big of a deal.

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    I object to the clinical description. I think it is one of those labels that are just applied to aspherical lenses that just does not have much meaning. The purpose of the aspherical lenses is to correct as many aberrations as possible and render a scene as close as possible to how we see it in reality. I think this is a pretty noble goal. I certainly do not object to people who desire a softer look, but sharp does not have to mean harsh.
    Here are some photos with the 35/1.4 ASPH, which I don't think has a harsh signature -- I think it is one of the best all around lenses that Leica offers:









    sharp, most definitely, but harsh? 100%, f/2.8:
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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Richardson View Post
    I object to the clinical description.
    I agree Stuart. I never hear it passed down about medium format or larger lenses. Seems like a Leica-internet thing.

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Richardson View Post
    I object to the clinical description. I think it is one of those labels that are just applied to aspherical lenses that just does not have much meaning. The purpose of the aspherical lenses is to correct as many aberrations as possible and render a scene as close as possible to how we see it in reality. I think this is a pretty noble goal. I certainly do not object to people who desire a softer look, but sharp does not have to mean harsh.
    Here are some photos with the 35/1.4 ASPH, which I don't think has a harsh signature -- I think it is one of the best all around lenses that Leica offers.
    Totally agree 100%.

    Micro contrast is still at play here, and the Leica look is intact as far as I can see. Clinical nor harsh are words that comes to mind when viewing the results from these lenses.

    The 35/1.4 ASPH and 28/2 ASPH are among my favorite lenses on any M camera, film or digital.

    I do like the character of some classic lenses like the 75/1.4 and 90/2.8 for certain applications ... so it's nice to have choices.

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    Lots of Lux love here based on the number of pictures posted here, but not many CV 1.2 love. Anyone care to share more samples?

    Stuart, out of curiosity, are those taken with the M8 or M9? They look great.

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    Marc -- I agree as well. There is certainly a place for lenses like the 75/1.4 (which is usually what I shoot with along with the 35/1.4) and the 90/2.8, but if you are just looking for general photography without a lens imposed look, then the aspherical lenses are great. I think since the 35/1.4 ASPH is one of the earliest, it is sort of a bridge lens -- it has characteristics of the older lenses as well as the very latest like the 75/2 and 50/1.4 ASPH.

    Francis -- Thanks, glad you liked them! The first three were taken on film, and the last one which was taken on the M8.
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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    In response to francishmt's request, here are some shots with the Nokton 1.2 on M8, doing what I use it for: low-light street photography. In the first 2, it's wide open; in the last one, stopped down to f3.5 or 4. It's moderately sharp at 1.2.

    As I said above, I don't expect the Nokton to produce the smooth bokeh of a Summilux.

    On the Lux 1.4 ASPH issue, IMO Stuart's shots – very nice ones – do exhibit some of the traits that make some of us prefer pre-asph lenses. IMO the first shot & the final portrait are examples of what Sean Reid refers to as a lens one might not choose for a sunny day, because of its strong contrast. But that's just one old-fashioned opinion.

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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    Nice shots Kirk! I love the colors. I agree that the contrast is inherently pretty high on the 35/1.4 ASPH, but it is also a function of processing. I like contrast, so my photos are contrasty -- if I wanted to make them less contrasty though, that would not be a problem -- that is more of a function of film and processing choice. The minor contrast differences between lenses are only really an issue on projected slides or in light that is already extremely contrasty. In 99% of situations, the difference in contrast can be easily overcome through technique.
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    Re: Decision: 35mm Lux ASPH vs CV 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH?

    I wouldn't call the 35 'lux ASPH harsh either. Trust me, if you're looking for a 35mm lens then save up and get the best. Speaking from personal experience here...





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