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    Fast - wide open

    Who needs a Noctilux?.. Well I do - but for the time being I make do with the Nokton 1.2/35, at 10% of the price.....

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    Re: Fast - wide open

    Jaap,
    I would be pretty pleased to save the 90%.
    Good shot too!
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    Re: Fast - wide open

    Great shot Jaap! I actually think the fast 35mm lenses are much more useful in real world photography than the noctilux is -- the wider field of view and greater depth of field mean less apparent camera shake and more forgiving focus. For true low light work, it is hard to beat a 35mm f/1.4 (or f/1.2!).
    These are all shots taken with the 35mm summilux ASPH at f/1.4 -- not 1.8 or 2, but a true 1.4. It is one of the reasons I love the lens so much, it is really versatile -- and very sharp wide open. All these are film, by the way.









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    Jaap--

    Wonderful shot. I had one of these lenses, sold it because is was so heavy [compared to the v4 Summicron], but recently have found myself missing it [or should I say, the 1 1/2 stops]. Your shot [and some others you've posted elsewhere] really show off what a terrific lens this is, and now I find myself at the point of buying back a lens I had, and sold. Not a totally new problem, but how may 35mm lenses does one person need? [Let's see, the Summicron, the 35mm Canon, the 35mm Elmar....]

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    Re: Fast - wide open

    Just to push you over the edge, Norm...

























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    Re: Fast - wide open

    I have really grown to love the 35/1.2. It doesn't have as strong a personality as the Noctilux. But it has a rendition in between that of a modern aspheric lens (which it is) and a classic lens. It's quite sharp wide open, but the bokeh isn't jagged or wiry, it's nice and smooth like an old Summicron. You get the best of both worlds.

    The drawbacks are the weight (about a pound), and that it does some color fringing in extreme backlight (leaves backlit by sun or bright clouds).

    It did very nicely in this impromptu backlit portrait of this delightful nonogenerian. M8, 1/90th, f/1.2.

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    Last edited by Peter Klein; 12th April 2010 at 19:34.

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    M8, Noctilux, iso 320, 1/500, f1.0

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    Re: Fast - wide open

    ouch! I hate needles.

    35 Lux has become my favorite lens

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