Random photos with the Leica Noctilux 50mm f/1 in Osaka
The Noctilux is the legendary Leica lens whose widest aperture of f/1 signifies the ability to gather light in amounts that allow it to be used in relatively low light situations. For example, if the ISO with the Noctilux is set at 400, the corresponding f/2 lens would be set at a very grainy ISO 1600. Obviously the lower ISO corresponds to a less grainy image.
But the main significance of the Noctilux are the almost total absence of flare and the very shallow depth of field. The shallow depth of field and the quality of the bokeh (out of focus areas of the photograph) renders an image whose bokeh is almost impressionist in appearance.
The current Noctilux has an maximum f/stop of .95 that makes it the fastest lens ever produced. (To be fair, Canon manufactured a f/.95 lens in 1960.)
The photos are test shots taken on the day of purchase.
I believe that the photos show the shallow depth of field as well as its ability to capture light in very low light situations. And the bokeh is superb.
The most difficult thing about the Noctilux? As the depth of field is very narrow, it can be difficult to focus.