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Random photos with the Leica Noctilux 50mm f/1 in Osaka

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osakneonThe 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.








Written by leolaksi

February 3, 2009 at 6:47 am

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  1. Wow f/1 I am speachless. Made me click through to your post. Can you post an image of the lens? The photos are excellent and the bokeh looks nice too (very soft). I’d love to get my hands on this, but I am afraid this lens is out of reach.


    February 3, 2009 at 6:58 am

    • I’ve just come in after roaming Osaka for a few hours and I’ve gotten used to focusing the lens. That narrow dof creates opportunities for interesting photos.

      The biggest adjustment is shooting with a 50mm v my normal 28mm. It’s also a huge lens however after carrying a 5D and zoom, it’s not that big a deal. I’ll try to take a photo of the camera and lens later today. Leo


      February 3, 2009 at 8:59 am

  2. Yeah, concur witn Myphotoscout “speechless”. I’ve just come acroos the lens tagline “King of the Night”. Well, your first photo posted is a proof!!


    February 3, 2009 at 10:30 am

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