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Panasonic Lumix G1 with Leica Noctilux 50mm f/1 lens

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Ok, I realize it’s a little ridiculous to test the Noctilux, the legendary lens with the f/1 lens (now f/.95), on the G1.  Thought I would give it a shot, using the widest aperture and creating an image with minimal depth of field.  First of all, the Noctilux on the M8 is difficult lens to focus at f/1, mainly because of it’s narrow depth of field.  Your ability to manual focus the lens is based on this depth of field, the accuracy of the Noctilux’ focus and the your M8.  It can be difficult.


First of all, I found the G1 easier to focus the Noctilux than the M8.  Focusing the G1 can be accomplished by simply using the focusing ring on the lens.  The LVF (live view finder) is easy to use and one can discern accurate focus with little difficulty.  In dark conditions, it’s a little harder although not impossible.  As an aid, you can also use the magnified focus feature to fine tune your focus.  This is accomplished by pushing the left rocker button of the five button main control on the rear of the body and then pushing the center button.  This is less difficult to do once you become accustomed to it.

Focused on near handle

Focused on near handle


Overall, I thought the quality of the photographs was quite good.  I was prepared to discount the quality of the images since, after all, I could buy nine G1s with the kit lens for the price of one M8.2.  I examined the “bokeh” with an eye on the quality of the bokeh.  I did a couple of comparison shots of the same scene with the G1 and the M8.2 and could find no significant difference in the bokeh.



All photo were shot at ISO 100, set for manual focus and aperture priority.  The Noctilux was set at f/1.

Next I will pair the G1 with the Carl Zeiss Biogon 21mm f/2.8 and the 28mm f/2.8 lenses.


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March 1, 2009 at 4:47 pm

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    March 1, 2009 at 5:25 pm

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