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Using the Leica Noctilux during Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade

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Last week I visited Tokyo Disneyland and had the opportunity to view the nighttime Electrical Parade.  I decided to use my Leica M8 and Noctilux 50mm f/1 even though the M8 and Nocti are not within their comfort zone in the anticipated environment.  After all, the Noctilux has a “long throw” focusing ring so it is not quick focusing.  And the Electrical Parade is moving thus requiring constant refocusing.


While everyone around me used flash, I used the low light capability of the Noctilux to take these photos.  There I was with moving subjects as various distances from my location and focusing on the fly.  (Remember that the M8 is a manual focus camera.) With the Noctilux wide open at f/1 and its very narrow depth of field at that aperture, I didn’t expect the best results.


Yet it turned out ok.  In past years I had tried other kits at the same venue including the Canon 5D and the results were not stellar.  Ok photos but not closeups of the moving floats and dancers.  This time it was different.


The images have been cropped.  And of course, these photos are natural light.  A flash was not used.  Think about that.



Written by leolaksi

April 19, 2009 at 5:57 am

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  1. I think you got great pictures there. I am not a pro, not even an amateur but I understand how hard it is to take such great pic at such low light atmosphere, to make it worse, without flash. Phew.. Great job, dude..


    April 19, 2009 at 9:47 am

    • thanks. takes a bit of good luck, some experience and the right equipment to make it happen. leo


      April 19, 2009 at 10:03 am

  2. without a doubt, there were tough conditions to get a good shot. but your shots turned out pretty good, really.


    April 19, 2009 at 7:56 pm

  3. Leo, how close were you to the subjects of your photos? From your past photos I thought the Noctilux was more effective for short distances due to the focal length. You certainly mastered these wonderful shots.


    April 20, 2009 at 6:14 am

    • The Noctilux is effective from 1 yard to infinity. Bokeh is reflective of aperture with a maximum or near maximum aperture requiring exact focus as the part in focus may be no more than two inches.


      April 20, 2009 at 7:02 am

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