Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/12/16

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Luggers are dangerous
From: (Ted Grant)
Date: Wed, 16 Dec 1998 17:01:18 -0800

Peter K. Wrote:
<<<<<But if your photography is generally done using F4 through F11, you're
wasting your money.  Might as well save the difference in $ and put it
toward your next lens of a different focal length.>>>>>>>

Hi Peter,

That's always been my point to folks when considering a Noctilux.  If you
aren't prepared to shoot it wide open or a bunch of film near that f 1.0
you might as well buy one of the others.

The Nocti after all isn't a couple hundred bucks, so if one has one they
better be using it for what the lens was made for, beautiful low light
images where others fear to tread or with the background so far out of
focus it creates a complimentary ethereal background, particularly in

Or using slow films and high holdable shutter speeds.  Both situations
should produce a look, that if others are not shooting in a similar
fashion, should give the Noctilux owner quite a different collection of
photographs or slides.

I believe to own a Noctilux and not work with it wide open or nearly wide
open as often as one can is tantamount to a crime. And a terrible waste of
money better spent on a slower lens.


Ted Grant
This is Our Work. The Legacy of Sir William Osler.