Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/07/07

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Noctilux Gloom-Buster VS 75mm f/1.4 ...
From: Mark Rabiner <>
Date: Wed, 07 Jul 1999 03:04:25 -0700

Andre Jean Quintal wrote:
> ><Do I just need a blast of the bright southern light of common sense to
> ><banish this Noctilux fever? Or should I pick up the phone and tell the
> ><dealer to send me that northern gloom-buster? :-)
>         --> or procrastinate another month ?
>         --> I'd sure like people who use or have used
>         both a Noctilux and the 75mm f/1.4 argue
>         the pros and cons of both.
>         I can sure appreciate f/1 capability but I tend to wish
>         the 75mm f/1.4 would come to me first.
>         Any good ideas ?
>         AJQ
weather pigs have wings...
I think the 75mm f/1.4 will be APO'd and or ASPH'd in a year or less
with the concave hot pressed glass from Hoya and the whole bit and have
a differnt balance, gripper, the whole smear. It will give the lens a
whole new footprint which half of the people who already have the lens
wont like.
But It will give such impressive test results and real world results
that it will win many converts to that high speed focal length. This is
my hunch. Money will change hands.
I think the Noct has leveled out and become a perfect entity for what it
is and they are not going to mess with it.
By the time I get one I'll be too afraid to go out at night but maybe to
shoot slow film in regular situations.
You can't have too many 50's is my motto. I turn 50 in a year and a half
maybe a good time to get it then! A special 2001 Noctilux edition to
commemorate Mark Rabiner's birthday! That's what I'll dream about
tonight! With my little name on it!
Be better than having my handprint in the sidewalk in Hollywood.
Mark Rabiner