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

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Subject: [Leica] Noctilux/Summilux 75
From: apbc <>
Date: Thu, 8 Jul 99 10:31:48 +0800

Andre wrote
>--> 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 ?

Well I have both and whilst the 75 is more of an all round lens with more 
consistent performance stop to stop, the Noctilux is rather specialised 
in application. Only you know which you will use most. If you are only 
comparing the overall image quality I would hand the biscuit to the 75. 
The 75 frames are very much an acquired taste/source of problems IME.

I suggest you take a good long look at your own photographs and imagine 
for yourself which situations would actually benefit from having one or 
other lens and then consider whether you would have been likely to have 
these relatively heavy optics with you at the time...

As an aside, I find it amazing how many people select lenses for reasons 
other than what they need or would use in real life.

Good luck deciding,


p.s. though I have, use and love most of the M lenses I tend to stick to 
the 35 and 50 compact lenses for most of my work.

Adrian Bradshaw
Editorial and Corporate Photography
Shanghai, China