Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/07/08

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Noctilux?
From: jon honeyball <>
Date: Thu, 8 Jul 1999 12:17:04 +0100

Hi Simon

If I remember rightly, most all of those shots were at F1.0 or nearly there.
I have some other pics taken on the Nocti at F1.0

I think it is a gorgeous lens. For general use, my TriElmar 28/35/50 is
actually considerably more sense, and if I am going out with the M6 and one
lens, it would definitely be the Tri. 

But the Nocti is v v special.


- -----Original Message-----
From: Simon Pulman-Jones []
Sent: 08 July 1999 10:49
Subject: RE: [Leica] Noctilux?


Sorry to bother you again. I would be interested to know how many of the
birthday party pictures on your site are shot wide open. If they are all at
f1 then it would seem that contrary to the opinions of some others on the
LUG you do not have too much of a problem with focus and placing the DOF.

I still haven't convinced myself about the Noctilux - partly because I
wonder whether most of the situations that I imagine that I would use it -
social occassions - are better served by a 35, which at a 3 to 5 foot
shooting range allows for the interaction between a couple of people to be
taken in. I think at those sort of distances the 5O, and especially the
limited 50/1 depth of field, restricts you to one person portraits - which
is fine, but maybe not what I am after when the aim is to capture that
social atmosphere.

All the best,