Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/06/23

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Subject: [Leica] Re: buying a noctilux (fwd)
From: Rei Shinozuka <>
Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2001 16:30:33 -0400 (EDT)

i am borrowing an f1 this weekend, it's the E60 with the removable hood.
i also looked at the new build-in hood model.  i believe these have
the same optical construction.

it struck me that the removable hood (older model) offered more light
shading, as well as better physical protection.  does anyone have
opinions of the newest f1 versus the previous one?

- -rei

> From: "Victor Wek" <>

> You can have only Noctilux and be fine with it. But you have to like the 
> pictures it produces, and be OK with size (it covers portion of viewfinder) 
> and weight (630g).
> It is very sharp as any Leica lens, stopping down.  I can count a person 
> hair or grass, the thing I can not do with Canon or Nikon lenses. The 
> sharpness perception is different with tiny DofF at f/1. In middle 
> apertures, it produces pastel type of images, sharp and smooth, but not 
> muddy like other brands. It can pull out any light which exists in shadow. 
> Other brands will give you just dark spot in that area.
> I know three Ervin articles about Noctilux:
> 1. On his web site 
> 2. In Photo Technique magazine with photos - it is the best eval I read.
> 3. In his book, there are few pages (overview of design and details about 
> the lens).
> Global search for Noctilux keyword brought me link to few Noctilux photos
> Victor
> Earth, Solar System