Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/07/16

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Subject: [Leica] Should I buy a Noctilux?
Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2001 03:12:40 EDT


I own both the Noctilux and the 50 Summicron.  I like the unique look of 
photographs taken at f1 with the Noctilux.  But the lens is heavy and you 
really need a grip with your M6 to take the weight.  So I bought the much 
lighter 50 Summicron because I really like the focal length for my usual 
photography.  A better compromise might have been to get the 50 Summilux in 
the first place!  But the Noctilux is a unique lens!  In terms of image 
sharpness and contrast, the 50 Summicron is probably the best of the 3 lenses 
under consideration here.  If f2 has not been a problem with you so far, then 
stick with the 50 Summicron.  You have a good outfit already with the 
28/50/90 combination!



Muhammad R.K. Chishty, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Finance
Graham School of Management
Saint Xavier University
3700 West 103rd St
Chicago, IL 60655, USA

<<Date: Sun, 15 Jul 2001 18:18:20 EDT
Subject: [Leica] Should I buy a Noctilux?
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I plan In a few weeks time  to go on a short trip to Denmark, and though I'll 
only be there a few days  I hope to bring back some good shots from the 
street life of  "wonderful 
Copenhagen".  But I have a dilemma that I would like to get  solved before 
leaving,  and I hope you  experts will give me some advice: 
For my Leica M6 I have three lenses, a 50mm F2Summicron,  a 90mm F2.8 Elmarit 
and a  28mm F2.8 Elmarit.  Of these I use the Summicron for at least 90% of 
my picture taking,   Now for some time I have seen a lot written here about 
the famous 50mm  F1 Noctilux lens, and since I value picture quality very  
highly, do not like flash and am happy when I get a picture which I think 
have bokeh , I  have seriously considered changing out the Summicron for a 
Noctilux.  The drawback (aside from the expence) is that the Noctilux (which 
I have not yet seen)  is so  heavy, my dealer says that the weight is the 
double because of all the glass, and he also says that I will not get better 
quality photos than with my Summicron, as long as I do not absolutely need 
the extra light power.     I am certain that if I were a professional I  
would have  had no doubt, but since I'm just a keen amateur,  getting much 
satisfaction from my hobby,   would the change be  worth it?   I have always 
believed  in having the best tools, this is why I bought Leica in the first 
place.    Please advise me.  I hope to hear pro and contra to make the right 
Karen Sorensen>>