Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/12/11

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Subject: RE: [Leica] NOCTILUX/ Canon
From: "Jeffery L.Smith" <>
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2001 17:40:21 -0600

Easy, guys. I have two Canon 50/1.2 lenses, and they are NOT optically
better than the Noctilux. That said, it is nice to shoot faces wide open
and not see all of the blackheads on their noses and the aberrant flecks
of mascara that drifted from their eyelashes. It is a nice, soft
portrait lens wide open, and a nice (albeit) outdoors lens stopped down.
But there is only ONE Noctilux. And I don't have one.

Jeffery Smith

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[] On Behalf Of Feliciano
di Giorgio
Sent: Tuesday, December 11, 2001 4:51 PM
Subject: Re: [Leica] NOCTILUX/ Canon

"B. D. Colen" wrote:
> And how much did you pay for the Canon 50 1.2? I hate to say it, 
> because I know I must be wrong, and I certainly know I will be flamed,

> but the entire 1.2 image looks pretty good - with much better Bokeh 
> than I have seen demonstrated with the Noctilux - and the shot at f 8 
> looks terrific.
> Once again, these are lens meant to primarilly be used when there is 
> no alternative. If you can get more out of them, great....
> B. D.

I think I just heard a good dozend LUG members, in unison across the
world, scream out in terror and disbelief as they fell out of their


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