Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/10/30

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Subject: Re: [Leica] CV nokton contrast and bokeh
From: Mark Rabiner <>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2003 11:57:30 -0800
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Rafael Alday wrote:
> I have been using Nokton for a year and I have to say that this lens
> produces in me a dual feeling.
> I have not done any wonderful theoretical and optic test but i would want to
> tell my experiences.
> Sometimes (probably and middle apertures) the pictures are sharp and
> contrasted but in other conditions the lens is a litlle bit soft.
> This picture is an example:
> Low contrast (to me), good sharpness (to me) and nice bokeh (to me). Gray
> tones are nice (to me).
> Is it comparable to DR summicron pictures. Excuse my ignorance.
> Any opinions will be wellcome,
> Rafael
> --

Wow Rafael! that's inner beauty being expressed on the outside!

But we sure don't know how much you sharpened it after the scan!
And that has made all the difference. With these things.
So it's hard to judge.

Having just read Erwins thing on it again it reads to me like a "pan."
Which is Broadway language for "real bad review." I think he said wide
open it's the softest lens he's seen in ten years! It gets a little
better after that but not much!

But a comparison to the DR makes it sound not so bad after all!

The image here looks great despite mushroomy grain. But this vehicle is
the lowest of all common denominators. A 4x6 snapshot would be how many
times more demanding? My guess is 80. Who's good at math and knows those numbers?

Mark Rabiner

Portland, Oregon USA
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