Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/06/02

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Subject: [Leica] Re: FS Noctilux
From: mark at (Mark Rabiner)
Date: Wed Jun 2 15:06:40 2004

On 6/2/04 6:49 AM, "Felix Lopez de Maturana" <>

>> There were 2 Nikon "normal" F1.2 lenses.... As I remember it, the 50 F1.2
> is
>> a 52 or 55 filter.  The 58 F1.2 Noctilux is a 58 mm lens.  But I could be
>> wrong......
>> The lenses were VERY different.
> In fact there were
> - Nikkor 50mm f1.2 launched July 1978 with filter thread 52mm
> - Nikkor 50mm f1.2 AI launched September 1981 same thread only 0.4 oz. less
> - Nikkor 55mm f1.2 launched December 1965 again 52mm filter thread
> - Nikkor-S 55mm f1.2 October 1972 NAI, AI, AIS  and NASA versions, same
> thread
> - Noct Nikkor 58mm f1.2 February 1977 again filter thread 52mm converted to
> AIS in 1982
> So all of them have 52mm filter thread but I can ensure you that excepting
> the Noct Nikkor with his hand moulded aspheric front glass none can match
> the Leica Noctilux. I have not tested the Konica f1,2 or the Pentax f1.2 but
> I hope not any surprise so I still believe that Leica Noctilux, with the
> Noct Nikkor, are the best available light lenses ever built.
> Regards
> Felix
Yea but how good was the Noct 1.2? I heard not so good.

Mark Rabiner
Portland Oregon


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