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Subject: [Leica] Re. Canon f1.2 50mm - Now LUG Gallery Down??
From: grduprey at (grduprey at
Date: Thu, 08 Oct 2009 14:57:32 +0000

 Is the LUG Gallery down today?  I cannot get in to view anybodies photos 
this morning.


 -------------- Original message from Peter Klein <pklein at>: 

> Larry:  I have a Canon 50/1.2  It is pretty much as you describe it.  
> The M8 cuts off the worst part, but the lens is still a compromise 
> design.  Sometimes this is "character," and sometimes its just plain 
> soft.  I have a relatively clean and good sample.  I would probably sell 
> it if I find a decent deal on a Konica 50/1.2 or the new Nokton 50/1.1, 
> or if I ever score a Noctilux at a garage sale...  Meanwhile, I have it, 
> and it's fast.
> That said, a little local contrast enhancement or selective sharpening 
> makes things right.  Focusing is tricky, to help this, the focus ring 
> has a long throw like the Noctilux.  It's probably best to "rough" set 
> the focus ring, then sway your body to fine-tune the focus.
> Here's a decent one, wide open, with the local contrast boosted a 
> bit.
> l
> And a few more, wide 
> open:
> tml
> g.html
> Stopped down, it's quite decent, just a little local highlight bleed and 
> veiling flare. This is a drastic crop, about 50% magnification (1:2)--I 
> had just come out of a dark pub, and spotted this across the street, no 
> time to change lenses, so I just shot.  f/11, I think:
> A lens hood is a must.  I got a cheap 55mm screw-in.
> Hope this helps!
> --Peter
> lrzeitlin at (lrzeitlin at
>  >Has anyone tried the Canon f1.2 50mm lens on an M8 or a micro 3/4 
> camera? I have a pristine Canon lens with a Leica screw
>  >mount that I used with an adaptor on an M3 years ago. Wide open the 
> lens was soft but OK for available light work except
>  >that the corners of the image were fuzzy. It seems that if only the 
> central portion of image circle is used, the lens might be good >for 
> interior work. Unfortunately I have no suitable digital camera to try it 
> out. Larry Z
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Replies: Reply from jhnichols at (Jim Nichols) ([Leica] Re. Canon f1.2 50mm - Now LUG Gallery Down??)
In reply to: Message from pklein at (Peter Klein) ([Leica] Re. Canon f1.2 50mm)