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Subject: [Leica] Re. Canon f1.2 50mm - Now LUG Gallery Down??
From: jhnichols at (Jim Nichols)
Date: Thu, 8 Oct 2009 10:00:13 -0500
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Same here, Gene.

Jim Nichols
Tullahoma, TN USA
----- Original Message ----- 
From: <grduprey at>
To: "Leica Users Group" <lug at>
Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2009 9:57 AM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Re. Canon f1.2 50mm - Now LUG Gallery Down??

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