Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/10/08

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Subject: [Leica] Re. Canon f1.2 50mm
From: lluisripollquerol at (Lluis Ripoll Querol)
Date: Thu, 8 Oct 2009 22:35:21 +0200
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Thanks for sharing your experiences and these good pictures. I also  
thaught sometimes that M8 cuts off the worst part of a lens, and for  
this reason I probably obatin better quality of my old lenses on the  
M8 than on my film M's cameras. I don't know what would be hapen with  
the M9, maybe the old lenses don't give si beautiful performance as it  
is on the M8..... ?? Somebody knows?


El 08/10/2009, a las 9:24, Peter Klein escribi?:

> 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.
> And a few more, wide open:
> 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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