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Noctilux f1 E58 my first time

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I am (was) a Noctilux virgin. Always desired one never able to afford one.... UNTIL NOW!

 

I had a moment of madness after selling my (heave to lug around) PhaseOne kit and then without any consideration to the environment put the lot down on this minty baby from 1977.

 

I am very excited. My DREEEEAM combination was to own a Leica M Monochrome with a Noctilux on the front of it.

 

Dream come true.

 

I have been using a Canon LTM 50mm f1.2 and it has been a very good servant and given me some great images. I'm not sure I will sell it because I am hoping they will produce very different images, but, between you & I, I am extremely happy and consider myself exceptionally fortunate to be able to own such an amazing set..

 

I will post some photos at some point when my heart rate slows down a bit. I do most of my photo posting at http://www.500px.com/leicam

 

I guess everyone has a Noctilux story at some point in their life. I remember the very first time I saw one and used it and thought then, I would love to get one one day.

 

Added some photos of the lens, I do also have the hood but no box. I think it is in AMAZING condition for a 1977 lens, I think the previous owner took very good care of it and I hope to do the same.. it will get A LOT of use now I own it but I will also respect the condition and value of it.

 

 

 

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Use it and get to know it, it's remarkable in low light. In a way that pushing ISO can't really match IMO

 

I'm looking to add an MM to my E60 Noctilux with detachable hood. My 'surprise' was colour density and in B&W's case tonality in low light. Great lens  :-)

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All the best with this Marac. It's a special lens. I used to have an E60 type III, but I think the next time around will be the type I, E58. Your one is unusually mint. Have fun!

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Yes the condition is amazing when I consider its 1977.

 

I have a moody band rehearsal tonight so I might try to get a few shots with it, apparently it can see in the dark ...

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After having it a couple of days and simply using it around the house and yard I can honestly say, with hand on heart, I'M IN LOVE! this is a brilliant combination and I am very excited to go out and shoot with it properly soon.

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This lens is crazy good, so good in fact that yesterday a sold 70% of my glass to my friend who's been nagging me for years for them.. I kept this Nocti and a 35 cron ASPH

 

 

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See, my eye is immediately drawn to the OOF fingers of her right hand, and the printing on that side of the placard.  It is that razor-thin DOF that has always kept me from getting a Noctilux (I had the chance to get a mint e60 w/hood pins about 10 yrs ago for $1600).  I have a difficult enough time with my Summilux wide open, and even sometimes with the Cron.  I can do it better with an SLR, but with the M, even with LV and the EVF, I mess up half the time

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Razor thin DoF can be useful when you need to remove distracting detail but, as this photo illustrates, is counter-productive when it removes relevant detail. Focusing on the placard at f/2.8 or f/4 might have done it, but being able to figure that out on the fly without using LiveView takes experience beyond mine.

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Obv.  As anyone else with a normal lens would have done.   But turns out to be the wrong answer.  As I say, focusing on the placard and stopping down would have been better.

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Well personally I prefer the shallow DOF & as you are aware it all a matter of personal preference, I do not think either is wrong, just different..

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Sorry maybe I should of made it clear.. These shots are only snaps to show the thing at f1 so I had no intention of making this an image I would keep or print..

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Hello everybody, I have been reading this forum site for quite some time and I have now joined the community.

Its pleasure to read about photography and people's views on matters relating to actual photography and "tools."

Cheers.

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