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Review: Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.2

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Introduction This is the third lens in Leica's historical lens series where they revisit classics and remake them with modern glass and coatings, but with the original basic design. The two previous lenses are the 28mm Summaron which is a tiny lens, originally released in 1954 with a screw mount. Then came the Leica Thambar M 90mm f2.2, a quirky soft focus portrait lens from the mid 30's.  The Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.2 is rather a different beast. Released in 1966 it was the state of th

Great review Jono I was fortunate to be beta tester and Leica asked me to do the official release photos taken with the lens. Shot on the M10-R   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Hallo Gast! Du willst die Bilder sehen? Einfach registrieren oder anmelden!

Probably a bit lighter than the Pounds that will leave your wallet.........

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22 minutes ago, jonoslack said:

I really like the concept of remaking classic lenses

Agree - although Mr. Karbe is on record saying it dosn't float his boat. 

Thanks for clear report.

Hope the rumoured 35mm is still in the plans.

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I too am very happy to own a F1, when I had my F1 repaired by Malcom Taylor a few years ago we discussed the F1.2. He had recently repaired one for a customer and said that it produced images with a bit more contrast  compared to  the F1 which surprised him.. He also said that he saw no problem if Leica ever decided to remake them again,( the 28mm  F5.6 had just been announced).   He described the Noctilux as a fun lens which I think is spot on.

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2 hours ago, Likaleica said:

Thanks for a great synopsis, Jono.  I checked the website and they have not yet published the MTF curves.  That will be interesting to see.

Published, not as impressive as price.




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