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July 01, 2009


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Double Negative

There's also a review available at La Vida Leica:



I own the nokton 1.1 and a few other 50mm (summicron's, summilux, summarit) and would with field experience slightly disagree with the above contribution. After some real practice with film (not cropped sensors nor pixel peeping) I would say that the Nokton is better than the older generations of Leica's fast-lenses (except 50/f1.2), like 50mm Summilux, with the extra margin of +2/3 stop. It doesn't have the great, special, unique character of the Noctilux 1.0 (3.2 stops vignetting, focus shift, curvature of field) , however it is a lens usable all over the aperture range, and not cumbersome. So, for the f/1.1 - f/2.0 range, it is now my preferred lens, while for f/2-f/11 range, the 1969's summicron 50mm or the summicron-C 40mm are still unbeaten in the field. I mean for street photography where fast but light lenses with quick focusing are key.

Roberto Piero Ottavi

I have posted my little Nocton 1:1,1 > Noctilux 1:1 Test & Shots in
or direct link
I hope that my little work may be useful.
Roberto Piero Ottavi
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Bo Lorentzen

RJ, I think the focus on the B&W is on his far shoulder, the lens is tack sharp and very pleasant to work with, I have been using it regularly and have been very happy with the results, it is by nature a big less contrasty slower lenses, but this is easy to address in photoshop. (or printing by using harder paper)



Any updates on this? I'm also curious whether the B&W shot could have been sharper.



Thank you for this review. Interesting to see the test shots. I agree, it is a bit soft - but I suppose that is to be expected with a lense as fast as this. Interestingly, I dug this up:


Which appears to show the Nokton to be only slightly softer than the Noctilux, and when zoomed out, even appears sharper!

Perhaps you received a bad copy? I would just like your opinion on this matter since I have not bought a Nokton yet, and am interested in this lense.

Thank you

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Recent versions of the f1.0 Noctilux take 60mm filters, but the very first version of the f1.0—produced between 1976 and 1978—takes 58mm filters (same as the earlier 50mm f1.2 Noctilux).

I had to special order the 58mm B+W UV/IR filter for my Series 1 Noct, and it took almost 4 months to arrive.


Thank you Bo, very interesting report on this new lens.
The picture of the young guy at the LA MOCA is quite convincing, as well as the last garden picture whose bokeh is quite nice.
At 01.1, though, it is really soft, in my experience, the Hexanon Limited 50/1.2, that I had for some time, was quite more sharp when used wide open.

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