LEICA 50mm f/0.95 NOCTILUX-M ASPH review

King of the Night

LEICA 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M ASPH is developed as one of the standard lenses for the Leica M rangefinder camera. It had the largest aperture in the Leica world.It attracts a great deal of attention as the ” King of the Night”, as it exceeds the perception of the human eye. Even the light from street lights can be sufficient for handheld photography.

LEICA 50mm f/0.95 NOCTILUX-M ASPH + Black and white film

The lens is very solid with aluminum and brass construction. A “floating element” retains high image quality even in close-up range. The focus ring feels very smooth when turning and the aperture ring clicks in place very nicely.

Bokeh

LEICA 50mm f/0.95 NOCTILUX-M ASPH + Black and white film

The Noctilux is sharp at f/0.95 if you compare it to the Noctilux 50mm f/1.0 or Noctilux 50mm f/1.2. It also offers unequal aesthetic effects. The Noctilux 0.95 has a similar type of bokeh to the Noctilux 1.0. The background light spots become oval towards the sides of images.

Introduced in 1966, the Noctilux Lens' f/1.2 aperture (total production: about 1500) was more of a technical demonstration and marketing gimmick than anything else.

Focus Throw

LEICA 50mm f/0.95 NOCTILUX-M ASPH + Black and white film

Noctilux 0.95 is quick to focus compared to the Noctilux 1.0, which has a somewhat long focus throw. Focus throw is measured in degrees and represents the amount of rotation needed to turn a lens’ focus ring from its MFD (minimum focus distance) to infinity.

Purple Fringing

Sometimes, the Noctilux will give you some purple fringing on a digital M camera when you use it wide open facing strong light sources.

My Noctilux 0.95

Noctilux 0.95 is a lens that many people dream about. After almost two months of consideration I became the owner of a Noctilux 50mm F/0.95 lens. My consideration before purchasing was due to the combination of three important issues, cost, portability and weight.

LEICA 50mm f/0.95 NOCTILUX-M ASPH + Black and white film


After months of use, I was not completely satisfied with it. Looking through the viewfinder when the Noctilux was fitted, I found its huge diameter obscured a good part of the view in the bottom right corner. I have locked the Noctilux in the box for a long time, as I feel that the Summilux and Summicron fit my needs for street photography better.

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LEICA HEKTOR 28mm F/6.3 Review

Hektor is a Dog

LEICA 28mm HEKTOR F/6.3

The maximum aperture of a lens is important that it’s included in the name of the Leica lens itself. But this lens is an exception. The maximum aperture of the Hektor lenses is 6.3 to 2.5. Hektor is an optical structure with 6 elements in 3 groups. The name is taken from the name of a dog raised by optical designer Berek, and Hektor is also the name of a hero in Greek mythology.

Small aperture

We are conditioned to constantly be chasing huge apertures. With a massive aperture like f/0.95 or f/1.0 Leica Noctilux we automatically assume quality. However, in most situations it is simply not relevant. Small apertures will still produce beautiful images. Apertures at around f/5.6 and f/8 are often the apertures that will maximise the sharpness of a lens. 

Street Photography

LEICA 28mm HEKTOR F/6.3

This small lens packs a big punch for taking photos in the streets. Its maximum aperture is f/6.3. That’s too small as opposed to the f/1.4-f/2 options. Nonetheless, it will give you both your foreground and background are as sharp as possible from front to back.

When choosing lenses for street photography, we usually want achieve the maximum depth of field by choosing a small aperture. F/5.6 – f/8 are loved by street photographers because of the large depth of fields, and there needs to be enough light too.

Landscape Photography

Landscape photographers gravitate toward small aperture settings, such as f/8, f/11, and even f/16. 

Digital M

The big problem that arises is that the dust spots you have on your digital Ms sensor become painfully visible. Dust spots are clearly visible due to a small aperture. Dust spots are annoying because you have to clone them out later in the post-processing. For this reason alone, you may want to avoid LEICA HEKTOR 28mm F/6.3. With film, it’s not a problem.

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Contax TVS III 35mm Point & Shoot Film Camera

CONTAX TVS III

A Contax TVS III camera is a Point and Shoot Film Cameras camera with strong and durable construction, compact size, and pro equipment functionality. It makes photography easy with its point and shoot capability and picture quality features that include red eye reduction and auto focus. 

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Minolta TC-1 35mm Point & Shoot Film Camera

Minolta TC-1

TC-1 is a camera that was produced by Minolta. It is a compact 35 mm point and shoot camera with G-Rokkor 28mm f/3.5 lens.

This camera is made by real top layer oil leather, the design is simple and vintage, use Metal sizing techniques make it very fit with the camera body.
Under base screw is made by copper and it can easy take off by coin. You don’t need to take off the half case when you use tripod.
It has a special design for Minolta TC-1 TC1 Camera which makes it easy to turn over the Screen and it will totally not affect screen rotation.You don’t need to take off the half case when you connect data lines.
Internal soft design gives you a soft and comfortable touch.

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