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    Quote Originally Posted by ed9119 View Post
    she's a keen weekend photographer ..... no off-topic otherwise I will use aunties as subjects please thanks

    ed
    OT definitely from me....ED, you work for xxx xxxxx ? My younger bro also works there....
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    Quote Originally Posted by ed9119 View Post
    she's a keen weekend photographer ..... no off-topic otherwise I will use aunties as subjects please thanks

    ed
    ok tell me more tmr! i dun OT already :x

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    also hope to own a M9 someday but then, i dun really fancy this lens due to it's sheer size... kinda defeat the purpose of being compact.

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    nice lens and pics. i tried b4 the noc f1 before once, it was really hard to focus haha. but i guess it needs some getting used to.
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    Fri 6+pm outside Singapore Art Museum






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    shaddap and just shoot .... up close
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    Quote Originally Posted by ed9119
    Power of f0.95!

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    ok ran into the Hardcore Street Shoot Group from CS this morning around chinatown area ..... they had a go with the Noctilux and the MP-9





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    we met quite a few of the residents there ..... so many stories and these older folks are very very friendly IF you'd put your camera away first and just talk to them





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    Is it only me or the photos are quite low in resolution..?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tehzeh
    Is it only me or the photos are quite low in resolution..?
    Yes I resized it at 900pixels on long side and saved. At low '3' in ps
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    What happened? Got pixelation ? That's the problem saving larger sized image at low resolution .... My bad
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    Quote Originally Posted by ed9119 View Post
    What happened? Got pixelation ? That's the problem saving at low resolution .... My bad
    yeah.. some pixelation

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    Did you have to use an ND filter to use it wide open or?

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    Poison...a 15k poison...
    So sharp wide open...

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    Default Re: Review: Leica Noctilux M 50mm f0.95

    Quote Originally Posted by NazgulKing View Post
    Did you have to use an ND filter to use it wide open or?
    if you're shooting at f0.95 in bright daylight, you will need an ND filter to keep within the available maximum shutter speeds
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    Default Re: Review: Leica Noctilux M 50mm f0.95

    Usain Bolt will not run a full marathon well .... An F1 race car will not give you a comfortable ride .... and the Concord was a darned uncomfortable tight fit for any passenger (at least for fat me at 90kg)

    The Noctilux occupies a very carved out niche due to its price tag and what one can do with it at f0.95. Its larger than even the Leica R (SLR) 50mm and most other 50mm primes I've come across over the years.

    It certainly draws more attention than usual for the last 6 days I've been carrying it around for.

    From a user perspective, here are my comments:
    - it takes a very patient, thinking and CREATIVE photographer (AND subject ) to shoot up close with the Noct wide open at f0.95 and its accompanying razor thin DoF ... or ANY OTHER 50/0.95 lens out there, for that matter
    - the 'throw' between minimum focusing distance to infinity is long ... your focusing fingers need to 'hop' a little to avoid the fingers blocking the viewfinder
    - its sheer size intrudes into the bottom right corner of the viewfinder, more with the lens hood extended
    - up close at f0.95 re-composing is a challenge because this causes a slight change in focusing distance to point of focus ... I had alot of ears or nose in tack sharp focus while missing the subject's eye for example .... but to be fair, that is an issue faced with ANY OTHER f0.95 lenses
    - its heavier than the camera body so you'll have to adjust for center of balance of the outfit to be a little more forward

    The Noct will likely work beautifully in a controlled environment in specific applications but on the streets, it gets a little intimidating (even amongst DSLR users ) Stealth shooting is compromised

    If girls can dream of owning a Birkin handbag some day in her lifetime ..... why cant boys dream of a Leica Noctilux ?

    The number of photographers this week wanting to just hold and pose with the Noct for a shot with them holding it was just ...... you get the picture.....

    Rayotei has the Noct currently and he will begin a comparison thread soon
    Last edited by ed9119; 7th August 2011 at 10:33 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ed9119

    If girls can dream of owning a Birkin handbag some day in her lifetime ..... why cant boys dream of a Leica Noctilux ?
    u wrote many words, however, I remember only this after reading. Ha!

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    Thanks to ED,

    I got possession of the lens yesterday and decided at the spur of the moment to walk down Orchard Road and take some snaps.

    I had my M4P with 50Lux and a M9P with the 50Noct, and I interchanged the lens half way to capture some Noct pix on film.

    (I am quite a bochap shooter, I use film mainly and black and white, and I am not generally obsessed with grain, or sharpness,

    or even gear. In fact for this shoot, I turned off the M9P preview so that i do not get distracted by the camera)

    On the film side, the film used was Fuji Neopan 400, at iso 320. This film is quite grainy but developed correctly gives very nice texture.

    On the camera, the ISO is 320 and I set it to B&W so that I do as little post-processing as possible.

    First impressions: The Noct is huge compared to my Pre-pre-ASPH Lux. Perhaps not the easiest walk-around lens.

    I did a test shot at f0.95 to see if I had any problems, sure enough, handshake was a problem as I adjusted to the

    weight of the lens, also, due to the paper thin DOF, I had to take several shots.

    This was one of the better test shots.


    To solve the problem of focusing, especially in a street situation, I set both the cameras to f16 and moved

    the infinity mark to the DOF market at 16, the ensured that for the 50Lux, 2.5/2.7m onwards,

    it is sharp, for the 50Noct, it would be nearer to 3m onwards it would be sharp.

    Using this hyperfocal distance method to shoot means that I worry about shutter speed

    to adjust for exposure and more importantly concentrate on the framing and not worry

    about focusing itself, so long as the subject was 2.7m onwards.









    By now I was getting the hang of the lens, to further improve the

    shoot time, I switched to aperture priority on the m9p.

    The Finder Blockage is not life-threatening but around 1/4 - 1/5 of the

    finder is blocked by the lens. In practical terms, it doesn't affect focusing

    but composition-wise, the lower right corner can't be seen or anticipated.
    Last edited by raytoei; 7th August 2011 at 05:51 PM.

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