Leica Fast 50s (Leica 50/0.95 Noctilux vs Nikkor 58/1.4G and 50/1.2 AIS)

asiafish

All-Pro
Aug 9, 2013
Bakersfield, CA
Andrew
At present I own three fast standard lenses at either 50mm or 58mm, and thought it would be fun to see how they compare for sharpness and bokeh, at near and far distances, wide open and at f/2.

First at a little over 1 meter behind my office building, first at maximum aperture and then at f/2 in the following order: Leica 50/0.95 Noctilux, Nikko5 50/1.2 and Nikkor 58/1.4. Please ignore white balance as I did no post-whatsoever. Both the Leica Noctilux (4 stop) and the Nikkor 50/1.2 (2 stop) had ND filters fitted.

* The Nikkor 58/1.4 distance shot is overexposed at f/1.4 because I do not have an ND filter, hit fastest shutter speed on my Df (1/4000th) and minimum ISO (ISO 50).

** Leica shots do not reflect accurate aperture in EXIF for obvious reasons

*** Nikon Df has -2/3 exposure compensation due to fitment of a K3 screen from FM3a which is darker than the stock Df screen.

Leica 50/0.95 Noctilux at f/0.95
L1005143
by Andrew F, on Flickr

Leica 50/0.95 Noctilux at f/2.0
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by Andrew F, on Flickr

Nikkor 50/1.2 AIS at f/1.2
DSC_1285
by Andrew F, on Flickr

Nikkor 50/1.2 AIS at f/2.0
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by Andrew F, on Flickr

Nikkor 58/1.4G at f/1.4
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by Andrew F, on Flickr

Nikkor 58/1.4G at f/2.0
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by Andrew F, on Flickr


And here they are at a distance of roughly 18 meters

Leica 50/0.95 Noctilux at f/0.95
L1005137
by Andrew F, on Flickr

Leica 50/0.95 Noctilux at f/2.0
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by Andrew F, on Flickr

Nikkor 50/1.2 AIS at f/1.2
DSC_1279
by Andrew F, on Flickr

Nikkor 50/1.2 AIS at f/2.0
DSC_1281
by Andrew F, on Flickr

Nikkor 58/1.4G at f/1.4
DSC_1283
by Andrew F, on Flickr

Nikkor 58/1.4G at f/2.0
DSC_1284
by Andrew F, on Flickr
 

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