Leica Leica M8 & M9 with Nokton 50mm 1.5


I have a break from teaching, so I am taking more photos than I would usually do when the university is open.

I used the M8 and M9 with the original Voigtlaender Nokton 50/1.5. Amedeo made an adapter for this lens from Prominent to M. I also used the modern Cosina-Voigtlaender Nokton 50/1.5 ltm.

I may have done this little "project" for 3-4 days here in Pensacola. I started out with the old Nokton on the M8 and the modern Nokton on the M9 for a day or so. Both cameras were set to ISO 160 for most images in daylight. I shot in RAW, followed by transforming the image files to jpg with LR5. I used CS2 to add a small amount of contrast as the only PS.

Old Nokton with M9: M9 Old Nokton 50 1.5 - raid
New Nokton with M9: M9 CV Nokton Asph 50 1.5 - raid
Old Nokton with M8: M8 Old Nokton 50 1.5 - raid
New Nokton with M8: M8 New Nokton 50 1.5 - raid

I will start out with some images from the M9 with the modern CV Nokton.
The link is here:M9 CV Nokton Asph 50 1.5 - raid




The CV 50/1.5 is an excellent lens overall. It snaps into focus easily, and it is a lens that is sharp with color fidelity and excellent multicoatings.

I will next upload images from the old Nokton and the M8.
This is the version that was made for the Prominent many years ago.
It had then a stellar reputation for being an excellent 50mm lens.

Link: M8 Old Nokton 50 1.5 - raid




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I have uploaded 50-60 images on my smugmug website on each lens now. The links have been posted above.
Again, here are the links:

Old Nokton 50/1.5 M8 Old Nokton 50 1.5 - raid
New Nokton 50/1.5 M9 CV Nokton Asph 50 1.5 - raid

The new Nokton is easier to focus than the old Nokton. Colors are mutes and contrast is lower on the old Nokton. This can be adjusted in PS.
A clean (old) Nokton can be more expensive these days than a used clean (modern) Nokton.

I will next list images taken with the M9 and the old Nokton. Then I will list images taken with the M8 and the new Nokton.

I switched the lenses around between the M8 and the M9. This time, there is no added contrast or any PS done.

M8 with New Nokton (link) M8 New Nokton 50 1.5 - raid







I used my old SLR lens (Zeiss Planar 50/1.4 for the Rollei SLR QBM system) on an Olympus E-PL1 on a photo shoot of fishing boats during fog. I first used the M8 and M9 with Nokton 50mm lenses, followed by using M 4/3 cameras.

smugmug link: Olympus EPL1 Zeiss Planar 50mm 1.4 QBM - raid

My second back-up set was an old E-P2 with a 25mm/1.4 Summilux LUMIX. I did not use any PS to modify images here.

Smugmug link:Olympus E-P2 25mm 1.4 LUX LUMIX - raid

I left all images unmodified by PS except 4 images that I also played with to see if I could get interesting looking images after some modifications.





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