Leica Showcase Voigtlander 50mm f/1.1 Nokton

rflove

Veteran
Jul 13, 2014
Most look good.

With the first shot: I use the "Sparkle in the Eye" for the focusing with the RF. Makes a nice point source.

The 50/1.1 Nokton is territory that most will not go. I find using it with the RF is far easier than focusing the 55/1.2 on the Nikon Df.
I agree completely. I still find it difficult to nail the focus with the 'Lux f1.4 and the Nokton f1.1
A combination of less than perfect eyesight, too little light and slow shutter speeds can be a challenge. In all honesty, I need more practice and perhaps some schooling in the use of the camera.
 

carlb

All-Pro
Feb 6, 2013
"The 50/1.1 Nokton is territory that most will not go. I find using it with the RF is far easier than focusing the 55/1.2 on the Nikon Df."

So the RF focus indication is easier to notice than the Df's focus-peaking?

I suppose for critical RF focusing, you have to know if your lens back-focuses at given ranges ...

"A combination of less than perfect eyesight, too little light and slow shutter speeds can be a challenge."

Probably why I'm tending toward scenic photography: large depth of field, subject doesn't move, can take however long I like, heh! (Well, sometimes catching that changing sunlight can make for a mad scramble.)
 

BrianS

Hall of Famer
Apr 3, 2013
The Df auto-focus assist gives up for some of the low-light shots that I've been doing. If the subject stays still, I can manually focus. Moving subject, I have better luck with the RF.

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Luray Caverns by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

Nikkor 35/2 wide-open on the Df, ISO 12,800, 1/30th. Used the "Sparkle" for focus.

Moving Subject-
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G1005780 by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

Nikkor 8.5cm f2, wide-open, ISO 10,000, 1/25th second- I get twice as many in focus with the RF.
 

BrianS

Hall of Famer
Apr 3, 2013
And BACK to the 50/1.1 Nokton...

On the M Monochrom.

Wide-Open at F1.1. Focus and recompose.

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Udvar Hazy, Jan 2016 by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

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Udvar Hazy, Jan 2016 by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

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Udvar Hazy, Jan 2016 by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr


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Udvar Hazy, Jan 2016 by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

This lens has character.
 

Raid

All-Pro
Dec 15, 2011
Why is there Udvar Hazy listed under each image? Is this Brian's "other name" at Flickr?
 

BrianS

Hall of Famer
Apr 3, 2013
I put "Udvar Hazy" for the "Udvar Hazy Air and Space Museum" in the description field of the Flick images. Flickr includes this field in the default BB code for inserting the image. Sometimes I edit it out manually.

But.... i know someone that's getting a new lens, thought that person would enjoy these...
 

Peter Klein

Regular
Dec 31, 2014
Seattle
Peter Klein
Udvar Hazy is the cousin of Ingmar Bokeh. I believe he was a cinematographer on the master's early films, until he became so depressed and confused that he could no longer focus his Bolex. :)
 

BrianS

Hall of Famer
Apr 3, 2013
I think you will like it. On ebay- search for a 58mm "Hot Mirror" filter. This is an IR cut filter, usually goes for much less than the B&W filters.
 

BrianS

Hall of Famer
Apr 3, 2013
New In Box Tiffen 62mm Standard Hot Mirror IR Filter SHM PN 151710

The above is 62mm, easier to find- I used one with a Step-Up ring.

I've found the Hot Mirror filter improves color, even on the M9 with the very fast F1.1 lens.

I bought one of the inexpensice IR cut filters like the first link in your post, and it certainly is good enough- but the Tiffen was made for Pro use, is very high quality.

You do NOT want the BG-39 filter, will cause a color-cast.
 

Raid

All-Pro
Dec 15, 2011
You are right, Brian. Even on the M9, the CV 50/1.1 gave me today a strong purple cast/
 

BrianS

Hall of Famer
Apr 3, 2013
I did some tests with/without the filter. I always kept one on it as I bought he lens for the M8, leave the filter on with the M9. When others complained about a purple cast with the lens I could never understand what they were talking about. Then I took the filter off...
 

Raid

All-Pro
Dec 15, 2011
I got this lens a week ago from someone online, and I placed on order online for an IR cut filter for it, but I still have not received it. I was warned by Brian that even with the M9, an IR cut filter is needed with this lens. I took some photos of a pretty sunset a few days ago.
here are the images form that session: CV 50mm 1.1 - raid

At one stage, a surfer showed up, so i took some photos when it was difficult to focus on him in the sunset. Some came out nice. I have not deleted any of the images.

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I like the lens already. It seems to be a fun lens to use.
 

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