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Old 10-16-2012   #81
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I agree it's an interesting lens, but at the end it didn't work for me, couldn't get over the coma it displayed wide open.
Which 35/1.4 did you get instead?
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Old 10-17-2012   #82
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Which 35/1.4 did you get instead?
None, for low light I use a 50/1.4 instead. Stunning lens.
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MIkhail : Wow, the Nokton did Splendid for such difficult Light
Just Lovely & such a Glow
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Just bought this wonderful lens, all I can say is that it has given my M8 new life.
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MIkhail : Wow, the Nokton did Splendid for such difficult Light
Just Lovely & such a Glow

Thank you.
I sold it later for Biogon 35/2.8 ... not even so much because I needed money, but rather because I did not want to fiddle with two 35 lenses, and I am not a collector.
It is wonderful little lens, and can produce nice glow. It does have barrel distortions, that's true. 75% time it did not matter, but for those 25% I got Biogon. It is sharper than Nokton but I found that in many instances where people's faces involved, I don't want this super sharpness and would prefer Nokton. Anyway, I would not hesitate recommending it, with reservations for some barrel distortions.
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It's easily my most-used lens and it acted as my "fast 50" on my M8. I found it to be a great all-around lens, too. Here's a few favorite shots from it:


Flying Lantern Launch, July 04, 2011 by Maggie Osterberg, on Flickr


At the Summit, Yellowstone National Park, WY, October 07, 2011 by Maggie Osterberg, on Flickr


Popcorn, September, 2010 by Maggie Osterberg, on Flickr


Closing Up, Nouvelle Eve, Omaha, NE, August, 2010 by Maggie Osterberg, on Flickr


Meeting The Tapir, August, 2010 by Maggie Osterberg, on Flickr


Kelp Forest, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA, October 13, 2011 by Maggie Osterberg, on Flickr


Photo Mola mola, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA, October 13, 2011 by Maggie Osterberg, on Flickr


Jar Jar Binks In Carbonite, ILM, San Francisco CA, March, 2009 by Maggie Osterberg, on Flickr


Green Boat, November, 2008 by Maggie Osterberg, on Flickr
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In very low light, at night, on M8


The Lone Cameraman by Cris Rose, on Flickr


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It's the perfect lens for this picture:


A Very Tabby Christmas, December 21, 2012 by Maggie Osterberg, on Flickr
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My experience with Nokton Classic 35mm 1,4: I traded it against the 35mm :1,2 because of the bulk. I wanted something that fits in the pocket with my M4 rapidwinder body.
About the sharpness etc: I have a priviledge of being in a very good relations with local importer of Voigtländer and could ask them to open the packages of five different noktons. I had my M8 on tripod and have to say: There is a notable difference with the calibration between the 5 lenses. Because of the blow up function of the M8 I coul pick up the best one...
I think Tom´s Nokton Classic was hand picked at the factory. Mine is just as good !
Our leica service guy says, it is relatively simple to adjust the calibration on most of Voigtländer lenses, compared to leitz lenses. They have to be sent to factory...
My experience with Vogtländer is that they are very good, when you get a good one ! A simple test would be to have a printed page positioned slightly in angle. draw a strong line about halfway and focus to that. then with a good loupe or magnification on screen check that the lens focuses dead on, if not... have it fixed !
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The Nokton 35mm f/1.4 was my first ever lens. It was fantastic, sharp, tiny, fast, and lovely to use with that little focus tab. I sold it to get a used Summicron, basically because it said "Leica" on it. Really should have just kept the Nokton, I can't think of a bad word to say about it really.
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Someone swap your Nokton for my Skopar , BTW nice shots Crisr!
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I use the older 35mm F1.7 Ultron. Really nice lens too.
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The Ultron is a fantastic lens, maybe even better than anything shy of the 1.2 Nokton. But it's 1-metre minimum focus is a bummer.

Here's some more from the Nokton Classic 35/1.4 MC:


Bunk Mates, December 21, 2012 by Maggie Osterberg, on Flickr


Michael on iPad, December 21, 201 by Maggie Osterberg, on Flickr


Jackson Is a Christmas Cat, December 21, 2012 by Maggie Osterberg, on Flickr
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Yup, that minimal focus distance. I'm glad somebody else likes the lens! I just looove your cats, btw; esp. the tiger-striped one.
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Yup, that minimal focus distance. I'm glad somebody else likes the lens! I just looove your cats, btw; esp. the tiger-striped one.
Thanks! I've actually got two tiger-stripes, the brown boy and the orange girl.
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A Very Tabby Christmas, December 21, 2012 by Maggie Osterberg, on Flickr
Love this one. I have a tomcat that very much resembles the cat on the stool. His name is Kovu.
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Thanks, Tom! The orange cat is my girl, Amelia Pond!
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My experience with Nokton Classic 35mm 1,4: I traded it against the 35mm :1,2 because of the bulk. I wanted something that fits in the pocket with my M4 rapidwinder body.
About the sharpness etc: I have a priviledge of being in a very good relations with local importer of Voigtländer and could ask them to open the packages of five different noktons. I had my M8 on tripod and have to say: There is a notable difference with the calibration between the 5 lenses. Because of the blow up function of the M8 I coul pick up the best one...
I think Tom´s Nokton Classic was hand picked at the factory. Mine is just as good !
Our leica service guy says, it is relatively simple to adjust the calibration on most of Voigtländer lenses, compared to leitz lenses. They have to be sent to factory...
My experience with Vogtländer is that they are very good, when you get a good one ! A simple test would be to have a printed page positioned slightly in angle. draw a strong line about halfway and focus to that. then with a good loupe or magnification on screen check that the lens focuses dead on, if not... have it fixed !
I've read similar reports, consistent with my own experience. It was a great match for my RD1s, minimum focus was spot on.
However, on my M6, close focus was way off. It takes some practice, but it is possible to get good bokeh after some trial and error
with distance and f values. It did get very good grain results with faster films stepped down. I got the SC version, but it was still s/w
contrasty compared to the 1960s lenses that have that classic low-medium contrast look. I think the characteristics of the 35/1.7 Ultron
beats the Nokton, but the Ultron has reportedly serious maintenance and "falling apart" issues. I ultimately went with a Lux preAsph v2
b/c I could afford it (before the prices skyrocketed) and I for the "glow" which I love.
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I went for a walk with the M9-P, the 35/1.4 Nokton Classic MC and a circular polarizer today:


Squirrel, Trendwood Park, December 29, 2012 by Maggie Osterberg, on Flickr


Ballpark, December 29, 2012 by Maggie Osterberg, on Flickr


Mid-Century Modern, December 29, 2012 by Maggie Osterberg, on Flickr


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It's a great lens

I wish I hadn't sold it.

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Old 12-31-2012   #103
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Definitely my go to lens these days. Ergonomics of this lens are excellent. Ultimately, it's the slight imperfections that draw me to this lens though.
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I just love that shot par ChatSylvestre, sur Flickr
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Ok you lot, your pictures and general positivity towards this lens have just forced me into buying one. I will find you, all of you, if I'm disappointed.

Just getting back into film having sold up all my digi gear and needed a lens as my only RF lens, Canon 50/1.4, looks like it may have given up on me. Inexplicably excited about this
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It's a great lens to use. It's small, the focus tab is great. I like the out of focus areas! It's sharp and at 1.4 it looks dreamy. Sure it has a little distortion but nothing that you can't fix in PP. It's made for taking photos not pictures of brick walls.
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It's a great lens to use. It's small, the focus tab is great. I like the out of focus areas! It's sharp and at 1.4 it looks dreamy. Sure it has a little distortion but nothing that you can't fix in PP. It's made for taking photos not pictures of brick walls.
Thankfully I'm done taking pictures of walls, I was never much good at it My Nikon 24-70f2.8 is a great workhorse lens but distortion free it most certainly isn't, but then you can use lens effects to your advantage too. Either way, I'm looking forward to trying it out.

P.S. I also like the picture of the lady (looking like she's) struggling in the wind.
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Ok you lot, your pictures and general positivity towards this lens have just forced me into buying one. I will find you, all of you, if I'm disappointed.

Just getting back into film having sold up all my digi gear and needed a lens as my only RF lens, Canon 50/1.4, looks like it may have given up on me. Inexplicably excited about this
Fantastic News... Yay Simon !
you have Fallen to the Siren's Call
I love mine...it has that 35 pre lux 'look' only sharper at 1.4
It's my ONLY lens for my M4
I can see why in Japan this lens has cult status ...A gem indeed

Please post some of Your Fabulous Work with that Lens here
I'm sure you'll turn some heads and possibly Convert some of the dis believers.
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Thankfully I'm done taking pictures of walls, I was never much good at it My Nikon 24-70f2.8 is a great workhorse lens but distortion free it most certainly isn't, but then you can use lens effects to your advantage too. Either way, I'm looking forward to trying it out.

P.S. I also like the picture of the lady (looking like she's) struggling in the wind.
Simon's work is my FAVOURITE in the RFF gallery.
I am looking forward to seeing what that lil' nokton does in YOUR hands!

BTW this lens is very good.
The 35 lux preasph costs 4-5 times the lil' nokton.
But I don't think the 35 lux preasph is 4-5 times better.
I will be very happy with the 35 nokton classic SC.
It's the lens I sold away foolishly not once... but twice... because it doesn't have "Leica" on it!
I bought one again!
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A few shots from the SC at a Seattle Sounders match. M4 with Tri X.









This lens is a bit nuts. There are shots - like these - where I adore it. In others, the glow can be a bit too much, particularly if there are bright elements in the foreground. I think pairing it with the Nikkor 5cm 1.4 (or the Canon 50mm 1.2) may give a nice, consistent look.
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This thread helped me make up my mind to try my luck with one. I like focus tabs and I like small lenses. The fact that it opens up to 1.4 is a bonus, which I can take or leave (I'd prefer f2 if it required less compromises in design).

Here are a couple from my first roll (Kodak Gold 400, poorly scanned)



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These were all with the Shapeways hood. My Nokton is the MC version, but I saw flare on a couple of frames when I was using the standard LH6 CV hood.

Overall, I'm enjoying the lens and the results it gives.
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I'm really liking this lens!

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