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Old 04-04-2009   #1
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Voigtlander 35/1.2 Nokton photos...

Hello everybody....I just bought this lens the other day and I am pretty happy with the results so far. I have never shot with a 35mm focal length lens before and it is starting to grow on me. I am going to go to Laos next week for a photo trip and I plan on taking this lens with me. As for now, I'm carrying it everywhere I go so I can get used to it. Here are a couple of shots that were taken in my neighborhood. I would love to see what others are doing with this lens as well...please excuse the poor scans (local lab)...I am in the process of purchasing a scanner......

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Old 04-04-2009   #2
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The performance of the lens is good, both for sharpness at the focussed distance and for out-of-focus areas. I assume that the pictures were taken at or near full open aperture. My guess is that you won't part with this lens too soon.
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Sorry, I think the title of my post could be a bit misleading....not all of the shots above were taken at 1.2.....I am going to edit the original post now.......cheers, michael....
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I've been wanting this lens for a long time..... this post may push me over the line.... your fault )
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Old 04-05-2009   #5
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I am curious to know, how often do users of this lens shoot wide open?

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I use it wide open quite often (one of the main but by no means exclusive reasons to put up with The Beast), especially on the M8 when I'm trying to eek out every last bit of light to avoid the dreaded banding of high iso shots in dim lit interiors. On film it produces a distinctively elegant softness with smooth transitions and inimitable depth of field effects.
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Michael, what is your general lens since you say you never shot w the 35?
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Michael, what is your general lens since you say you never shot w the 35?
Good question...well, for the last 3 months since I came back from the states, I have been shooting mostly with a 50mm Summicron rigid (thanks to MikeL)...but that doesn't really count...

For the last 7-9 years I have been shooting with a CV 15mm, 28mm Elmarit v3, 50mm Summilux v1 and an old version of the 90mm Summicron... I never really felt the need for a 35mm focal length lens... but a local store had a couple of these lenses (35mm 1.2) in chrome for about $720 and I had been thinking about purchasing one for the last 2 months... Well, the other day I asked how many they had left in stock, and he said one... so, I figured what the heck... I am never going to be able to buy a brand new one for this price, so I bought it... Everything in Bangkok that concerns Leica (or rangefinder gear) is more expensive than back in the states... with this one lens being the exception... It is a big lens, but it's still smaller than my 90mm Summicron, and it fits good in my hands... that said, I usually buy Leica lenses if I can, but since Leica doesn't make such a lens and it is sort of a specialty lens, I figured why not... cheers, Michael

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Michael, buck pago, nice shots from both of you !!

About the 35/1.2 ... How big is the difference between f/1.2 and f/1.4 in practical use ? When comparing to one of the small 35/1.4 lenses out there (35mm Summilux pre-ASPH, CV 35/1.4 MC & SC), does the advantage of having f/1.2 justify for the larger size and weight of the 35/1.2 ?
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Nice lens, nice pictures!
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Michael, buck pago, nice shots from both of you !!

About the 35/1.2 ... How big is the difference between f/1.2 and f/1.4 in practical use ? When comparing to one of the small 35/1.4 lenses out there (35mm Summilux pre-ASPH, CV 35/1.4 MC & SC), does the advantage of having f/1.2 justify for the larger size and weight of the 35/1.2 ?
I think in this particular case of CV 35/1.2, its not just advantage of 1.2 vs 1.4, but rather the signature of this particular lens. I dont know any other lens that draws quite like it. Plus, yes - in some cases it does make a difference - here in caves it did to me:




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Michael, buck pago, nice shots from both of you !!

About the 35/1.2 ... How big is the difference between f/1.2 and f/1.4 in practical use ? When comparing to one of the small 35/1.4 lenses out there (35mm Summilux pre-ASPH, CV 35/1.4 MC & SC), does the advantage of having f/1.2 justify for the larger size and weight of the 35/1.2 ?
Hello Gabor, and thanks for the compliment.....I am probably not the right person to answer this question because I have never had a small 35mm lens before...but one of the main reasons that I bought this lens is along the lines of what Krosya said about its look (signature)....and the fact that I wanted a fast lens...that said, as far as how I shoot and my style is concerned, will 1.2 make a difference to me instead of 1.4, probably not.....but I am going to try to use this lens to create some images that my other lenses wont allow me to do, I think that is one of the main reasons for me buying this lens...that and the fact that I wanted to try a 35mm focal length to see what I am missing.......and it was at a good price ....I guess when I add it all up....I blame it on GAS...cheers, michael
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Your pictures have really gotten me on a real hunger for this lens too!
Price and size have somewhat thrown me off and made me look at the Canon 1.2, but after looking at your photos i'm really taking a liking to this lens.
It renders portraits beautifully at both 1.2 and 1.4


Forget size concerns, i'm definitely gunning for this one now!

P.s. - Bokeh signature reminds me of my own M-hexanon f2 (which i love) , but of course at f2, how is it ever enough?!

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Old 04-14-2009   #15
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I love the shots, shallow depth of field with a 35mm = perfect for me. this looks like a great lens and its a relative bargain, shame its so big. lovely looking subject, you're lucky she poses for photos mine hate me taking her picture
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I'm quite happy with mine.

A few shots @ f1.2









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Old 04-14-2009   #17
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i've had this lens for almost a year now and it hardly ever leaves my m7. its an incredible lens for the price.
some shots at f/1.2:







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Old 04-15-2009   #18
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beautiful shots! perfect way to convince everyone to go out and buy this lens!

although i take the 35/1.7 Ultron out more for everyday shooting, the 35/1.2 Nokton come out when ever i plan on staying out late )

a few more to help people decide that they need this lens hehe



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Luang Prabang, Laos....


Luang Prabang, Laos.....

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Hey Michael, thanks for sharing these nice photos. Are you starting to like the 35mm focal length?
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Hey Michael, thanks for sharing these nice photos. Are you starting to like the 35mm focal length?
Hey Mike...thanks for the m3 again, it performed excellent in laos with the 50mm rigid and the 90mm summicron.....as far as the 35mm focal length goes, it's starting to grow on me...but I don't feel right having a 28/35/50 with me,,,it throws things off for me....I think it is either a 35mm or a 28/50...anyways.....here is another one from the nokton....

Vang Vieng, Laos.....Songkran festival.....Nam Song river


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had to search for this one, 35/1.2 at 1.2...

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Old 05-06-2009   #25
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What a great lens; the difference between 1.4 and 1.2 is minor except when you've maxed out your ISO and are shooting at 1/8th of a second, right then, it makes a difference.

I mostly find that short of the 35mm Summilux ASPH, its the only super fast 35 that's sharp wide open. I compared it to a 35 Summilux ASPH and found it to be just a hair less sharp, but put it this way, it would have been impossible for me to tell them apart if i hadn't written it down. The two lens' perform just stunningly and this lens is just a steal compared to the ASPH. The size is the only caveat.
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"Excellent photo. It's sweet and sensual. The portrait is fabulous and looks very candid. The bokeh is wonderful, even on the Apple insignia. Well Done."

Joel


Thanks Joe, I appreciate it....I am sure she will be happy to read your post...

I am still getting used to this lens and its signature (look)....one of the reasons that I purchased this lens was to create photos like the one below of the car....obviously, I don't want all of my pictures to be shot at 1.2 and to have the look of the photo below, but sometimes, it just seems right.....

Luang Prabang....shot at 1.2.....


cheers, michael

p.s., hey Hans Voralberg, I like that second photo of the girl...I used to live in Saigon (HCMC) and that photo brings back memories

edit:...what the heck happened to the bottom left of my photo....I think I need to re-scan the negative...

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one has to be careful with this lens!

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one has to be careful with this lens!
Love the feel and tone in that, it shows the signature in this lens beautifully.
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Nobody has mentioned it's low contrast yet. This is one of the things I love most about the Nokton 1.2, so much detail can be retained in the shadows and highlights even when on the M8. I also have the v.4 Summicron ( so called King Of Bokeh ) yet I use it less and less now I have the Nokton.

It may be big for an RF lens but it's nothing compared to most SLR lenses and as such sits permanently on one of my M6 bodies.

...and as for it's 'look,' utterly beautiful!
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Nobody has mentioned it's low contrast yet. This is one of the things I love most about the Nokton 1.2, so much detail can be retained in the shadows and highlights even when on the M8. I also have the v.4 Summicron ( so called King Of Bokeh ) yet I use it less and less now I have the Nokton.

It may be big for an RF lens but it's nothing compared to most SLR lenses and as such sits permanently on one of my M6 bodies.

...and as for it's 'look,' utterly beautiful!
I agree! except for the contrast being 'low', I think it actually can be quite strong (even at f1.2) and STILL show that amount of detail, which is even better imho =)
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Luang Prabang....shot @ 1.2

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Don't remember the aperture, but it must have been 1.2 or 1.4.
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Look at that bokeeeh!

Neopan 400, pushed to 800 in HC-110b.

Shot at 1.2
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The Nokton 1.2 seems to be a chick-magnet. I'll have to keep this in mind.

Joking aside, I like what I'm seeing with this lens. Keep them coming.
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There is a wealth of quality images from the big Nokton in this post. I only recently noticed that the Nokton 35/1.2 does exhibit some distortion...

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But the Nokton 35/1.2 is very resistant to flare...

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Another one from Luang Prabang...shot @ 1.2

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Vientiane, Laos....shot @ 1.2


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