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Old 09-12-2009   #81
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Bangkok....shot @1.2

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"Michael, you're lucky to be surrounded by so many lovely subjects to shoot"......Renzu
Thanks Renzu....sometimes, I do feel lucky

"Michael, So cool!"..... Juan Valdenebro
Thanks Juan...she is my favorite person to photograph these days....

Here is a recent one.........something a little different....

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Here is a recent one......one of my favorite restaurants on my street...
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All the way open. M8.2 - iso 160 - 1/60th sec - f1.2

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Michael, your pictures are very inspiring. I love them all. Keep posting more of your pictures here please. I would love to see them.
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I think this is one hullava lens, eh?
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Akiva, for sure it is!

I just can't buy any more lenses or bodies right now...

CV became my worst vice. I'm so ashamed...

Every night when I go to sleep I say "it's just too big"... But I don't even believe myself!

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Hello,

I love this nokton.
I bought it after seeing some images here.

Here are some photos for my first post.
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I think this is one hullava lens, eh?
It is; my CV 40/1.4 is undeservedly neglected ever since I got this one. A bit bulky to carry around, but nothing compared to most SLR lenses.
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I like my Nokton a lot, but I have to admit, it has changed my "style" of shooting....I don't know if that is a good thing or a bad thing.....I am actually debating whether I should bring it with me on a photo trip to Myanmar in 2 weeks, due to the fact that I am not comfortable with carrying a 28mm/35mm/50mm combo.....it just doesn't work for me....I am used to a 28mm/50mm combo......I have a 50mm summilux (an old one, but a good one) and I used to depend on that for low light stuff until I bought the 35mm nokton, now my nokton has become my everyday lens and I really neglect my other lenses, it just doesn't seem right.....the more I look at my work from India, the more I want to leave the nokton at home........oh, well, I still have two more weeks to think about it.....

here are 2 recent ones from last weekend




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Yes the 35/1.2 is "bulky" by RF standards but since I found a lab that gives me 6 meg scans, I feel more comfortable cropping for my "tele" shots. Disclaimer: I did pickup a CV 35/2.5 for a really light daytime lens.
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Hello Akiva.....to, be honest, the "bulk" doesn't bother me that much....I use an old 90mm summicron ("big bertha") and it is roughly the same size as the nokton...the size doesn't really bother me....I have big hands...

I think it is the focal length that I have a problem with...it is my first and only 35mm focal length that I have ever used, and well....I feel like I hardly ever use my 28mm or 50mm when I have all 3 lenses in my bag...I just don't see the point....I either walk closer to the subject or walk back a couple of steps if I am using the nokton....I hardly ever switch lenses if I have the nokton on my camera.....maybe that is a good thing and I should change my "kit"...but I think I want my photos from Myanmar to be shot on tri-x with the same combo that I used when I was working in India (15/28/50/90)....don't get me wrong, I love my nokton and it has become my favorite lens and I have used it almost daily ever since I bought it.....that said....I am not so sure if that is a good thing, personally speaking of course....

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Are those Thai lab scans? They look so soft. Your girl is beautiful, BTW.

I don't know the point of having both a 35 and a 28 in the bag. They are just too similar.
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Thanks TWok, she is really cool......
Unfortunately, I scanned the prints myself...I know they s*ck.....the prints don't look as soft as the scans and I have learned to live with it for now.

Hey Akiva, I used a 15/35/90 combo last weekend for a little vacation that I took with my girlfriend and I brought this combo to see how I would like it....I never really missed the 28 or the 50 now that I think about it. I think for the next two weeks I will take this kit (15/35/90) out with me around Bangkok and see how I like it.


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15mm, something I should try.
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Hi Michael, are you able to post some shots with the lens stopped down? Would love to see how shows details in the shadows. I am considering getting this lens.

On another note, do you take a lot of time to look through your RF viewfinder to meter, than adjust exposure settings and than compose with external finder when shooting with the 15mm? I suppose you shoot with the all manual M3 right? Are you able to shoot fast with it? Can share your experience as well?
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15mm, something I should try.
yeah, I think so...for the price, it is an excellent lens....lots of fun too



ok, this the nokton thread...


alright, no more photos of my girlfriend, I am getting lazy...I need to scan some of the "street" stuff that I shot recently and post some photos up.....cheers, michael

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Michael, your India b&w pictures are really strong documentary work. The pictures you've posted using the 35/1.2 are much more light-hearted and offhand in nature, so I don't know if you should directly compare to gauge the shift in style. Still, it would be a shame if you looked at the results from your upcoming trip and found that they fell short compared to your earlier work.

IMO, the wide-angle perspective of the 28mm really contributes to the punch of your India pictures, and you might find that the size of the 35/1.2 makes it harder for you to get in close like that -- don't leave the 28mm behind.

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Hey Vincent, I will try to find some photos that I took with the lens stopped down, I usually don't shoot it that way, but I think I have a couple photos lying around here somewhere....I will post them when I can...

As far as the 15mm goes, if I am using my m6 then I use the internal meter and I will usually open it up a half stop, it depends on the picture obviously, but I tend to open it up a half stop of whatever my meter is telling me when I use the 15mm. If I am using it on my m3/m2 then I use a hand held meter (sekonic 358) and I just go with it, I don't tend to meter a lot when I am shooting, just a couple quick checks and adjust as I shoot...

As far as composing is concerned, the more you use the lens and experiement with it when you first get it, you will learn how to use it and how NOT to use it...composing can be really easy with it , because after a while, you start to see 15mm shots and the viewfinder is just there for a quick check.....

I can shoot pretty fast with 15mm...the focusing is easy...I used a rollei 35 for a couple of years as my only camera and I learned how to adjust the focusing and aperture on that and now when I use the 15mm, it is so easy to do.

hope that helps...cheers, michael
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hey thanks Ari, I appreciate that........

you brought up some excellent points that I have been thinking about...seriously, thanks..........cheers, michael
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BTW I tried the CV 35/1.4 (so I could carry a smaller lens)and it is fine lens but besides being a 1/2 stop slower, its results are not up to 35/1.2 par IMHO. As a 6 footer the barrel on the 35/1.2 is really a nice fit.
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michael, you have such a cute girl!

some shots from my newly acquired 35 1.2 chrome. thank you dave!!





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Hey Vincent, I will try to find some photos that I took with the lens stopped down, I usually don't shoot it that way, but I think I have a couple photos lying around here somewhere....I will post them when I can...

As far as the 15mm goes, if I am using my m6 then I use the internal meter and I will usually open it up a half stop, it depends on the picture obviously, but I tend to open it up a half stop of whatever my meter is telling me when I use the 15mm. If I am using it on my m3/m2 then I use a hand held meter (sekonic 358) and I just go with it, I don't tend to meter a lot when I am shooting, just a couple quick checks and adjust as I shoot...

As far as composing is concerned, the more you use the lens and experiement with it when you first get it, you will learn how to use it and how NOT to use it...composing can be really easy with it , because after a while, you start to see 15mm shots and the viewfinder is just there for a quick check.....

I can shoot pretty fast with 15mm...the focusing is easy...I used a rollei 35 for a couple of years as my only camera and I learned how to adjust the focusing and aperture on that and now when I use the 15mm, it is so easy to do.

hope that helps...cheers, michael
Hi Michael

It's great to hear from you. How's your trip? I am looking forward to more pictures from you. I am considering nokton 35mm f/1.2 now and the more I see your pictures, the more I want to get it. The other nokton I have in mind is 50mm f/1.5 and both focal lengths are quite close so it's a tough call for me. Any advice?

15mm f/4.5 will be a must-have for me since I like to shoot wide angles.
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I traded my Canon 135 f/2L for a Nokton (and a bunch of film) the other day and took the new toy for a walk.

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Staales, I'm thinking about trading my 135L for a 35 nokton ... I just bought it last month, but frankly I've only shot about 10 pictures with it. I think those L lenses are just becoming too big for me

I love the pictures posted in this thread. I really like those wide open pictures.
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all shot on m6 + bw400cn with silver efex tri-x simulation and split toning.















beautiful lens that works so well with film or digital..the way it draws is just so beautiful, not as "perfect" a lens as the nokton 1.1 but in a good way.
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Yeah the 35/1.2 has some character while the 50/1.1 is severely lacking in that department.
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Does the nokton 35mm f/1.2 blocks a M2 viewfinder with 35mm framelines? The lens looks long though. Does it affect the way we compose?
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I have both the 35/1.2 Nokton and the 35 Summicron v4. I have never noticed the Summicron with its hood in the frame of my M6 .72 (same as M2).

Last night I was checking meter batteries in my M6's and put the Nokton on the M6 .72, it blocks a pretty significant part of the lower right hand corner of the frame, I'd guess maybe 15 - 20% of the total. But this wouldn't stop me from using it given how I compose and typically shoot a rangefinder.
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I guess the blockage is expected given the size of the nokton. Every lens has its pros and cons.
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michael, you have such a cute girl!

some shots from my newly acquired 35 1.2 chrome. thank you dave!!





Hi Adrian,
on the top of your second pics it seems to me that there is some distortion or not? Does anyone tryed the nokton 35/1,2 for architeture shots?does it
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f/1.2 with Velvia 50.



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Regarding the discussion about composing w/ the f1.2 - I don't think I ever took a vertical portrait with this lens, since I tilt the camera with the finder downwards - which means the lens blocks 1/4 of the top right corner, where commonly the head is located. It does suck.

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Here is a recent one...something a little different


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Just bought this lens the other day to compliment my Summicron 2/35 ASPH. I really enjoy the size of this lens (I have really big hands), and it balances nicely with the grip attached. I have ran a few rolls through my M7 with the Nokton attached, and I am very impressed with the images. I did some comparitive shots with the 'cron and I find the Leica slightly sharper on the edges, but the Nokton has a better and creamier rendering for my tastes. I like to shoot wide open, and usually the outer zones have faded into nice boke, so the slight advantage of the 'cron is mostly wasted. I also have the Summilux 1.4/75mm, and this is a bigger lens than the Nokton, so I am used to the size, and coming from shooting D3's with bloated zoom lenses, the Nokton is small.

I will now likely replace the 'Cron with a Colour Skopar pancake, which is even smaller, but for now, the Nokton will suit all of my 35mm needs.
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Just bought this lens the other day to compliment my Summicron 2/35 ASPH. I really enjoy the size of this lens (I have really big hands), and it balances nicely with the grip attached. I have ran a few rolls through my M7 with the Nokton attached, and I am very impressed with the images. I did some comparitive shots with the 'cron and I find the Leica slightly sharper on the edges, but the Nokton has a better and creamier rendering for my tastes. I like to shoot wide open, and usually the outer zones have faded into nice boke, so the slight advantage of the 'cron is mostly wasted. I also have the Summilux 1.4/75mm, and this is a bigger lens than the Nokton, so I am used to the size, and coming from shooting D3's with bloated zoom lenses, the Nokton is small.

I will now likely replace the 'Cron with a Colour Skopar pancake, which is even smaller, but for now, the Nokton will suit all of my 35mm needs.
Tom,just a question for you:do you think that the VF 's obstruction is a problem on everyday's use?(mainly in vertical portrait??)Thanks
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