Leica noctilux 0.95 Unplugged
Old 07-08-2011   #1
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Leica noctilux 0.95 Unplugged

I have had many requests for pictures taken with this lens and many I could not release until now. All of these were shot at 0.95 wide open, and un-cropped. Slight processing with some skin smoothening in some images, and all shot with the Leica M9.

I have so many more images I'd love to share but cannot as they're only for work purposes and not approved for showing, so i hope you'll be happy with these. Many of these were taken during the making of a Leica M9/noct video that never saw the light of day, and unfortunately never will:cry:

I was using the Noct in many professional and personal applications and it has been my equally most (with VC Nokton 35/1.2) enjoyable lens to shoot, in daylight or nighttime. The most challenging thing about using this lens is to use it appropriately. While many would think it would be the focus, which is challenging (especially without the 1.4x magnifier) it is most difficult to control what applications in which you use the 0.95 aperture.

What I mean is that it is all too easy to point this lens at any subject and try to make the bokeh the center feature, trying to turn a boring picture into something artistic. I see all too many images posted in the net attempting this style of photography and it really is a waste of time and money. For that kind of application I'd recommend the f/1 version due to the un-corrected optical formula of the lens. One thing I must add is that you're not always going to nail focus where you want it so sometimes you need to look past that in the final result and accept a good picture for being good, with a slight mis-focus, or you'll be deleting too many images. My hit rate went from 60% to 95% once I calibrated my M9 and added a 1.4x magnifier.

I don't want to turn this into a review because I'm not a reviewer, so without any further waiting, here are my pictures- hope they help many of you understand the nature of this amazing lens...

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This one at f/8 i think













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Old 07-08-2011   #6
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Hi Kristian,

Outstanding pictures, thank you very much - also for the practical commentary.

I'd be a bit more interested in your lighting technique, if you wouldn't mind sharing a few details - in particular for the stable series and some of the graveyard shots. Do you use off-camera flash?
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Kristian,

I have loved your work since first stumbling across it here on RFF.

You are a lucky ******* to have all those lovely creatures draped before your lens!

Good Stuff!

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excellent work Kristian......some really inspiring photos....thanks a lot for sharing....

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I would love to see more of that equine series if there are any........

Just superb work!
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What is Tim Roth holding?



Nice shots! (But you don't need me to tell you that!)
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for me, the three in the cemetery, under moonlight, girl with feathers in her hat, were particularly striking. thanks for sharing the photos and commentary.

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This has to be my favourite! The light is divine.
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"What I mean is that it is all too easy to point this lens at any subject and try to make the bokeh the center feature, trying to turn a boring picture into something artistic. I see all too many images posted in the net attempting this style of photography and it really is a waste of time and money. For that kind of application I'd recommend the f/1 version due to the un-corrected optical formula of the lens."

Something to think about ... (some nice shots you have ! )
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My favorite:
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For the synchronicity in the womans peaks-and-valleys profile and that of the mountains, as well as the feathered hat and the tree, and her stylized pose.

Not a typical Noctilux shot but that makes sense to me since I'm not particularly fond of the 0.95 oof.

Many of the shots are too soft on the focus point for my taste, stopping the lens down a bit would have improved on them.

Also love the b/w theatre crowd shot!
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Id kill to ever be able to shoot Katy Perry, wonderful photo of her!
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superb! thanks for taking the time to share. favorites? too numerous. let's just say I'd be pleased to have taken any of them.
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Beautiful photographs Kristian. As a horse owner I had to laugh though. Working with horses barefoot is a very bad idea indeed.
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Kristian, these are amazing. Thanks for sharing. Side note...I ended up with your M9 a few months ago and love it . Ended up selling all my other gear and am strictly a rangefinder user now
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Hi Kristian,

Outstanding pictures, thank you very much - also for the practical commentary.

I'd be a bit more interested in your lighting technique, if you wouldn't mind sharing a few details - in particular for the stable series and some of the graveyard shots. Do you use off-camera flash?
Sorry for the delayed response but here goes. The stable shots I used a video light, like this. http://www.amazon.com/LED-CN-160-Dim...0187394&sr=1-2

It's small, cheap and soft, especially up close and easy to match to the existing lighting (although i used b+w) with gels. Color matching gels to ambient lighting is the KEY to good color photographs, even b+w too, cause it give different shades of grey. I had an assistant hold it off camera to balance with the ambient lighting.

In the graveyard I used an assistant to hold a small reflector. The reason I used a 'small' reflector is because it's important to consider the 'shaping' of light when adding lighting. The same goes with subtraction lighting. The direction, amount, and angle of light make a huge impact on the feel of the image.

Shooting a Leica is more commonly know as a camera to use in 'natural light' situations, but sometimes, especially for portraits, the need for adding or subtracting light becomes apparent. identifying this need is where all the skill lies - not necessarily just in composition. Being in control of the light is JUST AS IMPORTANT as being in control of the exposure, which is why I shoot everything in manual. I NEED to be in control of everything my camera is doing > I'm the photographer, and thus, it's my responsibility to control the results 100%.

Letting the environment control your lighting is almost like letting your camera control your exposure, say in Av mode, where you have ZERO control over the exposure. All you do is control the depth of field, while the camera determines the final output of light. Shooting in manual is THE main reason I can come up with such results, even in challenging conditions.

Hope this helps

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Nice shots! (But you don't need me to tell you that!)
Tim Roth is holding an award for his awesome TV show called 'Lie to Me' - love that show!
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Id kill to ever be able to shoot Katy Perry, wonderful photo of her!
Thanks, i've been very fortunate to work with Katy, and hope there's much more to come. There are more images of her on my website.....
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Kristian, these are amazing. Thanks for sharing. Side note...I ended up with your M9 a few months ago and love it . Ended up selling all my other gear and am strictly a rangefinder user now
Thats great to hear. I've missed her ever since and about to get back into the M after a 6 month break.
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Kristian--

Thanks for sharing these, here and in the Flickr gallery.

I doubt that I would ever shoot anything like these, they don't come close to my style. But I have a deep appreciation for skill and talent, you exhibit an abundance of both. You make the M9 seem very Kodachrome-like with several of these offerings, bravo!

What did you use for light in the stable series? Strobes or hot lights? Did you use a ND filter to allow using the Noctilux wide open?

Hopefully someday circumstances will allow you to revisit the M9 (or its successor) and the Noctilux 0.95....

All the best,

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Thanks Steve. I'm picking up my M9-P tomorrow morning so very excited. Though I doubt I'll be able to afford this lens for some time now
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The images are overall very nice indeed. Thanks for the show.
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Wow, great images. Inspiring! Thanks for posting.
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Kristian, great job! Really nice compo's and lighting in your pictures...

One question: are you using other systems to? Or is all the work on your site rangefinder-based? Thanks!! ;-)
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Kristian, great job! Really nice compo's and lighting in your pictures...

One question: are you using other systems to? Or is all the work on your site rangefinder-based? Thanks!! ;-)
I mainly 'work' with my Nikon D3s system and sometimes a Hasselblad H4D system
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A couple more pics featured in Katy Perry's tour book. Bottom left and right are shot with the Noct wide open

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The f0.95 effect is very nice here



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The f0.95 effect is very nice here



Did you lie?

Great show isn't it!?!
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Not lucky enough to be able to keep the Noct, which I sold below retail some time ago. Probably on't be able to justify buying it again :-(
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Lie to me is one of the few TV shows I watch regularly.
Yeah it truly is something different, and i've learnt from it too as it really is educational on human interaction, and mainly, lying
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Lovely work! Thanks for sharing.

BTW...you've got to keep plenty ice on hand when creating images like those first few
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All fantastic! Well done. I really like the first set and this image.
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Lovely work! Thanks for sharing.

BTW...you've got to keep plenty ice on hand when creating images like those first few
haha, well we didn't need to because we just shot in the cold rain
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