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World's Best 50mm lens? Leica Noctilux f/0.95 Review

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This is the fastest 50mm lens in production(http://bit.ly/Leica50mm), but the Noctilux has been around for a long time, and so has the cult-like following for this …


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  1. To answer the question posed in the click-bait title, NO. Not the sharpest, not the best contrast or saturation, and not even the first, which title goes to the Canon 50mm 0.95 from the mid-1960s.

  2. I was watching these old pictures from 1930s (google redskins footbal game 1930s) and I am amazed of the clarity of the lens used 100 years ago. Some of them even show a very shallow DOF in broad light and I don't think they were using telephoto lens back then. What do you think about old camera lens, compared to the lens produced in modern times ?

  3. Seems very hard to focus this lens wide open. A lot of shots were focused on things other than the face, and in none of them were the eyes sharp. I guess focus and recomposing doesn't work well for portraiture because the narrowness of the depth of field means the eyes would go out of focus as soon as the angle of the camera changes. Unfortunately, with a Leica the only viable means of focusing is at the centre of the viewfinder. I think the great majority of people would be better off with a 50mm f2 Summicron.

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