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Leica M240

Noctilux vs Summilux vs Nikon 50/1.2 (M240, DeChambeau Barn)

At about $700, the Nikon 50mm f/1.2 AIS becomes a viable lens option via lens adapter on the Leica M Typ 240, thanks to the Live View and/or EVF capability

Can the Nikon 50mm f/1.2 serve as an entry level superspeed lens for the M240?

And/or does the Nikon 50/1.2 offer a rendering style that might appeal in its own right for a stylistic difference?

What about stopped down?

The Nikon 50mm f/1.2 is a classic spherical design, subject to pronounced spherical aberration wide open with the attendant veiling haze: sharpness smeared over a deep zone, heavily veiled. Stopping down one stop cuts the aberration in half, stopping down two stops cuts it by 75%. By comparison, the Leica designs use aspherical elements that minimize the spherical aberration (and other aberrations) to relatively low levels wide open.

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  • Make better images by learning how to get the best results right away.
  • Save money by choosing the right lens for your needs the first time, particularly the Summilux/Summicron/Elmarit choice and/or Zeiss ZM.
  • Make better images, a sort of “cheat sheet” saving yourself months or years of ad-hoc learning. Processing parameters are discussed and shown.
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  • Real world examples with insights found nowhere else. Make sharper images just by understanding lens behavior you won’t read about elsewhere.
  • Aperture series from wide open through stopped down, showing the full range of lens performance and bokeh.
  • Optical quality analysis of field curvature, focus shift, sharpness, flare, distortion, and performance in the field.

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Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH
Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M ASPH
Nikon 50mm f/1.2 AIS
(not to scale)

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