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Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M

New Game: Leica M240 + 50/0.95 Noctilux

The Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M ASPH has always held potential for wonderful results, and these are achievable with some effort. The lens has beautiful rendition wide open, which cannot be called sharp, but the visual effect is most pleasing.

But when the light dims, the Noctilux effectively became unusable on the M9, and even in normal lighting, rangefinder focus has always been hit-and-miss (and demanding of perfect camera/lens calibration as a prerequisite). But with the Leica M240 and Live View (particularly the 10X EVF option), the Noctilux becomes a vastly more viable option, even in dim conditions where one can barely see.

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