7 reasons to buy a Noctilux and which ones are acceptable. (playful)greenspun.com : LUSENET : Leica Photography : One Thread
(Please understand that this represents my opinion only, it was written in a playful mood and I am waiting answers in the same mood. I do not mean to insult anyone of course.)
Acceptable reasons to buy a Noctilux:
1) Because I like to own, touch and admire such a beautiful piece of equipment and I have the money to buy it. (Me too, but I donít have the money :o( )
2) Because I like to show it to my friends and make them jealous. (I donít like to make my friends jealous)
3) Because I have everything else and I need to spend my easy-earned money to feel happy for a couple of days. ( I donít have everything else )
Unacceptable reasons to buy a Noctilux:
1) Because I really need that extra stop. (Buy 1 stop faster film instead. You will save some thousands of $ and get equal or better results.)
2) Because it delivers sharper images. (It doesnít! Summiís are sharper!)
3) Because it has much better bokeh. (99.99% of the photographers Ėincluding me- are not able to master bokeh, more than 95% donít even know what it is!)
4) Because itís definitely better from Summicron and Summilux at f:1 (Ha! funny!)
-- Jordan Koussis (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 30, 2001
I would ad to "acceptable":
4, Because i NEED very shallow depth of field. Everybody in my family has deformed ears and when i take pictures of them, i only want their eyes in focus... and their ears out of focus. Likewise, i don't like the tips of people's noses.
I personally don't have one, but the main reason would be number 1 on the positives for me.
-- Matthew Geddert (email@example.com), November 30, 2001.
>>Acceptable reasons to buy a Noctilux:
My wife is off for the week visiting a congress out of town. So a Noctilux might be a good substitute here. At least it'd be cheaper.
-- Michael Kastner (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 30, 2001.
I really find the lower right hand corner distracting when composing a shot. I find the Nocti's blocking capability of that area very useful.
-- Bas Wip (email@example.com), November 30, 2001.
Acceptable reason to buy a Noct: I no longer do cocaine.
-- Tony Rowlett (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 30, 2001.
I love the comment about the lower right corner of the finder being a "distraction" that's cured by Noctilux use. Acceptable reason: Leica glass should never ever have a filter mounted in front of it, and I will prove my point by shooting with a mega expensive 50mm F1.0 with its huge front element "bare to the winds". For sale: 50mm Noctilux, current version, slight cleaning marks (no affect) make offer.
-- Andrew Schank (email@example.com), November 30, 2001.
Another couple of reasons: (1) you suffer from extreme astigmatism and you've found the Noctilux to be the only lens which approximates your deteriorating eye-sight; (2) you desparately wish to impress your serial-poster heroes on the LUG.
-- Andrew Nemeth (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 30, 2001.
It's patriotic to buy a Noctilux. The president wants us all to spend money.
It would stimulate the German economy, too.
The Noctilux should be left on the camera at all times for readiness: it will make it much easier to see where you laid your Leica down. You'll find the camera faster (just like I can find my pickup truck fast because the camper shell sticks up so high) so you'll be ready for that quick photo op.
-- Bob Fleischman (RFXMAIL@prodigy.net), November 30, 2001.