$11,000 Leica Lens Sees in the Dark

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    An unnamed "French Magazine" has published pictures of a rather spectacular new Leica lens, the Noctilux 50mm 0.95 ASPH ..more
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    Now thats a fast lens

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    wow,

    Lot of money for a lens, not sure this will be in my shopping basket !!

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    Pah... Leica are nothing but a bunch of copy-cats. Canon built one of those in 1961

    http://www.canon.com/camera-museum/camera/...5/s_50_095.html


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    I'm curious, with such a shallow DOF, what types of macro shots would you get with this lens? It seems like you would only be able to get just a tiny part of whatever you were shooting and that it wouldn't be enough to identify the object. The article said "focus on the pupil of the eye and the iris will be out of the DOF". That doesn't seem practicle to me and like it would have very limited applications. Of course, $11k for a lens, ISN'T practicle for most of us is it???
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    Mmm... well there's a fair bit of hyperbole in the article's statement.

    Depth of field is dependant on subject distance. At 1 meter/3 feet subject distance the depth of field of that lens would be a minuscule 2 cm (just under 1 inch) however, at 10m/30ft the DoF expands out to a comfortable 1.75m or 5ft 4in.

    Since there's no word of the lens' minimum focus distance or magnification there's no real clue in the article as to whether you could use it as a macro lens or not. I suspect the optical difficulties of designing such a large aperture lens will make the incorporation of the complicated focusing mechanisms beloved of macro lenses impossible placing it firmly in the chocolate fire-guard category as far as macro work is concerned.


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