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bredman
19th May 2012, 01:24 PM
I never intended to purchase this lens, but i was made an offer i couldn't refuse. A very good price, used, but in mint condition, no marks, scuffs or scratches anywhere but for a couple scuffs on the metal lens guard. I was thinking about the Panny-Leica 25mm 1.4, however i always knew that if i got to hold the heavy Nokton 25mm i would want one, and that's what happened (maybe i'll get both :eek:).

Btw it looks fantastic on the silver OMD, and the quality feel of the two together is sublime. I like :D:D.

I'm aware of this lens' flaws, so i'm looking for advice on techniques to get the best from it. It's been a long while since i manual focused :).

Is it as simple as switching to 'M' and 'magnify'? Has anyone used one of these on the OMD yet?

bredman
20th May 2012, 05:43 PM
Well, i haven't taken many shots thus far, but i thought i'd post my initial thoughts.

Firstly, it weighs a ton, any less grip on the OM-D and it would be an issue when holding with one hand, but the weight is also reassuring for something so solidly made.

Secondly (i love this lens, it's easy for forgive it's faults) the images are very soft fully open. Way too soft at times. Half a stop down and it all improves no end.

Heres a simple set of shots i did. the first is f0.95 1/125 iso200 and the second is f2 1/30 iso200. I find the in focus area on the first very soft. If anyone has a comment/opinion i'd like to hear, thanks.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5457/7234798406_459cf899e0_c.jpg

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5035/7234810828_7ae0f00c54_c.jpg

Here's a crop of the above two images, the f0.95 is first and the f2 is second.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5350/7234811616_8d96a445b5_c.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7225/7234810014_e55bf1c336_c.jpg

bredman
20th May 2012, 05:52 PM
Another to show this softness at it's worst, i assume due to the high contrast. The first is f0.95 1/400 iso200 and the second is f2 1/200 iso200.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7072/7234808072_7f0f8655ec_c.jpg


http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5462/7234809184_685fa48002_c.jpg


It's not all bad about the f0.95 setting though. I haven't tried it at night, indoors/parties etc., or for filming, and this was shot at 0.95 and seems to be ok for softness f0.95 1/125 iso200.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7225/7234801776_2520987620_c.jpg

StephenL
20th May 2012, 06:57 PM
In its favour, it can be nice and sharp, as you've shown. It sure has a lovely bokeh!

snaarman
20th May 2012, 07:07 PM
Mmm, yes, nice bokeh quality certainly.

There are reasons the world isn't full of f0.95 lenses. I guess they are very difficult to make, and it's amost inevitable they are soft wide open. OK, so one accepts that. Question is, can you still use them wide open?

Seems to me this one is certainly very usable at f0.95 in the right circumstances and with the right subject. Nice one..

Pete