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Nokton 25mm F0.95 arrived! Shots at night wide open on GH1

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by mike kobal, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. mike kobal

    mike kobal Mu-43 Rookie

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    Nov 6, 2010
    Hi guys,
    this is my first post here.
    I am really excited about this lens.The built quality is superb, the focusing ring is superb, and it focuses from infinity down to 1:3.9! yeah, not a big deal but for video it is a big deal. Got it last nite at 7pm ran out and shot a few clips, direct link here, let me know what you think, will try to answer all questions
    3.45am blues:Voigtlander Nokton 25mm F0.95 wide open on Panasonic Lumix GH1 « Mike Kobal
    street sample photographs here
    http://www.mikekobal.com/blog/?p=830
    and daylight clips shot at 1.4 here
    http://www.mikekobal.com/blog/?p=857
    cheers,
    Mike
     
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  2. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Thanks, Mike! I am very interested in this lens, and your video is excellent :2thumbs:.
     
  3. mike kobal

    mike kobal Mu-43 Rookie

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    Nov 6, 2010
    thanks, Amin! I almost didn't order but, what a lens, gotta shoot some more :smile:
     
  4. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Forgot to say, welcome to Mu-43! I looked at your Vimeo account, and you have a lot of impressive work there.
     
  5. sophilobro

    sophilobro New to Mu-43

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    Nov 6, 2010
    That is a pretty sweet video, the lens seems to do a great job at night! Congratulations on that investment.
     
  6. tonys05

    tonys05 Mu-43 Rookie

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    Aug 17, 2010
    Philly
    help me out here: does the aperture value double with mu4/3? So that the 25 0.95 would effectively be a 50/1.9?

    tony
     
  7. mike kobal

    mike kobal Mu-43 Rookie

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    Nov 6, 2010
    thanks, sophilobro, going to test it soon in daylight
    @tonys05, exactly and the blur characteristics on the 25mm .95 behave like on a 50mm 1.9 set on a full frame
     
  8. tonys05

    tonys05 Mu-43 Rookie

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    Aug 17, 2010
    Philly
    25 .95

    Mike, thanks very much. Is that also true for my Voigtlander's adapted to my EP2?

    tony
     
  9. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    If you guys don't know Mike's work, I've seen his postings on other forums. Very talented, and a great resource. Thanks Mike for joining m43 and posting here! Love to see your work as always.
     
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  10. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Yes, it's true for all lenses you put on your E-P2, whether they are regular Micro 4/3 lenses, adapted lenses from 35mm format, or adapted lenses from large format.

    This is a contentious issue on contentious forums, but it doesn't have to be. The actual aperture doesn't double, but with regards to angle of view and depth of field, an Xmm f/Y lens on Micro 4/3 will behave like a 2Xmm f/2Y lens on 35mm format. Here is an example: Bokeh Test: Olympus ZD 25mm f/2.8 vs Canon EF 50mm f/1.4

    The physical focal length and aperture are independent of format, so an f/X lens is f/X for the sake of calculating exposure, irrespective of whether you use it on an E-P2 or an H4D-60. Eg, for equal subject distance, if a 50mm lens at f/2.8, 1/500s, and ISO 100 on 35mm format produces a properly exposed image, so will a 25mm lens at f/2.8, 1/500s, and ISO 100 on Micro 4/3 (with greater DOF on the Micro 4/3 image).

    Having said the above, you cannot expect a 25mm f/0.95 for Micro 4/3 to cost the same or be as free of optical aberrations as a 50mm f/1.9 lens for 35mm format. It is far tougher to make an f/0.95 lens than an f/1.9 lens.
     
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  11. Kosta

    Kosta Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 29, 2010
    Australia
    Great work mike. Love the ambience the music adds to it too.
    Thanks for sharing this on mu-43 and welcome to the site!
    Inspires me to get into video again!
    Nice to see the lens put to good use.
     
  12. mike kobal

    mike kobal Mu-43 Rookie

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    Nov 6, 2010
    thank you very much, Kosta. this lens really adds a new dimension to the m43 chip. no need for full frame envy anymore.
     
  13. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Mike, how do you find manual focusing the Nokton on GH1 compared to manually focusing something like the Zeiss 50/2 on 35mm format? I don't mean the focus feel, but rather the experience of the viewfinder?

    I previously had a Canon 5D with Ee-S screen which I used with some fast manual focus lenses including the OM 50/1.2. Also used a D700, which I found easier to manually focus than the Canon and used with several Zeiss ZF lenses. Also tried custom screens from Katz Eye and Brightscreen. For me, the GH1 EVF makes it easier to nail focus than any of those.
     
  14. mike kobal

    mike kobal Mu-43 Rookie

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    Nov 6, 2010
    Amin, I agree, it is much easier to focus with the EVF on the GH1 than LCD/Zacuto or Hoodman combo or optical viewfinder, the Ee-S screen makes a difference but not much. The D700 viewfinder is much better then the one on the 5D2. pity I had to switch to Canon b/c of video, love Nikon, ergonomically,suit me much better. Using 7inch external monitor occasionally w the 5D now, makes focusing much easier but it is not always practical (bulk and and in almost usless in bright sunlight)
     
  15. mike kobal

    mike kobal Mu-43 Rookie

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  16. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Mike, great set of images! I am getting really excited for this lens. Like you, I'm not concerned about the corner sharpness. Performance and rendering look great to me.
     
  17. Stephen Geis

    Stephen Geis Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 13, 2010
    Charlotte, NC
    Mike - killer still images! Very nice ...
     
  18. mike kobal

    mike kobal Mu-43 Rookie

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  19. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Loving the results you're getting with this lens, Mike. Also really enjoy your blog commentary!
     
  20. mike kobal

    mike kobal Mu-43 Rookie

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    Nov 6, 2010
    thank you very much, Amin