SLR Magic Hyperprime 50 mm f/0.95 on Leica M9

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ashwinrao1 Senior Member • Posts: 2,720
SLR Magic Hyperprime 50 mm f/0.95 on Leica M9

Some just to kick it off...I hve a similar thread on the XPro-1 forum, same lens...work great on both bodies...

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Re: SLR Magic Hyperprime 50 mm f/0.95 on Leica M9

G'morning Ashwin.
My goodness, you are up late.
It seems the first 3 shots have a bit of nervous bokeh for my taste.
But then, it's only My taste.

Were these done on the M9 or Fuji?

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Re: SLR Magic Hyperprime 50 mm f/0.95 on Leica M9

Sorry, my bad, wasn't paying attention. It's late here.
But having said that, the bokeh still looks a bit nervous.
Is it just me?

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ashwinrao1 OP Senior Member • Posts: 2,720
Re: SLR Magic Hyperprime 50 mm f/0.95 on Leica M9

Hi Bruce, I think it's a matter of taste, combined with focal length and OOF properties. The Noct exhbitis similar characteristics, but yes, at times, the SLR magic can get a bit nervous...The biggest offender is the 35 lux FLE, but I love that lens, and really am digging this lens for its characteristic rendering...
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Ashwin

A wonderful set as always, Ashwin. My fav is the last one!
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efix Senior Member • Posts: 2,028
Re: SLR Magic Hyperprime 50 mm f/0.95 on Leica M9

Great stuff, Ashwin! I think we have established by now that this is a serious competitor to the Noctilux. Just one correction: it's T0.95, not f/0.95!
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Review forthcoming...

Cool stuff, Ashwin!

We'll be doing a full review and shoot-out shortly on LVL ( http://lavidaleica.com ).
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g2van Contributing Member • Posts: 660
Re: SLR Magic Hyperprime 50 mm f/0.95 on Leica M9

Can I put you on a spot, at least for now? If you had to choose between the Noct and this SLR for the next month to use exclusively, which would it be?

ashwinrao1 wrote:

Hi Bruce, I think it's a matter of taste, combined with focal length and OOF properties. The Noct exhbitis similar characteristics, but yes, at times, the SLR magic can get a bit nervous...The biggest offender is the 35 lux FLE, but I love that lens, and really am digging this lens for its characteristic rendering...

snowboarder Contributing Member • Posts: 540
I don't know....

I'm not really liking it that much.
DOF is shallow, but the rendering looks
like a very old Zeiss lens from the 30s

adech Regular Member • Posts: 413
Re: I don't know....

Ashwin how about a Noct vs HyperPrime shootout to see how the bokeh of the two compare under the same situations?

Great post as always!

ashwinrao1 OP Senior Member • Posts: 2,720
Re: SLR Magic Hyperprime 50 mm f/0.95 on Leica M9

Great question. Several things factor in

1. Price: $10,995 for the Noct vs $4300 for the SLR Magic
2. Minimal Focus distance: 1m for the Noct, 0.7 m for the Hyperprime
3. Size and weight: In favor of the smaller Noctilux

4. OOF character....different...but not terribly different. I actually find both very enjoyable
5. Brand: Leica vs SLR Magic
6. Build: Comparable. The SLR magic may be even better built. It's close
7. Vignetting and barrel distortion: Favor the Noctilux

If cost were no issue, I would probably still want the Noct f0.95 in my bag, but that being said, there would be times where I'd much rather have the hyperprime. I find it's OOF more interesting. Close focus is a benefit.

The bottom line to me, is that the lenses perform comparably, and Noctilux f/0.95 lenses are hard to get. That taken into account, the Hyperprime is a FAR better deal.

I always take caution in choosing a favorite, but the Hyperprime is the better deal, and performance is close, if not better in some circumstances, than its far more expensive cousin.
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Thaank you as always, Louis, for your kind words!
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ashwinrao1 OP Senior Member • Posts: 2,720
Thanks, Felix. yes it's technically an f/0.92 with th t to f stop conversiob!

thanks for the correction, my friend...

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Re: Review forthcoming...

Thanks, Mike. Looking forward to your take on it!
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probably my fault more than the lens...

OOF is a bit more "nervous" than more corrected M leica glass, but it isn't dramatic. There is a more classic look to the images
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Planning on it...just need to find some time, but...

it's a great idea to do side by side comparisons, with multiple cameras, in different light
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BG_CX3_DPREVIEW Senior Member • Posts: 1,755
Re: Planning on it...just need to find some time, but...

love them all, and they still have the Leica look,

thanks for sharing

you still have a ricoh gxr? Did you try this lens on that camera yet?

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Thanks Ashwin...

That's an excellent summary. Thank you for taking the time to put it together and share it with us...

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ashwinrao1 wrote:

Great question. Several things factor in

1. Price: $10,995 for the Noct vs $4300 for the SLR Magic
2. Minimal Focus distance: 1m for the Noct, 0.7 m for the Hyperprime
3. Size and weight: In favor of the smaller Noctilux

4. OOF character....different...but not terribly different. I actually find both very enjoyable
5. Brand: Leica vs SLR Magic
6. Build: Comparable. The SLR magic may be even better built. It's close
7. Vignetting and barrel distortion: Favor the Noctilux

If cost were no issue, I would probably still want the Noct f0.95 in my bag, but that being said, there would be times where I'd much rather have the hyperprime. I find it's OOF more interesting. Close focus is a benefit.

The bottom line to me, is that the lenses perform comparably, and Noctilux f/0.95 lenses are hard to get. That taken into account, the Hyperprime is a FAR better deal.

I always take caution in choosing a favorite, but the Hyperprime is the better deal, and performance is close, if not better in some circumstances, than its far more expensive cousin.
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Re: SLR Magic Hyperprime 50 mm f/0.95 on Leica M9

Aschwin,

what a good post with this Lens on Your hand !!!!

Your Pictures here, are as aswlays very well PP and the choice of your subjects suit perfectly at theses great Pictures...

Thanks for sharing.

Hugues.

Irakly Shanidze
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Re: SLR Magic Hyperprime 50 mm f/0.95 on Leica M9

Ashwin, I am sure somebody asked this question somewhere, so for being redundant I apologize

What is your impression about this lens compared to Noctilux f/0.95 and the last version of Noctilux f/1?

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