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| p.1 #12 · Nokton 50 1.5 re-issue / update |
Ron, I rather liked the LTM Nokton 50mm f/1.5, I thought it performed very nicely for its cost.
I have a 40mm S.C. that I don't use enough but it's also a treat of a lens and the 40mm viewpoint has really grown on me.
I don't disagree - it's a great performer and I need to revisit it to see if my impressions are justified. My feelings about it are fairly lukewarm because it didn't really make a lasting impression, and this is shared by at least one poster in the RFF thread. In the end, there wasn't anything that particularly drew me to it, but I still own it, for some reason. Yes, it appears to be sharper than the 50 Lux ASPH at closer distances, but in higher contrast lighting, is prone to purple fringing wide open. I use the 50 Lux wide open a lot, and it doesn't share this problem, plus it's sharper wide open across the frame than the CV. And the slightly softer 'creamy' wide open Lux rendering is more charming to me. Definitely a huge price difference though. And I guess that's the point... if you're looking for an affordable fast 50 that is sharp (centrally) from wide open, the 50/1.5 is the one to get. If you can settle for f/2, then I think the ZM50 Planar with its Zeissy characteristics is to my eyes more appealing, or an older 50 Cron for a bit more character. The ZM50/1.5 Sonnar is more of a character lens compared to the CV or 50 Lux, so depends on what you're after. I guess the bottom line is there are only three 'f/1.4' M-mount 50s on the market, and only the CV might be under $1000.
Considering that the previous version is still available at Cameraquest for $800 and typically sells used for around $500, I would guess the new lens will be in the $750 range. Maybe a bit less. Cosina has been pretty realistic with their pricing, if you consider the 21/1.8 is 'only' $1250, which is cheaper than the slower ZM21 options and way below Leica. Of course I could be wrong, but I would be surprised to see it substantially higher than this.
To speculate even more, perhaps this is intentionally timed around the M240 release precisely to offer an affordable fast 50 option. There are bound to be a lot of new-to-Leica M240 owners looking for reasonably priced lenses. The chrome 50/1.5 could add a great look to the chrome M240. Considering the M240 has live view, Cosina could have made this lens unique among modern M mount 50s by extending the close focusing limit to 50cm or closer... but 70cm will make a big difference over the 90cm of the LTM version.
BTW, in the RFF thread, I think, someone refers to the mystery ZM lens to be released this year. My bet is on a 35/1.4.