New Noktor video. Noktor f/0.95 lens shipping.

Large format photography from 43rumors on Vimeo.

The cool thing about the Noktor is that f/0.95 aperture. So why not test the lens inside the darkroom? With no other lens I would be able to shoot in such a place. Take a look on the video to see the results. And keep in mind there was almost no light in the darkroom!
I found the f/0.95 aperture good enough for video shooting. Almost every part of the video has been taken at that aperture. Shooting handheld with a 100mm (50mm x2) lens is not easy. In fact you really need a tripod to take some “calm” pictures. But I didn’t have anyone with me on that day.

You asked me to post RAW images and original videos. Right now I am putting all the images together and I will upload them soon (it will take few hours).

By the way, the lens is in Stock now:

That hurts! What Jonathan Wong thinks about the Samsung NX10 (vs Olympus E-PL1)

Jonathan Wong reviewed both cameras, the Samsung NX10 and the Olympus E-PL1. You can read his review on

In short what he didn’t like about the Samsung NX:
– the AF gets confused easily in low light
– the Auto-ISO programming is AWFUL (Some daft genius at Samsung, however, has decided in their infinite wisdom that a minimum shutter speed of 1/15 is ok!!!)
– the EVF is pretty horrid (pixels galore!)
– the Samsung has a tendency to blow colors out with all the elegance of a rhino in ballet shoes.

And here the conclusion:
For all intents and purposes, this review could end here: the Olympus E-PL1 is a far superior camera.

That hurts!

a little bit of everything…

For those of you who might missed my first Noktor video :)

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Olympus 9-18mm lens in Stock and reviewed on SLRgear

Good news: Amazon will have the lens in Stock on May 6!
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And SLRgear tested the lens! The verdict: “For its size, the Olympus 9-18mm ƒ/4-5.6 provides impressive performance.”
The only flaws are Cromatic Aberration and Distortion. But both are easy to crrect in postprocessing.

a little bit of everything…

The author used the 25mm, 50mm, and 85mm all t/1.8 Red primes. Mounted with the Hot Rod PL deluxe adapter kit.

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My very first video with the Noktor 50mm f/0.95

This is my very first video taken with the Noktor 50mm lens. All images have been taken at f/0.95.
The images with the two women were taken inside a Pizzeria. My goal was to move from one person to another and see how well I can focus when recording with f/0.95 aperture. The focus ring from the Noktor is very smooth but you also have to rotate very long from 60cm (distance of the young lady) to 2-3m (distance from the “older” women). That was the main issue I had because I needed to rotate the focus ring two times (with a short stop in between). That’s why you see the delay when I try to focus from on person to the other. The good news is that images do look pretty decent. Focusing the eyes of the person is easy when you shoot indoors (on the Olympus E-P1 screen).
One thing I did not like was the position of the focus ring which is close to the mount. I would preferr to have the aperture ring close to the mount and than the focus ring and not viceversa.

My first impression is that the Noktor lens is far more usefull for video purposes than photography (at f/0.95). I will add more videos soon.

Let me know what you think and what you want me to test for you!