For ten days, I have been testing the Noktor 50mm f/0.95 lens. I bought the lens from Noktor and they were as kind to send me sample number 000000002 ;)
I have to say that I am not disappointed at all with the lens. I expected much worse results at f/0.95. The lens is very good at medium apertures and it is nice to have the f/0.95 aperture when you absolutely need it. Of course it is soft but it is very nice for “creative” use. The real strength of this lens is when you shoot videos. Videos taken with f/0.95 aperture are sharp -> take a look here on vimeo.
After a few days of testing I can give you some images taken with the Noktor 50mm f/0.95 Lens. By the way, now the lens is on its way to photozone.de where it will be tested!
This lens is very useful when you want to capture details:
And when you shoot landscapes at f/0.95 you get results like this:
The 100% crop of the last picture looks like this:
Shooting in fairly dark situations. The following three pictures were taken in very dark rooms. With no other lens I would be able to take these shots!
Some other pictures:
Should you buy the lens? It depends. If you don’t need the f/0.95 aperture there are plenty of cheaper lenses. If you want sharp f/0.95 pictures get the expensive Leica Noctilux 0.95.
Buy the lens if you want to make videos with it (yes it is good enough!), or if you like the “creative” effect at f/0.95.