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09-17-2008, 04:47 AM   #16
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Don't laugh. You wouldn't laugh at the Inquisition in Spain in the 1500, would you?

Because, right now, with the superb sharpness of Leica optics, they can point an M6 in your general general direction, and take surveillance photos of you - all the way from Solms. That's right, Leica glass can see over the curvature of the Earth.

And that same faerie-majicke Leica use to make their lenses could also be turned to darker purposes, no doubt...

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[I] For $12,000 it better be friggin' fantastic wide open.
Mate, for twelve grand, it better be able to a sterile virgin pregnant when passed over her stomach. And cure her athlete's foot as well.

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Come on, admit it. If Pentax made a 50/0.95 we'd be all over it like a pit bull on a pork roast!
Indeed I would. In fact, I wish Pentax would release some really fast glass again - no, f2.5 is not fast for a prime. And f1.9 is merely fast.

Why? Because Pentax isn't gonna be so pretentious and presumptuous as to charge twelve thousand Yanqui dollars for it. I'd say, oh, two, tops.

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Actually, Leica had to do this to equal the Canon 50/0.95 rangefinder lens produced by Canon in 1961.

Still a long way to go to even come close to the Rodenstock 42mm F/0.75
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That's right, Leica glass can see over the curvature of the Earth.

no way! no wonder leica is the greatest there is, ever was and ever will be!
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Still a long way to go to even come close to the Rodenstock 42mm F/0.75
Indeed! Or the special lenses that Zeiss made for NASA and adapted by Stanley Kubrick to film Barry Lyndon by candle light. f/0.7!

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Indeed! Or the special lenses that Zeiss made for NASA and adapted by Stanley Kubrick to film Barry Lyndon by candle light. f/0.7!
Wasn't that a one-off?

The Heligon f/0.75 was a production lens.

I'm sure NASA has had f/0.3 (or faster) lenses for decades.
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geez.. and I thought I had a hard time focusing with f1.2...
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Actually, Leica had to do this to equal the Canon 50/0.95 rangefinder lens produced by Canon in 1961.
And they needed only 47 years for that!
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There won't be focus issues since it's always due to human error hahaha

Leica was probably alarmed by the number of Canon 50mm F0.95 conversions to M-mount so they matched Canon's fastest RF lens.

No photojournalist would use this lens. I'm guessing either or both the 24mm and the 21mm F1.4 would be more popular.

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Still a long way to go to even come close to the Rodenstock 42mm F/0.75
No ideas about this one, Dan. You are able to fetch one for me?
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No ideas about this one, Dan. You are able to fetch one for me?
I could if I sold my liver and spine.
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Some sample pictures here :

Rodenstock 42mm F/0.75 Photo Gallery by Belours at pbase.com

Not sure if it's on purpose, but only few of them actually seem to have anything in focus...
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I could if I sold my liver and spine.
Better not in europe. Countries like Spain have too many livers and organs around for transplant. It is better to do so to US or Australia where organs are lacking.

Thank you for considering that!
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I agree TCDK. It looks as if someone smeared Vasaline all over the front element of the Rodenstock. I think I prefer my M 50mm 1.1.4 Pentax.

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For the price of that lens, you could buy 240 SMC-M 50mm f1.4s
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QuoteOriginally posted by tcdk Quote
Some sample pictures here :

Rodenstock 42mm F/0.75 Photo Gallery by Belours at pbase.com

Not sure if it's on purpose, but only few of them actually seem to have anything in focus...
Thanks, I'd rather use my FA 50 F/1.4... At least I can see what I took the picture of
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