Not sure it's worth ~$6k for a brighter viewfinder, but an interesting point none the less.
Yup, as an RF lens it's not going to help the brightness And at least in my book, schlepping a big hunka glass like that kinda defeats the purpose of an RF.
Indeed, for most (all?) of us, $6k doesn't make sense for this lens... nor the M8. But still I'm happy to see Leica and CZ sticking to their strengths: great new optics. I suspect that both companies would do more for their brand names and their bottom line by sticking to optics and letting others build the bodies.
I think they're a little hyperbolic here. Wasn't there a f/0.95 Canon lens before?
Did you even read the article? The Canon lens is mentioned, and the article does not say "fastest lens *ever*".
Originally Posted by mabman
A practical question: in the real world how usable is a lens at f/0.95? The DOF would be extremely shallow (I checked DOFMaster, but it currently only goes down to f/1, which is still pretty shallow - a 50mm lens on an M8 calculates as 0.55 ft. of total DOF at f/1).
...at what focusing distance? 0.55 feet is over six inches of d of f, which is more than average for the average low-light shot that I take! Where it would get tough would be close focusing, which is already problematic with a rangefinder.
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At 4 1/2 feet (typical portrait distance for a 50mm lens), an f/1.0 lens will give you approximately 1.7 inches depth of focus. The difference between f/0.95 and f/1.0 is almost statistically insignificant and in a production lens probably would be photographically insignificant. Anyway, you have a slim margin of error when focusing.
Obviously, best used with a camera that has an accurate and calibrated rangefinder system.