Image comparison Leica SL vs M 240 with Summilux M 35mm FLE

Here is a quick image comparison between the Leica SL and the Leica M 240 with the Summilux M 35mm FLE.

As you can see, the Leica M produces much warmer colors and a bit more vignetting. I prefer the Leica SL as the images look more natural. Of course I could correct the white-balance to let the M240 images look like the SL-images. But I have to do that every time for each picture. Sometimes the M240 toning is attractive even if it is not neutral. At the end it’s a matter of taste.

And here is a comparison between the Leica SL with the Summilux 35mm at f4,0 and the native lens 24-90mm with 35mm and at f4,0.

Napoli / Naples

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Naxos Maragas and Agia Anna

Maragas is the most beautiful beach on Naxos and Agia Anna is a very, very small port 500 meter before maragas.
Here are some impressions made with a Leica M240 and the Noctilux f 0.95.
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Chalkio and Apeiranthos at Naxos

Chalkio (Chalki) is a small village on Naxos, it’s about 5 km before Filoti. Only 500 people live here. There are many olive plantations in the surrounding area. From Chalkio starts many wonderfull trails.
From the fire station turn left into the small street. At the end is a small place from where you can start going to the village Moni in the mountains. 10 km away from Chalkio is Apeiranthos, a nice mountain village with a view to the biggest mointain Zas.
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Ischia Italy

I have made a one day trip to Ischia which is a nice island across from Naples. From Napoli you come with the boat directly to Ischia. It is definitely worth a trip. This pictures were made with a Leica M240.

Katapola Amorgos

Armorgos is a quiet and beautiful island in the Cyclades. We were three days on Amorgos and visited Katapola, Chora and the Monastery Chozoviotissa. There are separate posts about the places. Katapola is situated in a bay and has three parts which are connected by a road.
On the side of the small port there are hotels, restaurants and shops. Opposite there are some nice little restaurants right on the water and in the middle part there is a large church.

Who visit Amorgos should definitely stay in Katapola as this place has a special charm. We stayed at Hotel Amorgion about 1 km above the village, with a beautiful view into the bay. In addition, the hotel has a small pool which is wonderfully refreshing after long walks. We left Amorgos with the 6 in the morning ferry Blue Star which is rewarded with an awesome sunrise.

The monastery Chozoviotissa Amorgos

The monastery Chozoviotissa is the most popular and impressive place on Amorgos. It’s well known by the movie ‚The Deep Blue‘ by Luc Besson.
The start sequence is a fly over the sea directly to the monastery which is build in the cliff. Some other szenes of this movie were made on Amorgos, and so this movie gave the tourism a little push.
The monastery was build in the 9th centry and there still live monks. You can visit the monastery every day but don’t forget long pants.

Image comparison of the Leica Noctilux 0.95 and the Summilux 50mm Asph

In addition to my review of the Leica Noctilux 0.95 Asph which you can find here I made a comparison with the Leica Noctilux and the Leica Summilux 50mm Asph. For me it was interisting to see how they perform in a direct image comparison.

The price difference is huge, you pay 3,400 Euros for a Summilux but 9,550 Euros for a Noctilux. For this 6,150 Euro difference you get a f0.95 lens instead of a f1.4 lens which is only one stop. And the Noctilux is much heavier than the Summilux as you can see here:

The Summilux is technically better at nearly all apertures. Just look at the corners. But the Noctilux has a special look which I prefer especially wide open. Plus the opportunity to shoot at f0.95. From an aesthetic point the difference between f0.95 and f1.4 is stronger than I expected.

Due to the price difference the Summilux is a better choice for a lot of reasons. It is technically better, cheaper and smaller and the handling is much better. But the Noctilux gives you this special f0.95-look which is unique. And for me the Noctilux has a bit more vibrant color rendering and it looks a bit more natural. But if you don’t use it wide open it’s definitely not worth the price.

These pictures were made with a Leica M Typ 240 at ISO 200 and very little processed with Capture One Pro 9.

Don’t miss the full review of the Noctilux here.

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