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.
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.
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 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.
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.