Napoli / Naples

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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.

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.

Naxos Greece

Naxos chora is one of the most beautiful towns in Greece. The old part called labyrinth was built in the middle ages and still has the charm of the past. Each photo here was taken by a Leica M9 and the 35mm Asph and 50mm Summilux Asph.

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