Leica Noctilux f1 vs f0.95 Review (Noctilux 50mm 1.0 vs 0.95)Leica Noctilux f1 vs f0.95 review comparing both lenses in action
Leica Noctilux 50 f1 v2 lensI recently treated myself to a 1981 Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 lens v2. After now having the Nocti f1 a few weeks I have used it to shoot an entire wedding (Alexa & Rich in Warwickshire) and for a recent model photography / fashion shoot. It quickly became my favourite lens and the enjoyment it gives is in proportion to the high price tag. I use it at it widest aperture for everything and use ND filters if conditions are too bright to do so. I love how the older Noctilux draws and the low contrast soft looking images it produces. They are soft but still more than usuable for female portraiture.
Noctilux f1 Flickr PhotosHere are a few recent example images using the Leica M9 + 50mm f1.0 (All are Leica M9 in camera basic black and white JPEGs) Leica M9 DNG B&W Conversions (as comparison – added after)
Leica Noctilux 50mm f0.95 lensOn my last London Portrait Photography Workshop I was lucky enough to be able to borrow a copy of the latest Leica Noctilux 50mm f0.95 lens. The lens is sharp at f0.95 and has a look similar to the Leica Summilux ASPH 50mm f1.4 lens that I own.
Noctilux f0.95 Flickr PhotosHere are example using the Nocti 50mm f0.95 on my M9 (M9 DNG files converted to B&W)
Noctilux f0.95 vs f1?So. Which lens do you prefer? Most ‘normal’ photographers that are striving for the highest possible sharpness and resolution, call it ‘perfection’ will probably chose the new Leica Noctilux 50mm f0.95. I am not the norm and without doubt chose the older Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 but for its ‘imperfection’.
Noctilux Bokeh / StyleBefore I discovered photography (at the end of 2009) I used to channel my creativity into painting (watercolours on paper and acrylics on model figures). I think this partly is the reason why I enjoy arty less perfect photography such as soft focus images from the Nocti f1 and the imperfections captured when shooting film. Here is some colourful bokeh from the Noctilux 50mm f1 at last weekends wedding. Wedding post to follow. ..it’s funny. I now own quite a few Leica mount lenses and I used to struggle to decide for each shoot what lens to use and if going out for a day which lenses to pack to take with me. Now I would be happy to go out for the day with one lens and never feel like I am missing out. I have the opposite problem of not wanting to take the Nocti 50mm f1 off the camera! 🙂
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