Re: Comparison: Leica Noctilux f/0.95 and Voigtlander f/1.1 Nokton
So, I was fortunate to find a new Noctilux in stock, and I jumped on it. Today I did a comparison of the two in my front yard. It's not a scientific test, but it is a controlled test. I was a little over a meter from the brick pillar in the shots. Note that the right side of the images is OOF at a distance; this was intentional to demonstrate differences in bokeh.
Here is a comparison image made of crops from both lenses. The best thing to do is select "All sizes" from above the image, then choose "Original" and look at the huge file in detail.
This is the set that has all of the original images in it.
Rather than put any conclusions in this post, I will let you draw your own and then comment with my own thoughts.
Thank You, Thank You, a million times Thank You.
These two lenses have been on my radar for some time and I have been finding it very hard to get hold of any decent images from these two lenses and I haven't found one direct comparison. So Thanks.
Having looked at Leica guru, Edwin Puts' site, I was quite amazed at the quality of the Noctilux f0.95's bokeh. However, what I saw there was very limited and I have wanted to see more.
As for the Voigtlander, when I first saw images from it I really hated the lens. The reason was that the lens does really horrible things with bright highlights in out-of-focus regions (OOF). I then began to see other images and noticed that it does produce a beautiful painterly look to OOF that l just love.
So I came to the conclusion (based on limited samples from the Leica lens) that the Voigtlander would be best suited to producing more art type images (due to its painterly effect in OOF) whilst the Leica would do better at portraiture and give a more "photographic" look.
In your samples I see a hint of that difference in OOF.
What I would be extremely grateful for is if you could provide a few more comparative samples in a wider variety of situations and lighting conditions. I think that way we will have a better idea as to how these two lenses draw an image.
Thanks in advance.
I am amazed that the Voigtlander does so well given its comparative cost. It does appear to me, however, that the Leica, gets sharper a lot quicker on stopping down. Would you agree with that observation?
I also think the Leica lens looks to have more contrast, giving a more punchy image. What is your view on that?