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This may be of interest only to a select few, but what follows are photos taken in the same place, over the course of three years, with, first, a Leica M8 and a Noctilux f/1.0, next, a Leica M9 and a CV Nokton f/1.1, and then finally, a Leica M9 and a Noctilux f/0.95.

This is not an apples to apples comparison. One batch was taken with an M8 (which was not a full-frame camera) and an old Noctilux, two batches were taken with an M9 (full-frame), but with a Nokton and then with a Noctilux f/0.95. Most, not all, of the pictures were taken at the National Cathedral in Washington, but the first two sessions were taken on a cloudy day, and the new Noctilux pictures were taken on a bright and sunny day, and with an ND filter. Still, you can get a sense of the magic of all three lenses. I love them all, but the new Nocti can't be beat.

The story is I had a Noctilux, traded it in. Then I bought a Nokton. But I traded it, and a batch of other lenses, in order to get the Noctilux f/0.95.

Pictures 1-7 were taken with the M8 and the original Noctilux (or I should say, my first Noctilux.) Pictures 8-28 were taken with the M9 and the Nokton. (Note: obviously some of the pictures were not taken at the National Cathedral... such as the images of a bar in Adams Morgan ;-) Pictures 29-33 were taken with the M9 and Noctilux f/0.95 at the National Cathedral. Finally, pictures 34 through 41 were taken with the Noctilux f0.95, but not at the Cathedral; I threw them in because I love the way this lens draws.

Not a perfect comparison, but should give a sense of the character of each. JB