Crazy Comparison: Leica 50 Summilux ASPH 1.4 vs Noktor Hyperprime 50 f/0.95
On the Sony NEX-5n
NOTE: THIS IS NOT THE SLR MAGIC LM T0.95 LENS – This is the $1000 Sony E Mount which is not the same quality or in the same league as the $4288 LM Mount lens.
It’s the weekend and I was going to take it easy today but I was out in my years shooting the NEX-5n with the EVF and was so blown away at how easy it is to now use manual focus lenses I decided to do a crazy comparison! My full NEX-5n review will be up on Monday September 5th but for now here are a few FULL SIZE out of camera JPEGS from the NEX-5n using the Leica 50 Summilux ASPH and the Noktor Hyperprime 50 f/0.95 – Both set to f/1.4.
What is interesting here is that the Leica lens is considered the best 50mm in the world and has been sold out for years with long waiting lists and even though this lens now has a retail of $4000 it has been selling for $4500 and up on the USED market. Leica can only make so many of these a year and it is in super high demand, even at its high price due to its amazing reputation, which I can vouch for. On the Leica M9 this is THE lens to own.
So how did the NOW $4000 Leica compare to the $1000 Noktor? I already knew the Noktor was soft wide open at 0.95 but stopped down would it be a match to the Leica? Below are a few full size out of camera JPEGS. You must click on them to download the full size files. They were taken from the camera and saved as a level 10 JPEG in Photoshop. They are untouched and exactly as they came out of the camera. WHAT DO YOU THINK? Leave your comments below!
First shot is from the NEX-5n and the Leica Summilux ASPH at 1.4 – CLICK IMAGE FOR FULL SIZE FILE
The next shot is from the NEX-5n and the Noktor Hyperprime 50 f/0.95 at 1.4
and the crops that show the Leica is indeed sharper wide open than the Noktor stopped down to 1.4 BUT the Noktor did pretty good for a $1000 f/0.95 lens.
Ok, here is another shot. This 1st one is from the Leica, again at 1.4
and now the Noktor at 1.4
and the crops
and one more shot…same thing, 1st shot is the Leica at 1.4
and now the Noktor at 1.4
For the last two shots I focused on different points so I did not put up a crop. The one thing we can say for certain is that the Leica is sharper not only on the focus point but at the edges as well. I guess we are paying for something huh? The Noktor is built VERY well, almost Leica like but it is a bit bigger. Then again, it is a f/0.95 lens. With the EVF and focus peaking, these lenses are a breeze and joy to manual focus.
Here are a few more shots from the Noktor for those who have interest in it.
1st shot is wide open at f/0.95 on the 5n. Notice the slight vignetting but this is 0.95!
and stopped down to f/2 it sharpens up quite nicely…
I’ll have more on this subject in my full review of the NEX-5n on Monday so check back!
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