Voigtlander 40mm f1.2 Nokton Aspherical E-Mount Lens
Super fast 40mm f1.2 E Mount lens from Voigtlander.
The NOKTON 40mm F1.2 Aspherical is a high-speed manual focus lens optimized for the imaging sensors of Sony mirrorless cameras. While retaining a compact size, this lens realizes a world first* as a full frame 40mm lens with a large F1.2 aperture. The optical formula features two elements each with two aspherical surfaces, so you can enjoy reliable optical performance and gentle very out-of-focus bokeh at maximum aperture. When used on a camera with an APS-C sensor, the 40mm focal length is equivalent to 60mm, enabling the lens to be used as a standard lens on both full frame and APS-C cameras. The aperture ring has click stops in 1/3 steps. The lens also features a click stop switching mechanism that enables the click stops to be turned off when shooting video.
The NOKTON designation is only given to high-speed lenses in the Voigtländer lineup with a maximum aperture of F1.5 or faster. When the first NOKTON was released in the 1950s, it was positioned as a lens that enabled images to be captured even in low light. However, with constantly improving imaging sensor sensitivity, the advantage of a high-speed lens nowadays is the ability to use as a means of photographic expression the out-offocus bokeh created by opening the aperture.
■ Full frame Sony E-mount with electrical contacts
■ Enhanced high performance utilizing aspherical lens surfaces
■ Optical design optimized for digital imaging sensors
■ Extremely solid and durable all-metal barrel
■ Manual focus for precise focusing
■ Installed with aperture click stop switching mechanism for video
■ Minimum focus distance of 35cm
- Review by Michael
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This lens is nuts or is It this lens is the nuts?
Voigtlander are slightly different with their lens layout putting the aperture ring after the focus ring. This really makes it more engaging to use.
The focus ring is butter-smooth with quite a short throw. And then there's the 1.2 aperture. All I say is that too is like butter in terms of the smooth rendering.
As for the manual focus it's a boon on the Sony A7iii as the electrical connections trigger a focus distance scale on the EVF/viewfinder which is supported by focus peaking.
Just shoot in black and white (if you shoot RAW) and use the red peaking. Simples.
All in all its an awesome lens at a very good price. Only real issue is trying to get one.
(Posted on 6/7/2018)
|Aperture Range||f1.2 - f22|
|Elements / Groups||8 Elements / 6 Groups|
|Angle of View||55°|
|Lens Coverage||Full Frame / 35mm|
|Lens Focus Mechanism||Manual|
|Compatible Lens Hood||Included|
|Dimensions||70.1mm x 59.3mm|