Reviews and Problems with Voigtlaender 50mm Nokton f/1.1
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A Special, Unique 50mm Lens
15 March 2014
Summary: If there's one lens that, in my opinion, generates more conflicted reviews, it has to be this one. If you're asking yourself what's the draw of this $1,000, 50mm lens (in an ocean of many 50's)...the obvious temptation is the F1.1 aperture. In implication, depending on the medium used - film or digital, your results and rate of keepers will likely vary.
Excerpt: A few months ago, I moved from Leica M9 to the Leica M240 I mostly use it with my 35mm Summicron, however, I also love my 50mm Zeiss f2 lens. The 50mm Zeiss is an excellent and reliable lens. It does everything right, however, it is not a "magic" lens. It is rather conventional. I was itching for a special lens. I finally ordered the Voigtlander Nokton f1.1 What a lens! So much character, so special. The Nokton is not a standard lens.
Excerpt: It doesn't get any better than this lens at this price point. The lens is a little soft wide open, but that's to be expected and just gets better and better as you stop down. I highly recommend this lens to anyone looking to get an amazing lens that's fast and sharp. I currently use it on my Sony a7.
Summary: This lens is not optically perfect. The bokeh is a bit harsh, but it's okay. I wish the aperture adjusted in 1/3 stops but it adjusts in 1/2 stops. Etc, etc, whatever. This lens costs a small fraction of the price of a used Leica Noctilux and costs barely a blip compared to a new Noctilux. The Leica's aren't optically perfect either, but I suppose an argument could be made that the bokeh is notably better.
Summary: Good wide open at close focus, awful for anything further than 5 feet. If you want nice smooth bokeh wide open for close-up portraits this is a good lens, (make sure they are facing both eyes towards you or you will get the beginners "wide-open" one eye in/one eye out of focus pic). The copy I had back focused by about 3 inches. I got used to it, but it was a pain in the butt to focus bracket all the time.
Extaordinary! Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.1 Lens on Sony VG900
David Siegfried, Amazon
4 August 2013
Summary: I have not had an opportunity to try this lens on a Leica camera. I'm using it on a Sony VG900 which is a full-frame camcorder. The first mirrorless full-frame camcorder, it accepts Leica M Mount lenses with an adapter and also takes 24mp stills. Unfortunately the VG900 video suffers from bad moire and aliasing and sub-par resolution due to poorly implemented line-skipping so I had to use the still photography mode to see what this lens is capable of.
Excerpt: FWIW, the F/1.1 is two thirds of one f/stop faster than an f/1.4. I knew that when I bought it. That makes a difference to me and it's a real asset on the Leica M9-P I own. Leica doesn't push ISO speeds all that high compared to Canon, Fuji and others. It just produces superb images. So do my Canons and Fujis, but there is a quality which sets Leica apart. (I'm NOT recommending you run out and buy one.
Pros: Consistent Output, Excellent Value, F11 Lens Speed, High Quality, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Fantastic lens for low light, good lens for everything else
16 April 2013
Summary: I purchased this lens recently. I was hemming and hawing debating if I need another 50 mm lens up until the moment I took out my credit card and bought it. I already have a Leica M9 and a Summicron 50 mm F2. On a sunny day, outside shots the Nokton it is a very good lens but the Summicron delivers superior results in my opinion. The margin is noticeable but not as large as you think it would be given the relative costs of each lens.
Excerpt: Very thin DOF when fully opened up, which can make this fussy to focus especially in low light. Minimum focus distance is around 3 feet, to get closer requires an extension tube. This is a super well constructed lens, on the heavy side compared to other Voigtlander M-mounts. Overall quality, in construction and optics, compares favorably to a Canon L prime lens.
Pros: Durable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Sharp, Super fast