Reviews and Problems with Voigtlaender Nokton 58mm F1.4 SL II
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Awesome product! Great Value for money!
16 October 2012
Summary: It is true, the nokton SL-II 58mm 1.4 is a lens with a soul. After I sold my Nikon AF105mm F2DC, I really missed something. I thought I would never miss it because I had the AFS 60mm and 105mm VR with me, both lens never suffer from front focus compared with AF105mm F2DC which was notorious for that. Well, I was wrong. Now the AF105mm F2CD is beyond my reach. But, the Nokton SL-II 58mm F1.4 is just amazing.
Great build quality, pleasing images, excellent "retro" feel. Love it.
16 January 2012
Summary: It charms you before you even take your first shot. The build quality reminds you of the solidly built Nikon lenses of the 70s, or the current manual focus Zeiss lenses. That's no surprise, Cosina builds both these Voigtlander lenses and those Zeiss lenses in the same factory. It's a touchy lens to focus at f1.4 on a D90, even with a split image screen, but the f1.4 and f2 images have good sharpness in the (very shallow) plane of focus, and a smooth, fairly neutral bokeh...
Summary: The Voigtlander 58mmis very nice. A fantastic lens, great color and boke, at f/1,4 the board is poor, btu excelent for stamp in a4 and plus. A f/2 is very acceptable, f/5,6 is the best of lens at 50mm. Priming and CA is presente a f/1,4 a f/3,2 but in mode very light.
Summary: This lens is really underpriced. It's one of finest MF lenses ever made. IQ, sharpness, bokeh, assembly - are beautiful. I love photos, made by this Voigtlander. Also, have in mind its /1.4 diafragm - it's working.
Summary: Cosina added CPU contacts to this classic Voigtlander lens so that the camera could meter, confirm focus and control aperture, and it worked. Some bloggers have reported that the Nokton 58mm over exposes, but I have not had that problem with my copy on a Nikon D90. The build quality and performance of this light, compact and inexpensive lens puts pricey and bulky Nikon pro lenses to shame.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Rugged, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
Summary: I bought this lens in early 2008 for my D200 and love it. It's of extremely solid steel construction. The focus ring is smooth and nicely damped. The first lot of this lens was apparently out by 2/3 of a stop but the chip was corrected by the time I bought mine. Mine has no issue there. Slightly warm colours, which I like. It may be a bit soft on the edges wide open but the centre is great & at 2.2 and up it is extremely sharp.
Summary: I've been using this lens on my D200 at ISO 400 (I "develop" raw files using NX2). I am using this lens as I did an 85/f1.4 lens that I used to have for film cameras -- a versatile focal length! The lens is showing very smooth bokeh, so selective focus techniques work well. There is ample sharpness. I am enjoying shooting architecture (maybe because there is no active plant life -- it's wintertime). But in a botanical conservatory, flower close-ups were successful.
Summary: This is an excellent portrait lens! Construction is superb for manual focus and since it's chipped you don't need D200 or higher to for in-camera metering. It's only a bit soft wide open but so are most fast lenses. from f/2 it's excellent and the picture is very 3D.