Reviews and Problems with Voigtlaender Nokton 58mm F1.4 SL II
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Very good portrait lens
raviv M, B&H Photo
4 weeks ago
Excerpt: I was looking for a nice manual portrait lens for my NEX cameras. The classic legacy lenses like nikon 85 1.4 AIS were pricy and old, and their focal length is quite limiting. I decided to go for the Voigt 58 and i am more than happy ! This lens is extremely well built. Clarity is fantastic and colors are great. Bokeh is creamy thanks to 9 rounded aperature leaves. This lens is soft wide open. It may be useful for those who look for a dreamy picture. not for me.
Pros: Great bokeh, Great Build And Handeling, Nice Smooth Surfaces, Price, Sharp From F28, Wonderful Colors
Excerpt: Solidly built with buttery smooth focusing, the Voigtlander Nocton serves as a standard lens on my Nikon D700 and a great short portrait tele on my D300S. Bokeh is generally very smooth and while the Nocton vignettes noticeably at f/1.4, larger apertures are fully useable and the lens becomes critically sharp by f/4-5.6. I tend to shoot this lens with .7 stop under exposure for richer colors.
Pros: Durable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I use this lens for portraiture on Nikon D300 SLR, and on 35mm SLR film bodies. Since focusing is done at f1.4, which provides a hazy soft image, this lens is hard to focus on the ground glass alone. So I use the green dot in focus indicator in my Nikon to help me. The other focusing issue with this lens is field curvature.
Pros: Compact, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Please note that the images don't represent the lens fully. B&H hasn't updated the images to reflect the metal ring now being used on the new model. The optics are the same, and I like the metal ring better. So a bonus for us. The build quality is awesome, and the focus ring is a joy to use. Must stop down to get the best sharpness, but you must do this with all fast lenses. Still very nice and usable at 1.4. Bokeh is second to none in this category and price.
Excerpt: It feels so good in my hands. I needed something fast that could actually be used wide open for dance photographs. Timing is everything with dance photographs, so auto focus in low light is worthless. I use it on a D700 and the results are fantanstic.
Excerpt: I use the this lens on my D7000 so with the crop sensor it makes an excellent portrait lens. I am a huge fan of the colour reproduction and bokeh this lens produces. It is also superbly built and sharp. Excellent lens my only concern is whether the zeiss would be better for another 200 dollars. As it stands this lens is excellent and I am very happy.
Pros: Durable, Good in low light, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I recently purchased a Metabones Speed Booster for my Panasonic GH3. My first pro level camera was a Nikon F2 Photomic and I shot with a 50mm f1.4 AIS lens along with my favorite lens of all time, the 105 f1.8 AIS Nikkor. I purchased the Nokton 58mm f1.4 lens to achieve an 85mm equivalent focal length on my GH3. I'm thoroughly pleased with the images I've been capturing with this lens.
Pros: Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction