Reviews and Problems with Voigtlaender Nokton 58mm F1.4 SL II
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Impressive build, 1st class images.
15 July 2014
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
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...
Excerpt: It's a pleasure to handle. Close focusing in low light is a challenge, but I expect that's true of all f1.4 manual focus lenses. Especially true on my D80 which has a mediocre viewfinder although it does meter just fine. Much better focusing experience on my F4. Also, terrific bargain.
Pros: Fast, Nice Bokeh, Physically beautiful, Strong Construction, Very pleasant ergonomics
Excerpt: Firstly, although I love the colour of this lens and its sharpness, and use it more than any other lens in my catalogue, I find it underwhelming in its price range because of build issues.Firstly, the good stuff. This lens is sharp in the centre, and stopped down to 2,8 is quite good all over. By 5,6-8, it is impeccable. Lovely. Better yet, however, is its colour rendition. Notice how I didn't say reproduction.
Pros: Colour, Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice 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: Love this lens. Used on MFT GH3 giving something like a 100mm crop. Its not a lens for point and shoot, neither is it sharp in comparison to say the Panny 12-35mm. Its a lens where shots have to be worked at, but this is its major charm, spend time getting the angle of the light right and it brings up some brilliant surprises. I've taken some of my best shots with this, and great for portraits.