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
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.
Summary: Many fine lenses are outstanding on a technical scale, yet fail to truly inspire your photography. Some cheap lenses are inspiring, yet leave much to be desired in terms of image quality. This lens is both wicked sharp and truly inspiring. Flipping through any of my photos, I can always tell the shots taken with my Nokton. Somehow, this lens has a soul. Wide open at f/1.4, the image is somewhat soft in the center and quite soft in the corners.
Voitlander Nokton 58mm 1.4 SL ii N Lens Nikon D3200
3 September 2010
Summary: My lens is the new version with the metal focusing ring. They say the insides are the same as in the previous one. I believe it after comparing the pictures people posted and the ones I captured with my lens. I use this lens with a Nikon D3200 camera. The crop sensor definitely crops away the imperfections while bringing 85mm equivalent to the view. I really like it. As far as what the sharpness/ bokeh, defocused area look, etc.