Voigtlander Nokton 21mm F1.4 Review Rundown

Voigtlander | Published on 06 Jun 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer


Photo of Voigtlander 21mm F1.4
  • Light and compact
  • Good sharpness
  • Two stop autofocus
  • Fully manual
  • Bokeh
  • Larger than some E-mount lenses


Voigtlander Nokton 21mm F1.4 packs class leading sharpness and speed into a relatively small lens which is a joy to handle and relatively affordable for what it does. It is highly recommended to those who enjoy manual focus and are in need of a very versatile wide-angle lens.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.



Sentiment Score[*] 67%
Reviewers from Phillipreeve have found the following[***]:
The Voigtlander 1.4/21 is a relatively compact super fastlens for the Sony FE system. The lens hull is made from nothing but metal and tolerances are very low. Vignetting is very high at 3.4 stops wide open which is reduced to still high 2.2 stops from f/2.8.
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  • Very fast autofocus
  • Very good field curvature
  • Fully manual focus
  • Dust and splash protection
  • Not as sharp as some other lenses


Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from Sonyalpha have found the following[***]:
Vignetting is very present at F1.4 and is reduced around F2.8 but is still there at all apertures. There is a moderate barrel distorsion that can require a small correction for architectural subjects CA are present wide open when facing the sun but quite small. Resistance to flare is good but you can obtain some small purple halo when you face the sun and you look for flare. Coma correction at f 1.4 is average but well controlled at F 2.8. Bokeh balls are well rounded wide open in the centre and ovals at the border, and stays well rounded even with aperture closed down.
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  • Very good sharpness
  • Very good contrast
  • Good barrel distorsion
  • Dust and moisture resistance
  • Slow autofocus
  • Relatively slow reaction times


Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
Voigtlander sells its Nokton 21mm F1.4 lens in two versions. The M-mount edition works natively with Leica rangefinder cameras. The version of the lens sold for E-mount cameras looks a bit different, but houses the same optical formula.
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  • Wide angle of view
  • Bright f/1.4 aperture
  • Optical stabilization
  • Dust and splash protection
  • Only works with Sony E and Sony E models


  1. 1. ^ Review: Voigtlander Nokton 21mm F1.4 E. Phillipreeve. 2019-07-12. Retrieved 2021-03-15.
  2. 2. ^ Voigtländer 21mm F1.4 Nokton Aspherical. Sonyalpha. 2019-08-02. Retrieved 2021-06-06.
  3. 3. ^ Voigtlander Nokton 21mm F1.4 Aspherical Review. Pcmag. 2020-12-02. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  4. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  5. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  6. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.


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