Voigtlander Nokton 50mm F1.2 Review Rundown

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


Photo of Voigtlander 50mm F1.2
  • Fast maximum aperture
  • Very sharp and contrasty
  • E-mount version with electronic contacts
  • Flimsy bokeh rendering at wide apertures
  • Not as sharp as the VM version


Voigtlander Nokton 50mm F1.2 Asperhical is a compact, ultra-bright manual-focus prime lens. The E-mount version features electronic contacts to communicate EXIFs and focus distance with your camera. The SE version ("Stills Edition") is a variant that trades the declickable aperture ring for an even more compact packaging.
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[*] 78%
Reviewers from Phillipreeve have found the following[***]:
At Photokina 2018 we already saw two prototypes for an E-mount version of this lens which was then released in April 2019. The focus ring has perfect resistance and travels ~160° from the minimum focus distance (0.45m) to infinity. The aperture ring has 1/3 stop click stops which makes counting the f-stops a bit tedious. At wider apertures the Voigtlander shows best sharpness at portrait distances.
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  • Great sharpness at wide apertures
  • Great bokeh rendering
  • Fast maximum aperture
  • Not as sharp as the M-mount version


Sentiment Score[*] 66%
Reviewers from Phillipreeve have found the following[***]:
Is it just a slightly longer version of the 40mm or actually a better lens in the end? This lens comes in E-mount and M-mount. The focus ring has perfect resistance and travels ~120° from the minimum focus distance (0.7m) to infinity. The aperture ring has 1/2 stop click stops which I think is a good compromise.
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  • Relatively smooth bokeh rendering
  • Very good optics
  • Relatively low distortion
  • Flexible aperture ring
  • Omits vignetting at f/2.0
  • Small aperture ring


Sentiment Score[*] 72%
Reviewers from Sonyalpha have found the following[***]:
Vignetting is very present at F1.2 and is greatly reduced around F4 but is still there at all apertures. The lens is fully metallic, focus and aperture ring are very well adjusted, engraving is in the metal. The focus rings route by circa 160° from 0.45 cm to infinity. There is not yet a Lightroom lens profile for this lens.
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  • Full-frame coverage
  • Very good contrast and sharpness
  • Dust and moisture resistance
  • Fully metallic
  • Moderate chromatic aberration
  • Relatively small pincushion distorsion


  1. 1. ^ Review: Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 Nokton E. Phillipreeve. 2019-05-08. Retrieved 2021-03-15.
  2. 2. ^ Review: Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton. Phillipreeve. 2018-11-18. Retrieved 2021-03-15.
  3. 3. ^ Voigtländer 50mm F1.2 Nokton. Sonyalpha. 2019-08-01. Retrieved 2021-06-06.
  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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