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Voigtlander Nokton 21mm F1.4 Aspherical Lens

MSRP 1299 EURNEX score 71%

Product Overview

Voigtlander NOKTON 21mm F1.4 Aspherical is a large-aperture, wide-angle manual-focus lens optimized for Sony mirrorless or Leica rangefinder cameras. With an angle of view just over 90 degrees and an ultra-bright f/1.4 maximum aperture, the NOKTON 21mm F1.4 is great for landscape and architecture photography.
The NOKTON 21mm F1.4's 12-bladed aperture produces well-defined 12-pointed sunstars. The aperture ring on the lens has detentes in 1/3 stops. A click-stop switching mechanism makes it possible to declick the aperture ring for video work.
The NOKTON 21mm F1.4 Aspherical uses a floating mechanism to maintain excellent image quality throughout the focusing range. Its aspherical elements minimize distortion and chromatic aberrations.
The M-mount version is specially designed for manual focusing coupled precisely with the camera's rangefinder system.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Light and compact
  • Good sharpness
  • Two stop autofocus
  • Fully manual
Cons
  • Bokeh
  • Larger than some E-mount lenses

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 71% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good sharpness and coma-correction
  • Good flare resistance
  • Excellent resolution and field curvature at f/1.4 and f/2 (4,625 lines)
  • Very good background blur
  • Compact, lightweight design
  • Full-frame support
Cons
  • Relatively high price
  • Occasional distortion
  • Comes with left corners a little bit less sharp than the right corner
  • Vignetting at f/1.4
  • Moderate barrel distorsion that can require a small correction for architectural subjects
  • Vignetting is present wide o...
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Specifications

Variants:
E-mount
VM

Construction

Aperture Blades
12, Straight
Image Size
Full-frame
E-mountLens Mount
E-mount
VMLens Mount
M-mount
Optical Formula | Elements
13 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
11 groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
62 mm
E-mountSize | Diameter
70.5 mm
VMSize | Diameter
69.5 mm
E-mountSize | Length
79.5 mm
VMSize | Length
69.7 mm
VMWeight
480 g

Function

E-mountAngle Of View
90.8 deg
VMAngle Of View
90.3 deg
Aperture
F/1.4 - f/16
Focal Length
21 mm

Performance

E-mountMin Focus Distance
0.25 m
VMMin Focus Distance
0.5 m

Production

E-mountDebut
2019-05
VMDebut
2020-02-04
Made In
Japan

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External Reviews

phillipreeve[1]

Sentiment Score 65%
Reviewers from phillipreeve have found the following***:
The Voigtlander 21mm F1.4 sets the standard in sharpness for a wideangle lens, controls CA well and while the bokeh has some shortcomings I would rate it as an overall positive as well. Good flare resistance and well defined sunstars also add to it's appeal as a landscape lens. The only real negative I could find is the very strong vignetting. Handling is best in class and the lens feels very solid.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Good sharpness and coma-correction
  • Good flare resistance
Cons
  • Vignetting at f/1.4
  • Bokeh at medium distances

sonyalpha[2]

Sentiment Score 72%
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. 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 The color rendition is very good and pleasant The contrast is excellent The background blur is soft and pleasant for a wide angle, it become a little bit more nervous in the borders.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Very good sharpness in the centre as of F1.4 and close focusing distance, creative possibilities are very good with a beautiful bokeh and background blur that the Zeiss Loxia 21mm F2.8 can't match with their slower aperture
  • Very good background blur
  • Go...
Cons
  • Vignetting is present wide open when facing the sun but quite small
  • Moderate barrel distorsion that can require a small correction for architectural subjects
  • Comes with left corners a little bit less sharp than the right corner

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score 76%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Voigtlander Nokton is one of only two in-production 21mm F1.4 lenses. It can lock onto subjects at 9.8 inches (0.25m) Close focus isn't a strong point for most rangefinder lenses. A lens this wide and this bright with full-frame support is a rara avis.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent resolution and field curvature at f/1.4 and f/2 (4,625 lines)
  • Compact, lightweight design
  • Full-frame support
Cons
  • Relatively high price
  • Occasional distortion

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Review: Voigtlander Nokton 21mm F1.4 E. [phillipreeve]. https://phillipreeve.net/blog/review_voigtlander_21mm_f14_e/. 2019-07-12. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Voigtländer 21mm F1.4 Nokton Aspherical. [sonyalpha]. https://sonyalpha.blog/2019/08/02/voigtlander-21mm-f1-4-nokton-aspherical/. 2019-08-02. Retrieved 2021-06-06.
3. ^ Voigtlander Nokton 21mm F1.4 Aspherical Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/voigtlander-nokton-21mm-f14-aspherical. 2020-12-02. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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