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Voigtlander Nokton 35mm F1.2 Aspherical SE Lens

MSRP 999 EURNEX score 77%

Product Overview

Voigtlander Nokton 35mm F1.2 aspherical SE lens is a compact prime lens with an ultra-bright f/1.2 maximum aperture for Sony's E-mount mirrorless system. Made exclusively of glass and metal, the 35mm F1.2 offers a supreme manual focus experience, while electrical contacts transmit EXIF information to the camera.
The SE designation for this lens means that the lens is optimized for stills ("Still Edition") by removing the declicking mechanism for the aperture ring.
Last but not least, the f/1.2 aperture and the 12-blade aperture lend unique characters to this lens.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Super-fast autofocus
  • Very smooth bokeh
  • Compact design
  • Very good optics
Cons
  • Not as sharp as some other 1.2/35 lenses

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 77% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Very good contrast
  • Very good flare resistance
  • Excellent sharpness in the centre as of F2.8
  • Good bokeh wide open
  • Super soft background blur and smooth transition from the area in focus to the ones in the blur
Cons
  • Bad CA, still visible at F4
  • Moderate lateral CA and purple fringing
  • Moustache distortion
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Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
12, Straight
Image Size
Full-frame
Lens Mount
E-mount
Optical Formula | Elements
9 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
7 groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
58 mm
Size | Diameter
66.6 mm
Size | Length
59.9 mm
Weight
387 g

Function

Angle Of View
61.9 deg
Aperture
F/1.2 - f/22
Focal Length
35 mm

Performance

Max Magnification
1:5.8
Min Focus Distance
0.3 m

Production

Availability
2020-05
Debut
2020-04-21
Made In
Japan

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External Reviews

phillipreeve[1]

Sentiment Score 76%
Reviewers from phillipreeve have found the following***:
The Voigtlander 35mm F1.2 SE shows a moderate degree of moustache distortion. Sharpness wide open is only good in the center and not at closer distances. Vignetting is still quite noticeable at over 2 stops at f/2 and vignetting stays above 1.5 stops even stopped down to f/8.0. At closer distances very smooth, no complaints.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Very smooth bokeh
  • Good sharpness wide open
  • Very good contrast
Cons
  • Moustache distortion
  • Moderate lateral CA and purple fringing

sonyalpha[2]

Sentiment Score 77%
Reviewers from sonyalpha have found the following***:
The focus ring is easy to use with adequate level of dampening and with stops for the minimum focusing distance and the infinity. The focus rings rotate by circa 180° from 30 cm to infinity The focusing distance is visible in the visor in real time, which is quite handy for this type of lens. Aperture ring has clicks for each 1/3 stops and there is no switch to make it clickless.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Super soft background blur and smooth transition from the area in focus to the ones in the blur
  • Excellent sharpness in the centre as of F2.8
  • Very good flare resistance
  • Good bokeh wide open
Cons
  • Bad CA, still visible at F4

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Review: Voigtlander Nokton 35mm F1.2 SE. [phillipreeve]. https://phillipreeve.net/blog/review-voigtlander-nokton-35mm-f1-2-se/. 2020-09-17. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Voigtländer 35mm F1.2 Nokton SE. [sonyalpha]. https://sonyalpha.blog/2020/07/16/voigtlander-35mm-f1-2-nokton-se/. 2020-07-16. Retrieved 2021-06-06.

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