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Voigtlander Nokton 40mm F1.2 Aspherical

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Product Overview

Voigtlander Nokton 40mm F1.2 Asperhical is a compact, ultra-bright manual-focus prime lens for Sony E-mount mirrorless system. The SE version ("Stills Edition") is a variant that trades the declickable aperture ring for an even more compact packaging.
Built exclusively of glass and metal, the Nokton 40mm F1.2 Aspherical offers a supreme manual-focus experience. The f/1.2 maximum aperture makes it easy to create a 3D feel to photos or to separate the subject from busy backgrounds.

Ratings

What we found

Pros
  • Focussing on the corners gives good results across the frame
  • Very sharp at f/1.2
  • Focused on the outer midfield
Cons
  • Focus shift is noticeable at f8
  • Focus shift can be noticeable at wide open corners

What external reviewers found

External score 76%
Pros
  • Very good contrast at f2
  • Great bokeh at f1.2
  • Very consistent at F2.8 and fully consistent above F4
  • Great sharpness at wider apertures
  • Very good sharpness on subject wide open (more than 60% not in focus)
  • Very nice narrow depth of field effects can be o...
Cons
  • A bit of lateral colour, axial colour, focus shift and focus shift
  • Aperture ring has clicks for each 1/3 stops

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Specifications

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External Reviews

phillipreeve[1]

Reviewer score 80%
Reviewers from phillipreeve have found:
If you want 40 but don't need speed (it's about 2.5 stops slower) and have a Canon adapter, you could do much worse. Outside AF you can get so many lenses that there's little point trying to do a survey. You can get much better performance only at the price of size (Milvus 35, Milvus 50, Otus 50)
Pros
  • Great sharpness at wider apertures
  • Great bokeh at f1.2
  • Very good contrast at f2
Cons
  • A bit of lateral colour, axial colour, focus shift and focus shift

sonyalpha[2]

Reviewer score 71%
Reviewers from sonyalpha have found:
Aperture is changed exclusively by rotating this aperture ring and can not be controlled via the body Aperture ring has clicks for each 1/3 stops to switch between click less or click, you have a very tiny ring at the front. Lens fall off is heavy at F1.2 and start to be neglictible as from F5.6. Lens is very consistent at F2.8 and fully consistent above F4 Centre Focus on 2 left books / Corner.
Pros
  • Very consistent at F2.8 and fully consistent above F4
  • Very nice narrow depth of field effects can be obtained with the F1.2 for a dreamy atmosphere
  • Very good sharpness on subject wide open (more than 60% not in focus)
Cons
  • Aperture ring has clicks for each 1/3 stops

References

  1. ^ Voigtlander 40mm f1.2 Nokton Aspherical: An In Depth Review. [phillipreeve].
  2. ^ Voigtländer 40mm F1.2 Nokton. [sonyalpha].

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