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Voigtlander Nokton 40mm F1.2 Aspherical original & SE Lenses

MSRP 899 EURNEX score 76%

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.

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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***

NEX score: 76% (not directly comparable across industries)
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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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
Original
SE

Construction

Aperture Blades
10, Straight
Image Size
Full-frame
Lens Mount
E-mount
Optical Formula | Elements
8 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
6 groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
58 mm
OriginalSize | Diameter
70.1 mm
SESize | Diameter
66.5 mm
OriginalSize | Length
59.3 mm
SESize | Length
51.9 mm
OriginalWeight
420 g
SEWeight
340 g

Function

Angle Of View
55 deg
Aperture
F/1.2 - f/22
Focal Length
40 mm

Performance

Max Magnification
1:6.2
Min Focus Distance
0.35 m

Production

SEAvailability
2020-06
OriginalDebut
2017-10
SEDebut
2020-04-21
Made In
Japan

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

phillipreeve[1]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from phillipreeve have found the following***:
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)
Find the original article here.
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]

Sentiment Score 71%
Reviewers from sonyalpha have found the following***:
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.
Find the original article here.
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

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Voigtlander 40mm f1.2 Nokton Aspherical: An In Depth Review. [phillipreeve]. https://phillipreeve.net/blog/voigtlander-40mm-f1-2-nokton-aspherical-rolling-review/. 2017-10-21. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Voigtländer 40mm F1.2 Nokton. [sonyalpha]. https://sonyalpha.blog/2017/10/12/voigtlander-40mm-f1-2-nokton/. 2017-10-12. Retrieved 2021-06-06.

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