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Voigtlander Nokton 50mm F1.2 Aspherical original & SE Lenses

MSRP 999 EURNEX score 71%

Product Overview

Voigtlander Nokton 50mm 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.
The 50mm focal length and the bright f/1.2 maximum aperture makes this Nokton a great choice for portrait and night photography. Built exclusively of glass and metal, the Nokton 50mm F1.2 Aspherical offers a supreme manual-focus experience.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Fast maximum aperture
  • Very sharp and contrasty
  • E-mount version with electronic contacts
Cons
  • Flimsy bokeh rendering at wide apertures
  • Not as sharp as the VM version

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 71% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Very good flare resistance
  • Very good autofocus performance at wide apertures
  • Very good bokeh performance at f/2.0 and f/4.0
  • Very good sharpness in the centre as of F2.8
  • Good bokeh wide open
  • Low CALow distorsion
Cons
  • Bulky and heavy
  • Very soft transition from subject in focus to the background blur
  • Vignetting is very present at F1.2 and is still there at all apertures
  • Flare resistance
  • Bokeh rendering in corners stopped down
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
Original
SE

Construction

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

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
58 mm
SESize | Diameter
66.5 mm
OriginalSize | Diameter
70.1 mm
SESize | Length
58.5 mm
OriginalSize | Length
58.8 mm
SEWeight
383 g
OriginalWeight
434 g

Function

Angle Of View
47.5 deg
Aperture
F/1.2 - f/22
Focal Length
50 mm

Performance

Min Focus Distance
0.45 m

Production

SEAvailability
2020-07
SEDebut
2020-04-21
OriginalDebut
2019-02
Made In
Japan

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External Reviews

phillipreeve[1]

Sentiment Score 68%
Reviewers from phillipreeve have found the following***:
At close distances even at f/4.0 the difference is still noticeable, at infinity it is less noticeable. When stopping down the plane of optimal focus shifts to the back, so you have to focus a bit closer for best performance. At f/8.0 this 50mm 1.2 is more than good enough for any application where you need no good across frame performance. Most people will be much happier with this one than any other.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Very good bokeh performance at f/2.0 and f/4.0
  • Very good autofocus performance at wide apertures
  • Very low flare resistance
Cons
  • Bokeh rendering in corners stopped down

phillipreeve[2]

Sentiment Score 72%
Reviewers from phillipreeve have found the following***:
Despite the straight blades you can rarely see poing light sources are rendered as 12-sided figures instead of circles. At close distances even at f/4.0 the difference is still noticeable. There are only minor lateral CA visible that are easily corrected either in camera (for Jpegs) or in a raw developer like Lightroom by one click.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sharpness at f/1.2 and f/2.0
  • E-mount filter stack
Cons
  • Bulky and heavy
  • Flare resistance

sonyalpha[3]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from sonyalpha have found the following***:
The Voigtländer 50mm F1.2 Nokton (1100 euros) is a special lens. It offers a very nice rendering for portraits with good separation subject background when taken from 3-4 meters and nice glow for very close shots. Vignetting up to F4 is greatly reduced around F4 but is still there at all apertures. The focus rings route by circa 160° from 0.45 cm to infinity.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Very good sharpness in the centre as of F2.8
  • Good bokeh wide open
  • Very good flare resistance
  • Low CALow distorsion
Cons
  • Vignetting is very present at F1.2 and is still there at all apertures
  • Very soft transition from subject in focus to the background blur

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Review: Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 Nokton E. [phillipreeve]. https://phillipreeve.net/blog/review-voigtlander-50mm-1-2-nokton-e/. 2019-05-08. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Review: Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton. [phillipreeve]. https://phillipreeve.net/blog/review-voigtlander-vm-50mm-1-2-nokton/. 2018-11-18. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Voigtländer 50mm F1.2 Nokton. [sonyalpha]. https://sonyalpha.blog/2019/08/01/voigtlander-50mm-f1-2-nokton/. 2019-08-01. Retrieved 2021-06-06.

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