New Voigtländer reviews (I received my Nokton!)

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First I have to say that I just received my Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 and I had that nice WOW feeling when I opened the box. It’s extremely well built lens and I love to play with the smooth focus ring and I already love that nice “tic” sound when changing the aperture ring. The first thing I noticed is that you have to make a 1 and 1/2 turns to move from a close focus distance (17cm) to infinite focus. I will try the lens this weekend and compare it with the other wide open king, my Noktor 50mm f/0.95. For the record: I bought that lens from Foto Mundus on eBay.

There are two new reviews:

Peter Lueck reviewed the Voigtländer Nokton 25mm lens. Also ThePublicEye published a short test. And a few image samples can be found at dpreview forum.

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  • Duarte Bruno

    Quite a bit of focus breathing, no?

    • admin

      Yes! Very difficult. You are never sure if you are REALLY in focus. But it is still much better than focusing with the Noktor 50mm.

  • AF version would be nice, pana?

    • admin

      It’s coming but with f/1.4!

      • yey,
        Hope youll enjoy your new lens!
        we are waiting for first shots

    • Chris K.

      frosti7: not sure AF would be nice after all. The two scenarios I see this lens serving are:

      1) dim indoors – I’m guessing AF will have trouble with the low-light conditions, I can hear the AF going “seek-seek-seek” in my brain right now.

      2) closeup DoF/bokeh photography – Even at f/2.8 or f/4.0 I find I’m tweaking the focus to get the DoF to get the right part of the subject into focus after the AF gets me in the ballpark. Often I just go to MF and focus as close as I can, and do the sneaker-focus (moving the camera closer to the subject until the right part is in focus; and using sequence shooting to take a bunch as I move closer so I get at least one good DoF shot.)

      Note that it’s not so much a function of the AF being “broken”, it just focuses on the largest portion of the target; and I leave my focus point in the center of the field but even then, say I’m shooting a flower, it will focus on the average DoF for the flower; whereas I like to move the DoF to be on the pistol/stamen portion, or a particularly interesting petal or the like.

      I so am going to get one of these, but I keep wondering if B&H or someone might import them?

      I would very much appreciate having a physical focus wheel (where I can spin it one way and know I’ve reached the minimum focal length; rather than wondering and spinning the electronic focus wheel forever.)

      • Stupig

        AF lenses do allow MF, no?

        • Focus by wire is different story. With MF lens, even you cannot see anything, you may still be able to focus according to estimation.

  • Ulli

    congrats with the nokton!

    • admin

      Thanks!

  • Congrats admin. I finally ordered mine too.

    • And to compensate that, I sold both 14-150mm and 20mm…

  • Maley

    We need new rumors not only news. U said u wanted to post a new rumor 2 or 3 days ago..

    • admin

      As soon as I can. I need to squeeze out more info from my sources…

  • gg

    Hi, I have a question you might answer. The aperture ring works like the old aperture ring (nikon ais, for example) that closed the aperture only during shutter time, or it is an only manual – stop-down ring?

    thanks!

  • I just received mine. What a beautiful lens!

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