First images of the “new” Noktor 50mm f/0.95 lens (same old optical design!)

Share toke that picture of the new Noktor Hyperprime 50mm f/0.95 production (demo model) post acquisition by SLRMagic from their showroom in Sim City, Mongkok. I have been told by the SLRmagic guys that they remade the focusing part of the lens to get perfect infinity focus. And every lens has to be tuned before to go for sale and that (alng the stonrg yen) is the reason for the higher production costs. The new lens should hit the stores by end of the month.

P.S.: Those are the links to the other three lenses made by SLRmagic:
SLR magic 11mm f/1.4 lens you can preorder on eBay (Click here) Toy Lens 26mm f/1.4 lens on eBay (Click here) SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC lens on eBay (Click here)

  • Because this lens is 50mm that means the 35mm equivalent is 100mm right? And it doesn’t have optical image stabilization? That’s no good for a modern lens.

    • First

      THIS LENS IS HIDEOUS! And its rendering of OOF area is FUGLY!

    • thumbs up if you’re NOT buying this


    • Dude, @ f0.95, I switch IBIS off.

      100mm is a perfectly fine FoV for many situations.

      • Ulli

        why would you switch it off?

  • andy

    you would be better off buying a old 50-55mm f1.2/f1.4 lens.
    Or just save a bit more and get voigt nokton 25mm f0.95

    • agree with your 1st advice, but your 2nd advice doesn’t make much sense since 50mm perspective is quite different then 25mm

  • Maley

    It a cheap, bad performing, old CCTV lens refinished to sell at ridiculous price.

    • Conrad

      It is most likely the Navitar DO-5095 with a MFT mount. The Navitar sells for $970. Not that this information changes the performance, though.

      • Ark-kun

        >It is most likely the Navitar DO-5095 with a MFT mount. The Navitar sells for $970.
        Definitely not. As I remember, Noktor is based on some CCTV lens costing < $100

        • The Noktor is a rebranded Yakumo 50mm f/0.95 lens with the mount switched out and a green ring painted on the front:

          That being said you can’t get an f/0.95 lens for less than $350 (and in the case of the Yakumo $800). Moderate performer or not manufacturing a 50mm f/0.95 lens that covers a 1″ area is not cheap, and they are not abundant.

          • Conrad

            The Yakumo looks identical to the Navitar and the Noktor. Probably all the same OEM. I’m curious which company that is.

  • Sim

    How much is it going for?

  • I agree!


  • Kralin

    Il keep using my OM zuiko 1.4 50mm

  • Narretz

    Please don’t teport about this lens anymore, admin. I think there is consensus that the lens is crap.

    • Maley

      +1 it’s just a ripe-off. Mabye Voigtländer releases a 50mm 0.95 after the success of the 25mm 0.95 :D.

      • Ulli

        i wonder about, unless it replaces their 50 1.1

    • admin

      I think it’s better tot alk about all m43 lenses and than you can put your point of view about every lens or camera I talk about. This will help people to get an idea about every item. To NOT inform people is in my opinion a much worse job.

      Or am I wrong?

      • @admin, you are not wrong. It’s just that these days too many purchase decisions are “cultural” rather than practical. For example, the huge success of the Fuji X100 has nothing to do with photography (for most purchasers). Likewise, f/0.95 makes sense only in rare situations. I don’t own a Noktor, but I can see where and when such a lens can be useful. The trouble is most photographers don’t make that arty, dark and atmospheric type of images where a 50 Noktor is useful. The request not to write about such and such gear stems, IMO, from fear that it might be adequate for some genres and thus worthwhile buying. Paradoxically, referring to the Noktor as a “specialty item for limited applications” would only enhance its (irrational) appeal.

        • Mr. Reeee

          While the 25mm f0.95 Nokton is fantastic in low light.. I’ve taken some pretty nice shots at ISO in very dark conditions and at ISO1600 in near darkness.
          It’s really wonderful in full sun at f5.6 or f8 or f11. It has beautiful color rendition, too!

          As for the NoktoR, some people might find it useful. Hopefully the price will be lower than it was before. I fail to see how SLR Magic, which basically repackages gear and jacks up prices is going to “tune” every lens. Sounds like hype to me.

          I agree about the Fuji. It seems more of a hipster’s fashion accessory or geezer’s dream than that great a photography tool. I started with rangefinders and simply don’t get the allure. I was thrilled to get my first SLR and get RID of my last rangefinder! I tried an X100 and while it looks nice, it feels really cheap. The hybrid OVF/EVF is quite cool.

          • Alan

            “Tuning” probably means that some lax manufacturing tolerances dictate each lens needs to be manually adjusted for correct infinity focus.

      • Michael Devitt

        I think it’s good to post that optical formula of the lens doesn’t changed at all. Some filmmakers find Noktor interesting, so why not inform about it? Philip Bloom made nice short film with this lens. Cheers, Admin ;).

      • I think the same here.

        People are deemed mature enough to decide on their own. At least, you must pretend so.

        I wish people would stop evaluating the quality and value of an optic based on max speed, FF equivalent, and Canikon’s catalog, but thats day dreaming..

      • ofcourse you are right, but just that this lens has a m43 mount, you could also include more info about interesting legacy lenses, like you did in the past..really miss that here

        • Bobak

          +10 i’d love some reviews of legacy glass on mFT cameras!! It would be real helpful plus it would give us something to read between all the juicy gossip.

  • Bob B.

    You can dress it up on the outside……..but.

  • Mlhavy

    Wow. That 26mm toy lens they’re selling for $120 is just the Feihua 25mm f/1.4 CCTV lens that sells for $20 on eBay. They are shameless…

    • Mr. Reeee

      That’s pretty expensive for those colored plastic accessory rings!

      Gimme a $20 Holga any day of the week over the Toy Lens. ;-)

  • iluvhatemail

    I use my Voigtlander 50mm f1.1 for both leica and m4/3. Much better lens than this one. If you want more blur like this lens will give you just open photoshop.

    • Ulli

      the nokton 1.1 is a much underrated lens, maybe because 1.1 sounds less spectacular then 0.95

      • kai

        Agreed. I have the 50mm 1.1 from Voigtlander as well. I have no idea why anyone with half a brain would buy the Noktor 50mm when the Voigtlander can be had for the same price. People are enamored with the .95 I guess. Good luck shooting wide open with a CCTV lens.

        • Pablo

          I TOTALLY AGREE. Those cheap cctv optics with large hole, but constructed for a much smaller digital sensor are just not physically able to deliver enough quality light to make comparable photos. Yet, I am not saying, that those photos can not be pretty. Yes, they can, as those lenses deliver great colors due to the used glass materials, giving the footage that “classic” mood. So… for that money? No way. But I sincerelly recommend you searching for some above 30mm FLs in CCTV mount and with the largest possible apperture. Get them, while there’s, still, enough of them!

  • Camajan

    So this is a bragging rights/cool factor lens?
    Nice colors cool name and low f number makes you cool as we all know.
    To bad they still dont have enough sense to deliver on the good glass.

    • Godot

      Where’s the cool factor? I don’t see it at all. It’s not especially attractive and the name is as uncool as it gets… like wearing Ray Bar sunglasses or using an iPhony.

      That pretty much leaves f0.95 as the selling point. If some people like it and want it for specific uses, more power to them. I’m sure nearly all of the people buying it know exactly what they’re getting, and understand the product’s strengths and weaknesses.

  • Nat

    I’ll wait for eBay version for $50… :P

  • mochapaulo

    It is strange…The old version used to get trouble of having green color case on the image because of the green ring at the front of the lens. How come this design fault is still there on new version? They should have removed it. Oh Jesus!

    • Maley

      Cause it looks cool and thats all u need this lens for… to look cool with 0.95 apeture and green ring :D.

  • Jim

    i read somewhere the ring was green in the inside before. now it is black in the inside

  • AmandaNL

    Looks like this lens is in stock in some stores in Holland, for 999 Euro…………..
    That’s a lot!
    The price of the Voightlander 50mm 1.1 is almost the same, I wonder which one is better?

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