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Jul 24

Review: Voigtländer 40mm f/1.2 Nokton

Conclusion

Pros

  • Solid all metal construction with excellent haptics
  • Quite compact given the quality of the optics and the fast maximum aperture
  • Sharp over most of the frame from f/1.2 and very sharp stopped down
  • Beautiful bokeh
  • Excellent color and contrast
  • Good flare resistance
  • Aperture ring can be declicked

Cons

  • High vignetting
  • A bit of chromatic aberration
  • Some barrel distortion
  • Spherical aberration causes softness at wide apertures when focused close

The 40mm f/1.2 Nokton is an impressive lens

I simply have to say: I love this lens.  From the moment I looked at the first batch of photos from this lens, I was hooked.  There’s something about the rendering that just speaks to me, and I found it to be nearly the perfect focal length for everyday use.  The lens is sharp right from f/1.2, and is extremely sharp stopped down. Bokeh is generally very good, and color and contrast are excellent Portraits taken with the 40mm f/1.2 just pop, and it makes for a great landscape lens as well.

The $1,099 price might seem a bit steep for an all-manual lens, but the versatility and optical quality make it very much worth that price of entry.  This is an outstanding effort from Voigtländer.  Where’s my wallet?

Image Samples

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Columbus Reflected – Sony A7 III With Voigtländer 40mm f/1.2 Nokton @ f/11

Duck on the Pond – Sony A7 III With Voigtländer 40mm f/1.2 Nokton @ f/1.2

Blooming City – Sony A7 III With Voigtländer 40mm f/1.2 Nokton @ f/4

Bench at Night – Sony A7 III With Voigtländer 40mm f/1.2 Nokton @ f/1.2

 

Coneflowers in the City – Sony A7 III With Voigtländer 40mm f/1.2 Nokton @ f/2.8

Sunset below the Sycamore – Sony A7 III With Voigtländer 40mm f/1.2 Nokton @ f/16

Summer afternoon – Sony A7 III With Voigtländer 40mm f/1.2 Nokton @ f/22

Frustrated – Sony A7 III With Voigtländer 40mm f/1.2 Nokton @ f/1.2

Telescope – Sony A7 III With Voigtländer 40mm f/1.2 Nokton @ f/1.2

Columbus Reflected – Sony A7 III with Voigtländer 40mm f/1.2 Nokton @ f/13 (3 image stitch)

Ducks – Sony A7 III With Voigtländer 40mm f/1.2 Nokton @ f/1.2

Through the Leaves – Sony A7 III with Voigtländer 40mm f/1.2 Nokton @ f/11

Summer Puddle – Sony A7 III With Voigtländer 40mm f/1.2 Nokton @ f/22

Portrait – Sony A7 III With Voigtländer 40mm f/1.2 Nokton @ f/1.2

 

City Sunrise – Sony A7 III with Voigtländer 40mm f/1.2 Nokton @ f/11

About the author

Jordan Steele

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Admiring Light; Photographer; Electrical Engineer and Dad

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