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