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Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4 M-Mount Lens

You Pay: $449.00
Product Highlights
  • Multi-Coated Optics

This Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4 lens is an extremely fast lens, is multi-coated, compact, and only weighs 6.2 oz (175 g). The ideal every-day lens for shooting in low light situations, with excellent focusing results.

A standard Leica M-mount is used for this lens, making it compatible with the Voigtlander Bessa R-2 & T cameras, Konica Hexar RF, as well as the popular series of Leica M cameras.

Extremely fast f/1.4
10-bladed aperture diaphragm creates very pleasing out-of-focus highlights
All metal lens barrel
Filter Size 43mm
f/Stop Range 1.4-16
Minimum Focus Distance 2.3' (0.7 m)
Magnification Not specified by manufacturer
Angle of View 56°
Groups/Elements 6/7
Length 1.2" (30mm)
Maximum Diameter 2.2" (55mm)
Weight 6.2 oz (175 g)
Voigtlander Wide Angle Nokton 40mm f/1.4 Manual Focus M Mount Lens - for Bessa R-2, Bessa T and Leica M Series Cameras - Black
  • Front & Rear Caps
  • 1-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    VoigtlanderNokton 40mm f/1.4 M-Mount Lens
     
    4.7

    (based on 20 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (13)
    • Durable (12)
    • Strong construction (7)
    • Easy to use (5)
    • Reliable (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday (6)
      • Portraits (5)
      • Travel (5)
      • Landscape/scenery (4)
      • Low light (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Enthusiast (4), Professional (4), Photo enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (11)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Small size, bokeh madness, very sharp

      I use this for a general purpose standard focal length walk around on my Sony A7 full frame w/ a converter. Images are sharp, the focusing nub is smooth but it is taking...Read complete review

      I use this for a general purpose standard focal length walk around on my Sony A7 full frame w/ a converter. Images are sharp, the focusing nub is smooth but it is taking some getting use to not having a standard focus ring.

      I am not experiencing any issues on the A7 but I do need a helicoid adapter so I can take closer shots. Currently the MFD is quite far. That'll be fixed soon as the helicoid arrives.

      I really can't say anything negative for the price this is a bargain of an LM lens.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      It's....ok

      I put the performance of Canon and Nikon's consumer level primes slightly above the Voigtlander. It's not bad, but it's no Canon "L" prime or Leica. Flare is hard to...Read complete review

      I put the performance of Canon and Nikon's consumer level primes slightly above the Voigtlander. It's not bad, but it's no Canon "L" prime or Leica. Flare is hard to control, bokeh is pretty ugly wide open and there's lots of blooming off OOF highlights, especially skin tones.
      For the price, and given our limited choices for M mounts, this is still a fair choice as long as you don't have too high of expectations.
      It triggers 50mm framelines so you will need to file the mount to trigger the (far more accurate)35mm framelines.
      I don't recommend it for Pro's as I use an M8 along with my Canon pro equipment and the look from this lens doesn't blend well with the look I get from my "L" lenses or M8 and old Summicrom.

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      4.0

      Great for digital, Sony a7r

      By JW

      from Philadelphia

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Traveling

      Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4 M-Mount Lens:

      This lens is extremely small and well built. Optically, it is really nice stopped down to f/2 or smaller, but even at f/1.4 it isn't bad. The optics are really impressive given that this lens is designed for analog M-mount cameras and I am using it on 36mp Sony E-mount body with a cheap adaptor. The way this lens renders can be thought of as "classic" or "vintage," because it has a nice circular blurring effect at wider apertures and a very please vignetting falloff. The only issue I have with it is that the focus on mine is pretty stiff. I read on some different forums that it loosens up after some use, but, presently, mine is annoyingly stiff.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Perfect Lens!

      By tyucelen

      from Rolla, MO

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Home
        • Portraits
        • Studio
        • Traveling

        Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4 M-Mount Lens:

        Perfect, sharp lens!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good "Normal" Lens

        By Van

        from Los Angeles, CA

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4 M-Mount Lens:

        I've always loved the look a 40mm prime gives you, and this Voigtlander is one of the few options a modern photographer has.

        Long story short: it's good. Not great, but good.

        The good: It's well-built, inexpensive, fast, and small. Good size for a rangefinder or mirrorless camera. It's also reasonably sharp wide open and sharp stopped down.

        The downsides: Rather intense vignetting and average to poor bokeh depending on the environment. Also, this lens requires a lens hood to control flare and one is NOT included.

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        (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great accessories for my A7

        By geeanywhere

        from NJ

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Portraits

          Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4 M-Mount Lens:

          I take excellent photos with my A7 and Voigtlander.. Such a great add-on to my overwhelming collection.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This lens Rocks!

          By Raynor

          from Crested Butte

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape Photography
            • Portraits
            • Traveling

            Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4 M-Mount Lens:

            Super compact, tac sharp, beautiful bokeh, built like a tank...a light but strong and fast tank

            just get one

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            pretty good

            By Christo

            from Adelaide, Australia

            About Me Casual user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • No Accessory Provided
            • Package Looks Oldish

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use

            Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4 M-Mount Lens:

            very light and good quality.
            but no accessory offered.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Small size, bokeh madness, very sharp

            By ZE Photo

            from Allentown, PA

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Bokeh
            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Minimal Distortion
            • Sharpness

            Cons

            • Focusing Nub

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Low light
            • Portraits
            • Traveling

            Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4 M-Mount Lens:

            I use this for a general purpose standard focal length walk around on my Sony A7 full frame w/ a converter. Images are sharp, the focusing nub is smooth but it is taking some getting use to not having a standard focus ring.

            I am not experiencing any issues on the A7 but I do need a helicoid adapter so I can take closer shots. Currently the MFD is quite far. That'll be fixed soon as the helicoid arrives.

            I really can't say anything negative for the price this is a bargain of an LM lens.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Little Lens

            By Jehuty

            from Houston, TX

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Portraits
              • Studio

              Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4 M-Mount Lens:

              The construction alone makes this lens feel likes its worth every penny. Bokeh is a bit harsh... but renders well. Its a tad soft wide open, especially near the borders on an FF sensor... but the images render so well that the softness comes off as more of a wanted effect then a nuisance. This lens has character.

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              • No

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Built like a tank

              By Waynard G

              from Illinois

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography

                Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4 M-Mount Lens:

                I'm sure its not the best lens out there but it is the best for the price. Compared to some of the pricey lenses out there with the naked untrained eye I really can't see that much of a difference in Photo quality, nor a justification in some of the prices however, I am not a professional photographer and is just my opinion. I am super pleased with this little tank of a lens and would recommend it to a friend.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great Lens

                By daniel

                from bogota

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Hard to focus in low ligh

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography

                Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4 M-Mount Lens:

                The lens quality is great. It works amazing for every kind of light, but especially in interiors and low lights. Although it is difficult to focus in low light because you can not see so much the imaging merging so you can focus, but if you make it the picture results perfect. There nothing else i can say about this lens.
                BUY IT!

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                • No

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent choice for the price

                By Cameranut318

                from Atlanta

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4 M-Mount Lens:

                I use this mounted on my Sony NEX-7 and is gives me the equivalent of a 60mm lens on it. This has excellent bokah and is a natural choice for low light photography. It is a good focal length for general walk around photography, as well as non-macro close ups. Great optical quality, even wide open.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Small, efficient, works as advertised

                By rmw

                from Manhattan

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy to Use
                • Great Picture Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Street photography
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4 M-Mount Lens:

                  Optically and mechanically fine. On the Nex-5, with adapter, allows precise setting of aperture, depth of field, focus, etc. Almost a poor man's Leica M-8.2.. Highly recommended, but understand that, in typical the engineering way, for 20% of the price, you will receive 80% of the functionality of a high end Leica lens.

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                  • No

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                  (8 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  It's....ok

                  By Colin M

                  from CA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Contrast
                  • Price for a M-mount lens

                  Cons

                  • Flare
                  • Focus isn't smooth
                  • Harsh bokeh
                  • Triggers wrong framelines

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4 M-Mount Lens:

                    I put the performance of Canon and Nikon's consumer level primes slightly above the Voigtlander. It's not bad, but it's no Canon "L" prime or Leica. Flare is hard to control, bokeh is pretty ugly wide open and there's lots of blooming off OOF highlights, especially skin tones.
                    For the price, and given our limited choices for M mounts, this is still a fair choice as long as you don't have too high of expectations.
                    It triggers 50mm framelines so you will need to file the mount to trigger the (far more accurate)35mm framelines.
                    I don't recommend it for Pro's as I use an M8 along with my Canon pro equipment and the look from this lens doesn't blend well with the look I get from my "L" lenses or M8 and old Summicrom.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great Lens for the Price

                    By RS

                    from Eugene, Oregon

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Purple fringing

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography
                    • Portrait for m43

                    Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4 M-Mount Lens:

                    I should preface my comments by saying that I'm using this with an adapter on a Micro 4/3rd body (GF1).I'm very happy with the lens. I use it for low light photography and candid portrait shots, as well as some landscape photography.The lens is pretty soft wide open, which isn't necessarily a con as some portrait shots are better served by a softer touch, and even stopping down to f/2 makes a noticeable difference. By f/4 or f/5.6 it's more than sharp enough through most of the frame, though corners tend to remain a tad soft. Stop to f/8 and you're fully sharp.The bokeh works for me, but that's a pretty subjective measure.The main shortcoming of the lens lies in purple fringing, which can be quite pronounced wide open but tends to abate as the lens is stopped down. The only other image quality downside is some slight vignetting at the corners. In most shots, the vignetting isn't even noticeable, and I only really discovered it by shooting a white surface and increasing contrast in an image editor.Lastly, the rear element has a small speck at the edge of the glass that won't be removed with normal cleaning (like a tiny fleck of black paint or something). I almost returned the lens for this reason. However, it doesn't seem to affect image quality. It's likely cropped out by the m4/3 sensor size (which turns a 40mm into an 80mm). Although this could affect the lens' resale value, I kept it. Why? Because it's a fun lens and on my first day of ownership I shot two great candid portraits of my wife and kid in some tricky lighting. That's pretty much what I was looking for.

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                    • No

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                    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Best deal in Leica M-Mount lenses

                    By Sir Learnsalot

                    from Seattle, WA

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use

                      Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4 M-Mount Lens:

                      I've used this lens on a Panasonic Lumix G1 with an adapter and a Leica M8. The performance has been stellar, especially for the price.

                      Slight vignette on fastest f-stop, but that's pretty standard. Highly recommended.

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                      (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      nice old school lens!

                      By metallurgist

                      from Irvine, CA

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Night Photography

                        Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4 M-Mount Lens:

                        The build quality on this lens is amazing, none of the current plastic auto focus lenses come close. Both aperture and focus rings are perfectly weighted and work flawlessly. I use this with an adapter on my Panasonic G1 and the large 1.4 aperture allows me to take low light pictures. It is also very compact and light. Obviously you need to focus manually and zoom with your feet!

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                        (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Consistent across the frame

                        By jules

                        from Brooklyn, NY

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Quick in use
                        • Small

                        Cons

                        • Fuzzy wide open

                        Best Uses

                        • Street

                        Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4 M-Mount Lens:

                        I use this as my standard walking around lens, and it does a good job out in the street. The focus is a quick quarter turn. The images are nice and crisp after f2. At f1.4 everything looks a little vague, and contrast is way down. Sometimes I like that look. It does seem consistent from center to edge. At f5.6 it's almost as sharp as my Contax G Zeiss 45mm f2 (yes, I did a test).

                          • Similar:
                          • Carl Zeiss Planar 45mm f2.0 (Contax G)

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                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          A fantastic lens

                          By Royan

                          from Geneva Switzerland

                          About Me Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight
                          • Quiet Operation
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Little modification

                          Best Uses

                          • Action
                          • Artwork
                          • Photojournalism
                          • Portrait

                          Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4 M-Mount Lens:

                          I use it overall
                          Price normal for this quality (see tests on the net)
                          Usefull f/1.4
                          Smooth rings
                          All metal
                          Very small and light, allways in a pocket

                          Normally you see the 50 in the finder, but you can have 35 with a little modification (Ask the seller)

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                          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          An Excellent, Compact Normal Lens

                          By Ken

                          from Chicago

                          About Me Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Rugged
                          • Sharp Focus
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • No 40mm framelines on M's

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use

                          Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4 M-Mount Lens:

                          This 40mm Nokton is unquestionably one of the best bargains in the M-mount line. Sharpness, contrast, and color rendering of this lens are excellent pretty much through its aperture range. Its compactness is also an added benefit.

                          This lens is an especially excellent choice for M8 owners who want a very compact normal range general lens for the M8's sub-35mm sensor. The only real disadvantage is that there are no rangefinder frame lines for a 40 mm lens. You'll have to approximate with the 50mm frame that the lens activates.

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                          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Superb lens!

                          By Leica shooter

                          from Los Angeles, CA

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Good Value
                          • High Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everything

                            Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4 M-Mount Lens:

                            Whether I use this lens in natural light or with my Metz flash units, it produces stunning clarity and resolution, seemingly equal to that which my Leica lenses, both M and R, produce. For a match made in heaven, try this lens with Fuji's Acros 100 developed in Ilford's ID-11 developer stock (without any dilution with water). Stunning!

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