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Voigtlander Nokton Aspherical 35mm f/1.2 Lens II (Black)

You Pay: $1,199.00
Product Highlights
  • Very Fast f/1.2 Aperture Lens
  • Outstanding Sharpness & Contrast
  • 1.64' (50 cm) Close Focusing Distance
  • 52mm Filter Size
  • Sturdy Metal Outer Barrel

The Voigtlander Nokton Aspherical 35mm f/1.2 Lens II (Black) is a smaller, lighter version of Voigtlander's original 35mm f/1.2 Nokton lens. This is a very bright manual focus lens that features high-quality construction with classic styling, while using modern optical lens technology. It has a minimum focusing distance of 1.64' (50 cm). With a full-frame camera, this moderate wide-angle 35mm is amazingly versatile; with an APS-C camera, it's equivalent to an 52.5mm lens in 35mm format terms, making it ideal for portraits, travel, or photojournalism. Even at its widest aperture, this lens offers outstanding imaging performance throughout the focus range; excellent contrast; and superb rendition of detail.

Very fast f/1.2 aperture lens
Outstanding sharpness & contrast
1.64' (50 cm) close focusing distance
Sturdy metal outer barrel
Filter Size 52 mm
Lens Mount VM bayonet
f/Stop Range 1.2-22
Minimum Focus Distance 1.64' (50cm)
Angle of View 63°
Groups/Elements 7/10
Number of Aperture Blades 12
Length 2.44" (62 mm)
Maximum Diameter 2.39" (60.8 mm)
Weight 1.03 lb (471 g)
Voigtlander Nokton Aspherical 35mm f/1.2 Lens II (Black)
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    VoigtlanderNokton Aspherical 35mm f/1.2 Lens II (Black)
     
    4.6

    (based on 11 reviews)

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    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (8)
    • Easy to use (6)
    • Reliable (3)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (3)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (5)
    • Everyday (4)
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    4.0

    Absolutely Fantastic but...

    By Alan Tang

    from Hobart, TAS

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Night Photography

    Comments about Voigtlander Nokton Aspherical 35mm f/1.2 Lens II (Black):

    To be frank, I was lured by the F1.2 maximum aperture. It's an absolute joy to use. The build quality is top notch and the focus mechanism is smooth as silk. But there are three things you should know before buying this lens. The first thing would be the lens cap. it's made of really flimsy plastic, not really a big deal if it works properly. However, it's poorly designed and it's very loose. It would either get stuck on the lens and you need to try to figure out a way to get it out (careful not the scratch the front element) or it would come off very easily. Another big thing to notice is that it's just not going to work at F1.2, it's very very soft from edge to edge and you get heaps of chromatic aberration. Stop it down to F2, this is where this lens shines. At F2, you get decent bokeh and a nice balance of all those give offs and somehow it gives you that magical look like no other lens. It's a little bit purplish, and flares a little bit under the sun. But god, the look of the photos are just magical and natural. There's just something about it. The third give off would be the weight, it's surprisingly heavy for its size and i need to use my battery grip to balance it, otherwise it's just a pain in the butt to use. You might've noticed i'm talking about all the cons, well, this is because you don't hear about them all the time and there's not enough reviews of this lens online. But seriously, stop it down properly and prepare to be amazed by the result. Another tip : It's best used for portraits. This lens is not very good for landscape, not because of the focal length, but because the way the greeneries being rendered. I don't think it's a problem caused by my a7R sensor though. Man, if you're looking for a 35mm lens, look no further, just get this.

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    4.0

    Good, not oustanding

    By Silvio

    from New York, NY

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Low-light

    Cons

    • Bulky
    • Soft At Wide Apertures

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use

    Comments about Voigtlander Nokton Aspherical 35mm f/1.2 Lens II (Black):

    I used the Nokton Asph as an upgrade from the Nokton Classic 35mm. What you gain in speed and sharpness you lose in size and weight.
    I coupled the lens with a Sony A7R, via Metabones adapter, and the full package is not exactly pocket-size. At 1.2, with or without the liveview zoom, the image is visibly soft, it's painfully apparent directly from the viewfinder. I ended up shooting at f/1.4 or above, with good results.
    At this price point, I wouldn't think of a better lens for low-light situations, but we're not even close to Leica standards. The Summilux 35mm puts this lens to shame, at any aperture, with more natural colors and a sharpness that never cease to amaze. It's also over 4 times more expensive, so you get what you pay for.
    On the other hand, the Voigtlander has a short minimum focus distance (which is a big plus) and is indeed solid and well built. Charging separately for the hood is just a questionable pricing strategy I still don't understand.

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    4.0

    Contrast and Color

    By Mutrock

    from Jacksonville, Florida

    About Me Semi-Professional

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          Comments about Voigtlander Nokton Aspherical 35mm f/1.2 Lens II (Black):

          I have been using the lens for only a few weeks. I purchased it for my new Leica M240 which I am also just learning about. I have had the camera for only 3 months. The lens is great in low light, as it should be. In normal daylight it the colors are brighter and the images show more contrast than any other lens I have owned.

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          5.0

          Nice Glass!

          By PLRandall

          from Stillwater, MN

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          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Nice bokeh
          • Sharp

          Cons

          • Expensive Lens Hood
          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape Photography
          • Low light
          • Traveling

          Comments about Voigtlander Nokton Aspherical 35mm f/1.2 Lens II (Black):

          I bought this lens for use with my new Sony A7. Overall it is very well constructed and fits the camera well, making a nice feel in my hands. This is a big lens on my A7 and heavy. But, the weight feels solid in my hands, balances with the camera and gives me a confidence that my hold is steady even without image stabilization. The images I have made with this lens reaffirm that notion.The lens has a nice big focus ring that is a big help with the manual focus required with the A7. The movement end to end is very smooth. The aperture ring is easy to use also, right at the front of the barrel. I use this lens in aperture priority mode, focus wide open and then count the clicks down to the desired f stop. The camera sets the ISO and shutter speed automatically. Nice!The bokeh at 1.2 is super shallow but quite lovely and as you stop down this lens delivers beautifully sharp at focus, with nice softness to infinity.With a super fast 1.2 max aperture, this lens performs amazingly! I made shots of my son by the light of our TV only and they looked as though they may have been made in daylight.With the selection of native glass in short supply for the new Sony cameras, Voigtlander lenses make a nice addition if you don't mind manual focus and shooting aperture priority or manual exposure. They are beautiful lenses and they are SHARP.I highly recommend this lens for anybody seeking a fast 35mm for use with a Leica M mount.

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          5.0

          Excellent sharpness at f1.2

          By Maxxa

          from London, ON

          About Me Semi-Professional

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          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Home
            • Landscape Photography
            • Portraits
            • Studio
            • Traveling

            Comments about Voigtlander Nokton Aspherical 35mm f/1.2 Lens II (Black):

            Despite some mixed reviews I read about this lens, I found it incredibly sharp wide open at f1.2! Those complaints about its sharpness were probably mainly due to the ultra shallow depth of field and inaccurate focusing. If you want to see its real sharpness at f1.2, try focusing on something far away.

            The build quality is nothing short of superb! Feels solid as a rock thanks to its all metal construction.

            Priced closly to the zeiss E24 f1.8, imho it is definitely a way better choice, and better looking!

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            5.0

            Exactly as per its reputation

            By Shoot like Capa

            from Sydney, Australia

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            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • Bulky

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Street

            Comments about Voigtlander Nokton Aspherical 35mm f/1.2 Lens II (Black):

            All the comments about this lens being heavy for a RF lens are true. It is heavy, but is is also as sharp as everyone says. This much speed in a 35mm lens is useful not just for low light but for subject isolation, not something you normally see in this F/L. It intrudes into the viewfinder space exactly as reported elsewhere but I do not find this a hindrance. Haven't started using a lens hood for it..... this might be why!. (The price of the CV lens hood is the reason)
            Performance wise, I am am extremely happy. My abilities are the limiting factor not this lens.

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            5.0

            Best for price

            By Ian

            from Orlando, fl

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            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • Bulky

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Portraits
            • Traveling

            Comments about Voigtlander Nokton Aspherical 35mm f/1.2 Lens II (Black):

            The only complaint I have ever heard about this lens in leica m mount before purchasing was its too bulky on M cameras. But coming from an slr mostly background it is still much smaller than any of my slr L series lenses. Sharp at 1.2 and out of focus areas render beautifully ! I was deciding between this and the leica 35mm 1.4. I went with this option and saved thousands of dollars with close to the same quality. When it comes down to quality between the two no one but super tech nerds could tell the difference. May be not even possible to tell the difference unless the photo was labeled with which lens used. Very nice lens regardless of price.

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            5.0

            great on nex 7

            By david

            from santa monica ca

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            Pros

            • Great Picture Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Night
              • Street

              Comments about Voigtlander Nokton Aspherical 35mm f/1.2 Lens II (Black):

              This lens has a very high quality feel and build. Being manual focus is no problem with the Nex 7's peak focusing and image magnifier and focus can be quick and accurate. I've found it to be a lens I can rely on in low night/indoor light or day light to capture great images. Wonderful isolation and bokeh wide open and great detail, contrast and colors stopped down. If this was the only lens I had for my Nex 7 I'd be happy.

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              4.0

              Great Low Light Lens

              By Chip

              from East Coast, USA

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              Pros

              • Durable
              • Fast

              Cons

              • Big

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Voigtlander Nokton Aspherical 35mm f/1.2 Lens II (Black):

              I use for low light interior and street photography. Not up to Leica standards, but a LOT cheaper than its Leica counterpart. It is still a quite good lens and very good value for the price.

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              5.0

              I use it most on my NEX 7

              By Riebs

              from Wisconsin

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              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy to Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Voigtlander Nokton Aspherical 35mm f/1.2 Lens II (Black):

                  This is a great lens for an M Leica, but it really struts its stuff on a large Mb sensor. Amazing!

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                  5.0

                  The lady for a night date!!

                  By The designer

                  from Daejeon, South Korea

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Great Picture Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Voigtlander Nokton Aspherical 35mm f/1.2 Lens II (Black):

                    I use this lens for night photography and when I want to have a narrow depth of field in daytime photography. For the day time photography I use a 4X neutral density filter. I find this lens to be very sharp and contrasty. Also at night it has excellent coverage and color saturation. This really suprised me. I haver found it to be very versitile and excellent as a n all around lens for my M9. My onle complaint is the cost of the lens shade. Otherwise I find that I use it more than my Leica Summicron 35 Asp. One reason is the wieght and the other is the ability to focus very fast because of the size of the focusing ring. The extra weight helps to keep it steady. I highly recommend this lens. It is everything that others have said when they raved about this lens in the original model. So far we have found no diffeence between this model II and the legindary model I. I did not mention the buile quality but it is up there with my leica lens. Very solid and it has a vintage look that I relly prefer. One note to be careful of is the fact that it focuses to .5 meter but most rangefinder cameras focus to .7 meters. It is not a negative since many purchase this lens for SLR use. Maybe it will encourage Leica to modify their cam to focus to .5 meters!!

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