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Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II Aspherical Lens for Nikon

You Pay: $489.00
Product Highlights
  • Fast 40mm f/2.0 Prime Lens
  • For Nikon Full Frame DSLRs and SLR's
  • 60mm Equivalent for DX and APS-C
  • Superb Optics and Precise Manual Focus
  • Auto Metering and Exposure Compatibility
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Multi-coated
  • Includes Dedicated Close-up Lens
  • Includes 52-39mm Adapter
  • Adapter Also Serves as Lens Hood

The 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II Aspherical Lens for Nikon from Voigtlander is an ultra-sharp manual focus lens for use on Nikon full frame DSLRs and SLRs.  When mounted on a camera with an APS-C size sensor the focal length translates to 60mm. The lens' manual focus action is very smooth and precise and its aspherical, multi-coated optics create sharp images with minimal aberration. Metering and exposure information is passed between lens and camera thanks to the lens' CPU which provides auto-functions with virtually every compatible Nikon 35mm and digital SLR.

Included with the 40mm F/2.0 Ultron is a  close-up (macro) conversion lens that offers a minimum focus distance of 9.85" (25 cm). The close-up lens is attached via a 52-39mm adapter. In addition to attaching the close-up lens, the adapter allows the attachment of 39mm filters and serves as a lens hood to deflect unwanted light and protect the lens. 

40mm provides ideal 'normal' focal length and welcomed alternative to more common 35mm and 50mm lenses
Smooth and precise manual focusing in a compact, well-designed, classic form
Multicoated lenses with 2 aspherical elements create very sharp images with minimal aberration.
CPU contacts communicate exposure and metering information to camera for auto exposure, shutter speed, ISO and flash applications.
Included close-up lens offers macro shooting with 9.85" (25 cm) minimum focus distance.
39-52mm adapter attaches close-up lens and optional 39mm filters and provides glare reduction and protection for lens.
Performance
Focal Length 40mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 57°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.25' (.38 m)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7 1
Please Note:

1:4 with included close-up lens

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Elements/Groups 6/5
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus No
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:52 mm
Front:39 mm 2
Please Note:

A 52mm-39mm adapter is included

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Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.48 x 0.96" (63 x 24.5 mm)
Weight 7.05 oz (200 g)
Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II Aspherical Lens for Nikon
  • 39mm Close-up Lens
  • 52-39mm Screw-mount Adapter
  • 39mm Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • One Year Limited Warranty
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    Voigtlander40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II Aspherical Lens for Nikon
     
    4.6

    (based on 16 reviews)

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    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (14)
    • Strong construction (12)
    • Consistent output (11)
    • Durable (10)
    • Rugged (9)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (11)
      • Night photography (8)
      • Low light (7)
      • Macro photography (5)
      • Weddings (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (6), Semi-pro photographer (5), Pro photographer (4)
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      5.0

      Modern Classic

      By Speedgraphic

      from Brooklyn, NY

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Night Photography
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II Aspherical Lens for Nikon:

        This lens is a bit of a sleeper hit. It may not have the Zeiss name, but it gives the 50mm 1.4 Planar a run for it's money for value. While it's not cheap like a nifty-fifty, it's well worth it's relative expense.

        It's sharp sharp sharp from f2 and on down the line. Nothing to complain about from an image quality standpoint really.

        Aside from it's outstanding optical quality this lens is tiny, and solidly built. When I'm shooting film it makes my FE2 not much bigger than a Leica. I also use it with my Df which brings down the size considerably. I haven't used the additional close up lens because the lens by itself focuses pretty close. Nice to have though I suppose.

        Don't hesitate to purchase this lens, you will not regret it.

        I should also note that 40mm has been a surprisingly nice change from the tradition 50 or 35. It's got a 'just right' feeling for a walk-around, reportage lens.

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        5.0

        Love at First Sight

        By Ted Clutter

        from Clarkston, WA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II Aspherical Lens for Nikon:

          Great mechanical and optical quality. One of the sharpest lenses I have seen in 50 years of photography. Compares well with Nikon AFS 35mm f/1.4. Focus ring and aperture ring solid, not fiddly. Turns your DSLR into a highly portable, lightweight street and travel camera! Perfect focal length, a slightly wide normal. Wonderful drawing, as near a perfect lens you'll find anywhere. The close-up lens is nothing short of phenomenal. This lens is worth every penny of $. Believe it!

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          4.0

          A good substitute for 50mm

          By ronnie_retro

          from Albuquerque, N.M.

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II Aspherical Lens for Nikon:

            I needed a lighter, more compact lens for my D700 than the Nikon 50 mm F/1.2 AIs, which is my standard lens.

            Compared to the 50/1.2 AIs at the same f stop from f/2 through f/5.6, here's what I found. ('Edge' is frame edge along center horizon line; not corner sharpness which I don't care about).

            f/2 - severe vignetting, poor edge sharpness.

            f/2.8 - central sharpness fair, edge still substantially poorer

            f/4 - central sharpness a near match, edge somewhat less sharp

            f/5.6 - central sharpness a near match, edge almost as good.

            Overall not as good as the 50/1.2, but still a good lens from f/4 on up on the D700. If there is enough light - rarely a problem with the D700 - this lens makes sense as an alternative to a 50mm. I like the slightly wider F.O.V.

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            5.0

            Crisp with great color

            By Photographer

            from San Francisco

            Comments about Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II Aspherical Lens for Nikon:

            Only 40 mm lens available for Nikon FX body and there isn't any need for other options. Extremely crisp and clear on a D800e... comparable to that of the 105mm micro if not better. Manual focus ring has a great feel to it, like old school lenses.

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            4.0

            Great Prime...wishing for AF

            By t-Frank

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II Aspherical Lens for Nikon:

              Wonderful build quality, nice feel to the lens on and off body.

              If you're looking for a great field of view, the 40mm is it. Wonderful walk around focal length, light weight and easy to use.

              Nice image quality on my Nikon 700 & 800.

              The only downside is the lack of AF. I'm just not as familiar with manual focus so that could be my issue as a user...just feel like I am missing focus by not being familiar with it.

              However the throw and response on manual focus is good, and when shooting fixed subjects the focus confirmation is spot on. Nice to have the ability for the lens to "talk" to the body via the chip.

              If you want a 40mm and are comfortable with manual focus this is the lens for you.

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              4.0

              A practical buy

              By Lawrence

              from Cape Town SA

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              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II Aspherical Lens for Nikon:

                This lense enables me to use my D700 as a bulky point and shoot. Its manual focus but for me thats a plus.

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                5.0

                Brilliant Lens

                By Lightdrunk

                from Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts.

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Night Photography

                  Comments about Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II Aspherical Lens for Nikon:

                  Wonderful lens and perfect for the landscape work I've been doing. The Voigtlander 40 f2 Nikon Mount is sharp as a Zeiss with almost no distortion. It comes with an excellent lens increment for macro work. I don't mind the manual focus at all, and it has reacquainted me with depth of field in a most enjoyable way. I have nothing but praise for this lens.

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                  5.0

                  40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II + nikon d800e

                  By Vladko

                  from Minneapolis, MN

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Night Photography
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II Aspherical Lens for Nikon:

                    Solid build with smooth focus feel. I am shooting street style zone focus and manual setup. Great combination of digital with an analog attitude. FYI:if you add a black zip tie to the focus ring, trim it flush you end up with a nifty focus tab.

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                    4.0

                    Great "normal" lens

                    By Peter

                    from Chicago

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Portraiture

                      Comments about Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II Aspherical Lens for Nikon:

                      I've found 50 to be too long generally and 35 to be too short for environmental portraits on a number of occasions. Less distortion than my 35 1.4 AFS and very smooth focusing. It's a quite nice, compact lens and I think I'll only be using my 35mm when I really need AF from now on - which isn't often. Haven't used it enough to form an opinion on the bokeh - but I'm happy with this lens overall.

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                      5.0

                      40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II=Top of Top!

                      By Air force 1

                      from Geneva-region, Switzerland

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Photography

                        Comments about Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II Aspherical Lens for Nikon:

                        I'm so happy I bought this product. This lens is really worth it's price! I used to take pictures with a Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D on my D700, which is really an excellent lens. But when I made my first shots with my new 40mm Voigtlander, the results were even better! Very very sharp! This lens is also more versatile than a 50mm lens for travel.
                        I do also appreciate it's lightweight; it really counts when having it on your shoulder for the entire day! Great performance,if U get one, you will not be disappointed!! The manual focus feels great and it's a real pleasure to use! Also this lens is very well made(Anodized Aluminum),and it will last forever...

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                        5.0

                        Excellent Lens

                        By Alberta Photographer

                        from Alberta, Canada

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Lightweight
                        • Small
                        • Strong Construction
                        • Value

                        Cons

                        • Nervous Bokeh

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Street

                        Comments about Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II Aspherical Lens for Nikon:

                        I used to shoot Pentax and one of my favourite lenses was the FA 43mm f/1.9. So when I made the switch to Nikon I wanted something similar. My criteria were solid construction and excellent IQ across the frame in a small inconspicuous package. Other than autofocus, I found all my expectations met or exceeded in the Voigtlander. In fact I would say it is a better lens than the Pentax Limited lens.The lens is sharp across the frame, small and light and built like an old-school lens. The bokeh is a bit nervous and manual focus, even with an FF camera can be challenging especially wide open. However the advantages far outweigh the minor cons.This is the perfect lens for someone looking to slow down their photography, or is interested in a inconspicuous lens for street shooting (perfect for zone focusing). It will take a bit of practice to get proficient with manual focusing but the rewards are well worth it. It is also reasonably priced considering that this is the type of lens which will last you forever if treated with respect.The close focus glass is a nice touch too.

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                        5.0

                        Sharp and smooth

                        By Sierra Landscape

                        from San Francisco

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Rugged
                        • Sharp
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • NONE

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Photography
                        • Video

                        Comments about Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II Aspherical Lens for Nikon:

                        As a landscape photographer I move slower. I don't need fancy AF, but require sharp glass. This little lens doesn't disappoint, for its crisp, sharp and clean throughout the whole aperture range. The focus ring is as smooth as they come, and the weight is unbeatable. The all metal construction feels like the older manual focus lenses, solid. I'm itching to get my hands on their 58 and 20. Highly recommend this lens.

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                        5.0

                        Slow down!

                        By VTwin Vet

                        from Saskatoon, SK

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II Aspherical Lens for Nikon:

                          This 40mm f2.0 lens by Voightlander was purchased with a specific, if not somewhat unusual purpose. To slow down my photography.

                          This is a beautifully built manual focus lens which provides crisp, detailed images even out to the corners at f2. The lens lets in plenty of light and allows low light, hand-held photograpy. This is especially true for good low light camers such as my Nikon D700.

                          I knew the lens would allow for very high quality images, but it was the combination of outstanding quality along with the manual focus which attracted me.

                          I have found that as cameras and lens get more and more sophisticated and faster, I have tended to think less and less about my images - composition, speed, ISO, white balance, etc... The cameras does it all!

                          I wanted to get back to the old style of having to think about each individual image and how all aspects of photography need to work together to produce the best images.

                          This Voigtlander lens does just that. It makes the photographer slow down and consider the photograph and the end result a bit more.

                          I use this lens for scenics, night photography, and as a perfect walk-around travel lens. Being manual focus, it does have the focus speed needed for constant action photography, but with some forethought, it can hold its own.

                          When you slow down and think about the focus, depth of field, and the light, you will be regarded with wonderful results from this lens. It has a wonderful, lightweight, yet solid feel to it and you quickly become confident with using it.

                          The Voightlander 40mm f2.0 is a very rewarding lens to use. Highly recommended.

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                          5.0

                          Excellent prime with top notch build

                          By Brian

                          from DC

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Portraiture
                            • Street photography

                            Comments about Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II Aspherical Lens for Nikon:

                            This 40mm is my favorite go-to lens. It's build quality feels similar to Zeiss or Leica MF primes. I love it's silky smooth damping on the focus ring (turns about 80* from min-infinity), and the ergonomics are perfect. It has pro-level sharpness and IQ, as well as a useful hard stop focus and traditional focus index. It's super compact size and sweet-spot focal length work great for discreet street photography and portraiture with minimal distortion. The small outer element is less likely to scratch and the hood works well to protect it. I usually leave the hood on and don't use a cap with this lens, unless using a filter. The only downsides are related to MF; difficulty tracking fast subjects, and low light/large aperture focus. I would strongly recommend a split prism focus screen to compliment this lens.

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                            5.0

                            Excelent lens

                            By Salva

                            from Mexico

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Rugged
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Macro Photography

                              Comments about Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II Aspherical Lens for Nikon:

                              Sure it is manual focus, sure it is close to 50mm but that's well known before purchasing it, no surprises here. The real surprise is that it is an awesome lens, pick sharpness at f8 and great bokeh below. It comes with a close up lens that REALLY works great, compared to Nikon micro 60mm AF-D F2.8 and even 105mm F2.8 it is not too far; same case as the voigtlander 90mm F3.5 with it´s close up lens. Go for it or them if you are a photographer that knows what manual focusing means and if you know what a 40mm objective is.

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                              3.0

                              Good lens but ...

                              By Pointy

                              from Vancouver, Canada

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Very Sharp And Well Built

                              Cons

                              • Too expensive

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II Aspherical Lens for Nikon:

                                This is an excellent lens if all you want is a manual 40mm lens. However, if you already have a 50mm lens, I would not bother. Although it is a different focal length (close enough though), my Nikon 50mm F/1.8 D lens is as sharp, it auto focuses, and did I mention that it costs [$] versus [$]!

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