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VoigtlanderNokton 58mm f/1.4 SL-II N Manual Focus Lens for Nikon AIS
 
4.8

(based on 33 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (23)
  • Durable (19)
  • Nice bokeh (18)
  • Rugged (14)
  • Lightweight (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Low light (16)
  • Night photography (12)
  • Portraits (11)
  • General purpose (6)
  • Landscape/scenery (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (9), Enthusiast (7), Semi-pro photographer (7), Photo enthusiast (5), Semi-professional (3)
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wonderful lens!

By K. Paesler

from San Jose CA

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4 SL-II N Manual Focus Lens for Nikon AIS:

    Great little lens! Images are sharp, even at f 1.4. Bokeh is magical. Yes, it is manual, but the aperture can be contolled from the camera, and the focus ring is smooth and has a long "throw". Plus, I really like the slightly longer focal length of 58mm vs. 50mm. Another advantage is that it is small and lightweight. I love it and totally recommend it if you don't mind manual focusing.
    Only cons ( which is not a real con anyway, you can use another one if it bothers you): the lens cap is not very grippy. Other than that, I am very happy with this lens!

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Can a lens make you happy? This one can.

    By jlab

    from New York, NY

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Night Photography
      • Portraiture

      Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4 SL-II N Manual Focus Lens for Nikon AIS:

      I have a special relationship with the Voigtländer brand. Growing up in Germany, my father had a Voigtländer camera (I wish I still had it!), which he used to explain the basics of photography to me. The satisfying "clack" of the exposure may have been the moment I fell in love with the mechanics of photography. I am now an enthusiastic user of Fujifilm's X-T1, and when I started building my lens collection, the search for a portrait lens brought me across this beautiful piece of optical art. Fuji's own 56mm being out of my price range, I started wondering how important AF really is for me in portrait situations. But I have to confess that until I owned and used the Voigtländer, I never fully understood how well it makes up for the lack of AF. The focus ring is nothing like the Fuji lenses in manual mode. You can't really emulate this experience with an AF lens in "manual" setting. The focus ring is buttery soft yet firm, and enables you to focus with confidence and speed (fewer turns needed to get where you need to be). With focus peaking enabled in the camera, it's truly not that hard to get a sharp image. Obviously, there is a learning curve, but I feel it's one worth the effort, and it will benefit your photography in more ways than you anticipated. The optics of this 58mm (which translates to a classic portrait focal length of ca. 90mm when used on a crop sensor like the Fuji) are impossible to describe. This lens deserves that term that much more expensive lenses are sold with: "art lens". Especially in low light, especially wide open, it produces images that are clear and clean and sharp, but have a sort of dreamlike quality. I don't understand the minutiae of optics that well, but I could swear that this lens "paints" beautiful colors. With a Metabones or Fotasy adapter, it fits the Fuji like a glove, looks like a million bucks, and feels just right. The focus ring has that charming "old" design with the crescent shaped indentations that I remember from my dad's old film camera. A trip into the past ... and into the future.

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      5.0

      Dreamy Bokeh, Sharper than People Say

      By J.R.

      from Los Angeles, CA

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4 SL-II N Manual Focus Lens for Nikon AIS:

        This lens, like all the Voigts, is just wonderful to hold and use. Bokeh is superb, skin tones are super smooth, and it's sharp enough to satisfy the pixel-peepers, even at 1.4. Anyone that says it's soft and "dream-like" at 1.4 is simply missing focus. Of course it's gets sharp VERY fast - by 2.8 it's tack-sharp - but it's still more than useable at 1.4. If you're thinking about it, pick it up!

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best prime I've owned

        By H_Socolov

        from Mexico City

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Razor Sharp
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Slightly Loose Lens Cap

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4 SL-II N Manual Focus Lens for Nikon AIS:

        Depth rendition, color, and sharpness are all exquisite. The build quality is amazing, focus ring is solid metal and buttery to the touch, amazing precision.
        Aperture ring also very responsive, clicking is there, of course, yet it is also smooth.
        The results on full frame sensors are extraordinary on stills and video as well. Perfectly compatible with clickless power aperture on D750 when shooting 1080p video. Sharpness gets a boost there as well.
        Get one of these. Extraordinary construction and results. A seriously underpriced gem.

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        5.0

        I'd buy the lens again.

        By MZK

        from Winnipeg, Manitoba

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4 SL-II N Manual Focus Lens for Nikon AIS:

        While I've only had the lens for about 2 weeks, it pairs very well with my Nikon Df. So far, there's nothing I dislike about it.

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        5.0

        Very Solid Build and Quality

        By Brentthephotog

        from Atlanta, GA

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4 SL-II N Manual Focus Lens for Nikon AIS:

            So far, a very solid, clean piece of glass that far outshines my 50 1.4 D nikkor. A bit more expensive than the D, but more than twice as clear, and sharp. Only a manual focuser, but i've actually started using manual focus in portraiture at all focal lengths, and moving away from zooms and auto focus. obviously this isn't an event lens for children due to the lack of AF, but it still communicates with the camera for all other functions, as well as giving the "in focus" indication when attained.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Art

            By photo dude

            from minnesota

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Manual Focus

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Night Photography
            • Portait

            Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4 SL-II N Manual Focus Lens for Nikon AIS:

            This lens is amazing, the focus ring is like butter. The depth rendition is amazing, colors are amazing, a little bit dreamy wide open if shot in sun light,and is very sharp stopped down. Also need to mention when shooting in bright sunlight you need to stop down 1/2-2/3's of a stop because this lens overexposes (not a bad thing).

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great lens to express your artistism

            By igorilla

            from Toronto, Canada

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Durable
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Chromatic Aberrations
            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4 SL-II N Manual Focus Lens for Nikon AIS:

            At first, I shot test charts and got disappointed. Then I thought it actually might allow me to grow as a NOT commercial photographer. I took it to a real shoot outdoors and it was wow! The bokeh of this lens is second to none. The focus ring is long, which makes the manual focus an easy and pleasant process.
            My copy has a significant CA, which could not always be fixed in PP. I recall having nikon 50/1.4D sold for that reason. I could have called it 'analogue' and 'artistic' and continued to use.
            The best application for it may be 2nd wedding photog. who is less constrained in choosing hardware.

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            5.0

            Beautiful

            By tcpchicago

            from chicago

            About Me Pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4 SL-II N Manual Focus Lens for Nikon AIS:

                A truly beautiful lens and really fun to use.

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Very good portrait lens

                By raviv M

                from israel

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Great bokeh
                • Great Build And Handeling
                • Nice Smooth Surfaces
                • Price
                • Sharp From F28
                • Wonderful Colors

                Cons

                • Not sharp wide open

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Portraits
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4 SL-II N Manual Focus Lens for Nikon AIS:

                I was looking for a nice manual portrait lens for my NEX cameras. The classic legacy lenses like nikon 85 1.4 AIS were pricy and old, and their focal length is quite limiting.
                I decided to go for the Voigt 58 and i am more than happy !
                This lens is extremely well built. Clarity is fantastic and colors are great. Bokeh is creamy thanks to 9 rounded aperature leaves.
                This lens is soft wide open. It may be useful for those who look for a dreamy picture. not for me.
                At F2.8 it is tack sharp with lots pf detail. Surfaces look smooth which is a great virtue for a portrait lens because you don't want the skin to look bad.
                The lens has a little CA at the edges but it is a minor problem that can be easily pixed in PP.
                My conclusion: This is a really nice portrait lens with great character and good build quality. it is not perfect, but for this price it is better than the legacy lenses out there. I really like it.

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                (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                The best for Artistic portraits

                By Ostrovskiy

                from Los Angeles

                About Me Pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Durable
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4 SL-II N Manual Focus Lens for Nikon AIS:

                    Great lens, bokeh is gorgeous!
                    Highly recomend

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                    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Beautiful Results on Digital

                    By Mamiya Fan

                    from Southern California

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Blurry Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraiture

                    Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4 SL-II N Manual Focus Lens for Nikon AIS:

                    I use this lens for portraiture on Nikon D300 SLR, and on 35mm SLR film bodies. Since focusing is done at f1.4, which provides a hazy soft image, this lens is hard to focus on the ground glass alone. So I use the green dot in focus indicator in my Nikon to help me. The other focusing issue with this lens is field curvature. So unfortunately, too many images shot up close and wider apertures are not in focus unless they are in center of frame when both composing and exposure..

                    However if focus is nailed correctly, the portraits have a unique and very desireable combination of being both very sharp, and having a certain hazy glow to them - which flatters the subject.

                    I have had my D300 for 4 years now, and i finally start to appreciate what this camera is capabe of when using this Nokton 58 lens with it. The lens helps to remove the 'clinical' feel to the digital camera and imparts a highly competent "analogue" feel to these digital images. I have shot some film with it and the look on film is just as beautiful.

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                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Nice

                    By D Michael

                    from Muscat, Oman

                    About Me Pro Photographer

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                    Pros

                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4 SL-II N Manual Focus Lens for Nikon AIS:

                        Please note that the images don't represent the lens fully. B&H hasn't updated the images to reflect the metal ring now being used on the new model. The optics are the same, and I like the metal ring better. So a bonus for us.

                        The build quality is awesome, and the focus ring is a joy to use. Must stop down to get the best sharpness, but you must do this with all fast lenses. Still very nice and usable at 1.4. Bokeh is second to none in this category and price. Buy and don't look back.

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Oozes Quality

                        By Morriss

                        from Dallas,TX

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                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4 SL-II N Manual Focus Lens for Nikon AIS:

                            It feels so good in my hands.

                            I needed something fast that could actually be used wide open for dance photographs. Timing is everything with dance photographs, so auto focus in low light is worthless. I use it on a D700 and the results are fantanstic.

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                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Impressive lens

                            By Stefan

                            from Michigan

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                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Good in low light
                            • Lightweight
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Rugged
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light

                              Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4 SL-II N Manual Focus Lens for Nikon AIS:

                              I use the this lens on my D7000 so with the crop sensor it makes an excellent portrait lens. I am a huge fan of the colour reproduction and bokeh this lens produces. It is also superbly built and sharp. Excellent lens my only concern is whether the zeiss would be better for another 200 dollars. As it stands this lens is excellent and I am very happy.

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                              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great lens for m43

                              By Ben

                              from Tampa, FL

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Pros

                              • Lightweight
                              • Nice Bokeh
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light

                                Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4 SL-II N Manual Focus Lens for Nikon AIS:

                                I recently purchased a Metabones Speed Booster for my Panasonic GH3. My first pro level camera was a Nikon F2 Photomic and I shot with a 50mm f1.4 AIS lens along with my favorite lens of all time, the 105 f1.8 AIS Nikkor. I purchased the Nokton 58mm f1.4 lens to achieve an 85mm equivalent focal length on my GH3. I'm thoroughly pleased with the images I've been capturing with this lens. The IQ is amazing and the colors have a "I didn't appreciate THAT while I was taking that particular picture" wonderment. I covet these moments of satisfaction when I review my photos on a decent computer monitor. There are many pieces of glass that can bring about this type of feeling, so I'm not recommending this lens over any other high quality lens. I'm just an advocate for this lens as a prime candidate (some pun intended) for achieving a portrait angle of view with the Metabones Speed Booster on a m43 camera body.

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                                (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                a very nice little lens

                                By KOM

                                from MTL,QC

                                About Me Casual Photographer

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                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Good contrast
                                • Lightweight
                                • Nice Bokeh
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                • Cheap lens cap

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light

                                Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4 SL-II N Manual Focus Lens for Nikon AIS:

                                Optical quality is better than 50mm 1.4G.
                                Smooth focusing.

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                                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Nice

                                By Michael Cramer, Burstmode Photography

                                from Houston, TX

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                                Pros

                                • Lightweight
                                • Nice Bokeh
                                • Rugged
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4 SL-II N Manual Focus Lens for Nikon AIS:

                                  Everything photographic has a learning curve. I've had this lens for nearly 2 months and I'm comfortable with the lens. At f/1.4, the dof is very narrow and it can be a little soft but in a comfortable sort of way; much like a favorite old pair of jeans. Stop down a bit and the lens is magic. Beautifully made, small and unobtrusive, it's very easy to use. It stays on my D7100 and has produced several lovely portraits. As my eyes age, my focusing becomes a bit slower but when I hit the dot in the viewfinder, the image turns out sharp every time.

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                                  (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Awesome lens for selective focus

                                  By Tuan T. Pham

                                  from McLean, VA

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Durable
                                  • Nice Bokeh
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Macro Photography
                                    • Night Photography

                                    Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4 SL-II N Manual Focus Lens for Nikon AIS:

                                    Beautiful bokeh and sharp!
                                    Uber-smooth focus ring.
                                    If you are used to manual focus, you will love this gem.

                                    Highly recommended.

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                                    (17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Recall the Past

                                    By Photo Mike

                                    from Jupiter, Florida

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Sharpness
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Good normal lens

                                      Comments about Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4 SL-II N Manual Focus Lens for Nikon AIS:

                                      As a professional photographer of 46 years, I became an avid collector of Nikkor lens.
                                      The Nokton 58mm lens performs similar to my 52 year old Nikkor-S 58mm F/1.4. In side by side, tripod mounted images taken with the Nikon D90,
                                      the results differed by one factor.The image brightness was 1/3 stop brigther with the Nokton (probably due to coatings and being a new lens). The optical performance was identical at F/1.4 and F/5.6.
                                      I am pleased in that I can now use the Nokton lens for field work rather than my collector's sample of the Nikkor.

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