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Voigtlander Nokton 42.5mm f/0.95 Micro Four Thirds Lens

BH #VO425095 • MFR #BA425M
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Voigtlander Nokton 42.5mm f/0.95 Micro Four Thirds Lens
Key Features
  • Micro Four Thirds System Lens
  • 85mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Bright, Fast f/0.95 Maximum Aperture
  • One Super High Refractive Element
The Voigtlander Nokton 42.5mm f/0.95 Micro Four Thirds Lens is a bright, fast portrait-length lens that provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 85mm when used on Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. This manual focus, manual exposure prime lens utilizes a Selective Aperture Control System, which renders the aperture control ring as stepless and de-clicked for silent and smooth performance. This is ideally-suited to video applications or for greater control over aperture selection while shooting.
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Voigtlander 42.5mm f/0.95 Nokton Overview

The Voigtlander Nokton 42.5mm f/0.95 Micro Four Thirds Lens is a bright, fast portrait-length lens that provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 85mm when used on Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. This manual focus, manual exposure prime lens utilizes a Selective Aperture Control System, which renders the aperture control ring as stepless and de-clicked for silent and smooth performance. This is ideally-suited to video applications or for greater control over aperture selection while shooting.

The optical construction integrates one Super High Refractive element as well as one aspherical element to minimize chromatic aberrations and produce imagery with notable clarity and sharpness. Ten aperture blades form a nearly circular diaphragm in order to produce an aesthetic bokeh that is noticeable when using shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques and a minimum focusing distance of 9.1" supports working with close-up subject matter.

Extremely bright and fast 42.5mm f/0.95 lens produces a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 85mm when used on a Micro Four Thirds digital camera.
Selective Aperture Control System produces a stepless, de-clicked aperture ring, which provides silent and smooth exposure adjustment that is well-suited for video application.
One Super High Refractive element and one aspherical element work to produce a high image quality with immense clarity, contrast, and sharpness with a marked reduction in chromatic aberrations and color fringing.
Fully manual focus and exposure lens features an all-metal lens barrel and a 10-blade diaphragm.

Voigtlander 42.5mm f/0.95 Nokton Specs

Focal Length42.5mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 85mm)
Maximum Aperturef/0.95
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountMicro Four Thirds
Lens Format CoverageMicro Four Thirds
Angle of View30.5°
Minimum Focus Distance9.06" / 23 cm
Maximum Magnification0.25x
Optical Design11 Elements in 8 Groups
Diaphragm Blades10
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size58 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.53 x 2.94" / 64.26 x 74.68 mm
Weight1.26 lb / 571 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.68 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.75 x 4.55 x 4.45"

Voigtlander 42.5mm f/0.95 Nokton Reviews

Fantastic Lens All Around!!!

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-22

I use this lens on my original BMPCC, BMPCC4K, and Olympus camera for stills photography. The images both for video and stills are breathtaking! Love the all manual operation! Forces you to be a better photographer/cinematographer. Awesome low light lens! Awesome shallow depth of field! Awesome for portraits and extreme close ups on anything. Amazing build quality all around! A pleasure to work with! This lens is for people who are true artists. It inspires you to think and feel. The results are always magnificent, and the price is one fifth of what it really should be.

Fabulous, old school lens.

By Loren
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-27

I love this lens. I mean really, f/0.95? This is my see in the dark lens. Bokeh is fabulous. Sure, soft around the edges wide open, but what do you expect? Learn where it is soft, and use it to you advantage in your compositions. Close focusing capabilities are great.

Great Lens, not declicked aperture as advertised

By Drew
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-19

incredible quality lens. well built. feels good in the hand. my one critique is that it's advertised as a declicked aperture, I would not qualify it as such.

Amazing bokeh

By Pedro
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-04-24

High quality and durable.

Best Lens I Have

By Joseph
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-12-29

There was one YouTube reviewer who said that this lens had poor resolution, and he was mainly concerned with the 10 sided out-of-focus attributes. While I do not find the 10 sided attributes objectionable, I have been unable to verify the rest of this review - it is an outstanding performer, and the best lens that I have, in my opinion. Other Reviewers in the major outlets have stated that this lens compares favorable to the best of the Reds, Zeiss, and Leicas. I can confirm that it appears to be somewhat superior to my Panasonic Leica 25mm. f/1.4 in resolution. The Christmas group shot was taken at about 35 ft. from the subjects - I had to go through a double set of doors, and go back on the deck as far as the railing to get them all in. Only the IBIS of my GH5 Rev. 2.5 was used for stabilization. I focused on the grandmother, and took several shots. One way I have of doing my own lens testing is to enlarge 16X in camera and see if the image is resolved down to the pixels, and if any CA is apparent. I was amazed to discover that the young lady in the lower right, who was not in the focus-plane, yet had her eye lashes resolved to just about the pixels. So here was a shot, hand held from 35 ft., of a non-focus plane image, resolved to just about the pixels. Used f/2~4 for the shot. Night time shots indicate that the GH5/Voightlander combination can probably be used for cinema noir shooting with just a bare streetlamp. Judge for yourself whether the out of focus 10 sided balls are objectionable or not; there is no onioning of these balls. Could not see the Christmas in the lawn decoration shot with the naked eye. But the GH5/voightlander brought it and flattened the illumination very well.

Favorite Lens for BMPCC4k

By Jared
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-05-03

This lens looks fantastic!  Its a fantastic focal length for interviews, doc work, some B-Roll as well as many other uses. In fact it looks so good I find myself using it in situations over my other lens with more appropriate focal lengths for the shot. The focus ring feels amazing and solid. Even though the focus does get a touch soft past 2.1, its nice to have the .95 option if you need it. I highly recommend this lens!

Great ultra fast sharp lens for MFT cameras!

By Bernardo
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-27

This lens (42.5 mm mft nokton) along with all the other mft noktons is wonderfull if you don't mind going full manual. it is great for video as well since it has a declickable aperture ring! Mine came with this feature somewhat compromised (aperture ring when declicked had uneven friction and actually made metallic friction noise when turning it) this seems to be getting better as I sort of break inn the lens by just turning the ring back and forth. Probably the lubricant grease has spread evenly after some turning. Has anyone had this issue? I didn't have it with my other Noktons.

Beautiful lens

By James
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-11

I purchased this lens because Denise Ippolito uses it along with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera to create beautiful flower photos. I wasn't disappointed. At a recent visit to an Iowa botanical garden, I took some photos I could be proud of.

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Asked by: John
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Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2019-08-15

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What is this lens t stop value?
Asked by: Anonymous
This lens does not offer T stops.
Answered by: James B.
Date published: 2018-08-24

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Asked by: Satya
At F/0.95 you will need to be very precise to get the proper focus. You will need to take advantage of whatever focus assisting tools are available to you on your camera, such as focus peaking and magnification of the image.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2019-10-15

Hi, will this lens work on a s35 sensor? actually ...

Hi, will this lens work on a s35 sensor? actually all of the m43 lineup lenses from voigtlander, will they work on s35 with no crop?
Asked by: rene
It will not. This lens only covers a MFT sized sensor and its 35mm Equivalent Focal Length will be 85mm.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2020-02-24

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can it be mount on Sony 7aS ?
Asked by: Anonymous
No, you cannot. You can mount full frame lenses onto Micro 4/3 cameras, but not the other way around - the field of vision is too small.
Answered by: PAWEL W.
Date published: 2019-12-16

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Would it make any sense to use an extension tube with this lens for more of a macro effect? I realize this lens already focuses to around 9 , which is super; but, I'm trying to discern the pros & cons of an extension tube with such a fast lens. Any thoughts on this set up?
Asked by: Anonymous
It would make some sense yes. Virtualy any focal can be used with an extension tube with some levels of success. Shorter focals tend to work best with tubes but this one would definitely be one I think would be worth experimenting with. Most macro shots are shot stopped down at smaller apertures but again, with such a wide aperture it would be fun to experiment with results when shooting wide open as this lens can go.
Answered by: Yos O.
Date published: 2018-08-24

In daily use, how does this compare to the ...

In daily use, how does this compare to the Panasonic Lumix G 42.5 mm f/1.7 OIS?
Asked by: Daniel
Main difference is the aperture of the Voigtlander is wider and offers better quality in low light and shallower depth of field. On the other hand it is manual focus only. The Panasonic lens offers autofocus.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2022-06-28
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