Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.2 Aspherical Lens for Sony E

Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.2 Aspherical Lens for Sony E

Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.2 Aspherical Lens for Sony E

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Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.2 Aspherical Lens for Sony E

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  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/22
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1.1'
  • Manual Aperture Ring Can Be De-Clicked
  • 10-Blade Diaphragm
  • Contacts Transfer Exif Data
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Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 overview

  • 1Description

Distinguished by its speed, the Nokton 40mm f/1.2 Aspherical from Voigtlander is a short normal prime designed for full-frame Sony E mirrorless cameras. Its comfortable focal length pairs with an impressively fast f/1.2 maximum aperture to enable notable control over depth of field for producing shallow depth of field imagery, and this aperture also benefits working in difficult lighting. Complementing the fast design is an optical layout that uses two aspherical elements to suppress spherical aberrations and distortion for notable sharpness, clarity, and accurate rendering. The lens's manual focus design permits working with subjects as close as 1.1' away, and a Selective Aperture Control System allows you to de-click the manual aperture ring for smooth, silent exposure adjustment to suit filmmaking applications.

Slightly wider-than-normal prime is designed for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras, however can also be used with APS-C models where it will provide a 60mm equivalent focal length.
Bright, fast f/1.2 maximum aperture affords extensive control over depth of field for selective focus techniques, and also benefits working in low-light conditions.
Two aspherical elements are featured in the optical design to control spherical aberrations and improve clarity, sharpness, and resolution.
Manual focus design permits smooth, refined control along with a minimum focusing distance of 1.1'.
Ten-blade diaphragm contributes to a smooth quality of bokeh.
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. The aperture ring can also be configured to utilize traditional 1/3-stop clicks for more intuitive tactile control over exposure settings.
Contacts transfer all Exif data between the camera and lens in order to permit full use of camera functions, including focus magnification, image stabilization, and lens corrections.
In the Box
Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.2 Aspherical Lens for Sony E
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 specs

    Focal Length 40mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/1.2
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Sony E
    Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
    Angle of View 55°
    Minimum Focus Distance 1.15' / 35 cm
    Magnification 0.16x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:6.2
    Optical Design 8 Elements in 6 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 10
    Autofocus No
    Filter Thread Front: 58 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 2.76 x 2.33" / 70.1 x 59.3 mm
    Weight 14.82 oz / 420 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.2 x 4.5 x 4.3"

    Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 reviews

    Nokton 40mm f/1.2 Aspherical Lens for Sony E is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 12.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Legend is Born This lens is a true work of art.� The build quality is superb, the handling is sublime and the picture quality is on par with far more expensive lenses.�� Given Sony's extraordinarily capable focus peaking, the absence of auto-focus shouldn't be considered a detriment unless you're shooting moving subjects.� While pre-focusing is one way around that challenge, it may take lots of practice/trial & error before you're able to hit focus with any regularity. The lustworthy specs alone are enough to grab the attention of any pro/enthusiast but the shooting experience promises to keep your attention long after the charges post to your checking account. Bravo Voigtlander!� It appears you have created a niche that will earn you a loyal following among Sony shooters who seek the finest instruments.
    Date published: 2018-02-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A special lens for everyday shooting. So,its manual focus,which is both fine and letdown as I would love to use it at weddings. But manual focus and fleeting moments don't go so well. But for every day shots its perfect. Its small and focuses very smooth. The 40mm focal length (feels a bit closer to 45) is very "as we see it". Its very very sharp from 1.8 onward. I use it on the A7R III and focus peaking makes it easy. Kind of funny to use a manual lens on such a revolutionary camera but,there you have it. Its a great lens and has become extremely popular.
    Date published: 2018-04-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great High Speed Lens I have owned many lenses in my life. Manual and auto focus lenses. The Voigtlander 40mm 1.2 In the Sony FE Mount is one of the best. It is very sharp wide open in the center. I am not sure how sharp the corners are wide open. Taking full length portraits at f/1.2 the corner sharpness is not a problem. The bokeh may not be in the Leica Noctilux 50mm 0.95 class, but it is very very good. For a lens in this price category, it is a top shelf lens.
    Date published: 2017-12-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you like Dreamy People often measure a lens in Sharpness.� But lets be honest, super sharp gets boring, clinical even!� If you love the softness of film, this lens pairs up very nice.� Ergonomically the lens is a perfect fit w the Sony A7R3.� I havent taken this lens off since I bought it.� I also shoot film as a hybrid and this lens matches so nicely.� �Lastly, MF is easy w Focus peaking, I had my eyes start to get bad and made me stop down, but I can shoot this lens wide open on the Sony.� you wont regret owning this lens.
    Date published: 2018-04-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sooo FAST! I love the size and throw on this lens.� I recently purchased the Sony A7R3.� Their AF lens are so big it sorta ruins the point of mirrorless.� I am use to manual focus w shooting film.� The new Sony has focus PEAKING which makes this lens a breeze to manual focus.� It balances this body perfect.� 40mm is the perfect walk around lens too :0)
    Date published: 2018-02-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Colors, Bokeh, and a 3D Pop. Very nice color rendition and quite sharp at smaller apertures but where this really shines is wide open. The paper thin depth of field gives your images a wonderful 3D-osity. A fun manual focus lens suitable for many types of photos - but you'll have to use something else for sports. One of my favorite lenses.
    Date published: 2018-02-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun lens Well-made, manual focus lens. Bright. Has character. Makes nice images. Good in low light. Chromatic aberration is the main downside.
    Date published: 2018-01-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extraordinary general purpose lens! Go to Fredmiranda.com's Sony forum if you want to read hundreds of reviews of this lens and scores of incredible pics. I think most people found out about this lens from there. I certainly did. The glowing reviews and hyperbole were spot on. This is an extraordinary lens, and I've used most everything Canon has put out over the years, as well as medium and large format equipment.� Bottom line, 40mm is a perfect general focal - slightly wider than 50, which can be constraining, and just a hair longer than classic 35. So at 1.2, you're getting incredibly thin depth of field, but still a lot of environment for portraits.� It's a tiny lens, but the glass is weighty for its size. More solid feeling than anything by Canon, with a smooth focus ring that is, unlike horrid modern focus-by-wire systems, mechanically linked, which inspires confidence. Yes the A7R3 has incredible autofocus, but when you're shooting in no light, or have an superthin plane, you want to be spot on, and AF is never going to always be spot on. Take an extra second rather than just machine-gunning - it's autolinks to the camera's 6 or 10x magnifier, so you can focus better than anything at 1x from the olden days.� Drop this to F4 or F5.6, and you've got extraordinary resolution across the field for landscapes. Use at F2 or F2.8 for general portraits, or wide open if you want the most pop and drama (or you're shooting in the dark!)�� This stays on my camera 95% of the time, unless I really need a wide zoom or a telephoto for distance. And even then, I find myself really missing the focus and manual aperture controls - just so much faster to use in practice. There's no point in comparing this to the loxia series - it's a different beast for a different purpose. Loxia is slightly sharper across the plane, so if you only ever do landscape, go for that. But this lens is so much more versatile, and I've never found F1.2-F2 to be less than stellar.� Tests have shown that if you shoot F1.2 at less than 2ft distance (basically macro work) you can improve sharpness with a closeup lens like the Leica Elpro4. I own one, and use it sparringly, but to be honest, I don't think it's worth the $100-$150 extra for those rare instances. Just stop down to F2 and it's the same, your DOF at those distances will still be razor-thin.� Kudos to Voigtlander for making such an interesting lens - we already have so much fast, sharp, flavorless plastic out there, and this is really a throwback - in the best way - to something old timers might remember from shooting a Hasselblad or a Rolleiflex, except at 1/5 the weight!
    Date published: 2018-04-09
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    Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 Q&A

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    Designed for use with:

    • Sony NEX-EA50M
    • Sony PXW-FS5
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    • Sony Alpha A5000
    • Sony Alpha A5100
    • Sony Alpha A6000
    • Sony Alpha A6300
    • Sony Alpha A6500
    • Sony Alpha A7
    • Sony Alpha A7 II
    • Sony Alpha A7 III
    • Sony Alpha A7R
    • Sony Alpha A7R II
    • Sony Alpha A7R III
    • Sony Alpha A7S
    • Sony Alpha A7S II
    • Sony Alpha A9
    • Sony Alpha a7
    • Sony Alpha A6500
    • Sony Alpha A7S II
    • Sony A7R III
    • Sony NEX-EA50M
    • Sony NEX-EA50UH
    • Sony NEX-FS700R
    • Sony NEX-VG30
    • Sony NEX-VG900
    • Sony PXW-FS5
    • Sony PXW-FS5M2
    • Sony PXW-FS7
    • Sony PXW-FS7M2
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