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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
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/22
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Manual Focus Design
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.
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Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 Nokton Aspherical Overview

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.

Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 Nokton Aspherical Specs

Focal Length40mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.2
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View55°
Minimum Focus Distance1.15' / 35 cm
Maximum Magnification0.16x
Optical Design8 Elements in 6 Groups
Diaphragm Blades10
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size58 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.76 x 2.33" / 70.1 x 59.3 mm
Weight14.82 oz / 420 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)5.2 x 4.5 x 4.3"

Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 Nokton Aspherical Reviews

Breath taking lens

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-08

I have a Sony A7R3, and I purchased this Voigtlander e-mount 40mm 1.2 lens. Omg I LOVE the pics this lens takes. The colors are sooo rich, deep and sharp. I have an auto focus lens which is also very good but I use this Voigtlander manual lens more often and it has better color saturation and separation of background. I was able to take a pic of this dog in the park that could not stand still yet I was able to get a clear shot with this manual lens, of course the IBS within the camera helps also. But yes I love the design, compactness of this lens and the smoothness when focusing! The pics are very unique and rich with this lens!!! I also have to say it was painstaking uploading these photos whether uploading or dragging it, I hope B&H will correct this uploading feature to make easier for the customer to upload his or her pics.

This lens is Something Special.

By Andretti
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-10

Wonderfully built, great images straight out of camera with tons of feeling. This is a lens that just gives your photos something different, a little modern vintage. The ability to de-clickable aperture ring is great for video work.

Remarkable

By Ray
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-02

Beautiful lens physically with a great feel. Images are beautiful and works with my ttl on my Sony. Perfect focus length for my car photography

Amazing with A7siii

By Doug
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-01

I only make feature documentary films. So for films, please ignore the reviews calling this a 'soft' lens. At least for me, they misunderstand how best to use this lens. Its strengths are spectacular. This is an absolutely stunningly beautiful cinematic lens. I'm absolutely blown away with the color, the natural roll-off, and I love the 40mm unique field of view. It's my favorite lens. In the end, this lens has a roll-off that you will love. (Please see my attached screenshot from a video taken wide open f/1.2. I'm using this lens on my full-frame Sony a7siii (which has a great auto-focus feature). Yes, this lens is manual but I've focused on manual my whole career. The personality of this lens is different from some of my other lenses that do have autofocus like my Sony G Master series lenses (FE 85 1.4, FE 135 1.8, and FE 24 F1.8). It does something pretty special to the skin of the subject when filming wide open in f/1.2 (which is the only way I film with this lens). It is difficult to describe, but if you want an amazing lens where your subject just looks good...this is the lens. It is very simple to focus on. It has a solid construction. Those who do fashion films or any films in drama or documentary will love this lens. If you want some clinical, boring, and ultra-sharp, then grab some other lens. If you want art...this lens allows you to do something special :) I look for any excuse to keep it on the camera. I can sit 6' from my subject and get a whole body shot and the background is nicely blurred out into nothing.

Very satisfying lens to use

By Arthur
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-17

I got the older style non-SE lens with the larger focus ring and declicker - it handles very nicely on my Sony a7s and a7R II - beautiful bokeh and I do use the f/1.2 aperture setting - met my expectations.

Beautiful 'pop'

By Andrew
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-03-29

I 'upgraded' last Christmas from m4/3 to an A7iii. My favorite go everywhere lens on my GM5 was a 20mm 1.7 (40mm) equivalent, and I've gotten to love this focal length. Wide-open it is easy to miss the shot with this lens, but when you nail it the picture has so much character, and a unique 3D 'pop' that's reminiscent of film. It's also a nice size when you want to make your set up a little more compact.

Breath taking lens

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-08

I have a Sony A7R3, and I purchased the e-mount Voigtlander 40mm 1.2 lens from B&H and I must say I LOVE the pics this lens takes. The colors are rich, deep and sharp. I have an autofocus lens which is also very good, yet I use this manual lens more often yet it is better in color saturation and separation of background, which is amazing! I still was able to get a clear shot of a dog that could not stand still with this manual lens along with IBS. But to put it simply I use this lens mainly for everything, I would only use an autofocus lens unless it's a fast moving object. You would think I might not be using the full capabilities of my A7R3 combined with a GM or G lens or other third party lens, but I'm very happy with this Voigtlander lens and it's size, and it's smoothness when focusing. Very well engineered! There is a certain uniqueness to this lens and it's pictures :-)

Works great with my A7R2

By Kevin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-31

It works great with the focus peaking of this camera - very quick and easy to ensure sharp focus wherever you want it. The aperture 'de-clicking' ring is a little odd and takes time getting used to, but is a nice bonus

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question

Is a close focus adapter available for this lens?
Asked by: Glenn K.
Unfortunately no, there are adapters for Voigtlander VM-mount lenses but not Voigtlander Sony mount lenses.
Answered by: Jacob C.
Date published: 2018-08-27

I know this is manual focus, but how about ...

I know this is manual focus, but how about aperture? Do I have to "manually open to widest, focus, stop down, shoot", or does the lens remain at the widest aperture and close down automatically when shooting?
Asked by: Ronald
This lens has an aperture ring. You would turn the ring to the aperture you'd like to shoot at. The lens blades will close when you depress the shutter button to take the shot.
Answered by: Stephen G
Date published: 2022-05-19

question

What is the T-stop (i.e., light transmission equivalent) of this lens?
Asked by: Vadim B.
Voigtlander does not list T-stop measurements for the Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.2 Aspherical Lens for Sony E; the lens is only measured in f-stops. As no two lenses transmit the same amount of light (as each individual lens experiences some light loss due to internal reflections, refraction, and absorption inside the lens off their individual glass elements), there is no constant conversion from F to T stops.While DxOMark is a good website to find the maximum light transmission of a particular lens model, unfortunately, they do not list any Voigtlander lenses as tested in their database.
Answered by: Manzell L.
Date published: 2018-11-04

It looks good for the full frame, but will the ...

It looks good for the full frame, but will the quality be as good on the Sony a6500 crop sensor?
Asked by: Jim
Yes it will be. Beyond the crop factor lenses that can cover a full frame sensor will work just as well on a cropped sensor camera with the same lens mount.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2019-08-06

Where is this lens made?

Where is this lens made?
Asked by: Dan
This lens is made in Japan.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2021-01-19

Are there any coatings on this lens that would ...

Are there any coatings on this lens that would make it unsuitable for UV photography?
Asked by: Andrew
No coatings are advertised for this lens.
Answered by: Dennis A
Date published: 2019-06-04

How is the focus breathing on this lens for ...

How is the focus breathing on this lens for film/video work?
Asked by: Braulio
The Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.2 Aspherical Lens for Sony E for a manual lens. For one it is very good. Note, it will like most lenses have some focus breathing. is less than some but is not as good as a Cine lens.
Answered by: Robert
Date published: 2022-02-22

Hello, is this lens weather sealed?

Hello, is this lens weather sealed?
Asked by: Eric
The Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 for the Sony E-mount is not weather-sealed.
Answered by: Jeremy
Date published: 2021-10-01
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