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Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Sony E

BH #VO3514E • MFR #BA347A
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Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Sony E
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • High Refractive Glass
  • Manual Focus Design
Compact yet fast, the Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 Lens from Voigtlander is a standard wide-angle prime designed for full-frame Sony E mirrorless cameras. Its classic wide focal length pairs with a bright f/1.4 maximum aperture to deliver notable control over depth of field for producing shallow depth of field imagery, and also benefits working in low-light conditions. Helping to achieve the lens's namesake Classic look, a symmetrical optical design is used, along with high refractive index glass, to produce sharp, clear imagery but with some intentional aberrations left to realize a smooth and vintage-esque character. The lens's manual focus design permits working with subjects as close as 11.8" away and the mount incorporates electronic contacts to relay Exif data and to make use of in-camera shooting and focus aids.
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Voigtlander 35mm f/1.4 Nokton Classic Overview

Compact yet fast, the Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 Lens from Voigtlander is a standard wide-angle prime designed for full-frame Sony E mirrorless cameras. Its classic wide focal length pairs with a bright f/1.4 maximum aperture to deliver notable control over depth of field for producing shallow depth of field imagery, and also benefits working in low-light conditions. Helping to achieve the lens's namesake Classic look, a symmetrical optical design is used, along with high refractive index glass, to produce sharp, clear imagery but with some intentional aberrations left to realize a smooth and vintage-esque character. The lens's manual focus design permits working with subjects as close as 11.8" away and the mount incorporates electronic contacts to relay Exif data and to make use of in-camera shooting and focus aids.

Standard wide-angle 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 52.5mm equivalent focal length.
Bright, fast f/1.4 maximum aperture affords extensive control over depth of field for selective focus techniques, and also benefits working in low-light conditions.
High refractive index glass helps to suppress spherical aberrations for a clean, sharp image quality, however the classic-inspired design intentionally does not correct all aberrations in order to achieve a smooth aesthetic character.
Manual focus design permits smooth, refined control along with a minimum focusing distance of 11.8".
Ten-blade diaphragm contributes to a smooth quality of bokeh.
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 35mm f/1.4 Nokton Classic Specs

Focal Length35mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.4
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View63°
Minimum Focus Distance11.81" / 30 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)2.64 x 1.56" / 67 x 39.6 mm
Weight9.24 oz / 262 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.875 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)5.25 x 4.55 x 4.45"

Voigtlander 35mm f/1.4 Nokton Classic Reviews

I love this lens

By Brent
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-02

I picked up a used copy(sadly not from B&H), and it's great. Since it has some electronics in it, it communicates with the camera, despite fully a fully manual lens. This means not only does it have the correct exif data, but if you have magnification set up for manual focus it will punch in when you focus. This is AWESOME!

Sharp as a tack

By wendell
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-10

This lens is built like a tank. Smooth focus is easy. Sharp as a tack. Manual focus errors may cause some to report that the lens is not sharp. Focus is precise using the focus range indicator, and on my Sony A7RII manual focus is a breeze.

Another Wonderful Voigtländer Lens!

By Eric
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-01-29

I recently purchased the Voigtländer Nokton 35mm f/1.4 Classic and have been enjoying it immensely.   Of course, this lens does not feature a modern aspherical design, and, because of this, it does produce certain characteristics—some would say, “flaws”—that might be off-putting to some photographers.  These are quite well documented in the literature (spherical aberration; some barrel distortion;  softness in corners;  purple fringing; vignetting; “nervous” bokeh, etc.).  But, in my opinion, none of these are not severe at all.  In fact, in some measure, these are those same qualities that enable this lens to produce rich images that are both unique, striking and far from clinical or ordinary.      I don’t agree with certain criticisms that have been leveled against this lens that  purport a lack of sharpness—it is quite sufficiently sharp despite some softness in the very corners.  I’ve now had the opportunity to use it in landscapes and have been more than pleased with its performance in this regard (generally when shot at f/4-f/8).  The Classic is also very easy to focus when mounted on the Sony A7III.    I highly recommend this lens to anybody who seeks to render a vintage, classic look and feel in their work.  This is the second Voigtländer lens I have purchased from B&H and I look forward to receiving a third, shortly.

Overall decent lens but not great

By Danny
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2018-02-28

I am very disappointed with the edge sharpness of this lens, the extreme edge never gets sharp even stop down to F8. Also Coma is pretty horrible, so not a lens for Astro, Another reason I purchased a F1.4 lens is for portrait, but this lens offer very nervous Bokeh. On the god side, it has a the typical Zeiss/Voigtlander built quality, focusing ring is very smooth, the lens feels just GREAT in my hands, it offer very good sunstar too.

Very good lens, solid lens body’s construction!

By Danny
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-02-25

Voiglander hit it again! Good lens, solid body, nice feeling, clear and sharp pictures! And a unique sweet and beautiful color rendering! Nice skin tones! A+!

A very nice lens with a unique rendering

By Jordan
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2018-02-23

If you're expecting a tack sharp modern lens at f/1.4, this lens is not for you.� However, if you like a more classic rendering, while still getting images that have solid levels of detail, you may very well be interested.� The lens produces images with good (but not outstanding) levels of detail across the majority of the frame at f/1.4, when focusing between infinity and around 0.5-0.6m.� When focused closer, spherical aberration overwhelms the image at wide apertures and needs to be stopped down to around f/2.8 before it really sharpens up at close focus.� However, at distances of environmental portraiture, it's really quite good, with good detail even at f/1.4.� The bokeh is a love it or hate it affair, as it is by no means perfect.� If you like the character, you'll love the look this lens gives.� If you don't like anything but smooth bokeh, move along.� It's a very compact lens with excellent haptics and a perfectly damped focus ring.� In all, I'm quite pleased with the lens, especially considering the price and the compact size.

Beautiful build. Low success rate.

By Steven
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-04

Fantastic build quality. Excellent for low light. If you focus carefully, you can get some good shots with great detail. I tried using zone focus at f/8 and f/11, and the success rate for acceptable focus was only about 20%. When I got an acceptable shot, the detail was very good and the classic character was nice. Unfortunately, the success rate is too low for my street photography, and I'm returning it. It's great doing business with B&H.

Great lens!

By Justin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-03

I've shot with this for a few weeks now and have been wonderfully impressed. As other reviews mention if crystal sharp is your game this lens might not be for you. It does however have personality, depth and character and is absolute joy to shoot with.

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Is this really in the works? They already make a 40mm 1.2 for the E mount.
Asked by: Joel
Yes the Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Sony E has been designed, manufactured, and is available for purchase.
Answered by: Jacob C.
Date published: 2019-07-31

Is this lens single or multi coat? The m mount ...

Is this lens single or multi coat? The m mount version comes either way.
Asked by: John
The Sony mount lenses are multicoated. Only the Leica M mount versions offer you the option to choose multi or single coated.
Answered by: Dan
Date published: 2021-08-04

In this Classic for Sony E, what are the optics? ...

In this Classic for Sony E, what are the optics? As in the Mark I for Leica or that in the Mark II for Leica, or different again?
Asked by: Gary
Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Sony E is a special design made specially for Sony E mount. The optical design is 8 Elements in 6 Groups.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2022-01-04
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