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Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.2 Aspherical Lens for Sony E

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Voigtlander Nokton 50mm 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
  • One Partial Dispersion Element
Updating a classic for today's imaging standards, this Nokton 50mm f/1.2 Aspherical from Voigtlander is a fast normal-length lens for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras. Distinguished by its bright f/1.2 maximum aperture, this lens excels in low-light conditions and also offers enhanced control over depth of field. The advanced optical design incorporates a pair of aspherical elements and one partial dispersion elements, which, together, help to suppress both spherical and chromatic aberrations for greater sharpness, clarity, and color rendering. The lens's manual focus design permits working with subjects as close as 1.5' 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. Additionally, a 12-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.
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Voigtlander 50mm f/1.2 Nokton Aspherical Overview

Updating a classic for today's imaging standards, this Nokton 50mm f/1.2 Aspherical from Voigtlander is a fast normal-length lens for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras. Distinguished by its bright f/1.2 maximum aperture, this lens excels in low-light conditions and also offers enhanced control over depth of field. The advanced optical design incorporates a pair of aspherical elements and one partial dispersion elements, which, together, help to suppress both spherical and chromatic aberrations for greater sharpness, clarity, and color rendering. The lens's manual focus design permits working with subjects as close as 1.5' 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. Additionally, a 12-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.

Normal-length 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 75mm equivalent focal length.
Fast f/1.2 maximum aperture benefits working in low-light conditions and also enables greater control over focus position for selective focus applications.
Two aspherical elements are incorporated at the front and the rear of the eight elements, six groups construction, and helps to limit spherical aberrations and distortions for improved sharpness and accurate rendering.
One partial dispersion element is featured in the optical design and helps to minimize color fringing and chromatic aberrations in order to achieve higher clarity and color fidelity.
Manual focus design permits smooth, refined control along with a minimum focusing distance of 1.5'.
A 12-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing out-of-focus quality when working with shallow depth of field techniques.
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 50mm f/1.2 Nokton Aspherical Specs

Focal Length50mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.2
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View47.5°
Minimum Focus Distance1.48' / 45 cm
Maximum Magnification0.83x
Macro Reproduction Ratio1:1.2
Optical Design8 Elements in 6 Groups
Diaphragm Blades12
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size58 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.76 x 2.31" / 70.1 x 58.8 mm
Weight15.31 oz / 434 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.295 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)5.25 x 4.5 x 4.45"

Voigtlander 50mm f/1.2 Nokton Aspherical Reviews

A great balance of speed, ergonomics, and rendering!

By Sam
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-22

This lens performs very well, even below f/1.7. Chromatic aberration is not negligible full open, but that is of course easily correctable (if you care more about CA than speed, check out the 50mm f/2 APO-Lanthar of course). It renders a rather dreamy image at f/1.2 but stopped down to something actually sane gets great results thanks to the aspherical design. This is prime portrait glass material, the rendering is reminiscent of my favorite Nikkors but with vastly smoother and more modern ergonomics (though I do miss heptagonal/hexagonal bokeh!). My only complaint about the 40mm & 50mm Noktons is that they are a little chunky for me in the hand, compared to the 35mm f/2 APO-Lanthar, but that I assume is simply the price of speed. They're all quite a bit smaller than the 65mm APO-Lanthar and a lot of modern fast lenses, so it's barely a complaint. My primary use case is for interior fixed-angle video for multi-cam recording. Having this kind of speed when you need it can absolutely save a dark or poorly lit shot in terms of cutting back ISO when you have no other options! Some example shots straight out the camera (no correction) below, f/1.2 to f/1.6.

One of the best MF lenses of FE-mount

By Hyun-Myung
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-06

This is quite a well-made MF lens. An extremely smooth focus ring will provide you an amazing experience. As many reviews pointed out, wide open does not provide you the great sharpness that you may expect from the modern lens. However, it renders dreamy so you will be impressive when it comes to the portraits. If you use the value of the aperture more than F/5.6, the lens will give you very sharp images and fully utilizes the potential of A7R 1, 2, and 3. I highly recommend this lens to someone about to forget how fun photographing was. :) Plus, I have never regretted making purchases of items related to photos from B&H photos. The quality of the CS is very satisfactory.

My first high quality lens

By James
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-07

This lens has changed the game for me. It's beautiful color rendition and sharpness has made it possible to take photos I never thought I could capture. As a novice this is a lens that will help me grow as a photographer.

an almost perfect little 50

By Christopher
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-06

Super well built, DENSE (it's smaller, but heavier than my Zeiss Batis lenses) and a joy to use. I actually like having the aperture towards the front. A little known fact, but you can easily de-click the aperture by pressing in and turning a ring next to the aperture! The manual said nothing about that. Super sharp at every aperture except 1.2. At 1.2 it's usably sharp, but slightly hazy, especially when close-focusing. Been enjoying it for general food photography and some portraits.

Great lens!

By Stephen
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-01-27

Everything that I read in the PhillipReeve review is true.

A Gem of a Lens

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-09-19

For such a fast lens, I'm amazed at its size. Having it be such a small and light lens makes it an amazing street photography tool. Light transmission seems to be higher than other 1.2 lenses I've used making it very good at handling low-light situations. At f1.2 it does make it hard to get perfect focus, though focus peaking/magnification does help a bit. Sharpness at f1.2 is very good at infinity to about 5 feet, closer than that some glow starts to kick in, which can be a good thing depending on the application. Center sharpness at f2 is much better and f2.8 is probably peak sharpness, though you'll need to be at f8-11 to get good results at the very edges. One thing that took me by surprise was the color this renders. Its way more saturated than my other Voigtlander lenses and It's basically that Zeiss pop but more saturated, and it looks amazing. The usual Voigtlander qualities I've come to love is the build quality and the functionality. Its built like a tank (feels dense) and has a very smooth focus ring with a nice clicky aperture ring, which can be de-clicked using the ring in front of it. Although my 65mm and 110mm Voigtlanders are much sharper, they can't replicate the rendering and color saturation this lens has as well as the smooth bokeh. Overall a real artistic gem.

No flaws detected, which uncommon.

By Dariusz
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-10

Quite many of lenses which I bought in recent years had to be returned due to optical quality issues, sometimes very serious. Based on these bad experiences, I have started testing my lenses just after purchase. I have tested my Voigtlander 50mm F1.2 for resolution at various apertures and focal distances. I have also made tests for decentering and coma and found no problems at all. This is not a perfect lens, many reviews I read before agree with that. But comparing it to my old Minolta AF 50mm F1.4 it wins in all fields, except for size and weight of course. Resolution across the frame seems to be only very slightly better than Minolta's resolution, perhaps better sensor than 42Mpix will be able to show Voigtlander advantage more clearly. Clarity of the picture, contrast, coma, geometrical distortion and of course bokeh is better in case of Voigtlander. Since corners sharpen up very nicely at F8, the lens is quite suitable for landscape photography, however this was not the reason why I bought it, I am more interested in exploring it's wide open possibilities. The only thing that I don't like is the lens cap, the way in which it is attached to the front of the lens doesn't build much confidence, but this is a very minor issue.

Classic design, modern muscle

By Jack
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-22

This lens is an outstanding piece of optical engineering. Very smooth bokeh, very clear images throughout the aperture range. At f/1.2 there is a hint of softness. Stopped down to 1.7 and smaller the images are nicely sharp, razor sharp by f/2. The lens system works seamlessly with Sony focusing features such as magnification assist (as soon as the focus ring is rotated in the least) and focus peaking. The aperture de-clicking mechanism is easy to enable and stays locked in the selected position. Very well built lens with exceptional character.

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