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Voigtlander Nokton 21mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Sony E

BH #VO2114S • MFR #BA352A
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Voigtlander Nokton 21mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Sony E
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Three Partial Dispersion Elements
Fast and wide, the Sony E-mount Nokton 21mm f/1.4 Aspherical from Voigtlander is an ultra-wide prime characterized by its impressively bright f/1.4 maximum aperture for working in low-light conditions and controlling depth of field. An advanced optical design incorporates a pair of aspherical elements and three partial dispersion elements, which, together, help to suppress both spherical and chromatic aberrations for greater sharpness, clarity, and color rendering. A floating elements system is also employed to maintain consistent image quality throughout the focusing range. The lens's manual focus design permits working with subjects as close as 9.8" 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 21mm f/1.4 Nokton Aspherical Overview

Fast and wide, the Sony E-mount Nokton 21mm f/1.4 Aspherical from Voigtlander is an ultra-wide prime characterized by its impressively bright f/1.4 maximum aperture for working in low-light conditions and controlling depth of field. An advanced optical design incorporates a pair of aspherical elements and three partial dispersion elements, which, together, help to suppress both spherical and chromatic aberrations for greater sharpness, clarity, and color rendering. A floating elements system is also employed to maintain consistent image quality throughout the focusing range. The lens's manual focus design permits working with subjects as close as 9.8" 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.

Impressively wide 21mm focal length lens is designed for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras and is also suitable for APS-C models, where it will produce a 31.5mm equivalent focal length.
Fast f/1.4 maximum aperture benefits working in low-light conditions and also enables greater control over depth of field.
Two aspherical elements are incorporated at the front and the rear of the 13 elements, 11 groups construction, and help to limit spherical aberrations and distortions for improved sharpness and accurate rendering.
Three partial dispersion elements are featured in the optical design, and help to minimize color fringing and chromatic aberrations in order to achieve higher clarity and color fidelity.
Floating elements system maintains consistent image quality throughout the focusing range to suit working with both distant and close-up subjects.
Manual focus design permits smooth, refined control along with a minimum focusing distance of 9.8".
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 21mm f/1.4 Nokton Aspherical Specs

Focal Length21mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.4
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View90.8°
Minimum Focus Distance9.84" / 25 cm
Optical Design13 Elements in 11 Groups
Diaphragm Blades12
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size62 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.78 x 3.13" / 70.5 x 79.5 mm
Weight1.23 lb / 560 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.655 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.6 x 4.6 x 4.5"

Voigtlander 21mm f/1.4 Nokton Aspherical Reviews

great lens

By Ted
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-13

This lens has exceptional build quality, feels great in hand, and takes an excellent picture. Highly recommend for anyone looking for a wide angle.

Amazing Picture Quality and Ergonomics

By Mourad
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-02

The character of the images obtained by the Voigtlander 21 is amazing and stand out from the blend quality of the native Sony lenses. Being a manual focus lens, this lens is obviously not ideal for quick action/sports (21mm would not suit that type of photography anyway) but for everything else, it is a joy to use. While being manual, the lens has contacts with the camera transmitting EXIF data - which saves time in post-processing (don't have to add it manually). The click-less aperture makes it ideal to use for video and the wide angle alleviate the need for auto-focus (at f/8.0, the hyperfocal distance is about 2m/6ft meaning that everything from 1m/3ft to infinity is in focus on a Sony a7R4)

Fantastic Lens!

By Lynn
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-06-01

I love these Voightlander lenses. They are perhaps the best lenses I've used over the years.

Nice wide angle

By Mark
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-04-20

IN general it performs well. The major limitations is that f1.4 to 2.8 can see a lot of chromatic fringing in specific lighting conditions. It is generally sharp across the field hitting maximal performance around f4 to 5.6. Nice solid design.

Top notch

By Sean
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-02-25

I’ve been trying to put together a Leica-esque lens system for my a7rii. High physical/image quality and wide aperture scale lenses to hyper/zone focus for use in landscape photography. This is exactly that. I’ve mostly used 24 and 25mm as my wide angle lens option throughout the years and was hesitant to go any wider. I’m so glad I did. The extra field of view feels perfect. I did a comparison of the 21mm voigtlander with a Zeiss 25mm loxia at infinity. The resolution at the center, middle and corners of the 21mm looked indistinguishable from the 25mm. This is quite the feat of optical engineering by voigtlander since the 25mm loxia is known for being one of the technically best wide angle lenses for the e-mount. I was planning on mostly shooting this lens at landscape apertures but being able to stop down to f1.4 and f2 is a lot of fun and gives the opportunity to get a lot of creative shots. I can’t recommend this lens enough. A real home run.

Nice!

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

This is the best 21mm lens I’ve used.

Pure witchcraft

By Sam
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-12

I've been shooting primarily with Nikon primes from the 70's & 90's for about a decade but have migrated over to A7SII's for video purposes; this lens takes everything I love about vintage Nikkor primes and modernizes, refines, and improves it, all in a convenient E-mount package. I don't have to tell you how much a lens 50 years younger curbstomps my ancient 20mm f/3.5... Among the very best feeling aperture and focus rings I've ever used; not too light, not too heavy or clunky: perfection. Construction is superb; unmistakably feels like a serious tool. Edge-to-edge sharpness is very good, even below f/2, with just a touch of CA if you pixel-peep. f/4-f/8 is fantastic, more or less flawless as far as the wimpy 12 MP A7SII sensor can resolve. But, above all that, what really shocked me was the bokeh when close-up: it's actually pretty decent, especially full open... on a 21mm! At a distance, as it is ACTUALLY intended to be used, you can photograph a 2-story house 15 feet from you on the sidewalk without missing the roof, and 90 degrees is a superb FOV for many other contexts; interior shots somehow feel like they compose themselves, even if some would reach for something even wider. Oh, not to mention the electronic connection passes over whatever you're doing on the lens to the body (and metadata), and you don't have to manually punch in for focusing either; the camera automatically punches in for you (based on your settings I believe). Simple, brilliant, ergonomic, and practical. If you like manual primes and you like something that balances modern and old-school both in design and results, this is a real treat and a beautiful tool. Can't recommend enough, and can't wait to try more lenses from Voigtlander! A few amateurish shots just walking around, straight out of camera, no post-processing.

Cinematic look and a low-light beast

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-18

Probably my favorite lens. I am using on a SONY FX9 for Cinema. This lens has such a nice look, like you would find in a classic cine' lens but with electronic metadata. You can shoot down to 1.4 with just a little vignette, but no loss of sharpness. Great for astrophotography too!

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