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Voigtlander Nokton 60mm f/0.95 Lens for Micro Four Thirds

BH #VO6095MFT • MFR #BA356A
Voigtlander Nokton 60mm f/0.95 Lens for Micro Four Thirds
Key Features
  • Micro Four Thirds System Lens
  • 120mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/0.95 to 16
  • Two Low Dispersion Elements
Mixing a medium-telephoto focal length with an exceptionally fast design, the Voigtlander Nokton 60mm f/0.95 is a 120mm-equivalent prime lens for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. Its impressively bright design affords greater control over depth of field for working with selective focus techniques and also benefits shooting in difficult lighting conditions. The optical design incorporates a pair of anomalous partial dispersion elements, which help to improve clarity and color fidelity by reducing color fringing and chromatic aberrations. For fine-tuned control and classic appeal, the lens sports a refined manual focus design, which permits working with subjects as close as 1.1' away with a 1:4 maximum magnification ratio. Additionally, the lens also sports the Selective Aperture Control System, which permits switching between a stepless, de-clicked aperture selection method to suit video applications and a traditional aperture control method with click stops.
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Voigtlander 60mm f/0.95 Nokton Overview

Mixing a medium-telephoto focal length with an exceptionally fast design, the Voigtlander Nokton 60mm f/0.95 is a 120mm-equivalent prime lens for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. Its impressively bright design affords greater control over depth of field for working with selective focus techniques and also benefits shooting in difficult lighting conditions. The optical design incorporates a pair of anomalous partial dispersion elements, which help to improve clarity and color fidelity by reducing color fringing and chromatic aberrations. For fine-tuned control and classic appeal, the lens sports a refined manual focus design, which permits working with subjects as close as 1.1' away with a 1:4 maximum magnification ratio. Additionally, the lens also sports the Selective Aperture Control System, which permits switching between a stepless, de-clicked aperture selection method to suit video applications and a traditional aperture control method with click stops.

Portrait-length prime lens is designed for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras and provides a 120mm equivalent focal length.
Extremely fast f/0.95 maximum aperture excels in low-light conditions and also contributes to great control over depth of field for isolating subject matter using selective focus methods.
Two abnormal partial dispersion elements help to reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing in order to realize a high degree of clarity and color accuracy.
Manual focus design affords a 1.1' minimum focusing distance along with a 1:4 maximum magnification ratio to suit working with close-up subjects.
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 click stops for more intuitive tactile control over exposure settings.
A 10-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.

Voigtlander 60mm f/0.95 Nokton Specs

Focal Length60mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 120mm)
Maximum Aperturef/0.95
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountMicro Four Thirds
Lens Format CoverageMicro Four Thirds
Angle of View21.5°
Minimum Focus Distance1.12' / 34 cm
Maximum Magnification0.25x
Macro Reproduction Ratio1:4
Optical Design11 Elements in 8 Groups
Diaphragm Blades10
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size77 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.25 x 2.27" / 82.5 x 57.7 mm
Weight1.89 lb / 860 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.4 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.25 x 5.125 x 5.1"

Voigtlander 60mm f/0.95 Nokton Reviews

Very sharp, but poor bokeh and fringing

By Joel
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-24

First off this is a beautiful, solid, precision lens "built like a tank". It's gorgeous, but quite heavy. Surprisingly it's not very long, and doesn't look out of place on my G9. The focus throw isn't "long", as another reviewer stated, unless you're trying to go all the way from 1.5 inches to infinity. If you're doing street photography or portraits, you can go from 7 ft to infinity in about 1/8th of a turn. The focus ring on my copy is smooth and not tight. Sharpness: even wide open at f0.95, it's very very sharp, and very contrasty. No complaints here. Little to none of the haloing I see on the 17.5mm wide open. Negatives: wide open there is lots of red and green CA and purple fringing in high contrast areas. I can clean up most of it in DxO PhotoLab, but it robs from some of that sharpness. (Note also that as of Feb 2022, PhotoLab doesn't have raw profiles for any of the Voigtlander micro4/3 lenses). I would expect a lens with this much glass in it to be better corrected. The bokeh... is busy and honestly pretty bad. I would rate it "poor". It's a shame because that's the main point of this lens for me, isolating portrait subjects. Converting to black and white improves the situation a good deal. So a bit of a mixed bag. There's nothing else like this lens on the market, with a f/0.95 aperture in the longer telephoto range. There's essentially no alternative, the 75/1.8 is almost 2 stops slower. If you can limit your color shots to lower contrast lighting, and simplify the background, it's a good performer. If you work only in b&w, just buy it immediately.

Wonderful Lens

By Jon
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-11

Yes, it is large and heavy, but worth it. I have two other Voigtlander lenses for my Olympus Pen F bodies (17.5mm and 42.5mm). I am impressed with the mechanical quality and optical performance. Wide open, it does have some visible chromatic aberration, but it goes away when stopped down a bit. Color saturation is really nice. An extra feature is that it focuses down to 1/4 life-size. Not quite Macro, but very useful. I highly recommend the Voigtlander lenses. The build quality is high and the image quality is remarkable for being f0.95 lenses. And, by using focus peaking, I don't miss auto-focus. In fact, the peaking shows what is and is not focused.

First Voigtlander Lens I've Owned!!!

By Jacquey
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-01

Okay, so I looked at this lens for a very long time before making the purchase... And am I ever glad that I did!!! First off, the build!!! This thing is completely metal and glass!!! Heavy!!! Long focus throw!!! Excellent for video work!!! The depth of field is thin, wide open, but if you nail focus the subject isolation (Background separation) IS JUST AS YOU SEE IT IN THE MOVIES!!! This lens is not for every shot or every situation. I have a GH5 and this lens is fantastic for dialog or B-roll, even for an A-camera!!! Now wide open (0.95) there is chromatic aberration depending on the lighting, but you can work around this with proper setup!!! Yet, all in all, this lens produces a really nice image!!! You shouldn't have any problems in low light or with shallow depth of field!!!

.95 excellence

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-26

I wanted a .95 lens to use at low light events with my EM1X that had a longer reach than my LUMIX 42.5 1.2. The colors and renderings at any f stop are remarkable. Shooting at .95 is difficult with anything that moves, but if there is a pause in the movement and you use this lens for capturing candids or still life's in a room, you will be rewarded with some jaw dropping results from .95. It's is a heavy well built metal lens. It does pair very well with a larger m4/3 body like the EM1X or G9. I really like this lens and look for excuses to use it when I'm not utilizing at event shoots. It is an all manual lens, and if you don't like shooting manually, then this lens is not for you. The sale price and my desire for a longer wider aperture prompted me to try this lens out.

Stiff focusing ring makes this almost unusable for video

By Jaco
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-17

Got my first copy, returned it. The focus ring was so stiff, it literally unscrewed the lens from the GH5 mount during focusing. I was assured it was a defective copy. Returned it at great expense, new copy arrived today. Same story. Image quality is good, but you cannot use this lens for video unless the camera is fixed to a sturdy tripod and locked down. The effort required to turn the focusing ring moves the entire camera, making the footage unusable professionally. Most disappointed.

My copy is sharp wide open

By Ralph W
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-31

I have three of the other Voigtlander lenses - 10.5, 17.5 and 42.5 f0.95. I like them all for many applications. Wide open, however, they have a slightly diffused quality but stopped down to f1.8 or smaller aperture they sharpen up enormously. The 60 is entirely different. When I first looked through the lens wide open and focused, it seemed like f2 (even f2.2) on the other lenses - really sharp with lots of pop. The 60mm is more of a telephoto on M4/3 but close focuses for near macro magnification. It is quite heavy, but manageable, and is very firm and precise in its handling. I can see how someone could not run around with this lens trying to follow fast and changing action. The focus throw is too long and not built for speed. But if you are shooting from a tripod for video, I can see how this lens brings lots to the table. I am loving it. It is the best optical quality wide open of any lens I have ever owned (including many other brands). Unique lens for unique circumstances - a blast to use for many types of shooting.

Hidden Gem

By Todd
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-05

If you are the type of photographer who likes to mount old 35mm film lenses to your digital camera to obtain a unique look, this lens is for you. The Voiglander 60mm is a modern take on that approach. Built indestructible, the images are clean (free of defect) with some softness providing you with that uniqueness you don't achieve with razor sharp lens such as the OMD 45mm F/1.2 Pro. It's close focusing radius also gives it a 'macro like' performance for close ups. If I want a unique photograph that takes outstanding portraits, this is my go-to lens.

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