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Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.2 Aspherical SE Lens for Sony E

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Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.2 Aspherical SE 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
Elegant and versatile, the Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.2 Aspherical SE is a fast and compact wide-normal prime for Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras. Featuring an optimized optical design, two aspherical elements are used to reduce spherical aberrations and distortion for impressive clarity and sharpness throughout the aperture range. The lens is also defined by its bright f/1.2 maximum aperture, which benefits working with selective focus techniques, and also aids working in low-light conditions. Additionally, a 10-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality and the lens's manual focus operation permits working with subjects as close as 1.1' away.
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Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 Nokton Aspherical SE Overview

Elegant and versatile, the Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.2 Aspherical SE is a fast and compact wide-normal prime for Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras. Featuring an optimized optical design, two aspherical elements are used to reduce spherical aberrations and distortion for impressive clarity and sharpness throughout the aperture range. The lens is also defined by its bright f/1.2 maximum aperture, which benefits working with selective focus techniques, and also aids working in low-light conditions. Additionally, a 10-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality and the lens's manual focus operation permits working with subjects as close as 1.1' away.

Wide-normal prime is designed for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras but can also be used with APS-C models where it provides a 60mm equivalent focal length.
Notably fast f/1.2 maximum aperture helps control depth of field for shallow depth of field shooting, and also benefits working in difficult lighting conditions.
Two aspherical elements are used to reduce field curvature, distortion, and spherical aberrations for improved clarity and sharpness.
Manual focus design enables a minimum focusing distance of 1.1'.
SE (Stills Edition) version features clicked aperture detents for more tactile control over aperture switching in 1/3-stop increments.
A 10-blade diaphragm contributes to a smooth and pleasing bokeh quality.
Electronic contacts relay Exif information to the camera for accurate focus assist functions and metadata recording.

Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 Nokton Aspherical SE 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
Optical Design8 Elements in 6 Groups
Diaphragm Blades10
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size58 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.62 x 2.04" / 66.5 x 51.9 mm
Weight11.99 oz / 340 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.04 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)5.3 x 4.5 x 4.4"

Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 Nokton Aspherical SE Reviews

Great Lens at F2

By rahman
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-22

Although this lens is excellent, I returned it since at f1.2 it didn't live up to my expectations. As a $800 manual lens, I had expected it to perform better wide open, but between f1.2 and f1.8, there is a slight haze on the image that can be removed in post-processing but yet I decided to return it. Excellent build quality, size, and feel are all present. Anyone who is comfortable using f2 should try this lens, in my opinion.

great lens

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-26

I'm pretty happy with this guy. don't shoot video so clickless is not an issue for me. size and weight are great. images are very crisp and look really good, while stopped down it becomes dreamy.

The jury is still out, but I think I love this lens!

By Joshua
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-13

Having just recently transitioned from Nikon to Sony, I have been searching for a replacement for the 58mm f/1.4G. To be fair, these are completely different lenses - but what I was missing from the 58 was a unique factor that set it apart from other lenses. Having previously loved using Canon's 40mm pancake lens when I shot Canon, I was intrigued by the 40mm focal length. I was a little nervous about the all manual focus Voigtlander, but on a Sony, it's very usable on non-moving subjects. 40mm still feels a lot like a 35mm lens, but the extra 5mm does help with distortion when you're photographing faces. If you're reading reviews on this lens the big question you likely are wondering about is the performance at 1.2. Nailing portraits at 1.2 is a little touchy, but it's nowhere near as tough as I thought it was going to be. And the results are a stunning, almost dreamlike quality to the images. The other thing worth mentioning is the chromatic aberration wide open is a lot less than I thought it would be. I find the bokeh to be smooth, and about as good as one could hope for from a lens of this focal length. The electronic connection is also great for the metadata. My only minor gripe so far is the aperture ring's odd placement after the focus ring. That might be the normal spot for Voigtlander lenses, but my fingers are not used to it yet. That said, both the aperture ring and the focus ring are very very smooth. The lens in general has a nice heft and build quality to it. If you're looking for something a little different, that not every photographer has - this might be one to look at. Sure you can get great old manual focus lenses for a lot less, but you don't have to deal with any adapters and you get all the metadata.

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Yes, it comes with a screw on hood.
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Date published: 2022-12-11

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This is a full-frame lens. The SE-version is a slightly altered version of the 40mm Nokton f/1.2 with the aperture declicking switch removed. Optically, this is identical to the classic and therefore suitable for full-frame/35mm sensors.
Answered by: Jeremy
Date published: 2022-12-11

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What’s the difference between this SE and the older 40/1.2 besides the click aperture ring? Are they optically same? I noticed it’s more than 100gram lighter.
Asked by: Chaoyi
Yeah that's actually the main difference. The SE (Still Edition) Variants are lighter/smaller versions of their classic counterparts. Since they are smaller the design is a little different and they removed the de-click aperture button that the originals have.
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Date published: 2021-08-12
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