Stylish in appearance, exacting in performance, the nickel Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.5 Aspherical II MC is a sleek normal-length prime M-mount lens distinguished by its speed and classic rendering. The bright f/1.5 maximum aperture suits working in low-light conditions and also enables greater control over depth of field for isolating subjects using selective focus. The optical design includes one double-sided aspherical element, which helps to deliver high sharpness and low distortion by suppressing a variety of aberrations. This lens also features a multi-coating to suppress lens flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions. Its manual focus design permits working with subjects as close as 2.3' away and a 12-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality to suit working with shallow depth of field.
- Leica M-Mount Lens
- Aperture Range: f/1.5 to f/16
- One Dual-Sided Aspherical Element
Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.5 Aspherical II M... Overview
Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.5 Aspherical II M... Specs
|Lens Mount||Leica M|
|Angle of View||46.3°|
|Minimum Focus Distance||2.3' / 70 cm|
|Optical Design||8 Elements in 7 Groups|
|Focus Type||Manual Focus|
|Filter Size||43 mm (Front)|
|Dimensions (ø x L)||2.2 x 1.5" / 55.3 x 36.9 mm|
|Weight||9 oz / 255 g|
|Package Weight||0.84 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||5.25 x 4.45 x 4.45"|
Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.5 Aspherical II M... Reviews
Pretty good to excellent for the price
I am thoroughly surprised by this lens' performance. I didn't appreciate it as much until 4 months after when I tested a new Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH. For everything except for LoCA, I prefer the CV 50/1.5 ASPH II. I used this lens initially on the M10M, but due to the body having a fault I had it exchanged for an M11. Fantastic lens. Focuses well and accurate. A little stiff to focus, but that will loosen up over time. Minor focus shift; Less than Zeiss Planar or Summicron but still enough to be annoying at times. Two niggles; I would love if Voigtlander allowed for user focus calibration. While mine is calibrated perfectly for f/1.5, it's an aperture I don't shoot at a lot. Making small enough shims for this lens is impossible where I live. With its little focus shift, I would rather calibrate it for f/2.8 which would serve me much better. Its also the second lens from Voigtlander where the machining of the lens mount locking pin recess was not de-burred properly. The edges were a little rough, and since this is a pretty exact cut out, my cameras locking pin did not lock at all. Only after I de-burred the edges of this cut out did it work perfectly Personally, I would love an all brass silver build like my Ultron 35/2 ASPH, but this is a no go for some due to the significant weight increase.
Nice alternative to Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH
Normally shooting 24 / 35 / 75 (sold our 50 Lux & 90 Elmarit). Missed having a fast 50 lens, so we tried this one: recommended. Great colors: somewhere between the Lux and the 'Cron's too-vivid rendering. LH-6 lens hood works well.
This lens is very sharp, although it does lose some of that at 1.5. The bokeh on this thing is fantastic, with a slight swirl like effect. The compact size of this thing for its brightness does lead to the aberrations that would not be in a Summilux, but that does not matter to me, as this is a great lens for a fraction of the cost of a marginally better Leica lens.
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