Voigtlander Nokton Classic 40mm f/1.4 MC Lens

Voigtlander Nokton Classic 40mm f/1.4 MC Lens

Voigtlander Nokton Classic 40mm f/1.4 MC Lens

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Voigtlander Nokton Classic 40mm f/1.4 MC Lens

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  • Leica M-Mount
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Multi-Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 2.3'
  • Filter Thread: 43mm
  • 10-Blade Diaphragm
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A normal-length prime lens designed for M-mount rangefinder cameras, the Nokton Classic 40mm f/1.4 MC from Voigtlander blends the comfortable, unique focal length with an especially bright f/1.4 maximum aperture, which benefits working in low-light conditions as well as offering increased control over depth of field. A multi-coating is featured to suppress lens flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions. The lens also has a manual focus design, for working with subjects as close as 2.3', and has a 10-blade diaphragm for a smooth bokeh quality.

Unique 40mm focal length offers a 56° angle of view that is slightly wider than the classic 50mm length, yet narrower than the standard 35mm wide-angle.
Bright f/1.4 maximum aperture benefits working in difficult lighting conditions and offers increased control over depth of field.
This multi-coated version of the Nokton Classic 40mm f/1.4 produces vivid yet accurate colors along with high contrast and saturation, making it well-suited for general shooting applications.
Manual focus design permits smooth, refined control along with a minimum focusing distance of 2.3'.
A 10-blade diaphragm contributes to a smooth and pleasing bokeh quality.
Compatible with optional LH-6 lens hood.
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Voigtlander Nokton Classic 40mm f/1.4 MC Lens
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description
    Focal Length 40mm
    Maximum Aperture f/16
    Minimum Aperture f/1.4
    Camera Mount Type Leica M
    Angle of View 56°
    Minimum Focus Distance 2.3' / 70 cm
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Optical Design 7 Elements in 6 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 10
    Filter Thread 43mm
    Dimensions : 2.2 x L: 1.2" / : 55.0 x L: 29.7 mm
    Weight 6.2 oz / 175 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.65 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.646 x 4.173 x 3.228"
    Nokton Classic 40mm f/1.4 MC Lens is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 28.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for digital, Sony a7r This lens is extremely small and well built. Optically, it is really nice stopped down to f/2 or smaller, but even at f/1.4 it isn't bad. The optics are really impressive given that this lens is designed for analog M-mount cameras and I am using it on 36mp Sony E-mount body with a cheap adaptor. The way this lens renders can be thought of as classic or vintage, because it has a nice circular blurring effect at wider apertures and a very please vignetting falloff. The only issue I have with it is that the focus on mine is pretty stiff. I read on some different forums that it loosens up after some use, but, presently, mine is annoyingly stiff.
    Date published: 2014-09-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small jewel At first i was sceptical that this lens can be as good as it is. Many negative review are out there of Voiglander and Leica combination, But I have to say: you can't know it until you try it for yourself. This lens is amazing, it's small and compact, the focus ring is short and small so you nail it in seconds(well way way faster then that). I love the build of the lens and the size, very bright, mine dosen't have a focus shift. all in all very happy with it. after all it's you and not your equipment. Only one down side: wish the hood was included.
    Date published: 2016-02-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small size, bokeh madness, very sharp I use this for a general purpose standard focal length walk around on my Sony A7 full frame w/ a converter. Images are sharp, the focusing nub is smooth but it is taking some getting use to not having a standard focus ring. I am not experiencing any issues on the A7 but I do need a helicoid adapter so I can take closer shots. Currently the MFD is quite far. That'll be fixed soon as the helicoid arrives. I really can't say anything negative for the price this is a bargain of an LM lens.
    Date published: 2013-12-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Excellent, Compact Normal Lens This 40mm Nokton is unquestionably one of the best bargains in the M-mount line. Sharpness, contrast, and color rendering of this lens are excellent pretty much through its aperture range. Its compactness is also an added benefit. This lens is an especially excellent choice for M8 owners who want a very compact normal range general lens for the M8's sub-35mm sensor. The only real disadvantage is that there are no rangefinder frame lines for a 40 mm lens. You'll have to approximate with the 50mm frame that the lens activates.
    Date published: 2008-04-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from nice old school lens! The build quality on this lens is amazing, none of the current plastic auto focus lenses come close. Both aperture and focus rings are perfectly weighted and work flawlessly. I use this with an adapter on my Panasonic G1 and the large 1.4 aperture allows me to take low light pictures. It is also very compact and light. Obviously you need to focus manually and zoom with your feet!
    Date published: 2009-04-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Consistent across the frame I use this as my standard walking around lens, and it does a good job out in the street. The focus is a quick quarter turn. The images are nice and crisp after f2. At f1.4 everything looks a little vague, and contrast is way down. Sometimes I like that look. It does seem consistent from center to edge. At f5.6 it's almost as sharp as my Contax G Zeiss 45mm f2 (yes, I did a test).
    Date published: 2008-09-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Normal Lens I've always loved the look a 40mm prime gives you, and this Voigtlander is one of the few options a modern photographer has. Long story short: it's good. Not great, but good. The good: It's well-built, inexpensive, fast, and small. Good size for a rangefinder or mirrorless camera. It's also reasonably sharp wide open and sharp stopped down. The downsides: Rather intense vignetting and average to poor bokeh depending on the environment. Also, this lens requires a lens hood to control flare and one is NOT included.
    Date published: 2014-08-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Lens I have a whole bunch of lenses - many Leica - and this is my go to. When I bought it, the focus was very stiff. It will gradually loosen with use and become buttery. The size is wonderfully small. And the draw is classic - similar to my pre-asph summilux, but with less distortion and more contrast. I have filed the flange to make it bring up the 35 lines in my Leicas. It's easy. Use a metal fingernail file. The Nokton is dreamy wide open and razor sharp at f/4. Great street lens. I think it might be the best bang-for-the-buck lens out there.
    Date published: 2015-04-28
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