Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 MC Lens

Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 MC Lens

Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 MC Lens

B&H # VO3514M MFR # BA243B
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Product Highlights

  • Leica M-Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • High Refractive Index Glass
  • Multi-Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Minimum Focus Design: 2.3'
  • Filter Thread: 43mm
  • 10-Blade Diaphragm
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Blending a compact form factor with versatile performance, the Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 MC from Voigtlander is a fast wide-angle prime designed for M-mount rangefinder cameras. Using a symmetrical optical design, along with high refractive index glass, distortion and spherical aberrations are controlled in order to realize a high degree of sharpness, clarity, and even illumination. 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 10-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality to suit working with shallow depth of field.

Fast f/1.4 maximum aperture helps control depth of field for shallow depth of field shooting, and also benefits working in difficult lighting conditions.
A symmetrical optical design, along with high refractive index glass, is used to reduce distortion and spherical aberrations for improved clarity, sharpness, and even illumination.
This multi-coated version of the Nokton Classic 35mm 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 enables 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 35mm f/1.4 MC Lens
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Voigtlander BA243B specs

    Focal Length 35mm
    Maximum Aperture f/16
    Minimum Aperture f/1.4
    Camera Mount Type Leica M
    Angle of View 63°
    Minimum Focus Distance 2.3' / 70 cm
    Optical Design 8 Elements in 6 Groups
    Filter Thread 43mm
    Dimensions : 2.2 x L: 1.1" / : 55.0 x L: 28.5 mm
    Weight 7.1 oz / 200.0 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.65 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.7 x 4.1 x 3.2"

    Voigtlander BA243B reviews

    Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 MC Lens is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 32.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from good lens for the price I've been using a Leica M8 for some years. The 35mm so far is my favorite for street fotography. I was excited about this very fast lens for the price. So decided to give it a chance. It's very well built, durable, nice bokeh, not as sharp as a Leica or Zeiss. But the thing that bothers me is the magenta aberration more than usual. All photos taken with a background source of light look as they have a silky magenta layer on, which is understandable because of the lack of an ir filter of the m8. But it looks worse then any other lens I used. But if you're keen to shoot monochrome photos. This accessible lens + m8 would be good friends.
    Date published: 2013-07-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Value for Money! Tack sharp at f2 and above beautiful, interesting bokeh faithful color rendition yields a silky film-like quality at its widest apertures. This lens is solid, compact and beautifully made an incredible value for money. I have gotten stunning results with this lens, and it is fast becoming my favorite!In concert with the Voigtlander VM adapter, I purchased this lens specifically for use with my Olympus E-P1 micro 4/3's camera, effectively making this lens a 70mm portrait lens.I highly-recommend this lens and would suggest a high-quality B+W (or equivalent) ND9 filter for use outdoors in bright light...
    Date published: 2010-11-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than pre-ASPH Leitz but 1/4 price I did not expect this Nokton to be so sharp. Overall image quality seems to be sharper than that of pre-ASPH Summilux Leica. Pros: sharp image quality; very light; holds against flare very well. Cons: bokeh not as beautiful compared to Summilux 35. Conclusion: Nokton 35mm f/1.4 is a unique lens in the market. It is fast, sharp, but still very cheap. I think Voigtlander is doing great job in lens production, as well as positioning their products against competitors.
    Date published: 2008-10-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great all-arounder for the Leica M8 I was used to having a 50mm lens on my K1000 so was looking for something equivalent to use with the Leica M8 i just bought. I had sticker shock when i started looking at the lenses available. (the M8 was cheap on an auction site) So i started looking at Zeiss and Voigtlander as possibly good entries into the Leica world. After checking out Flickr shots using this lens it seemed to be be a really good performer so i dove in for 1/7th the price of an equivalent Leica-branded version. I have taken beautiful hand-held photos in the dead of night, and full-on winter sunshine in the snow and have yet to find a fault with the lens. You don't have to mess around with frame lines in the viewfinder since the default ones match the 35mm, it is bayonet-mount so you don't need an adapter, and it is crazy fast, making it a lens you could probably glue to the M8 body. Buy this lens! It is really compact, beautifully made, shoots beautiful photos, and is cheap in the world of Leica. I don't see any other lens offered by B+H that offers the versatility and value that this 35mm Voigtlander does, for the M8.
    Date published: 2009-02-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible value for the money This lens is sharp, renders colors well (with an IR cut filter on the M8), is small and light and smooth in operation. What more could one ask for? How about an astonishingly low price...especially when compared to comparable Leica lenses. Highly recommended.
    Date published: 2009-02-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent lens i bought this lens for my M8 and love it. i wanted a lens that would get me as close to 50mm as possible and this one does the trick. i am also so impressed with the fact that it takes in so much light. i took a three second shutter in low light with out a tripod and it looked great, and in focus. part great camera part great lens. only down side is finding filters for it but i shoot 100% b&w with this camera so filters won't be needed. also hats off to the team at B&H. i have bought a number of items from them and will continue to do so. i live on vancouver island in canada and there is nothing around here that matches them.
    Date published: 2012-01-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lens for Leica on the cheap. Great lens for the money. I am more of a 50mm guy and own a Leica 50mm and a 90mm lens. I did not want to spend a lot on a focal length I just mess around with. I have been using the 35mm now for a year or so and like it a lot. Great for street photography and it is very small and built like a tank.
    Date published: 2015-09-17
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great value for M8 This was recommended to me to try out on an M8 (roughly 50mm pov). I was surprised how sharp it is even at 1.4 and how niice the bokeh was (some claim it can be harsh). However i did end up returning the lens due fo severe back focus. I tried another and it wasnt as bad but did not end keeping that one either. Had the focus been more accurate it would have been a great lens. Perhaps the copy you get will be better. I only gave it 3 stars due to the inconsistency for IQ i would give it 5.
    Date published: 2012-03-12
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