Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.1 Lens

Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.1 Lens

Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.1 Lens

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Product Highlights

  • Leica M-Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/1.1 to f/16
  • High Refractive Index Glass
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 3.3'
  • Filter Thread: 58mm
  • 10-Blade Diaphragm
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An exceedingly fast lens, the Nokton 50mm f/1.1 from Voigtlander is a versatile normal-length prime for M-mount rangefinder cameras. The bright f/1.1 maximum aperture is well-suited to working in difficult lighting conditions, and also affords extensive control over depth of field for working with selective focus techniques. The optical design employs high refractive index glass to help control spherical aberrations and various distortions for a high degree of sharpness and clarity. Additionally, a 10-blade diaphragm is featured, which helps to produce a smooth bokeh quality, and the manual focus design enables working with subjects as close as 3.3' away.

Exceptionally fast f/1.1 maximum aperture helps control depth of field for shallow depth of field shooting, and also benefits working in difficult lighting conditions.
High refractive index glass is used to reduce field curvature, distortion, and spherical aberrations for improved clarity and sharpness.
Manual focus design enables a minimum focusing distance of 3.3'.
A 10-blade diaphragm contributes to a smooth and pleasing bokeh quality.
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Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.1 Lens
  • Lens Hood
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description
    Focal Length 50mm
    Maximum Aperture f/16
    Minimum Aperture f/1.1
    Camera Mount Type Leica M
    Angle of View 46°
    Minimum Focus Distance 3.3' / 1 m
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Optical Design 7 Elements in 6 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 10
    Filter Thread 58mm
    Dimensions : 2.7 x L: 2.3" / : 69.6 x L: 57.2 mm
    Weight 15.1 oz / 428 g
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    Package Weight 1.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.2 x 4.6 x 4.5"
    Nokton 50mm f/1.1 Lens is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 24.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Voightlander Nokton is a superb bit of kit. I enjoy the feel of solid metal , the function is top notch. Yes it is manual and as I work with the lens I love it all the more. Can focus down to the finest point and wide open I have no softness or discoloration. Once you know the range you are working in you can rapidly shoot with the Nokton. I used it shooting adult / children at skate board park and caught them focused perfectly spinning in mid air on bikes doing stunts. Also the coloration of the environment is like magic. Using in the wooded paths the 50mm captures stunning images in the sun dappled light. Razor sharp at focus. I have Sony and Zeiss lenses for the A7's, I also shoot IR with the 50mm too. The Nokton 50 mm 1.1 is truly a great lens. Wonderful.
    Date published: 2016-09-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from How much sharper should it be? Purchased used here at B&H. I had seen an earlier reviewer say it got sharper as you closed down. Considering my photo sample, I don't see how you could ask it to be sharper full open. I intend to use this in lower light situations, theaters, clubs, or other peformances. Of course it can make a nice portrait in a pinch. The sample is cropped to a third of the full frame. The lens is a bit heavy mounted on Sony A series DSLR, but very much more compact than my Canon lenses.
    Date published: 2015-01-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A picture is worth $9,000 reasons If you replace the name on the lens with Leica, you would be hard pressed to see the difference. This lens is everything I expected and more. Though I have only had the lens a month, it has lived up to all of the reviews I read. I look at it like I have saved $9,000. (not like I would spend ten thousand on a lens) I like to photograph at night on the streets, the Nokton 50mm 1.1 is now my primary lens for that.
    Date published: 2010-09-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Sharp! Outstanding sharpness. Great optics. Heavy lens, built like a tank. Smooth focusing. I have not had the chance to use it in low light shooting, but daylight shots are showing the lens to be razor sharp. Looking forward to using it at a rock concert this weekend. Balances well with the Bessa R4.
    Date published: 2009-12-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you understand it, you love it This lens needs understanding and technique. Just like driving a 500HP sport car, it's not for everybody. It can be sharp and it can be low light, it can have shallow DOF and have great bokeh but it takes time and understanding. Some complain about sharpness but full open even the $11K Noctilux is not super sharp, this is actually quite sharp full open but be careful, not the lens, the camera may very easy blow highlights when full open and create halo effects, there is just too much light hitting the photo-sites on the bright areas, a correct exposure will take care of that. After F2.8 my sample is very sharp and while the bokeh in full open, unrealistic test photos can be considered harsh, in real life like portrait is very creamy. Who in real life does vegetation at F1.1? You would have 25% of a leaf in focus and everything else out of focus. Highly recommended to have a good ND filter always available with this lens.
    Date published: 2015-09-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stellar results Besides looking really cool on a Leica body this lens is very sharp. Accurate focus is not easy to achieve with any f1.x lens, but when achieved this lens will render excellent sharpness throughout it's range. F1.4 is significantly sharper than f1.1 and the lens is optimum from f2.8 to f11. If it's not sharp then it's a bad sample. I use a 1.4x magnifier to achieve good focus. The isolation at f1.1 has to been seen to be believed, this lens is excellent for portraits where background needs to be non distracting, a very difficult achievement outside the studio. After sitting in my car for 20+ hours of travel the lens had some looseness. Careful examination showed 4 screws on the outside barrell had loosened and simply tightening them restored the lens to it's original tightness and perfect rendering. Voigtlander please take care of this issue, it should not happen with any lens and your good reputation is diminished when this occurs. Overall I am very pleased with this lens, it is a fun and very capable addition to the Leica M system.
    Date published: 2012-01-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Put off by size but impressed by results I liked the 40mm f1.4 so much I decided to upgrade to the 50mm f1.1. I was astounded when it was twice the size and weight of my other M lenses. It's as big or bigger than my Nikon 50mm. However, the build quality is superb. The sharpness and low light capabilities are amazing. The focus is smoother and faster than the 40mm f1.4. It does block a portion of the viewfinder, but you're not going to get better results for this price.
    Date published: 2011-08-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from the Nokton is an exceptional lens A few months ago, I moved from Leica M9 to the Leica M240 I mostly use it with my 35mm Summicron, however, I also love my 50mm Zeiss f2 lens. The 50mm Zeiss is an excellent and reliable lens. It does everything right, however, it is not a magic lens. It is rather conventional. I was itching for a special lens. I finally ordered the Voigtlander Nokton f1.1 What a lens! So much character, so special. The Nokton is not a standard lens. It is rather finicky, unconventional. The famous focus-shift is not an issue with the Leica M240, when using the Electronic Viewfinder magnification. Focus is perfect even wide-open. However, each f-stop on this lens shows a different character, different pros and cons. It takes time to really get to know the Nokton but it is really worth it When everything is right, this lens is just magical, so be ready to spend time with it. It is obviously best for Night Photography (it just sucks the light and surprises you every time) and it is the bokeh-king More than 90% of the time I use the Nokton wide-open, otherwise don't bother using it. During day time, you cant use it wide-open without an ND filter (at least 3 stops). Get a good-quality Filter! So, if you are willing to invest your time and energy with the Nokton, the pay-back is more than you can imagine
    Date published: 2014-03-03
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