Voigtlander Nokton Classic 40mm f/1.4 SC Lens

Voigtlander Nokton Classic 40mm f/1.4 SC Lens

Voigtlander Nokton Classic 40mm f/1.4 SC Lens

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Product Highlights

  • Leica M-Mount
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Single 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 SC 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. This edition of the 40mm f/1.4 also features a single coating, as opposed to a more common multi-layered coating, which offers a subtler image quality with slightly reduced contrast that is especially well-suited to black and white applications. The lens also features 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.
Single-layer coating helps to reduce flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color neutrality, however this coating is intentionally less effective than common multi-layered coatings in order to produce a dreamy, less contrast-rich image quality well-suited to black and white imagery.
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 SC Lens
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 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 0.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.7 x 4.1 x 3.2"
    Nokton Classic 40mm f/1.4 SC Lens is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 10.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic 50's and 60's old style lens I use this lens with my Olympus Pen E-P1. It is 80mm middle telephoto in micro 4/3. It seemed like refine of Leica Summilux F1.4 in current technology . It is a beautiful compact lens. I think this is one of the best prime combination with micro 4/3 camera. I like to take photo in wide open F1.4 in scenery and portrait. It is an extremely fast lens. It start to become very sharp after F4. It's superior performance when I use low light situation and night shots. I also like soft focus in black and white monotone. There is a multi coated version of this lens but there is no huge difference between two. I definitely recommend person who look for old styles of 50's and 60's.
    Date published: 2010-01-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really great lens, highly recommended So far, this lens has been an excellent performer. I am new to rangefinders, and notice a pretty drastic difference from an old Nikkor 50mm-1.4 lens I had been shooting with on my SLR. I love the overall look of this lens compared with the Nikkor. I use it mainly shooting black and white film, and the tones are beautiful and give me pretty much exactly the look I'm looking for. Sharp, clear, awesome contrast. Definitely recommend this, especially for the price. It's also super compact and ergonomically smooth. Personally, I'm a big fan of the 40mm focal length, but would expect the 35mm lens to be probably exactly the same quality.
    Date published: 2017-08-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this Lens Buy this lens if you want photos to look film like. This lens has character. It is difficult to explain but this character really shows when you process your images to look like film. Part of this is the Bokeh. I've seen reviews where people did not like Bokeh, but IMO it works well when converted to film look. This lens is definitely a keeper. BTW - Love the 40mm focal length. 40mm has become my favorite normal focal length This lens looks awesome attached to an Sony A7R.
    Date published: 2015-03-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very sharp and beautifully made The lens is beautifully crafted and is very sharp even at f/1.4. If manual focusing if your thing and you love old school craftsmanship, get this lens.
    Date published: 2014-01-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great manual lense Great manual lense that rivals the optical quality of leica.
    Date published: 2017-07-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lens very sharp, compact, lens
    Date published: 2015-11-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A work of art... I am still learning this little wonder , yet again as most metal lenses there is a feel to them, maybe it is organic but when using these manual lens you are in control , and can do minute adjustments. I shoot with the A7 Sony's have the A7II in Infrared FC , the A7rII , and A7sII ... I have not used the 40mm on my APSC A6300. I believe even with the crop sensor you will get stunning photo's. There is one thing to remember, on a single coat you will have to deal with lens flare and cope. The issue is not any worse than other lenses of this construction. As far as spending more money to get Leica, I would but right now my small studio is being kitted up, and this precludes Armed Guards walking beside me in Saigon doing street photography. The 40mm is in a class of it's own, this is much different that the clinical focus of the Sony / Zeiss 35mm lens and you will develop a touch. The multicast may be less prone to flare. The issues of flare aside: This is superb tool. Yes , the rangefinders work superbly on the A7's and the E mount with adaptor, Yes you will grow to love the touch and intimacy of using steel and fine glass. I have 2 other Voightlanders and want another yet. Terrible the addiction of good kit ... I travel and this is a great travel lens. If you want absolute control , and to work with a shot , intimately ... then pick up a Nokton. Hoods are separate , some complain of the cost, yet the hood on this lens is metal and superb quality and in itself a wonderful work of art. Class all the way. Voightlander
    Date published: 2016-09-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Silk hat on a pig I have owned literally thousands of lenses in my photographic lifetime, and no single optic has broken my heart more than this one. I call it a silk hat on a pig because the image quality is absolutely stunning in every way possible. I have shot all sorts of film, color, black and white and digital on my M8 and M9 and I have never gotten anything but beautiful and stunning images....That is, however, when the lens feels like behaving. For such a beautiful optic, it is built and designed like total garbage. The focus ring is virtually unmanageable, the focus tab is too stumpy and doesn't do it's job properly. So once you're able to finally pull focus with it, I really can't deny it's optical performance. But sadly, I end up leaving it in the camera bag more often than not for it's, what I feel is poor build quality, which, by the way, you would never think it because visually, it looks like it's well built. But once it's game time, this lens has disappointed in more lost shots than I can count. So when you look at the big picture, what good is a lens if you can't trust it when it counts. But again, when I do hit home with it, the results it's given me are superb. The bottom line? For the money, it's worth having.
    Date published: 2010-09-14
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