Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2 Aspherical II Lens

Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2 Aspherical II Lens

Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2 Aspherical II Lens

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  • Leica M-Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/22
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • High Refractive Index Glass
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1.6'
  • Filter Thread: 52mm
  • 12-Blade Diaphragm
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Distinguished by its extremely fast maximum aperture, the Nokton 35mm f/1.2 Aspherical II from Voigtlander is a versatile wide-angle prime for M-mount rangefinder cameras. The bright f/1.2 aperture benefits working with selective focus techniques, and also aids when shooting in low-light environments. The optical design employs high refractive index glass and a pair of aspherical elements to reduce spherical aberrations and distortions for improved clarity and sharpness throughout the aperture range. A 12-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality, and the lens's manual focus operation permits working with subjects as close as 1.6' away.

Notably fast f/1.2 maximum aperture helps control depth of field for shallow depth of field shooting, and also benefits working in difficult lighting conditions.
Two aspherical elements and 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 1.6', and it is rangefinder coupled for accurate focusing to 2.3'.
A 12-blade diaphragm contributes to a smooth and pleasing bokeh quality.
Compatible with optional LH-8 lens hood.
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Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2 Aspherical II Lens
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Voigtlander BA237B specs

    Focal Length 35mm
    Maximum Aperture f/22
    Minimum Aperture f/1.2
    Camera Mount Type Leica M
    Angle of View 63°
    Minimum Focus Distance 1.6' / 50 cm
    Optical Design 10 Elements in 7 Groups
    Filter Thread 52mm
    Dimensions : 2.4 x L: 2.4" / : 60.8 x L: 62.0 mm
    Weight 1.0 lb / 470.0 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.3 x 4.6 x 4.5"

    Voigtlander BA237B reviews

    Nokton 35mm f/1.2 Aspherical II Lens is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 24.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best for price The only complaint I have ever heard about this lens in leica m mount before purchasing was its too bulky on M cameras. But coming from an slr mostly background it is still much smaller than any of my slr L series lenses. Sharp at 1.2 and out of focus areas render beautifully ! I was deciding between this and the leica 35mm 1.4. I went with this option and saved thousands of dollars with close to the same quality. When it comes down to quality between the two no one but super tech nerds could tell the difference. May be not even possible to tell the difference unless the photo was labeled with which lens used. Very nice lens regardless of price.
    Date published: 2013-07-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is like a 35mm Noctilux with a big DOF and cash benefit Its performance on the M9 is well comparable with the old Noctilux f1.0: Super fast, super sharp, super heavy, with a small but normal amount of color fringing and also a very small focus shift wide open ... but this is typical for for these kind of lenses and photography. Shut down to f2.0 and further, it is not far away from the 35mm Summicron, the differences are easily correctable within your digital workflow. The combination of the price and the wider close-range-DOF makes it a bargain alternative to all photographers dreaming of the Noctilux. For me it is a perfect lens.
    Date published: 2015-06-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly as per its reputation All the comments about this lens being heavy for a RF lens are true. It is heavy, but is is also as sharp as everyone says. This much speed in a 35mm lens is useful not just for low light but for subject isolation, not something you normally see in this F/L. It intrudes into the viewfinder space exactly as reported elsewhere but I do not find this a hindrance. Haven't started using a lens hood for it..... this might be why!. (The price of the CV lens hood is the reason) Performance wise, I am am extremely happy. My abilities are the limiting factor not this lens.
    Date published: 2013-07-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent sharpness at f1.2 Despite some mixed reviews I read about this lens, I found it incredibly sharp wide open at f1.2! Those complaints about its sharpness were probably mainly due to the ultra shallow depth of field and inaccurate focusing. If you want to see its real sharpness at f1.2, try focusing on something far away. The build quality is nothing short of superb! Feels solid as a rock thanks to its all metal construction. Priced closly to the zeiss E24 f1.8, imho it is definitely a way better choice, and better looking!
    Date published: 2013-08-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from great on nex 7 This lens has a very high quality feel and build. Being manual focus is no problem with the Nex 7's peak focusing and image magnifier and focus can be quick and accurate. I've found it to be a lens I can rely on in low night/indoor light or day light to capture great images. Wonderful isolation and bokeh wide open and great detail, contrast and colors stopped down. If this was the only lens I had for my Nex 7 I'd be happy.
    Date published: 2012-06-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! You're kidding me. An aperture range of f1.2 to f22? That establishes this versatile lens as the one I leave on my Leica M (262) unless there is a compelling reason to change focal lengths. This should do it for your pro work and certainly for your personal work. It is a well-built lens, too. A little on the heavy side and some viewfinder obscuring, but what do you expect? I didn't want to pay the exorbitant cost of the matched lens shade. I found an old Nikon 52mm WA metal shade in my parts box. It works just fine. I highly recommend this if you can live with the shame of a non-Wetzlar lens.
    Date published: 2018-08-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The lady for a night date!! I use this lens for night photography and when I want to have a narrow depth of field in daytime photography. For the day time photography I use a 4X neutral density filter. I find this lens to be very sharp and contrasty. Also at night it has excellent coverage and color saturation. This really suprised me. I haver found it to be very versitile and excellent as a n all around lens for my M9. My onle complaint is the cost of the lens shade. Otherwise I find that I use it more than my Leica Summicron 35 Asp. One reason is the wieght and the other is the ability to focus very fast because of the size of the focusing ring. The extra weight helps to keep it steady. I highly recommend this lens. It is everything that others have said when they raved about this lens in the original model. So far we have found no diffeence between this model II and the legindary model I. I did not mention the buile quality but it is up there with my leica lens. Very solid and it has a vintage look that I relly prefer. One note to be careful of is the fact that it focuses to .5 meter but most rangefinder cameras focus to .7 meters. It is not a negative since many purchase this lens for SLR use. Maybe it will encourage Leica to modify their cam to focus to .5 meters!!
    Date published: 2012-02-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for Sony mirrorless If you want a 35/1.2 to use with your Sony a7 series camera, this it. Heavy due to the f/1.2 but not too heavy. Excellent build quality. Beautiful subject separation.
    Date published: 2016-12-04
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