Update 03/09/2010: IMAGE SAMPLES!: Samples at 43Rumors
HOT! NEW COSINA-VOIGTLANDER 25MM f0.95 NOKTON!
Hey everyone... at the time of writing my face is stuck like this -->
- I'm in awe at the speed of the lens... and the price tag.
As we're in the run up to Photokina, a few sources online anticipated that a few new fast primes (from Panasonic?) would be coming. But boy! I bet no one saw the "f0.95" coming!
This new Nokton may be pricey at 900 Euros but (in my opinion) but CV have a history for providing some good value for money lenses (Such as both the 35 1.4 and 40 1.4 Noktons) and some more pricey but very stellar lenses (IMO of course) such as the 35 1.2 and 50 1.1 Noktons.
In my opinion the new Nokton is definately going to give the micro four-thirds system a massive lift, it shows that the system is gaining support, and I believe CV have been very clever in designing and releasing this lens for m4/3rds. This is because as we all know, micro four-thirds have slightly poorer high ISO performance than other systems and faster lenses with wider apertures will definately help, but also because there is a lack of fast native lenses for the format, whilst similar lenses with an adaptor often suffer from vignetting and the Noktor 50mm f0.95 is double the focal length and it's image quality is questionable.
Here's a link to more info at 43rumors:
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43rumors original source(google translated):
Finally I have my fingers crossed that this is only the start of new things to come to the system. [I]It seems CV has listened to the demand for fast prime lenses for the format... now if only they listened to demand for a rangefinder-like body
1. Official Cosina joins the micro four thirds group of companies OLYMPUS | News Release: COSINA CO., Ltd. Joins the Micro Four Thirds System Standard Group
2. Cosina's official website updated (Google translated link):
3. Price seems according to 43rumors might be 749Euros instead of 899Euros :D
Credit to 43rumors.com, it's a site I follow daily, and IMO it's a great source for rumors about micro four thirds - they were right about the E-PL1, G2 and G10 in the past, so I'd recommend taking a look at their site once in a while, especially with Photokina coming up ;-)