Showcase Voigtlander 58mm f/1.4 Nokton SLII

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  1. Laurentiu Cristofor

    Laurentiu Cristofor Mu-43 Veteran

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    The Nokton is an excellent lens on SLRs and on MFT it gets close to a 135mm AOV, which make it pretty interesting to use:

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    All these are HDRs - light was difficult.
     
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  2. Laurentiu Cristofor

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    A few more:

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  3. Laurentiu Cristofor

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    A couple of different subjects:

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    I have a high regard for this lens too. Found it useful for portrait, wildlife and architecture.

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    Very nice - sharp, great color.
     
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    More Voigtlander 58mm f/1.4 Photos

    I've been enjoying this lens since March this year. Here's what I've gotten out of it...

    Perhaps the best aspects of the lens are its short minimum focusing distance (45cm) and its wide open IQ--though most of these are shot at f/2.8.
    Most of these are from the Panasonic G2:

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    How's this lens shot wide open?
     
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    Its soft on the corners and edges, but it is sharp wide open in the center.

    The leaf in the moss is at f/1.4 (as is the moss by itself on the wood). You can see how detailed it is on the tip, though f/1.4 is extremely narrow at the mfd, so not much else is in focus. And that's nice, since as long as your composition is relatively close to the center rather than the edges, anything that would look soft is out of focus anyway.

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    Looks like a real winner to me.
     
  10. Jonathan F/2

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    I had a Nikon 50 1.4 AIS, and I thought that lens on M43 wasn't useable wide open. I switched to the 50 1.8 AIS, and it's much sharper wide/open. That sample looks pretty good!
     
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    WOW the DOF is very narrow at F 1.4. It seems to have very sharp cut-off, not much feathering effect, I don't think I have ever seen that in a lens before. Can you share what a lens like this typically costs?
     
  12. Laurentiu Cristofor

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    It was a bargain when it came out. Got mine for $370 a few years ago, before Voigtlander dropped support for Pentax K mount. I see the Nikon version is still available at B&H, but the price is now $489. Buying lenses seems a better investment than the stock market.
     
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    The sharp cut off is partially a result of the close focusing distance of 45cm. I paid $440 for mine. You'll find them for between $400 and $500 on Ebay.
     
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    Had mine for about a year and half and found it to be more than useful. Coupled with the GF1 I get more usable images with this than even the P20. I bought mine new simply because it was the same as the secondhand ones I had seen.

    The plusses for this lens are rendering quality, the bokeh (sometimes) and the contrast (try some B+W with it). On the negative side the glass 'n' brass construction means it weighs a ton. Also the lens goes from f1.4 to f2.8 with no value available between.

    Simply put, it has a quality very different to any native lens and adapted Japanese normal lenses from the big four.

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    Really? Hmmm, my copy has a click for f/2...

    How does yours differ in appearance from this image?
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    I like the blend of lines and shadow as well as the lighting in this image. Well done.
     
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  16. Laurentiu Cristofor

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    Mine too. I think he meant f/2 instead of f/2.8.

    I also liked the shadows in that first picture.
     
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    Yep, meant f/2. Doh!:eek:

    It's still a jump though.
     
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    Out with the 58mm this morning and witnessed a nasty smog layer hanging over Victoria harbour about 85 stories deep. I guess that explains the real estate prices on the Peak.

    Tracking back from HK island, we have: Green island and Little Green Island, Kau Yi Chau and Sui Kau Yi chai, and finally Peng Chau.


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