58mm equivalent sounds just about perfect to me! I prefer something a bit longer than normal. Really like my Sigma 30. It would also be a perfect compliment to the new 60 Voigt. Very intriguing. Now, I wish they'd make a 14mm to go along with the rest of them.
kind of a weird focal length. Why are all of the super fast primes 55-60mm (in 35mm equivalent terms)? See Zeiss, Nikon, etc. Must be something magical about that particular focal length and lens formula.
I think “super expensive novelty” is too kind an expression for this type of item.A lot of the mystic with the 58mm focal length, at least in Nikon land, comes from the legendary Nikkor 58mm f1.2 Noct lens, produced in MF only from 1977 to 1988. It was different than any Nikkor lens before it, being a aspherical lens, that was sharper, faster and had more contrast than any other Nikkor lens, even wide open. It was originally designed for astrophotography, because it handled coma so well, that was also a superb portrait lens. If you can find one today, they usually go for $3,000 to $4500 used depending upon the shape.
Nikon has followed up on the original Noct with a new version for the Z line of mirrorless cameras, with the 58mm f0.95 S Noct lens that is also MF only and costs $7,999 new! (and has been backordered since it began to ship late last year). It is the fastest Nikkor lens every made and quite large with a 82mm front filter, whereas the original Noct used a 52mm filter.
So this new C/V Voigtlander 58mm f0.80 lens could be a big deal to some, but if the anticipated asking price is $2,000 as rumored, I think is a waste with M4/3. I have 2 C/V lenses at current, but both, at $600+/- new, are for my Sony FF system as the C/V lenses for Sony have electric contacts that transfer all lens data to the camera and is stored in the exif, just like any AF lens. Having the data transfer is a biggie to me and unfortunately C/V was not able to design for the electronic data to transfer with M4/3, as there are no MF lenses with these electronic contacts yet. The Sony shooters would have been all over this lens and it would have been sold out for a long time, as C/V lenses are very popular for Sony, but I think with the M4/3 mount it will just be a super expensive novelty.
I think “super expensive novelty” is too kind an expression for this type of item.
Laowa were able to do it in their 50mm f/2.8 macro. Why can't Voigtländer transfer these data?
A lot of the mystic with the 58mm focal length, at least in Nikon land, comes from the legendary Nikkor 58mm f1.2 Noct lens, produced in MF only from 1977 to 1988.