Voigtländer Nokton 42.5mm F0.95

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Ian., Jun 20, 2013.

  1. Ian.

    Ian. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2013
    Munich
    Ian
  2. Mijo

    Mijo Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 23, 2012
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    FYI - There's another thread about this lens which was started when the lens was originally announced.

    OT - I'm curious to see the feedback from people that end up buying this lens, as I have the 17.5mm version and I like it a lot. Manual focus feels real good on the 17.5mm version and it's built like a tank (heavy though).
     
  3. rklepper

    rklepper Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Robert
  4. Lindsay D

    Lindsay D Mu-43 Veteran

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    Lindsay
    Why won't they give it autofocus?
     
  5. Mijo

    Mijo Mu-43 Veteran

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    Most if not all voighlander lenses are manual focus (all of the ones I've seen for m4/3 and M-mount are manual).
     
  6. Lindsay D

    Lindsay D Mu-43 Veteran

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    Lindsay
    I wish they would invent an autofocus version. I'd be all over it if they did.
     
  7. DekHog

    DekHog Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Trying to manually focus on an eye with the lens wide open will be a nightmare..... it's hard enough with slower lenses, never mind 0.95.... I lost count of the number of binned head shots I took with my Yashica 50mm 1.7, and that was after faffing around with zoom/focus/zoom out etc. There wasn't a happier person than I when the Oly 45mm appeared on the scene.
     
  8. Lindsay D

    Lindsay D Mu-43 Veteran

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    Lindsay
    My feelings exactly!
     
  9. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 5, 2013
    San Diego
    Doug Green
    Darn, two of mine are red. :biggrin:
     
  10. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    Add focus peaking & presto! :biggrin:
     
  11. DekHog

    DekHog Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Still too slow compared to auto focus..... I really don't get the manual focus thing unless it's only for subjects that don't move at all! (that obviously excludes all humans). :smile:
     
  12. TDP

    TDP Guest

    I have 3 Voigtlander lenses and absolutely love them. The m43 25mm is a fantastic lens for flowers and the 17.5 is a perfect street walk around lens, both have crazy close MFD.
     
  13. burdickjp

    burdickjp Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 25, 2013
    Hmm. Manual focus and an aperture ring sure makes it easy to be precise with DOF. I only own one auto lens for my camera, and I don't ever use it.


    I really wish they'd stop making more Noktons, as my envy list is getting mighty expensive.
     
  14. Artorius

    Artorius Mu-43 Regular

    I'm right there with you buddy.
     
  15. burdickjp

    burdickjp Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 25, 2013
    I'm hoping my inbound Fujinon 25mm f/1.4 satisfies me in the 25mm range. I'm not happy with any other 25mm I've put my hands on. If not, I'll be trying to choose between the PL and the Nokton.

    42.5mm is an interesting length to me. I don't do any portraits; maybe I'd be more excited if I did.
     
  16. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    Vin
    There are people who get manual focus, and there are those who don't. No point trying to convince either.

    I enjoy the convenience and speed of AF, but I enjoy the sense of control and tactile experience of MF just as much.
     
  17. dejongj

    dejongj Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jean-Paul
    I agree, sometimes I prefer autofocus...other times I prefer manual...And when I have the time I love taken photographs on my Mamiya Medium Format Film camera, meter manually, do everything manually. Results are still stunning, especially when scanned in via the Imacon....

    That is why I am interested in lenses like these, I find some of the good autofocus lenses almost too perfect, makes it look fake. Hope that makes sense...
     
  18. burdickjp

    burdickjp Mu-43 Veteran

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    I relate it to guitar amplifiers. Some amplifiers are designed to most precisely reproduce the instrument. Some are flawed in this reproduction, but in being flawed have their own character. Rectifier amplifiers do not at all accurately reproduce the instrument, but many people prefer the sound of old tube amps over modern amplifiers.
    I view lenses from a similar perspective.


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  19. twokatmew

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2012
    Lansing, MI, US
    Margaret
    ^^ Great analogy. I love my old Fender Princeton Reverb, much nicer than any SS amp I've played through. :smile:

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  20. Artorius

    Artorius Mu-43 Regular

    In what price rnage is that Fujinon?

    On topic, I've yet to even touch the Voigtlanders. I just have to stare at virtual pictures of them on the inter webs. Oh, to dream!