Showcase Voigtlander Nokton 10.5mm f/0.95

Discussion in 'Native Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by monokromatik, Oct 16, 2016.

  1. monokromatik

    monokromatik Mu-43 Rookie

    May 13, 2016
    I can't believe there's not already a thread for this lens. It has its faults (IMHO most importantly too easily rotating aperture and focus dials) but it's not that bad of a lens...

    Photos taken with Pen-F, all at f/0.95 I think (except for the spinning lights)

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  2. Mr Bassie

    Mr Bassie Mu-43 Regular

    May 16, 2016
    Richmond Virginia
    I can't believe that nobody else here has this lens. Would love to see more shots here.
  3. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I think the issue is that the lens just isn't a good performer given its high price. It's extremely soft wide-open, and never reaches the same level of sharpness as the other Noktons when stopped down.
  4. amphibious

    amphibious Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 25, 2017
    I'd be amazed if a fast wide angle was otherwise. I think most of the real potential users for this type of lens will realize that - telecentricity equals sharpness, and its harder to get wide lens or fast lenses to be telecentric. Fast AND wide lenses are a nightmare.

    ...But I would have thought that aren't many stills users than need a fast 20mm equivalent that cost as much as a Sigma DP0. I'd have thought this would mostly be bought for video.

    Nice example shots from the OP though!
  5. JamesD172

    JamesD172 Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Aug 18, 2016
    James Dolezal
    Yikes, that lenstip review was harsh...
  6. rocklogic

    rocklogic addict

    Mar 20, 2013
    Melbourne, Australia
    Mulyadi Robin
    I bought this lens after trying it out. While it has its flaws, it has been nothing but an excellent two weeks for me with this lens. What's not to love? Great build, great focal length, great low light ability...

    Could it have been better built? With the 17.5mm, I am tempted to let got of my 12mm and 25mm f1.8!

    These were from my trip a fortnight ago to Atlanta and Philadelphia.




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  7. monokromatik

    monokromatik Mu-43 Rookie

    May 13, 2016
    And even more so with manual focus (especially at the start I've thrown out a lot of photos where I didn't manage to focus properly)

    When I bought it I needed a decent ultra-wide, and back then there weren't too many options (there still aren't that many, and each lens has its own downsides). The lenstip review aside I decided purely on photos others managed to get with that lens, and I have to admit the build quality of Cosina's lenses is, as far as I can tell, really good

    Thanks :)

    Three more photos from the same day I originally sorted out, then thought "maybe they're not that bad". Two in the dark, one a bit lighter (actually they're all shot in the dark, just one of them with a long exposure)

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  8. Vorchek

    Vorchek New to Mu-43

    Jan 4, 2018
    The variable reviews caused me to hesitate for over a year, but this fall a good deal came my way (a demo model from Adorama), and now I consider it--along with my earlier acquisition of the Voigtlander 25--my best m43 purchase. I enjoy shooting with it so much! Image quality of the 10.5 looks to my eyes about the same as the 25; based on my experience, if one suits, so will the other. Now if only I could find a super deal on the 42.5! Maybe in a year.
    Here are some typical night samples, all shot with the EM5 m2.

    001 rrc. 002 dhr. 003 dhr. 004 jerome. 005 jerome. 006 whitewater draw.
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  9. Vorchek

    Vorchek New to Mu-43

    Jan 4, 2018
    For whatever reason, these uploaded pictures don't look as good as they ought. Number 5, in particular, contains artifacts not apparent in the original. This is my first time uploading to this site, so I may have fumbled something. Anyway, the other four are close enough.
  10. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Hi, if you upload at 1600x1600 pixels or smaller, the forum software won't downsize your images.
  11. Vorchek

    Vorchek New to Mu-43

    Jan 4, 2018
    Here are a few more. I hope for an outing shortly to take the lens for another spin. 01 whitewater draw. 02 surprise. 03 surprise. 04 surprise.
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  12. Vorchek

    Vorchek New to Mu-43

    Jan 4, 2018
    Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon, AZ; 1-10-18
    Both wide open
    003 tlaquepaque. 008 oak creek canyon.
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