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Voigtlander 50mm f/1.2 Nokton Review

  
 
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p.3 #1 · p.3 #1 · Voigtlander 50mm f/1.2 Nokton Review


The hoods are the only disappointment, seem very overpriced for what they are.

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This lens is also compatible with Voigtlander's new hood (LH-10) which is a bit longer and according to them offers even better stray light shielding.




Sep 14, 2018 at 02:34 PM
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p.3 #2 · p.3 #2 · Voigtlander 50mm f/1.2 Nokton Review


I have a 52 metal screw in I normally get from eBay or Amazon. I was not impressed with Cosina pricing on their hoods for this. Frankly a rip off at those prices


Sep 14, 2018 at 02:41 PM
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GMPhotography wrote:
I have a 52 metal screw in I normally get from eBay or Amazon. I was not impressed with Cosina pricing on their hoods for this. Frankly a rip off at those prices


Hi Guy,

Check with Fred about this (I do not have the lens nor intend to purchase one), but the Voigtlander hood looks much like my hood for my Zeiss 35mm f1.4 ZM distagon hood which bayonets to the lens and is a very nice though expensive hood. Unless I want to change my filter from the UV filter on my Zeiss Distagon, I leave hood attached to the lens. I leave the hood in place and it allows the installation of the lens cap without removing or reorienting and reversing the hood.

Rich



Sep 14, 2018 at 03:07 PM
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p.3 #4 · p.3 #4 · Voigtlander 50mm f/1.2 Nokton Review


naturephoto1 wrote:
Hi Guy,

Check with Fred about this (I do not have the lens nor intend to purchase one), but the Voigtlander hood looks much like my hood for my Zeiss 35mm f1.4 ZM distagon hood which bayonets to the lens and is a very nice though expensive hood. Unless I want to change my filter from the UV filter on my Zeiss Distagon, I leave hood attached to the lens. I leave the hood in place and it allows the installation of the lens cap without removing or reorienting and reversing the hood.

Rich


Yes, the Voigtlander hood reminds me of the Zeiss ZM line's bayonet hood design.
It's a very nice design that accepts filters and the same lens cap. The ones they provide free of charge with E-mount lenses are simpler screw-in hoods.



Sep 14, 2018 at 03:24 PM
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p.3 #5 · p.3 #5 · Voigtlander 50mm f/1.2 Nokton Review


Hopefully I can do some real shooting over the weekend and post some samples here.

I'm getting some questions regarding bokeh rendering and how the 40/1.2 and 50/1.2 lenses compare.

They are very similar in color, contrast and spherical / color aberration correction. So, images from these two lenses will have a very similar look and character. If your subject is at the same distance from the camera, the 50/1.2 yields more blur compared to the 40/1.2. (See samples below)
However, when shooting at the same aperture while matching the subject magnification, blur will be identical. The CV 40/1.2 shows onion ring pattern on specular highlights and the 50/1.2 surprisingly does not. Perhaps Voigtlander changed their aspheric grinding process?





Same distance to subject: CV 50/1.2 (top) | CV 40/1.2 (bottom)






Same distance to subject: CV 40/1.2 (top) | CV 50/1.2 (bottom)




Sep 14, 2018 at 03:56 PM
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p.3 #6 · p.3 #6 · Voigtlander 50mm f/1.2 Nokton Review


It's great to see the product like Voigtlander 50mm f/1.2 Nokton which has the amazing specification.


Sep 14, 2018 at 05:02 PM
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p.3 #7 · p.3 #7 · Voigtlander 50mm f/1.2 Nokton Review


Just got mine in this morning and took a little stroll before brunch--lovely lens, just like my sold 40 VM, but a hair bigger and a better FL

Now they just needs to make a fast compact 28...

edit: for those curious, I find the 50 VM slightly more finicky to focus than the 40 VM, but still very doable without magnification.


























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Sep 14, 2018 at 05:15 PM
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p.3 #8 · p.3 #8 · Voigtlander 50mm f/1.2 Nokton Review


Mine is in hand. Lovely build quality. Focuses really nice both visually and mechnical feel. Mine looks to be very sharp on center. Obviously I will be testing it. I did buy a Voigtlander close focus adapter from a member so looking forward to that. I have a cheap Fotasy one right now and seems okay for now to test with. May take me a few days to get under test. I知 in the middle of building a beauty salon for my daughter. Yes you guessed it I知 the construction crew. I知 so worn out but I知 saving her thousands by doing a lot of the work. Of course I had to buy all new tools .

Looks really nice so far. I値l keep trying to post images

I do have some wobble with this adapter so I have to be careful until the VM comes.



Sep 14, 2018 at 05:48 PM
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p.3 #9 · p.3 #9 · Voigtlander 50mm f/1.2 Nokton Review


hanay78 wrote:
Thank you very very much!

amazing and intersting comparison. What about color and contrast? any impressions?



My impression comparing the CV 50/1.2 to the Loxia 50/2 is that the former has even more resolving power in the center and slightly off-axis. The Loxia 50/2's color rendition is beautiful but the Voigtlander it's at least on par with it. The Lox 50 has better corner resolution at all apertures and better flare resistance. (See crops below)

My Lox 50 weighs 315g while the CV 50/1.2 weighs 400g. (with 50g adapter)
The CV 50/1.2 + adapter is almost the same size as the Loxia 50 which is amazing considering it's a much faster lens.

Here are some crops for you:





Center at f/2 | This is the Lox 50/2 wide open and it did well but the CV 50/1.2 is better







Mid at f/2 | Both similar but perhaps the Lox 50 has a small edge







Edge at f/2 | Here vignetting is very high for both but the Lox 50 does way better







Center at f/4 | The Lox 50 improves noticeably but the CV 50 improves further from f/2.8 and it's still better







Mid at f/4 | Both very similar here







Edge at f/4 | The Lox 50 is almost optimum at f/4 while the CV 50 still shows heavy astigmatism




Sep 14, 2018 at 06:26 PM
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continue at f/5.6 and f/8:





Center at f/5.6 | They are very close now but the CV 50/1.2 has a slight edge in resolution







Mid at f/5.6 | Both are very similar







Edge at f/5.6 | The CV 50/1.2 improves greatly but the Lox 50 is still ahead







Center at f/8 | Both lenses diffract a bit and the CV 50 is still slightly better







Mid at f/8 | Both equal







Edge at f/8 | CV 50/1.2 improves greatly but the Lox 50 wins here




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So im seeing at center and mid field they look darn darn close. At F2 to me it looks like the CV has a slight edge. Color the CV looks like about 100 kelvin towards the warm side. Not a big difference at all. Just going by your lates samples above here


Sep 14, 2018 at 06:38 PM
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p.3 #12 · p.3 #12 · Voigtlander 50mm f/1.2 Nokton Review


Check this out for CA. Look at the metal hook ring. At F 1.2/F2 you still see a little CA but at F2.8 its gone. This is in C1 without CA checked.

Full Frame is F1.2

Crops
F1.2
F2
F2.8

Im shooting these with electronic shutter to avoid EFSC























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Sep 14, 2018 at 06:47 PM
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It seems to me that the CV 50/1.2 is slightly wider than the Lox 50mm...Perhaps 0.5 or 1mm difference.

It's harder to instigate ghosting flare from the Lox 50/2 compared to the CV 50/1.2. Both have great flare resistance but the IMO the Loxia 50 does better. Here is an example:

PS: Notice that at f/2, the CV 50/1.2's OOF rendering is smoother than the Loxia's.





Loxia 50 (top) | CV 50/1.2 (bottom)




Sep 14, 2018 at 06:47 PM
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p.3 #14 · p.3 #14 · Voigtlander 50mm f/1.2 Nokton Review


One sharp mama on center


Sep 14, 2018 at 06:49 PM
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p.3 #15 · p.3 #15 · Voigtlander 50mm f/1.2 Nokton Review


Bokeh balls

Full Frame is F1.2
Crop 1.2
than F2
















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p.3 #16 · p.3 #16 · Voigtlander 50mm f/1.2 Nokton Review


Few out of camera (M240) - imported into Lightroom and straight out...

CA clearly visible around the chrome belt line.


L1008334 by Jonathan Robson, on Flickr


L1008336 by Jonathan Robson, on Flickr


L1008338 by Jonathan Robson, on Flickr


L1008342 by Jonathan Robson, on Flickr



Sep 14, 2018 at 06:53 PM
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p.3 #17 · p.3 #17 · Voigtlander 50mm f/1.2 Nokton Review


Two click CA cleanup in Lightroom...


L1008336-2 by Jonathan Robson, on Flickr



Sep 14, 2018 at 06:57 PM
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p.3 #18 · p.3 #18 · Voigtlander 50mm f/1.2 Nokton Review


0 degrees f. Does that mean nothing is cooking on the egg!!

GMPhotography wrote:
Bokeh balls

Full Frame is F1.2
Crop 1.2
than F2




Sep 14, 2018 at 06:58 PM
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p.3 #19 · p.3 #19 · Voigtlander 50mm f/1.2 Nokton Review


Wait aren't you supposed to be washing the car. You just bought a lens, thats a lot of honey-do's.


Sep 14, 2018 at 06:59 PM
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p.3 #20 · p.3 #20 · Voigtlander 50mm f/1.2 Nokton Review


I'm kinda excited about this lens. Its small, very fast and usable wide open with excellent bokeh imho and a steal of a price.

I think they might have a real winner here.



Sep 14, 2018 at 07:00 PM
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