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Voigtlander 50mm f/1 Nokton Review

  
 
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p.6 #1 · p.6 #1 · Voigtlander 50mm f/1 Nokton Review


highdesertmesa wrote:
Not only ISO 64 but also electronic shutter to 1/16,000 sec


Stop it. I'm happy with the R.



Feb 05, 2022 at 06:24 PM
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p.6 #2 · p.6 #2 · Voigtlander 50mm f/1 Nokton Review


For those who already got their Voigtlander 50/1 Nokton lenses, feel free to post comparisons and samples image on this thread. As always, I will link them to the first page of this review.


Feb 06, 2022 at 01:24 PM
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p.6 #3 · p.6 #3 · Voigtlander 50mm f/1 Nokton Review


Taken a couple minutes ago at dusk. Testing wide open performance at long distance.
It's sharp and high in contrast at F1 all the way to the edges! That's really the differential for this lens.

LR M10-R Color profile




  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander Nokton-M 1:1/50 lens    50mm    f/1.0    1/750s    100 ISO    -1.0 EV  




Feb 06, 2022 at 07:30 PM
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p.6 #4 · p.6 #4 · Voigtlander 50mm f/1 Nokton Review


Wow! So, this probably means that the reverse field curvature is caused by the floating lens element. I also think we can conclude that this sample is a good one, while there are others where we see odd things happening with the plane of focus at long distances.

Fred Miranda wrote:
Taken a couple minutes ago at dusk. Testing wide open performance at long distance.
It's sharp and high in contrast at F1 all the way to the edges! That's really the differential for this lens.




Feb 07, 2022 at 02:44 AM
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p.6 #5 · p.6 #5 · Voigtlander 50mm f/1 Nokton Review


I feel like you've shown us some really pleasing overall results Fred. It's by no means a perfect lens, but for the size, weight and price I think it hits it out of the park. If you are looking for a do-it-all MF 50, this is the one.
I appreciate the reviews as always.



Feb 07, 2022 at 02:50 AM
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It's by no means a perfect lens, but for the size, weight and price I think it hits it out of the park. If you are looking for a do-it-all MF 50, this is the one.

You are talking about the VM 50mm 1.2, right?

I really fail to see the advantages of the 50mm 1.0.
It is almost double the price.
Noticeably heavier and bigger.
The bokeh is significantly worse.
Flare resistance is significantly worse (I would like my "do-it-all 50" to fare good in this category).

The improvement in sharpness I find very hard to spot at most distances in an actual picture,
whereas the bokeh jumps at me yelling "something is terribly wrong here".



Feb 07, 2022 at 03:57 AM
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p.6 #7 · p.6 #7 · Voigtlander 50mm f/1 Nokton Review



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The following are cross posted from the "New Voigtlander 50mm f/1 Nokton in January 2022" thread. Will take me a while to get all these loaded:


I've now got 160+ images from the M10-R + Nokton 50/1 at f/1, f/1.4, f/2.8, and f/5.6(occasionally)
with the same shots, mostly on a tripod, from the late version Noctilux 50/1
and also from the 50/1.4 Summilux, f/1.4 onwards. All were focused using the LCD, focus peaking, and magnification. But not sure the best way to satisfy everyone with resizing. I normally have only posted to Buy and Sell from SmugMug host, so will start with that here.

All things considered, after looking through all these (and there are several series) at various distances, various f/stops, I'm not sure the conclusions as to which to own and which to ignore are as easy to reach as some are imagining, but maybe that's why I own so many fast Fifties. But, everyone is going to have different preferences.

All of these are going to have been taken with lens coding "off" and at standard jpg settings. Though I also have all the DNG files here as well.


























Feb 07, 2022 at 10:58 AM
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p.6 #8 · p.6 #8 · Voigtlander 50mm f/1 Nokton Review


Second Series


























Any differences in field of view or just that, different field of view for the different lenses. Tripod did not move.



Feb 07, 2022 at 11:05 AM
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p.6 #11 · p.6 #11 · Voigtlander 50mm f/1 Nokton Review


Due to 4 different kinds of lighting in this scene, the jpg colors SOOC were a mess, so this series is done a little differently. YMMV. Lens coding off as with the others.
Instead of using the SOOC jpg files, .DNG files opened in LR, B+W LR profile applied, medium sharpening applied, LR Auto Tone applied.
Focus for all was on the edge of the moose nose on the left. Live View focus peaking with magnification for all.


























Feb 07, 2022 at 11:24 AM
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p.6 #12 · p.6 #12 · Voigtlander 50mm f/1 Nokton Review


If these look cold, it was. Wanting to get out early before the sun started hitting the snow, so I would not have to introduce the variable of different ND filters, and still be able to get something at f/1.
It was minus 14 deg F when I started and minus 8F when I finished the next set, 20 minutes later. Didn't quite finish the next set after this, because the fresh battery was gone in 20 minutes. Hands pretty much gone by then anyway.

And, the fact that there is nothing flat around here, never mind that a field, or even a patch, of flat gravel or grass, for checking field curvature, won't be seen within 200 miles of here for at least another two and a half months, is why I don't have those. Snow and ice, and inside mostly.

These are back to SOOC jpgs.































forgot to shoot the Summilux at f/5.6


The following is a crop from the .DNG file of the Nokton at f/5.6





Feb 07, 2022 at 11:33 AM
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Focus point is on the Toyota lettering.

































Unfortunately, there is no Summilux at f/5.6 because this is when the battery said "I'm done, let's go inside."



Feb 07, 2022 at 11:41 AM
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Feb 07, 2022 at 11:51 AM
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p.6 #15 · p.6 #15 · Voigtlander 50mm f/1 Nokton Review


Using a different approach, this series is done from .DNG files made with the Noctilux 50/1 code on in camera for both the 50/1 lenses, and the 50 Summilux code on for that one, opened in LR, Auto Tone in LR, and sharpened in PS. The Auto Tone made them too yellow, which I should have corrected, but was halfway through them before I decided that.



































Feb 07, 2022 at 12:00 PM
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p.6 #16 · p.6 #16 · Voigtlander 50mm f/1 Nokton Review


Edward Teller wrote:
Focus point is on the Toyota lettering.

Another great example to me at least of how the Voigtlander pulls ahead. The contrast really is fantastic!



Feb 07, 2022 at 01:31 PM
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p.6 #17 · p.6 #17 · Voigtlander 50mm f/1 Nokton Review


BastianK wrote:
You are talking about the VM 50mm 1.2, right?

I really fail to see the advantages of the 50mm 1.0.
It is almost double the price.
Noticeably heavier and bigger.
The bokeh is significantly worse.
Flare resistance is significantly worse (I would like my "do-it-all 50" to fare good in this category).

The improvement in sharpness I find very hard to spot at most distances in an actual picture,
whereas the bokeh jumps at me yelling "something is terribly wrong here".


Yes, the CV 50/1.2 is outstanding with a balanced design but it's not F1.
If one wants a 50mm F1 lens instead of a F1.2 or F1.4 lens, it looks like the extra speed advantage is a big headache for optical designers, especially when compactness is a priority.

To really correct that field curvature and optical vignetting while maintaining a high level of contrast and resolution at F1, the lens would've been bigger and even more expensive. It looks like Cosina went for high performance even at close distance + compactness with this design competing solely with the 13K Leica Noctilux. I will test them side by side so we can see how they compare.



Feb 07, 2022 at 02:33 PM
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p.6 #18 · p.6 #18 · Voigtlander 50mm f/1 Nokton Review


Thanks for the comparison @Edward Teller !

I've linked it to the front page of this review:
https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1741370/0#member




Feb 07, 2022 at 02:36 PM
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p.6 #19 · p.6 #19 · Voigtlander 50mm f/1 Nokton Review


Fred, Thank you!

Looking forward to your comparison with the .095 Noctilux.



Feb 07, 2022 at 04:44 PM
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p.6 #20 · p.6 #20 · Voigtlander 50mm f/1 Nokton Review


They are here!!




Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 | Voigtlander Nokton-M 50mm f/1 | Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/1






Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 | Voigtlander Nokton-M 50mm f/1 | Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/1






Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 | Voigtlander Nokton-M 50mm f/1 | Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/1




Feb 07, 2022 at 04:46 PM
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