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Voigtlander 35mm f/1.5 Nokton Review

  
 
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p.35 #1 · p.35 #1 · Voigtlander 35mm f/1.5 Nokton Review


Do those who had this lens and 35 FLE feel like the Nokton 35/1.5 is actually better lens than the FLE? It seems like the only advantage of the FLE is sharpness wide open and less vignetting. Nokton wins everywhere else. The 35 FLE is glued to my M 99% of the time. I shoot a lot of environmental portraits often at f1.4. The rendering of the 35 FLE is just magical. It is also very sharp wide open. Furthermore, cosmetically it matches M bodies perfectly. I feel like 35mm is the one focal lengths I donít want to compromising. I may need to get one of these to see how it feels in real life.


Jan 14, 2024 at 12:40 PM
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The Leica 35mm Summilux FLE is an amazing lens. Many say it is the reference for 35mm lenses. Unless you are looking for some particular aberration (defect) for some unique rendering for a specific image there is no point in looking elsewhere. Like you, mine is mounted on my M11 over 90% of the time.

That said, the Nokton is an excellent lens and the price difference is significant. But I would never swap it for my Lux FLE.



Jan 14, 2024 at 12:50 PM
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p.35 #3 · p.35 #3 · Voigtlander 35mm f/1.5 Nokton Review


Happy Chinese New Year!






Feb 18, 2024 at 01:43 AM
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p.35 #4 · p.35 #4 · Voigtlander 35mm f/1.5 Nokton Review


How well does the black coating/paint on the V1 wear? Obviously anodizing is super durable, but Iím unsure about the newer coating Voigtlander is using on their aluminum bodied lenses.


Mar 10, 2024 at 03:55 PM
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p.35 #5 · p.35 #5 · Voigtlander 35mm f/1.5 Nokton Review


_jim_ wrote:
How well does the black coating/paint on the V1 wear? Obviously anodizing is super durable, but Iím unsure about the newer coating Voigtlander is using on their aluminum bodied lenses.


I've had mine for about a year with no paint defects at all. Looks brand new.
I chose the aluminum because of the weight savings and have had no regrets at all.



Mar 10, 2024 at 04:22 PM
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p.35 #6 · p.35 #6 · Voigtlander 35mm f/1.5 Nokton Review


This is my favorite lens, with high image quality in a compact size.
I just wrote a personal review about this lens.

One of my Three Musketeers of M series rangefinder lenses

You can click the language button at the bottom to choose your own language version to view.



Apr 18, 2024 at 10:57 PM
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p.35 #7 · p.35 #7 · Voigtlander 35mm f/1.5 Nokton Review


I really like this lens. It has somewhat more organic rendering than my Summilux, while still being very sharp. The Summilux does have slightly more ďbiteĒ and structure, but itís a matter of preferenceÖ

There are instances when I dislike how the Summilux renders bokeh, can be a bit busy, the VM is more smooth. I think for the price and being smaller and lighter than the FLE, Cosina knocked this one out of the park.

On my M11-P, wide open:






  LEICA M11-P    Summilux-M 1:1.4/35 lens    35mm    f/1.4    1/80s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  




Apr 20, 2024 at 08:50 AM
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p.35 #8 · p.35 #8 · Voigtlander 35mm f/1.5 Nokton Review


1bwana1 wrote:
The Leica 35mm Summilux FLE is an amazing lens. Many say it is the reference for 35mm lenses. Unless you are looking for some particular aberration (defect) for some unique rendering for a specific image there is no point in looking elsewhere. Like you, mine is mounted on my M11 over 90% of the time.

That said, the Nokton is an excellent lens and the price difference is significant. But I would never swap it for my Lux FLE.


~ 7x the cost of the Voigtlander!



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p.35 #9 · p.35 #9 · Voigtlander 35mm f/1.5 Nokton Review


sandycrane wrote:
~ 7x the cost of the Voigtlander!


Worth it to many too. Like most of my Leica lenses, I got mine used in like new condition for an attractive price. But yes, still about 4 X the price.



Apr 21, 2024 at 01:24 PM
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p.35 #10 · p.35 #10 · Voigtlander 35mm f/1.5 Nokton Review


On M11-P, wide open, cropped.




  LEICA M11-P    Summilux-M 1:1.4/35 lens    35mm    f/1.7    1/90s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  




Apr 22, 2024 at 11:17 AM
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p.35 #11 · p.35 #11 · Voigtlander 35mm f/1.5 Nokton Review


Yarosuav wrote:
On M11-P, wide open, cropped.


Nice tonality and detail here. Would you mind sharing your B&W conversion settings?



May 02, 2024 at 10:01 AM
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p.35 #12 · p.35 #12 · Voigtlander 35mm f/1.5 Nokton Review


Fred Miranda wrote:
Nice tonality and detail here. Would you mind sharing your B&W conversion settings?


See attached. I don't do a lot of B&W, so don't really have any particular settings I use. I just click on the B&W conversion in Lightroom and then do Auto color mix in the B&W Mix section. Then tweak from there if needed.

The Nokton does have a mice mix of sharpness and smooth falloff at the same time...







May 03, 2024 at 11:57 AM
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p.35 #13 · p.35 #13 · Voigtlander 35mm f/1.5 Nokton Review


Great review! I am looking into picking this or the f2 ultron for the M6 for mostly street photography. I was wondering if anyone had any strong opinions or which would be preferable for film photography. I prefer the images from the ultron but I'm interested in taking some night shots (mostly of streets and city lights) and don't know how much I'll miss that extra stop of light.

Thanks!



May 05, 2024 at 04:51 PM
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p.35 #14 · p.35 #14 · Voigtlander 35mm f/1.5 Nokton Review


Personally, I would go for the extra stop of light but I don't shoot film that often. I have all 3 of the Voigtlander 28's, f1.5,2,2.8. The Ultron is kind of the odd man out now. If I know I will be shooting after dark, the 28/1.5 goes with me, if it is going to be all daytime, it is hard to ignore the small but excellent 28/2.8 Color-Skopar. There is no denying though that the 28 Ultron is an excellent lens, but so are they other 2. Tough choice but it is great to have such choices!


May 05, 2024 at 06:05 PM
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BruceRH wrote:
Personally, I would go for the extra stop of light but I don't shoot film that often. I have all 3 of the Voigtlander 28's, f1.5,2,2.8. The Ultron is kind of the odd man out now. If I know I will be shooting after dark, the 28/1.5 goes with me, if it is going to be all daytime, it is hard to ignore the small but excellent 28/2.8 Color-Skopar. There is no denying though that the 28 Ultron is an excellent lens, but so are they other 2. Tough choice but it is great to have such choices!


I was in the same boat because I love the 28mm focal length. I ended up with three Voigtlander lenses, plus the Leica f/2 and f/1.4 versions. After testing them side by side and considering many factors, I decided to keep only two: the Voigtlander 28/1.5 (my favorite) and the equally outstanding Voigtlander 28/2.8 Color-Skopar. The Leica Summicron was too similar in rendering to the 28/1.5 stopped down to f/2, and the Summilux gave a similar look to the 28/1.5 when wide open.



May 26, 2024 at 06:10 PM
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p.35 #16 · p.35 #16 · Voigtlander 35mm f/1.5 Nokton Review


I've had this lens for about a year now; and continue to enjoy its size and output.
Sequence of images captured at f1.5, f2, and f2.8 for the group.






Leica M10-P Voigtlander 35mm f1.5 @ f1.5







Leica M10-P Voigtlander 35mm f1.5 @ f2







Leica M10-P Voigtlander 35mm f1.5 @ f2.8




May 31, 2024 at 12:01 PM
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