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Voigtlander 40mm F1.2?

  
 
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Voigtlander 40mm F1.2?


I'm thinking about getting this lens for my Z8/Z9. People tend to report that it's not very sharp below F4, and that there is a difficult-to-correct-for level of vignetting before F4.

I like to have a fast "normal focal length" prime lens in my collection for travel and environmental portraits.

Does anybody have any hands-on experience with the Voigtlander 40 f1.2?



Aug 05, 2023 at 02:42 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Voigtlander 40mm F1.2?


I donít own it on Nikon, but I had it when I shot Sony and it was one of my favorite lenses ever. It isnít clinically sharp at wide apertures, but thereís still pretty good resolution even wide open, but I absolutely love the way it draws. Gorgeous rendering.

Iíd go into more depth, but I did write an entire review on it, so all my thoughts are well summed up there, along with lots of samples:

https://admiringlight.com/blog/review-voigtlander-40mm-f-1-2-nokton/



Aug 05, 2023 at 02:50 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Voigtlander 40mm F1.2?


I disagree 100% , Lightroom profile can handle the vignetting , although I think it adds to some of the photos. Shooting even wide open it is plenty sharp considering you are shooting at 1.2 .




  NIKON Z 8    40mm f/1.2 lens    40mm    f/1.2    1/100s    64 ISO    0.0 EV  




Aug 05, 2023 at 03:03 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Voigtlander 40mm F1.2?


Vignetting is correctable, sharpness is fine at 1.2-4. The hardest to correct is the CA wide open in harsh light. The biggest thing I didnít like was the placement of the focus ring which is uncomfortably close to the body. On a Z9 it was awful with the integrated grip constantly in the way. I ended up keeping my F mount 40/2 Ultron instead. It has the focus ring in the ďcorrectĒ spot and it still unobtrusive with an adapter behind it.

You are hard pressed to replicate this lensí look wide open with anything but medium format.








Aug 05, 2023 at 03:07 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Voigtlander 40mm F1.2?


Besides Jordanís great review, this one includes a number of center and corner crops and demonstrates a bit of field curvature at infinity that can be compensated for with careful mid-field focus selection:

https://phillipreeve.net/blog/voigtlander-40mm-f1-2-nokton-aspherical-rolling-review/

Again, thatís the Sony version but there seems little difference with the Z version.

I have the Z version and it is really a delight to use, though I havenít gotten to use it very much yet. Many say it is like having two lenses in one: a bit dreamy rendering at F/1.2 and then great acuity already at F/2.0. That matches my limited experience so far. It is quite sharp in the center at F/2 to F/2.8 (see reviews) but again field curvature means this isnít an astro-lens. By F/8 it works as a good landscape lens, but again read reviews on best practice to mitigate field curvature.

I really like the rendering at F/1.2 though of course for something so compact and fast there are some compromises well covered in reviews of the Sony version.

Using the Z version on a Z camera is great, you get phase detect focus confirmation, unlike most adapted MF lenses, which is super helpful.

I really like 40mm compared to 50mm as the bit extra field of view is helpful for environmental portraiture.

Of course the Nikon Z 40/2 is even smaller, less expensive and has autofocus. There is probably not a lot to distinguish these two lenses beyond say F/5.6. So if you go for the weight and cost of the 40/1.2 you need to care about the F/1.2 shallow DoF rendering and the sharper performance at F/2 and F/2.8 compared with the 40/2.

Anyway, having shot a few outings with the family this past week Iím fairly certain it is a keeper for me and despite how delightfully compact the Z 40/2 is the likelihood is that Iíll always be bringing the 40/1.2 with me instead.



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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Voigtlander 40mm F1.2?


In several ways, this one set the stage for the later Voigts. Like the 58/1.4 from Nikon, it has that 'certain something', but this one is made like a real lens. The best advice is to look through the images compiled in the 280 page (!) dedicated thread in the Sony forum. 315 grams, 58mm filters. It looks identical in design to the Sony vsn.

Start here:

https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1512530/135



Aug 05, 2023 at 05:09 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Voigtlander 40mm F1.2?


I have the 40mm f1.2 for Z mount. Does anyone know what would be the correct Lightroom profile to use? There is a "Voigtlšnder Nokton 40mm F1.2 Aspherical" and "Voigtlander VM 40mm f1.2 Nokton Aspherical". Which one would be the Z mount (or at least closest)? By default Lightroom doesn't know which one, but if I select Voigtlander make, it automatically assigns "Voigtlander VM 40mm f1.2 Nokton Aspherical".


Feb 19, 2024 at 01:53 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Voigtlander 40mm F1.2?


Not the VM, but they should be extremely similar.


Feb 19, 2024 at 03:05 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Voigtlander 40mm F1.2?


Thanks!



Feb 19, 2024 at 04:21 PM







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