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Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton Review

  
 
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BastianK wrote:
Leica data sheet says: 81 mm / 67 mm (with / without lens hood)

I measued the Thypoch to be 55 mm from camera without hood.
No idea how Leica measures (from bayonet or camera), but either way the Thypoch is definitely smaller. Not as small as the Voigtländer though and I see that difference being meaningful to some people.


As long as it's not longer than the Lux. Between the nice rendering wide open and the MFD of under 0.5m, it looks like a contender. Odd handling isn't bothersome to me as long as the focusing feel and aperture ring clicks are ok.



Jan 30, 2024 at 04:13 PM
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RustyRus wrote:
I just took a few shots on my A7rV and M11 with the 28 1.5-

I saw some differences for sure but want to redo with a tripod-

You are welcome to grab my lens anytime you want if you want to compare-

I would expect good results at wide open across the frame from this lens- At least that is what I am seeing. I think you have a much better eye for testing a lens than I do so intrested in what you find here man.

This shot at infinity wide open- I can't find any flaws here-


Thanks for posting Rusty! Keep them coming.




Jan 30, 2024 at 04:55 PM
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Just for an update for the thread, my copy is well centered. So comp results are accurate I feel.

A couple CV 28/1.5's from the weekend.
































Jan 30, 2024 at 05:33 PM
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If anyone with this lens has an M240 to try it on, please shoot something fairly neutral at or close to infinity and stopped down a bit to decrease vignetting (overcast sky would be good, or even just through white diffusion over the lens set to infinity). I would like to know if there is any sign of edge color shift, which unfortunately I'm seeing with the VM 28/2 v2 (28 Cron v1 also had it, but it was less noticeable). Considering it has less optical vignetting, perhaps it has a longer exit pupil distance and this should be less of a problem?


Jan 30, 2024 at 07:48 PM
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Nehemiah, I really like the character of the shots you took, depsite the issues you encountered.


Jan 30, 2024 at 08:03 PM
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Some more, shot today at Pike Place Market, in fading daylight, wide open to f/5.6 for the most part (mainly wide open), with mixed lighting, to give you all a sense for real world behavior of this lens.



















































































Jan 30, 2024 at 08:09 PM
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Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton @F/2
At Dusk




  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton lens    28mm    f/2.8    1/125s    320 ISO    -0.3 EV  




Jan 30, 2024 at 11:22 PM
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ashwinrao1 wrote:
Nehemiah, I really like the character of the shots you took, depsite the issues you encountered.


Thanks Ashwin! It’s absolutely capable of making great images. I like your images as well—pretty and illustrative set 👍🏻



Jan 31, 2024 at 01:04 AM
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Slightly missed focused (because I had to crawl under a desk to get this shot). But my first shot with any new lens is to take a pic of Nora. More to come but glad to join this party.







Jan 31, 2024 at 10:34 AM
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quote]Fred Miranda wrote:
Yeap, the Leica has one floating element. I have some comparisons at 0.7m and we will see how the Voigtlander performs.


So far, I’m happy with the Nokton up close.







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Appreciate both close ups by Bob and mdg. Curious to the exif / body (profiled / not profiled, etc.) ... seems to be a radically different amount of vignetting between the two.


Jan 31, 2024 at 01:04 PM
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RustyBug wrote:
Appreciate both close ups by Bob and mdg. Curious to the exif / body (profiled / not profiled, etc.) ... seems to be a radically different amount of vignetting between the two.


I set my M11 to the Leica 28/2 ASPH 11604



Jan 31, 2024 at 01:16 PM
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mdg137 wrote:
So far, I’m happy with the Nokton up close.


What camera did you use and did you add vignette?



Jan 31, 2024 at 01:44 PM
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Desmolicious wrote:
What camera did you use and did you add vignette?

M11, and yes I added vignette- I’ve found that the Nokton seems to vignette less than my Summilux.



Jan 31, 2024 at 01:47 PM
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Infinity Performance compared to Voigtlander 28mm f/2 Ultron II

This comparison was highly requested, especially by photographers who already town the Voigtlander 28mm f2 Ultron II. They're contemplating whether it's worth upgrading or adding the new Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton to their kit. As mentioned earlier, even though the Voigtlander 28mm Nokton is a fast lens, its performance is comparable to the best Voigtlander lenses that Cosina produces. Two such lenses are the Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar and the one being discussed in this post, the Voigtlander 28/2 Ultron II. As seen in the Ultron II's review, it performs similarly to the Leica 28mm f/2 Summicron and even surpasses it in certain areas, particularly the center area.

Now, let's examine how the faster 28mm f/1.5 Nokton compares to the excellent 28/2 Ultron II. Producing a compact f/2 lens is less challenging than a compact f/1.5 lens, so we shouldn't expect the Nokton to outperform the Ultron in the same way the Leica 28/2 Summicron is superior to the Summilux, especially off-center.

I conducted a comparison at infinity distance, this time on a somewhat hazy day. However, the side-by-side test indicates that the Nokton is indeed a high-performance lens, on par with the 28/2 Ultron in most of the image field. The Ultron performs better at the very edges of the frame at f/2 and f/2.8, but starting at f/4, the Nokton matches its performance. For landscape photography enthusiasts, both lenses would be equally excellent, although the Ultron's more compact size could be a consideration.

The Ultron exhibits more vignetting than the Nokton starting at f/2, and the corner crops were relatively dark. To better visualize their differences, I increased exposure for the extreme corners of the Ultron lens only. However, I did not correct for chromatic aberration.

















  1. Distance: Infinity
  2. Focus: Center - Best of three @ 12.4x magnification
  3. WB: Daylight for both lenses
  4. Both Lenses perfectly centered using my decentering test
  5. Software: Lightroom with FM Default Landscape Sharpening. All other settings set to default
PS: CA and distortion were NOT corrected for both lenses.



Center Resolution and Contrast
Infinity Performance compared to Voigtlander 28mm f/2 Ultron II





Center at f/2







Center at f/2.8







Center at f/4







Center at f/5.6







Center at f/8




Jan 31, 2024 at 02:52 PM
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Mid-field Resolution and Contrast
Infinity Performance compared to Voigtlander 28mm f/2 Ultron II





Mid-Field at f/2







Mid-Field at f/2.8







Mid-Field at f/4







Mid-Field at f/5.6







Mid-Field at f/8




Jan 31, 2024 at 02:53 PM
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Extreme Corner Resolution and Contrast
Infinity Performance compared to Voigtlander 28mm f/2 Ultron II





Extreme Corner at f/2







Extreme Corner at f/2.8







Extreme Corner at f/4







Extreme Corner at f/5.6







Extreme Corner at f/8




Jan 31, 2024 at 02:53 PM
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Rendering compared to Leica 28mm f/2 Ultron II

Here's a quick test comparing the Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton to the Voigtlander 28/2 Ultron II, both set at f/2 (at 1 meter only).

I didn't correct vignetting and chromatic aberration (CA) in post-processing, and lens profiles were turned off in-camera.

The Voigtlander 28mm f/2 Ultron II's rendering is similar to the Leica 28mm f/2 Summicron wide open. However, the Summicron's specular highlights show less optical vignetting, resulting in more rounded highlights towards the corners, as seen in the Voigtlander 28mm f/2 Ultron II review.

Compared to the Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton, the Nokton has less vignetting since it's stopped down to f/2 and exhibits lower optical vignetting. The bokeh towards the corners matches more with the Leica 28mm f/2 Summicron. The Voigtlander 28mm f/2 Ultron, on the other hand, has higher optical vignetting, resulting in more cats' eye-shaped bokeh.


Rendering comparison at 1m
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Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton (TOP) | Voigtlander 28mm f/2 Ultron II (BOTTOM)
























Jan 31, 2024 at 03:07 PM
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Finally got out with the new lens. Here are some wide open and f/8 shots all on the M11

Set 1



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© Bob Israel





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© Bob Israel




Jan 31, 2024 at 03:11 PM
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More from today's lab, indoor setting with halogen and fluorescent torture test high contrast lighting....






















And 1 in natural, muted Pac NW Lighting wiht a structured geometric background and people placed mid-distance







Jan 31, 2024 at 03:12 PM
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