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Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton Review

  
 
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Jan 31, 2024 at 04:35 PM
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Final Thoughts:

In summary, the Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton by Cosina stands out as an impressive lens. Despite being a fast 28mm lens, it manages to be compact and lightweight, making it an excellent choice for versatile wide-angle low light photography. The lens features a modern optical design that delivers high resolution and contrast throughout the entire frame. Notably, the center area reaches optimal performance at f/2.8, while the corners excel in the f/2.8 to f/4 range, although I wouldn't hesitate to use this lens at its widest aperture.

When focusing on subjects at the minimal focus distance (MFD), the lens performs surprisingly well, surpassing expectations for a fast lens design without a floating system. It delivers good results wide open and achieves excellence starting at f/2.8 at its closest setting (0.5m). In terms of rendering, it exhibits a distinctive and classic style reminiscent of the Leica 28mm f/1.4 Summilux, as seen in various side-by-side comparisons. The Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton competes well with the Leica 28/1.4 Summilux, matching its performance, color aberration control, and even outperforming it in the corners, despite its more compact design.

Having dedicated a substantial amount of time to the lens, I now consider it one of the top choices for fast 28mm options in the M-mount. Regarding build quality and handling, the Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton impresses with its tight tolerance, smooth focus movement, and precise aperture clicks. Testing various copies, in both Type I and Type II styles, I was pleasantly surprised to find that all were well-centered, suggesting low copy variability.

The lens produces well-defined 12-pointed sunstars from f/2.8 onwards and exhibits great resistance to ghosting flare, although veiling flare remains slightly less controlled—still above average. Its performance rivals that of higher-priced Leica lenses such as the 28mm f/1.4 Summilux and 28mm f/2 Summicron, and it comes very close to the Voigtlander 28/2 Ultron II's performance. While the Ultron maintains a slight advantage in lateral chromatic aberration control and corner resolution when shooting wide open, the Nokton offers an extra stop of light and significantly lower optical vignetting, resulting in rounder specular highlights and reduced swirling. Both remain great choices depending on your preference.

For those prioritizing compactness with reasonable compromises and are okay with lenses that have a slower aperture, the Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar and Voigtlander 28mm f/2 Ultron II are still top choices. However, if you are looking for an all-around performer that excels in low light while remaining relatively compact, my recommendation is the Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton.


Pros:
  1. Modern, compact, and lightweight design.
  2. High resolution and contrast across the image field from wide open.
  3. Very low distortion.
  4. Solid build with tight tolerance construction.
  5. Aperture mechanism creates defined 12-pointed sunstars from f/2.8 onwards.
  6. Lower optical vignetting compared to other Cosina lenses.
  7. Beautiful classic rendering with distinct structure and character.
  8. Great ghosting flare resistance.

Cons:
  1. Average lateral color aberration correction.
  2. Average axial color aberration correction.
  3. Slight veiling flare when the sun is in or around the frame.
  4. Not as sharp wide open, at the corners, compared to the Voigtlander 28mm f/2 Ultron II.





  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton lens    28mm    f/2.0    1/180s    400 ISO    -0.3 EV  




Jan 31, 2024 at 05:17 PM
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Jan 31, 2024 at 05:55 PM
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Great review @fredmiranda! Just wonderful. Thanks for all the work. A couple thoughts.

1) I am surprised you found the flare resistance excellent. I found it to produce more veiling flare, and noticeable ghosting in situations I didn't find especially bad. Do you have any direct comps with lenses like the CV 28/2 or Loxia 21/2.8 or CV 35/1.7 or Tamron 17-28/2.8? Those lenses to me are excellent. Below is a photo from last weekend WO. Challenging situation, but I was surprised how many artifacts I got. If you haven't don't a heads up with a CV 28/2, I can do one when the sun comes out. I am curious!

2) On your infinite tests, its hard to tell, I think because of haze, but the CV 28/2 looks higher contrast. Did you find the lenses to have the same micro-contrast?

3) I wonder at what distance the 28/1.5 becomes better at the rule of 1/3rd and outer mid-frame? At infinite in your test, the performance looks much more similar to the CV 28/2 than it did about a meter away in my tests. The difference when both were shot at f2 was pronounced in mine. Interesting to know for people shooting in the 1-3 meter zone. I would very often shoot WO at .8 - 3 meters.

I really think CV did a pretty amazing job here, especially considering the price and size. And given CV pretty much copied the 28 Lux draw, it's going to be very challenging to logically choose the Lux given the size and price difference. At least with other alternatives, there's sometimes a big difference in style and draw like a CV 35/1.5 or CV 35/1.2 and the FLE.








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Jan 31, 2024 at 08:32 PM
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rji2goleez wrote:
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You're making it look, good.



Jan 31, 2024 at 09:58 PM
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Samples (Golden Hour)




  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton lens    28mm    f/6.8    1/125s    640 ISO    0.0 EV  






  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton lens    28mm    f/8.0    1/125s    500 ISO    -0.3 EV  






  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton lens    28mm    f/2.0    1/1000s    100 ISO    -0.3 EV  






  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton lens    28mm    f/4.0    1/125s    500 ISO    -0.3 EV  




Jan 31, 2024 at 11:02 PM
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Pretty smooth draw






























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Jan 31, 2024 at 11:09 PM
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nehemiahphoto wrote:
Pretty smooth draw


Ummm

Why are selling this lens? Not interested in your response 😂😂😂😂



Jan 31, 2024 at 11:27 PM
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RustyRus wrote:
Ummm

Why are selling this lens? Not interested in your response 😂😂😂😂


I’d give you more upvotes for that one if I could 😂👏🏻



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Final Thoughts:

In summary, the Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton by Cosina stands out as an impressive lens. Despite being a fast 28mm lens, it manages to be compact and lightweight, making it an excellent choice for versatile wide-angle low light photography. The lens features a modern optical design that delivers high resolution and contrast throughout the entire frame. Notably, the center area reaches optimal performance at f/2.8, while the corners excel in the f/2.8 to f/4 range, although I wouldn't hesitate to use this lens at its widest aperture.

When focusing on subjects at the minimal focus distance (MFD), the lens
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Fred, thanks for those impressions. If you don't mind me asking, which of the 3(?) Cosina 28's would be your recommendation for exclusive use on a Sony cam?



Feb 01, 2024 at 06:44 AM
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Sharing my first 4 albums of shots taken with CV 28/1.5 Nokton Type I (Black) on my Sony A7CII here so that Fred could also include them in the FM member sample section:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/NY2Fdwyjmft8VRty8
https://photos.app.goo.gl/4Jy1BnGRSXVowkh58
https://photos.app.goo.gl/pMsQVya4JRQb74s16
https://photos.app.goo.gl/Mw48tN3hMyBNJuBZ9

Most were shot at f1.5 or at f8 with a much smaller number at f2 and possibly at some other intermediate f stops. All were exported from Raw with C1 Pro using some filmic presets that I like.

I've personally owned all Cosina 28mm VM and LTM lenses that they have had in their lineup and my current favorites for adapting to Sony are this new Nokton 28/1.5 as well as 28/2.8 Color-Skopar. It helps that they have also been the only ones that have had perfect infinity focus calibration with my Rayqual adapters (my 28/2 VM II was not so well aligned in this regard). This pair also removes any desire to keep trying more legacy 28mm rangefinder lenses in my case (I still have a pair of Avenon 28/3.5 LTM, Minolta M-Rokkor 28/2.8 as well as CV 28/1.9 and a pair of CV 28/3.5 too).



Feb 01, 2024 at 06:58 AM
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Juha Kannisto wrote:
Sharing my first 4 albums of shots taken with CV 28/1.5 Nokton Type I (Black) on my Sony A7CII here so that Fred could also include them in the FM member sample section:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/NY2Fdwyjmft8VRty8
https://photos.app.goo.gl/4Jy1BnGRSXVowkh58
https://photos.app.goo.gl/pMsQVya4JRQb74s16
https://photos.app.goo.gl/Mw48tN3hMyBNJuBZ9

Most were shot at f1.5 or at f8 with a much smaller number at f2 and possibly at some other intermediate f stops. All were exported from Raw with C1 Pro using some filmic presets that I like.

I've personally owned all Cosina 28mm VM and LTM lenses that they have had in their lineup and my current favorites for adapting to Sony are this new Nokton 28/1.5
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Thank you for sharing those images, particularly the low light images which is what I would mainly use this lens for.



Feb 01, 2024 at 09:56 AM
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Juha Kannisto wrote:
Back to sample shots contributed by FM members

Sharing my first 4 albums of shots taken with CV 28/1.5 Nokton Type I (Black) on my Sony A7CII here so that Fred could also include them in the FM member sample section:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/NY2Fdwyjmft8VRty8
https://photos.app.goo.gl/4Jy1BnGRSXVowkh58
https://photos.app.goo.gl/pMsQVya4JRQb74s16
https://photos.app.goo.gl/Mw48tN3hMyBNJuBZ9

Most were shot at f1.5 or at f8 with a much smaller number at f2 and possibly at some other intermediate f stops. All were exported from Raw with C1 Pro using some filmic presets that I like.

I've personally owned all Cosina 28mm VM and LTM lenses that they have had in their lineup and my current favorites for
...Show more

Thanks for sharing your gallery links, Juha! They provide excellent examples for those interested in using the Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton on a Sony camera. (Added to the front page)

I agree about the CV 28/2.8 Color-Skopar. It's also one of my favorites.



Feb 01, 2024 at 11:16 AM
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According to Cosina, the aesthetics of the Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton "Type II" were inspired by classic designs reminiscent of lenses from the early 1960s. As mentioned in this review, the Type II style features brass construction and is available in black paint and silver finishes.

Another detail that some might overlook when receiving their lens is that for the Type II only, Cosina also includes a 'focus lever' to aid focusing instead of the default focusing tab. To use it, one must first remove a tiny screw from the focusing tab and then rotate the lever into that place. It offers the option for functionality similar to the Voigtlander 28mm f/2 Ultron "Type I" style.

In my personal experience using the focus lever instead of the tab, it allows for faster focusing rotation and provides a clearer indication of where the focus is when looking at or touching the lever. For example, turning the focusing lever to the 6 o'clock position focuses the lens to about 1 meter.

Here are some images displaying the focus lever on the lens.




Leica M10-R with Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton Type II Black Paint with focus lever






Leica M10-R with Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton Type II Black Paint with focus lever




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Not only are Fred's tests just fantastic, but... they are text not video!!! I like actually reading about the lens and looking at still captures from it vs video about it.


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nehemiahphoto wrote:
Great review @fredmiranda@! Just wonderful. Thanks for all the work. A couple thoughts.

1) I am surprised you found the flare resistance excellent. I found it to produce more veiling flare, and noticeable ghosting in situations I didn't find especially bad. Do you have any direct comps with lenses like the CV 28/2 or Loxia 21/2.8 or CV 35/1.7 or Tamron 17-28/2.8? Those lenses to me are excellent. Below is a photo from last weekend WO. Challenging situation, but I was surprised how many artifacts I got. If you haven't don't a heads up with a CV 28/2, I can
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Control of veiling flare wasn't something Voigtlander seems to have prioritized with the 28/35 1.5 lenses. But I don't think the backlit 28 1.5 examples here look quite as bad as those I got from the 35 1.5. With the 35 1.5, I was getting images ruined by veiling flare with the sun well outside the frame.

In your sample image, were you using a black-ring clear/UV filter on the lens? The Voigtlander hoods alone don't completely hide the silver ring from the frontal view of the lens.



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Desmolicious wrote:
Not only are Fred's tests just fantastic, but... they are text not video!!! I like actually reading about the lens and looking at still captures from it vs video about it.


I could not agree more. So much easier to find the exact info relevant to your search and member participation adds valuable context. With YT videos often the best content is in the comments, so still a lot of time spent digging through those, and they're not indexed AFAIK...



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Juha Kannisto wrote:
<a href=https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1842505/0#member>Back to sample shots contributed by FM members</a>

Sharing my first 4 albums of shots taken with CV 28/1.5 Nokton Type I (Black) on my Sony A7CII here so that Fred could also include them in the FM member sample section:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/NY2Fdwyjmft8VRty8
https://photos.app.goo.gl/4Jy1BnGRSXVowkh58
https://photos.app.goo.gl/pMsQVya4JRQb74s16
https://photos.app.goo.gl/Mw48tN3hMyBNJuBZ9

Most were shot at f1.5 or at f8 with a much smaller number at f2 and possibly at some other intermediate f stops. All were exported from Raw with C1 Pro using some filmic presets that I like.

I've personally owned all Cosina 28mm VM and LTM lenses that they have had in their lineup and my current favorites for
...Show more

Wow! Fantastic images. Thank you so much for sharing. So many examples of different subjects in various lighting conditions.




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Samples (Various scenarios and lighting)
Mostly wide open at f/1.5.




  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton lens    28mm    f/2.0    1/2000s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton lens    28mm    f/2.0    1/750s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton lens    28mm    f/2.0    1/500s    100 ISO    +0.3 EV  






  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton lens    28mm    f/2.4    1/250s    100 ISO    +0.3 EV  






  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton lens    28mm    f/2.0    1/750s    100 ISO    +0.3 EV  






  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton lens    28mm    f/2.0    1/2000s    100 ISO    +0.3 EV  






  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton lens    28mm    f/2.0    1/750s    100 ISO    +0.3 EV  






  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton lens    28mm    f/2.0    1/350s    100 ISO    +0.3 EV  






  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton lens    28mm    f/2.0    1/250s    100 ISO    +0.3 EV  






  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton lens    28mm    f/3.4    1/125s    250 ISO    +0.3 EV  






  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton lens    28mm    f/2.0    1/250s    100 ISO    +0.3 EV  




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