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Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton Review

  
 
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Samples (Portraits)
Before sunset at various distances between background to subject.


Are these from the pre-production version Fred?



Jan 27, 2024 at 10:33 AM
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Great review as always Fred . . . Ordered!!!


Jan 27, 2024 at 10:57 AM
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robsonj wrote:
Are these from the pre-production version Fred?


Yes, only the samples “portraits” are from the pre-production copy. However, I've tested both lenses side by side, and they are exactly the same in every aspect. Both are centered perfectly as well! I'm speculating, but I think the delay was likely because of production issues, with no optical changes.



Jan 27, 2024 at 11:01 AM
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WOW-

So I will call a spade a spade here- I am usually a Leica snob when it comes to fit, finish and handling. I really enjoy the subtle things of a Leica lens over a CV lens. For example the 28 Ultron vs the Summicron. I just never liked the Ultron- I could never have it replace my Lux or my cron. Take IQ out of the equation- I just didn’t like it. I’m ok using some disposable income for the small perceived gains I got from going Leica-

I finally made it home from travel and the 28 1.5 type 2 in black has been sitting on my desk. This thing is absolutely perfect looking. Smooth focus throw, stiff but smooth aperture, solid feeling, balances well on my M11.

I really can’t wait to go shoot with this later today. Really impressed so far. This might be the first Voigtlander to truly replace some of my Leica lenses- Time will tell but man this thing is beautiful.




Jan 27, 2024 at 11:33 AM
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Fred Miranda wrote:
Yes, only the samples “portraits” are from the pre-production copy. However, I've tested both lenses side by side, and they are exactly the same in every aspect. Both are centered perfectly as well! I'm speculating, but I think the delay was likely because of production issues, with no optical changes.


What apertures ... all WO, or



Jan 27, 2024 at 11:53 AM
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RustyRus wrote:
This might be the first Voigtlander



It's definitely a contender for me, to be my first Voigt. There has always been some "poison(s)" to my dismay about some other Voigts. Not to say this one is perfect, but the things I don't like ... are pretty small-ish, and the size is pretty smallish (i.e. better corrected abberrations), too (for f/1.4). Now, about that front silver ring, never been a fan, but ...

Imo, it's non-FLE (vs. the Lux) construction gives it a rendering that sits a bit between a Lux and an Elmarit, yet not a Cron.
I thought I was looking for a Cron to carry instead of my Q2. So, I'm still curious to see how it compares to the Q2 Lux.

Would like to see it compared to a Cron, also ... i.e. different rendering(s). Although, that comparison could produce some pretty strong opinions about "better", if folks don't give credence to "different" (by intent) vs. "preference".

Summilux f/1.4
Nokton f/1.5
Q2 f/ 1.7
Cron f/2.0
Ultron f/2.0

That's basically the Q Lux +/- 1/2 stop options from Voigtlander vs. Leica.
A shootout of these five would be quite interesting (and a lot of work) to see the diff's / pref's.
(Not for the purpose to convey "better") ... they're all good, really good ... just different.



Jan 27, 2024 at 12:02 PM
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RustyBug wrote:
What apertures ... all WO, or


The portraits were all at f/1.5.



Jan 27, 2024 at 12:54 PM
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Fred Miranda wrote:
Yes, only the samples “portraits” are from the pre-production copy. However, I've tested both lenses side by side, and they are exactly the same in every aspect. Both are centered perfectly as well! I'm speculating, but I think the delay was likely because of production issues, with no optical changes.


Thanks Fred!



Jan 27, 2024 at 01:33 PM
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Infinity Performance compared to Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar

In the Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar review, we found it to be a high-performance lens, closely competing with the Voigtlander 28/2 Utron. While the Color-Skopar shows slightly higher vignetting when wide open, its resolution and contrast are very similar to the Utron.

Now, how does the faster 28mm f/1.5 Nokton compare?

I did a comparison at infinity distance, and the test indicates that the Nokton is also a high-performance lens, on par with its counterparts, and even surpasses them in some areas of the frame. If you're into landscape photography, both lenses would be equally excellent, although the Color-Skopar's compact size is a notable feature.

















  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: Vignetting, CA and distortion were NOT corrected for both lenses.



Center Resolution and Contrast
Infinity Performance compared to Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar





f/2.8







f/4







f/5.6







f/8




Jan 27, 2024 at 01:46 PM
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Mid-field Resolution and Contrast
Infinity Performance compared to Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar





Mid-field at f/2.8







Mid-field at f/4







Mid-field at f/5.6







Mid-field at f/8




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Extreme Corner Resolution and Contrast
Infinity Performance compared to Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar





Extreme Corner at f/2.8







Extreme Corner at f/4







Extreme Corner at f/5.6







Extreme Corner at f/8




Jan 27, 2024 at 01:46 PM
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Pictures displaying the Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton mounted on the Leica M2 Black Paint:












Jan 27, 2024 at 02:04 PM
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What annoys me about this lens... the red lettering. I have the 50 1.5, and the 75 1.5, both black lenses with all white lettering, then they go and add some red lettering to the 28 1.5, and also the 35 1.5. will likely end up ordering anyway 😃


Jan 27, 2024 at 02:58 PM
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robsonj wrote:
What annoys me about this lens... the red lettering. I have the 50 1.5, and the 75 1.5, both black lenses with all white lettering, then they go and add some red lettering to the 28 1.5, and also the 35 1.5. will likely end up ordering anyway 😃


Black paint lenses from Leica (much more expensive) have red lettering and is usually quite desirable.



Jan 27, 2024 at 03:00 PM
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Fred Miranda wrote:
Pictures displaying the Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton mounted on the Leica M2 Black Paint:


Very handsome lens. It would look amazing on my custom silver and black M11. I may have to swap out my 28mm Ultron vII for it just based on looks.




Jan 27, 2024 at 03:20 PM
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So much goodness. This pic not only makes me want that lens but also another M lol

Fred Miranda wrote:
Pictures displaying the Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton mounted on the Leica M2 Black Paint:




Jan 27, 2024 at 03:59 PM
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Fred Miranda wrote:
Pictures displaying the Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton mounted on the Leica M2 Black Paint:


What lens did you use to take these pics?



Jan 27, 2024 at 04:30 PM
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lifeandmylens wrote:
Black paint lenses from Leica (much more expensive) have red lettering and is usually quite desirable.


If they all had the same white & red lettering, that would quell my ocd




Jan 27, 2024 at 04:36 PM
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Black Paint Type 2 mounted on a Leica Black Chrome M-A





















Edited on Jan 27, 2024 at 06:47 PM · View previous versions



Jan 27, 2024 at 04:58 PM
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RustyRus wrote:
Black Paint Type 2 mounted on a Leica Black Chrome M-A


Thanks for that. I only have matte black and was curious how that would look. Very torn between black paint and silver chrome.



Jan 27, 2024 at 06:32 PM
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