Hands-on with the new Voigtlander NOKTON lenses at CP+ 2019

New Voigtlander NOKTON lenses at CP+ 2019

At CP+ 2019 Voigtlander was showing 3 new lenses, the NOKTON 50mm F1.2 Aspherical E-Mount, the NOKTON 21mm F1.4 Aspherical E-Mount, and the NOKTON Vintage Line 75mm F1.5 Aspherical VM.

Voigtlander has always made good quality, manual focus lenses that have fast apertures, and these three new lenses are no exception.

NOKTON 50mm F1.2 Aspherical E-Mount 

New Voigtlander NOKTON lenses at CP+ 2019

This latest fast 50mm prime lens for Sony E-mount weighs in at 434g and features a 58mm front filter diameter. It has a minimum focus distance of 45cm. The lens has 12 aperture blades.

I was able to put the NOKTON 50mm F1.2 Aspherical E-Mount on a Sony a7S and take a few photos. Below you can see some images taken with the lens.

New Voigtlander NOKTON lenses at CP+ 2019
Taken with the NOKTON 50mm F1.2 Aspherical E-Mount  @f1.2

 

New Voigtlander NOKTON lenses at CP+ 2019
Taken with the NOKTON 50mm F1.2 Aspherical E-Mount  @f1.2

 

New Voigtlander NOKTON lenses at CP+ 2019
Taken with the NOKTON 50mm F1.2 Aspherical E-Mount  @f1.2

 

While the lens is quite sharp and the bokeh is nice and round, I did find that it was subject to some chromatic abberation when used wide open.

The lens will start shipping in April. Here in Japan, it will retail for ¥150,000 ($1,340 USD).

NOKTON 21mm F1.4 Aspherical E-Mount

New Voigtlander NOKTON lenses at CP+ 2019

The NOKTON 21mm F1.4 Aspherical E-Mount is another fast prime lens for Sony cameras. This lens is still very much in development and there is no indication of pricing or availability. It features 12 aperture blades, has a 62mm front filter diameter and a close focus ability of 25cm. The lens also has an electronic connection so that when you use it on a Sony E-mount camera you can not only get Exif data, but you can also take advantage of the 5 axis image stabilization from compatible cameras.

I was able to put this lens on a Sony a7S and take a few shots. Below you can see some example images.

New Voigtlander NOKTON lenses at CP+ 2019
Taken with the NOKTON 21mm F1.4 Aspherical E-Mount @F1.4

 

New Voigtlander NOKTON lenses at CP+ 2019
Taken with the NOKTON 21mm F1.4 Aspherical E-Mount @F1.4
New Voigtlander NOKTON lenses at CP+ 2019
Taken with the NOKTON 21mm F1.4 Aspherical E-Mount @F1.4
New Voigtlander NOKTON lenses at CP+ 2019
Taken with the NOKTON 21mm F1.4 Aspherical E-Mount @F1.4

 

The NOKTON 21mm F1.4 Aspherical E-Mount is certainly very sharp, even when stopped down and it’s capable of separating your background from your foreground or vice versa. The bokeh is not overly round and there is some chromatic aberration but its fairly well controlled.

NOKTON Vintage Line 75mm F1.5 Aspherical VM

New Voigtlander NOKTON lenses at CP+ 2019

The has a close focus ability of 70cm and a front filter diameter of 58mm. The lens has 12 aperture blades. The casing of the lens is based on a classic design, but the lens uses modern-day optics. I tried out this lens through the use of a VM to E-mount adapter on a Sony a7S. Below you can see some images taken with this lens.

New Voigtlander NOKTON lenses at CP+ 2019
Taken with the NOKTON Vintage Line 75mm F1.5 Aspherical VM @F1.5
New Voigtlander NOKTON lenses at CP+ 2019
Taken with the NOKTON Vintage Line 75mm F1.5 Aspherical VM @F1.5
New Voigtlander NOKTON lenses at CP+ 2019
Taken with the NOKTON Vintage Line 75mm F1.5 Aspherical VM @F1.5
New Voigtlander NOKTON lenses at CP+ 2019
Taken with the NOKTON Vintage Line 75mm F1.5 Aspherical VM @F1.5

 

The NOKTON Vintage Line 75mm F1.5 Aspherical VM was perhaps my favorite out of all 3 lenses. It had a certain charm and look to the images and a nice subtle transition into out of focus areas.  The bokeh was nice and round, and also had a nice softness to it.

Just like the 21mm F1.4, this lens is still in the prototype stage. There are no details of how much it will cost or when it will be available.

Voigtlander adapters

New Voigtlander NOKTON lenses at CP+ 2019

Voigtlander was also showing a range of lens adapters including a:

  • VM-Nikon Z mount
  • VM- Nikon Z Close Focus Adapter
  • VM-Canon RF mount
  • VM-Canon RF mount Close Focus Adapter
  • VM-Fuji X mount Close Focus Adapter
  • Sony E-mount- Nikon Z mount adapter

 

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