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Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95 Nokton Manual Focus Lens for Micro 4/3 Mount
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- Construction: 8 Groups/ 11 Elements using high reflection glass
- Angle of view: 47.6 Degree
- F stop range: f/0.95 - 16
- Closest Focusing Distance: 5.95" / 0.17m
- Filter Size: 52mm
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|Item Dimensions||4.49 x 4.57 x 7.72 inches|
|Item Weight||0.9 pounds|
|Maximum Focal Length||25 mm|
|Minimum Focal Length||5 mm|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||52 mm|
|Shipping Weight||1.32 pounds|
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This lens is perhaps the sturdiest lens even for the Micro Four Thirds system. It's full metal body is built like a tank, but all that metal puts the weight at 410g. Regardless of your camera body, it's going to be front heavy.
The lens cap can be a bit loose. It can come off accidentally if you hit the latch. Mine dropped while I was crossing the road as I hit my hand against it. Luckily there's no traffic and I managed to pick it up. Just be careful of the lens cap.
On the lens are the aperture ring and manual focus ring.
The aperture ring starts at f/0.95 and increases by half a stop incrementally until f/16. The ring is firm but easy to turn.
This is a fully manual lens. There's no auto-focus. There's also no electrical contacts so camera would be getting any EXIF data like aperture size, or lens type, but you still get shutter speed and other camera readings.
Using manual focus, I think, requires a shift in mindset, especially if you're used to auto-focus. I took a while to get used to it but it's not too bad. You can zoom in easily using the MF Assist mode to make sure you get a clear shot. Actually even without zooming in, it's not difficult to know that the subject is focus.
When you fix the lens on, the camera will find the right exposure for you given the aperture chosen. You can then change the exposure or aperture manually.
The main advantage of this lens is the incredible f/0.95 aperture. This is the lens to go to if you need to get low light shots.
The performance at f/0.95 isn't top notch, unfortunately.Read more ›
First, if you really like autofocus and find manual focus intimidating or in general, a drawback, then the Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 Leica DG Summilux Aspherical Lens for Micro 4/3 System is probably a better choice.
From photozone reviews, the Leica seems to be sharp wide open, but doesn't get much sharper when stopped down. Vignetting is more pronounced than on the Nokton. The Nokton gets to be sharper than the Leica when stopped down and is a bit more than a stop faster (lets twice as much light through at f/0.95 than the Leica at f/1.4, which means that shutter speeds can be twice as fast - an important advantage in low light).
Voigtlander lenses are produced by Cosina, who also produces the modern Zeiss lenses for DSLRs. Their manufacturing is impeccable - these are some of the best built lenses you can find these days. This Nokton is no exception. It comes well packaged in moulded foam. The lens comes with nice front and rear caps and also with a hood that has its own cap. It is entirely built from metal - there is no plastic, not even rubber on the focusing ring. The focusing ring has a nice ribbed design reminiscent of the Takumars. The aperture ring clicks very smoothly in half stop increments, but can also be set between clicks if you desire so. The Nokton was built to the highest standards and it is a pleasure to handle.
Optically, it works amazingly well. It sharpens very fast when stopped down, but what I really like is how usable it is at f/0.95.Read more ›
For most people the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5, Panasonic 25mm f/1.4(or 20mm f/1.7) and Olympus 45mm f/1.8 offer more versatility for the same price as this lens alone. However, if you are looking for the look of a f/.95 then this lens is a must have.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Voigtlander makes great manual focus prime lenses and this is one of them.Published 4 months ago by Keith Shuley
So with so many great normal primed for micro four thirds why would you buy a heavy manual focus lens? The Panasonic 25mm 1.4 is almost as fast, cheaper and autofocuses. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sam
Great build quality and glass. feels solid when attached to my Olympus OMD-EM5. Focus rings are smooth and easy to manipulate. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Joel Dayrit
Love love love my lens! I actually have the v2. Got it this afternoon, figured out what settings to use on my EM5ii, scurried out the door, and shot this:... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Joseph Van Wyk
The build quality is definitely better than most lenses save for maybe a Zeiss or Leica. Now I have zero experience with Leica but I am familiar with Zeiss, and the Voigtlander is... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Westminister
Love this lens. A little soft at .95, but I've had several circumstances where I either need the speed or want the effect. Feels amazing in use. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Rhodes
OK, it's a manual lens, but man, you can see in the dark with this baby and the bokeh is superb. Crisp, beautifully made; great for shallow depth of field but you'll absolutely... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kiwi John