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Voigtlander Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 Manual Focus Lens for Micro 4/3 Mount
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- Brand: Voigtlander
- Lens Series: None
- Color: Black
- Lens Type: Wide Angle
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The Voigtlander Nokton 17.5 mm F0.95 Focus Lens for the Micro Four Thirds system gives a 35 mm equivalent field-of-view on the system and has been designed with silent, stepless aperture control for videography. The lens offers a wider-angle alternative to the company's Nokton 25 mm F0.95.
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+excellent build quality
+smooth focusing ring
+came with hood and lens caps
+very fast lens
+can be used as a macro lens
+came well packaged
-no storage or lens case/bag
-purple fringing at lowest f-stop
-vignetting at lower f-stops (common in all fast lens)
(My own opinions)
+-too pricey for an only manual lens
+-too heavy on my GH4
+-did not come with warranty documents?
+-great for photos and videos
UPDATE: This lens is just awesome! I did some astrophotography and they turned out great!
On a full frame camera a 0.95 lens like this one has a very narrow depth of field, bordering on the unusable. At 3' the depth of field is 1.5" which is barely enough to have the nose and face in focus at the same time and it's tricky to make work in low light. But the same is not true on the 4/3rds system where a 0.95 lens will have a more usable depth of field of 3" at 3'. This is because 4/3rds cameras have twice the depth of field for a given F stop when compared to full frame cameras. From a depth of field perspective this 17.5mm 0.95 lens on a 4/3rds system performs the same as a 35mm 1.9 lens on a full frame system, a combination most people find quite useful at night. However, the fast nature of the lens will also make the relatively slow Micro 4/3rds sensor set to an ISO of 800 provide the same shutter speed as a very fast full frame camera set to an ISO of 3200. In other words your micro 4/3rds camera set to an ISO of 800 with this 17.5mm lens set to F 0.95 will have the same depth of field, field of view, and shutter speed as a full frame camera set to ISO 3200 with a 35mm lens set to F1.8. Yes, it's manual focus but most people use manual focus in low light anyway because autofocus performs so poorly in low light. To put it simply this lens enables a micro four thirds camera to perform in low light with very similar characteristics to the fastest full frame cameras.
This is also a reasonable lens in daylight because when set to F8 the depth of field keeps everything from 4' to infinity in focus. You can use the manual focus if you want to but it's not necessary if you'd like to just point and shoot. This isn't unique to this lens of course but the point is manual lenses are more reasonable on a 4/3rds sytem than they are on a full frame system because you don't really have to focus in daylight if you don't want to. The fact that depth of field is doubled on a 4/3rds system can be used to provide a very usable hyper-focal camera at F stops which minimize diffraction effects.
I should also mention that the same low light reasoning above applies to how this lens extends the 4/3rds system to make it reasonable for those who want to use shallow depth of field to isolate their subjects. Before this lens (and it's sister 25mm 0.95 lens from voigtlander) the best you could do was the 25mm 1.4 lens from Panasonic. Unfortunately, a 25mm 1.4 lens on a 4/3rds system provides the same depth of field as a 50mm 2.8 lens on a full frame camera which is ok, but not great for using minimal depth of field to isolate a subject. The 17.5mm 0.95 lens on a 4/3rds system provides the same depth of field as a 35mm 1.9 lense on a full frame camera, a combination that is much more useful when working with shallow depth of field.
So for me while I like the build quality and think the optics are fine what makes this lens so appealing is the way in which a 0.95 17.5mm lens uniquely expands the utility of the 4/3rds system to make it comparable to full frame cameras by taking advantage of the doubling in depth of field and 2 stop improvement in sensitivity offered by the 4/3rds system. I love panasonic's 25mm 1.4 but it doesn't take you to the night time equivalent of a full frame camera with a 35mm 1.8 lens the way this lens does nor does it give you the depth of field control that full frame photographers expect from their cameras in the way that this lens does.
I’ll get the obvious drawback out of the way: it’s huge. Doubles the weight of my Pen-F. I disagree with those who say this makes it awkward to use, though. Obviously you’re not going to buy this for one-handed use, and with your other hand properly supporting the Voigtlander and operating the focus and aperture, it feels really good to me.
The factors that make this lens irresistible are the deliciously smooth adjustment rings, the incredible low light performance, razor thin depth of field wide open, color profile, rock solid build, unique/fantastic bokeh, incredible sharpness (especially when stopped down, but more than useable wide open), super close/borderline macro minimum focus distance/magnification, etc. It also happens to be my favorite focal length (35mm equivalent).
I’ve used this lens to take photos of stars without a tripod. I’ve used it for portraits, especially in low light. I’ve used it for macro. I adore it for still-life. I’ve used it for landscape. Is it the ideal go-to lens for all of these situations? No, but it can handle them all and give very satisfying results.
This lens can give me everything I need in most situations, and give a result with some uniqueness that makes it stand out. You’ll have to be okay with using manual, which takes some getting used to. It’s not ideal in every situation. But this lens is unbelievably fun when you want to explore your creative side and get some impressive photos.
I’ve been in tons of situations where I’m trying to use a more typical lens thinking the Voigtlander wasn’t the right fit. Then I’d gave it a shot anyway. Then I’ve smiled at how much better it did than whatever other lens I was trying to use.
Worth every penny to me.