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Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.2 Aspherical Lens for Sony E-Mount
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- Sharp Manual Focus Compact Lens with two Aspheric elements
- Chipped supporting focus peaking, EXIF, 5 Axis stablization
- Takes 58mm filters, lens hood included
- Great Bokeh
- First 40mm f/1.2 full frame lens
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|Item Dimensions||2.48 x 2.64 x 2.48 inches|
|Maximum Focal Length||40 mm|
|Minimum Focal Length||40 mm|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||58 mm|
|Shipping Weight||1.2 pounds|
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The NOKTON 40mm F1.2 Aspherical is a high-speed manual focus lens optimized for the imaging sensors of Sony mirrorless cameras. While retaining a compact size, this lens realizes a world first* as a full frame 40mm lens with a large F1.2 aperture. The optical formula features two elements each with two aspherical surfaces, so you can enjoy reliable optical performance and gentle very out-of-focus bokeh at maximum aperture. When used on a camera with an APS-C sensor, the 40mm focal length is equivalent to 60mm, enabling the lens to be used as a standard lens on both full frame and APS-C cameras. The aperture ring has click stops in 1/3 steps. The lens also features a click stop switching mechanism that enables the click stops to be turned off when shooting video. * As of August 2017 (check performed by Cosina) Main features ■ Full frame Sony E-mount with electrical contacts ■ Enhanced high performance utilizing aspherical lens surfaces ■ Optical design optimized for digital imaging sensors ■ Extremely solid and durable all-metal barrel ■ Manual focus for precise focusing ■ Installed with aperture click stop switching mechanism for video ■ Minimum focus distance of 35cm
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First off, the minimum focus distance is perfect for my needs, you should beable to shoot things at less than arms length away. The bokeh is really nice too, even at the f2.8 mark, although I suspect I'll be shooting this at f1.4 most of the time.
Size / Weight
Size wise its somewhere between the 35mm f2.8 and the 35mm f1.4 from Sony (I own both). It feels really well put together and has some weight to it, but thankfully its not front heavy and seems nicely balanced on the A7R body.
Its worth noting that the closer you focus the longer the lens extends (the front does not rotate though). It extends about a centimeter when focus a close as possible. There is about 180degrees of turn in the focus ring, it feels like a lot to me, but its actually perfect for controlling the DOF on this lens especially when wide open.
The hood is threaded on and unscrews from the front of the lens. It uses the 58mm filter thread to attach which is odd. It appears to expose its own thread allowing a filter to be attached to the hood (I think). Unfortunately 58mm seems to be the only filter size I don't have to hand so I can't confirm how things attach but it looks like you could stack the Filter first then Hood or Hood then Filter. You cannot reverse the Hood.
Seems to send aperture and distance info to the camera just as expected. Manual Focus zoom and peaking kicks in automatically if you have that turned on, on your camera. I gather it should also make use of in camera stabilization, but I can't test that yet.
So far, I'm really happy with the lens. I desperately wanted a portable fast 35mm and have been frustrated with the other offerings I've owned. The Sony 35mm F2.8 just doesn't get me the bokeh or close focusing I wanted, the 35mm f1.4 is just too big for street photography. I absolutely loved the size of the Voigtlander 35mm F1.4 Classic (M-Mount with Close Focus Adapter) but the fact it couldn't focus up close and the rings were just awkward to use meant a rarely used it. I hoped that Sigma or someone would release a 35mm f1.8 in a compact size, but so far no joy.
I figured I'd give 40mm a shot (although I know there is a new E-mount voigtlander 35mm round the corner too), and so far its everything I hoped it would be. My A7RII is out on loan so I can only test on the A7R right now, but it looks far sharper than the 35mm M-Mount voigtlander is wide open, and the bokeh alot less nervous.
Things are a a little soft wide open at F1.2 even in the center, but I kind of expected that. At F1.4 its sharp in the center and this is probably where I will be using it the most. I did a quick brick wall shot at F8 and its sharp edge to edge, which means I'd be happy using this for landscapes too if it came to it.
This new lens has all the latest innovations and updated tech from the first few years of making lenses for M mount that many use for Sony A series. Voightlander is seemingly going big on FE mounts now and there are good reason why their lenses will become very popular with Sony shooters. The build quality, the image quality, are very big draws. Voightlanders essentially do not make AF lenses and as such there is very little innards that needs to be service and replaced over time. Their lenses are so well made with such great quality materials, they will serve owners for many decades - even while camera tech continues to evolve.
Finally, shooting f1.2 at its widest takes practice and skills. It will reward the owners who know how to use it. Good quality, useable and sharp f1.2 lenses - are hard to come by. I would give this lens a “Highly Recommended”.
The price is certainly reasonable for the results and the capabilities, and I assume and know that I will enjoy it for many years to come.