Voigtlander Nokton 1.1/50mm

July 6, 2009


Voigtlander Nokton 1.1/50mm

Looks like Scott over at Mainline Photo has just received his first shipment of the new Voigtlander 50mm lens, which sports a maximum aperture of f1:1.1. A few images are showing up on the web and so far it looks to be a good little lens. Now I say little, and it is by SLR lens standards, but really this is large for a rangefinder lens. It is not as big as the Voigtlander 1.2/35mm but it still blocks about 1/8th of the viewfinder on an M series camera. That’s no big deal, and an optional vented lens shade can be purchased to help with visablitly. That is the pay off if you want or need a super fast lens.


Optional vented hood

You can purchase the lens here on Scott’s website. I have no affilliation with Mainline apart from purchasing gear from them. I am always impressed with their product knowledge and service, and I like to recommend people who make things easy for me.

It is hard not to compare this lens with the Leica Noctilux 1/50mm, and some have said it is a close match is some regards, but the new Nokton is around $10 000 cheaper than the German beast. Now that sort of money can buy a lot of film.


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