Review: Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 Nokton E

Introduction

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Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 Nokton E on Sony A7rII

I already reviewed the M-mount version and liked it a lot. Now the native E-mount version has finally been released. Can it hold up to my high expectations?

Sample Images

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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 Nokton E | f/1.2
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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 Nokton E | f/2.8
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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 Nokton E | f/1.2

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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 Nokton E | f/1.2
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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 Nokton E | f/1.2

Most of the sample images in this review can be found in full resolution here.

Specifications / Version History

In 2018 a Leica-M version was released (see our review). At Photokina 2018 we already saw two prototypes for an E-mount version of this lens which was then released in April 2019. This E-mount version has the following specifications:

    • Diameter: 70 mm
    • Field of view: 47.5° (diagonally)
    • Length: 58 mm
    • Weight: 440g (without hood and caps)
    • Filter Diameter: 58 mm
    • Number of Aperture Blades: 12 (straight)
    • Elements/Groups: 8/6
    • Close Focusing Distance: 0.45 m
    • Maximum Magnification: 1:6.8 (measured)
    • Mount: Sony-E

You may also have a look at the official page.

You can usually find the Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 E on CameraQuestB&H, Robert White, amazon.com or ebay.com/ebay.de for about $1099/1099€ (affiliate links)

Disclosure

The Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 Nokton E was kindly provided free of charge by Robert White/Flaghead for reviewing purpose for a duration of 4 weeks.

Handling / Build Quality

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Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 Nokton E

So far none of the Voigtlander lenses disappointed in this category and this holds true for this new 50mm 1.2 E as well. The focus ring has perfect resistance and travels ~160° from the minimum focus distance (0.45m) to infinity.

The aperture ring has 1/3 stop click stops which makes counting the f-stops a bit tedious. It travels about 120° from f/1.2 to f/22. The aperture ring can also be “declicked” which can be useful if you want to use this lens for filming.

Most parts seem to be made from metal and all markings are engraved and filled with paint.

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Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 Nokton E with metal screw in hood

A small screw in metal hood is part of the package, a nice touch is that the hood also features a 58mm thread for attaching filters even when using the hood.

Compared to the M-mount version there are in fact quite a few differences worth noting: the minimum focus distance is now 0.45 instead of 0.7 m, aperture ring click stops are now 1/3 instead of 1/2, the aperture ring can be declicked, the lens gained quite a bit in terms of size and weight (440g instead of 350g + adapter), the filter diameter is now 58 mm instead of 52 mm, you get the hood for free and – obviously – the E-mount version features electronic contacts to communicate exifs and focus distance with your camera.

Vignetting

light falloff

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Wide open there is strong light falloff of roughly 3.1 EV, stopped down to f/2.0 this improves to 2.0 EV, stopped down to f/2.8 it is 1.7 EV and further improves to 1.3 EV at f/8.0. These values are comparable to the competition in this class. You can either correct this in Lightroom or directly in camera. There is no Lightroom profile yet, but I expect it to be included in one of the next updates.
Interestingly these values are about 0.3 EV higher compared to the M-Mount version.

Mechanical Vignetting

Very fast yet compact lenses usually show a significant amount of mechanical vignetting. Without going too much into technical details mechanical vignetting leads to the truncation of light circles towards the borders of the frame.
In the center of the frame almost every lens will render a perfect circle, but only lenses with very low mechanical vignetting will keep this shape in the corners.
So in the following comparison we move from the center (left) to the extreme corner (right) and see how the shape of the light circle changes.

For comparison’s sake I included the Zhong Yi Mitakom 50mm 0.95 here. I consider this performance average for a lens with these parameters. Nothing has changed compared to the M-mount version here.

This comparison was done at 0.7 m focus distance, you may get slightly different results at other distances.

*The Mitakon does not have a real f/1.2 marking, hence the small difference in size at f/1.2.

Sharpness

infinity

In the center the resolution at infinity is okay at f/1.2, but we can see quite a bit of glow (spherical aberration) and also purple fringing. Midframe and corners are a bit soft but depending on the subject may still be usable.
The center starts to show good resolution figures at f/2.0 and really good ones with very high contrast at f/4.0.
The midframe follows one step behind but the corners really need f/8.0 to show good performance.

The midframe performance has been improved by about 2 stops and the corners by about 3 stops, meaning the midframe on the E-mount version at f/1.2 looks like the M-mount version at ~f/2.0 and the corners at f/1.2 look like the M-mount version at f/3.5.
But where there is light there is also a bit of shadow: stopped down to f/5.6 it seems to me that the M-mount version has a slightly flatter field, even when used on a Sony camera.

My recommendation stays the same: use f/8.0 if you want best across frame sharpness.

Portrait distance

At wider apertures the Voigtlander shows best sharpness at portrait distances. I have no reservations to use it wide open for any purpose here (head, head-and-shoulder or full-body).
The rather high contrast wide open also makes it easy to focus, much easier than e.g. the Zhong Yi 50mm 0.95 III.

Close (0.45 m, 1:6.8)


100% crops from center, A7rII, because of focus shift (see corresponding section) I refocused for every shot.

Similar to many other (especially fast) lenses without a floating elements design the performance wide open at the minimum focus distance ain’t that great (unless you are after a dreamy look).
But stopping down to just f/2.0 improves the performance significantly.
The minimum focus distance has been improved compared to the VM version, apart from that the performance is pretty much the same here.

In this comparison you can see how this translates into real life pictures:

The f/1.2 shot has smoother bokeh but it is also a bit soft with noticeable glow. Stopping down to f/2.0 increases resolution and contrast significantly and reduces the amount of some of the optical aberrations.

Flare resistance

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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 Nokton E | f/1.2

Flare resistance is actually pretty good, most of the time you can just shoot directly into the sun and you will neither have problems with a loss of contrast nor ghosting. Only sometimes you may encounter rather small and unobstrusive ghosts (magenta cirlce) that shouldn’t ruin your image.

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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 Nokton E | f/8.0

Even with the sun close to the corner of the frame (where many lenses struggle) the issues are minor. There is just one position where you can get a rather strong flare, but this is a staged situation and the slightest change in framing will make it go away.

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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 Nokton E | f/8.0

What I didn’t notice with the M-mount version is that wide open the performance is slightly worse, here you can sometimes catch a very big ghost reducing the saturation in some parts of the frame:

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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 Nokton E | f/1.2

In terms of flare resistance still one of the best 50mm lenses I had the pleasure to use so far. Considering the big front element and the very fast maximum aperture this is especially praiseworthy.

Coma

Between f/1.2 and f/2.0 there is noticeable coma. Stopping down to f/2.8 improves the performance significantly and by f/4.0 it starts to look really good.
Also note that I focused on the corners for these shots, if you focus on the center the corners will look slightly worse.
I see an improvement between 1 and 2 stops compared to the M-mount version, but this is still not a lens I would recommend for astrophotography at apertures wider than f/2.8.


100% crops from extreme corner, focused on corner, A7rII

Distortion

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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 Nokton E | f/9.0

The Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 E shows an almost unnoticeable amount of pincushion distortion and only so in the corners. This will barely be visible in real life shots.

Bokeh

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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 Nokton E | f/1.2

Only few 50mm lenses feature a smooth bokeh rendering, but this one did surprise me in a positive way. As we have seen in the sharpness and coma sections there is a bit of under corrected spherical aberration at wider apertures which usually leads to a smoother bokeh rendering.

At most distances the bokeh is indeed very smooth, but especially so when you are a bit closer to your subject. You can also see the glow (spherical aberration) behind the plane in focus which is responsible for the smooth blur:

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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 Nokton E | f/1.2
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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 Nokton E | f/1.2

When focusing on something a bit further away it still holds up pretty well:

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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 Nokton E | f/1.2
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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 Nokton E | f/1.2

Even at such long distances the fast maximum aperture lets you throw the background out of focus quite nicely. If you look for it you may see some signs of double edged structures in the transition zone, but only very few 50mm lenses will give a smoother rendering.

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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 Nokton E | f/1.2

The rest of this section has been taken from my review of the M-mount version as nothing has changed here.

What I didn’t like about the Voigtlander 40mm 1.2 Nokton E were the sometimes distinct onion rings in light circles. Despite a seemingly similar design these are pretty much completely absent here:

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Sony A7s | Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton | f/1.2 | slight crop

So all in all (but without having performed a direct comparison) I like the bokeh rendering of the 50mm 1.2 a bit more than that of the 40mm 1.2.

Even in the out of focus areas you can see the  slightly undercorrected spherical aberration (glow) at f/1.2. This goes away when stopping down to f/2.0 or further.
Despite the straight blades you can rarely see poing light sources are rendered as 12-sided figures instead of circles.

You can have a look at my review of the M-mount version to see a bokeh comparison with the Zhong Yi Mitakon 50mm 0.95 II.

Sunstars

Unlike the other Voigtlander E-mount lenses we reviewed so far the Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 E features 12 instead of 10 straight aperture blades, nevertheless the sunstars are well defined between f/2.0 to f/16. If you want to know more about sunstar rendering of different lenses have a look at this article.
You can also see the noticeable spherical aberration at f/1.2 and f/1.4 in these shots.
As nothing has changed here I am reusing the section from my review of the M-mount version.


100% crops from center, A7rII

Chromatic aberration

lateral


100% crops from corner, A7rII

There are only minor lateral CA visible that are easily corrected either in camera (for Jpegs) or in a raw developer like Lightroom by one click.

longitudinal

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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 Nokton E | f/1.2 | 50% crop

In close up scenarios there is only a bit of green behind and magenta in front of the focal plane visible, but this aberration is masked by spherical aberration quite a lot when shooting at wider apertures here.

In very demanding scenes like the one below you can spot loCA even in smaller prints, but this is still in line with what is to be expected from a very fast lens like this.

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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton | f/1.2

No changes to M-mount version here either. But my sample to illustrate this from the M-mount version is better, so I keep using that one.

Focus shift


50% crops, A7rII

When stopping down the plane of optimal focus shifts to the back, so you have to focus a bit closer for best performance. I recommend focusing at working aperture with this lens to get best results. At close distances even at f/4.0 the difference is still noticeable, at infinity it is less noticeable.
Pretty much the same as M-mount version, no surprise.

Alternatives

Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton:
Is there still a reason to get the M-mount version? Maybe there is. Optically you are giving up very little when using the the M-mount version on a Sony camera (mostly corner sharpness at infinity at wider apertures and electronic contacts) but the lens is slightly smaller/lighter and when coupled with a helicoid adapter focuses closer. If you are using Sony and Leica cameras side by side this is definitely an option worth considering.

Voigtlander 40mm 1.2 Nokton E:
I would only recommend to get this 40mm lens if you prefer its focal length.
In terms of bokeh rendering and across frame sharpness I prefer the 50mm.

Sony/Zeiss 50mm 1.4 ZA:
If you want a combination of nice bokeh rendering and AF this is your best bet. Haven’t used it personally yet.

Zhong Yi Mitakon 50mm 0.95 II or 50mm 0.95 III:
If all you are after in a 50mm lens is smooth bokeh rendering these lenses are what you are looking for. But be aware: they are big, heavy and the flare resistance as well as across frame sharpness are much worse.

Zeiss Loxia 50mm 2.0:
This is your other native 50mm lens with electronic contacts. It came down in price a bit since release and especially used is more affordable. I consider this being one of the best choices for stopped down landscape or achitecture photography, so if you are not interested in the faster aperture or nicer bokeh of the Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 E this may be worth a look.
I did not perform a direct comparison, but I expect the Loxia to show slightly better performance in the corners stopped down.

Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.1 Nokton:
Haven’t tried this one myself yet, but I expect the newer f/1.2 version to be a better performer in pretty much every regard.

7artisans 50mm 1.1:
This is more of a special purpose lens with a very distinct bokeh rendering between f/1.1 and f/1.4. It also is a bad performer for across frame sharpness at infinity.

Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm 1.2:
A much cheaper 50mm f/1.2 from 35 years ago with less smooth bokeh rendering.

Conclusion

good

  • bokeh
  • sharpness and contrast starting at f/2.0
  • flare resistance
  • correction of lateral CA
  • sunstars
  • distortion
  • build quality
  • size/weight
average

  • sharpness and contrast at f/1.2 and f/1.4 (dreamy look)
  • correction of longitudinal CA
  • coma correction
  • light falloff
  • price
not good

  • focus shift near minimum focus distance

I already liked the M-mount version of this lens a lot and now I see that my list of cons for the E-mount version is even shorter.

Let me start with the bokeh: in many ways this reminds me of the Sony FE 85mm 1.4 GM, which I still consider having the best bokeh rendering of all lenses I tried. Why is that so?
At f/1.2 and f/1.4 where you set your focus the image is sharp and contrasty (especially at portrait distances) but right behind that there is a lot of undercorrected spherical aberration (glow) that will make the out of focus areas appear very smooth, undistracting and (at least in my case) pleasing to the eye.

Midframe and corner sharpness at wider apertures has been vastly improved. Personally I would have hoped for a slightly better across frame sharpness at f/4.0 and f/5.6, but I usually use f/8.0 for these applications anyway, so no big loss.
At f/8.0 this 50mm 1.2 is more than good enough for any landscape or architecture application where you need good across frame performance, yet at the same time it is a great lens for portraiture or other shallow depth of field applications featuring such a fast maximum aperture.

I don’t really need a(nother) 50mm lens at the moment, yet it is still hard for me not to buy this lens. It is that good. Considering speed, size, bokeh and image quality stopped down this is the best allround manual 50mm lens I have seen so far.
Most people will be much happier with this one than any other manual 50mm lens, including the Zeiss Loxia 50mm 2.0 and all the adapted M-mount options, if the price is no hurdle.

You can usually find the Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 E on CameraQuestB&H, Robert White, amazon.com or ebay.com/ebay.de for about $1099/1099€ (affiliate links)

Sample Images

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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 Nokton E | f/1.2
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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 Nokton E | f/1.2
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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 Nokton E | f/8.0 | panorama from 4 shots
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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 Nokton E | f/8.0
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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 Nokton E | f/1.2
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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 Nokton E | f/8.0

Most of the sample images in this review can be found in full resolution here.

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My name is Bastian and for many years I have been mostly shooting Nikon DSLRs. As of today I have made my transition from Nikon to Sony and I am mainly using small but capable manual lenses. My passion is landscape photography but I also like to delve into other subjects from time to time.

39 thoughts on “Review: Voigtlander 50mm 1.2 Nokton E”

  1. I can’t believe how this lens can weigh only 440g. Great review and I’m definitely into this lens. Thanks.

  2. I think this addition to the sony line up is great and could probably complement both landscape & portrait use in a MF kit. Having the Loxias 25 & 85, this would be a nice ‘in between’ lens.

  3. Great review only wish these were more affordable. By the way there is a small spelling mistake at the beginning, “obviously – the E-mpunt version features electronic contacts”. Do all bright lenses below 1.8 have this dreamy effect and low contrast?

    1. This lens is optimized for portrait distance wide open (which makes sense) and here it is less dreamy than the crops at infinity or minimum focus distance show.
      Most of the Sigma Art f/1.4 lenses are more contrasty at most distances already at f/1.4.

  4. Hi,

    I am torn between the 50 1.2 E and 40 1.2 E.

    I know it’s reported above that it’s down to your one’s preferred focal length but I have no experience using a 40mm.

    From sample images it seems as though it’s suitable for, portraits, indoor shots (50mm could be limit) and general street shots.

    I will be using it for all of the above and like shooting in wide apertures a lot, so have ruled the Loxia lenses out for this reason.

    I will be getting a 25mm for any landscapes and architecture shots and also have a canon 50mm nFD 1.4 which makes me think I should really consider wider the 40mm as an all rounder.

    Do you think this 40mm focal length would suit my requirements better than a 50mm?

    Very subjective I know…

      1. Hi Bastian,

        I agree, I doubt I’ll use the nFD once I get my hands on either Voigtlander.

        I didn’t mention previously that I’d be including one of my DSLR lenses I’ve collected depending on where I am going etc;

        – 35 f/1.4 L
        – 85 f/1.2 ii L
        – 135 f/2 L

        However, from reading the the “Building a lens kit” article (which was a great read), I think I will go with the x2 gapping you mentioned and opt for:

        – Loxia 21 2.8
        – Voigtlander 40 1.2 E
        – Canon 85 1.2 L

        And use the 135L if I feel like I’ll need to get closer.

        In respect to the 40mm, i’m just nervous of buying a focal length I’ve not used before but probably have to bite the bullet, I feel it would be a better all rounder than. The 50mm for use in the city.

        Some of a broad spectrum of images I’ve shot if you fancied a gander.

        https://flickr.com/photos/35662565@N02/sets/72157650379752260

        Cheers

        1. Yeah that sounds like a good setup 🙂
          I have often used Loxia 21mm 2.8, Voigtlander 35mm 1.7 and Sony FE 85mm 1.4 GM.

          No need to replace those Canon lenses.

          1. Awesome, instills confidence to seperately with the money.

            And love the canon glass, couldn’t say bye to them.

            By the way, love the brenizer method bicycle shots on your Flickr.

            Happy shooting.

  5. Great review, sold me on the lens, its arriving Tuesday. Like you, I don’t “need” another normal lens. But, I’m a sucker for well-built, compact, manual glass, and 50mm is my favorite focal length. Don’t tell my Jupiter 8, Sony 55, or Minolta MD/2.0 that they might not get as much use!

  6. Save yourself a ton of money and pick up a second hand Canon 55mm FL f/1.2 for a fifth of the price. After reading this review performance seems to be identical between the two. I would be extremely angry if I paid $1100 for a lens of this performance level.

  7. Still, for my personal prefernece, I don´t really see an application for such a lens.

    In my opinion the Zeiss Loxia doesn´t have the flaws, which come with the Voigtlander: Drastically reduces sharpness and contrast at maximum aperture and reduced corner sharpness at F8.

    What stays to the Voigtlander? A special lens for special portrait from F1.2 to F4?

    1. I consider the bokeh of the 2/50 Loxia to be rather ugly, loCA correction is worse and the lens has a severe midzone dip at infinity, so I wouldn’t use it at wider apertures than f/8.0
      What stays to the Loxia?

      1. When I use it for landscape I always go for f8.0 there are only few reasons to use faster apertures.

        And still I am not convinced by the so called “ugly bokeh myth” of the Loxia as a Planar-Design.
        YES, it can have a strong outlining when put against strong point light sources. But from my experiences with the Loxia, this can also be very pleasant for the look of portraits. And i don´t really find more to criticise in matters of bokeh.
        And still it has very high contrast and sharpness in the center of the frame at f2.0 which is very important to me.

        This would make me always choose the Loxia before the Voigtlander. But as I said, this is a personal choice.

  8. Bastian: I have a specific question to make, if you’re so kind.
    Nokton 50 1.5 Aspherical is currently one of my favorite lenses. It’s sharp enough, it’s compact, and I like a certain classic feel to it in the bokeh. In order to afford 50 1.2, I’d need to sell this 50 1.5 first. Would it be safe to expect 50 1.2 to be similar overall in rendering, but faster and perhaps sharper? I mean, would it be redundant to have both? (which is what I’d hope them to be, to sell one I like so much to get the other!).
    Many thanks!

    1. 50mm 1.2 has a less “classic” bokeh. So if that is what you are after maybe stick with the 50mm 1.5.
      The 50mm 1.5 I liked on the Sony A7 and especially A7s, but already in the thirds of the frame – where I usually put my subjects – it is not a good enough performer for me on the A7rII for portraiture.
      Personally, if I had both, I would never use the 50mm 1.5 again. YMMV here though.

  9. Excluding the size, weight and haptics advantages: do you think this lens offers anything over the flagship 50mm f/1.4 lenses?

    1. Not sure what 50s qualify as “flagship 50mm f/1.4” in your opinion.
      As I have written in the review this is the best allround 50mm lens (without AF) I ever tried.
      I mostly prefer the bokeh over the competition, including Sony Z/A and Sigma Art 50mm 1.4.
      I could barely care less about slightly higher resolution that some of the huge 50mm 1.4 lenses offer at wider apertures,
      as it is meaningless for my portrait pictures, but the differences in bokeh rendering are not.

  10. Ah yes, sorry. As you guessed I meant all the recent AF lenses like Sony’s, Tokina’s or Sigma’s 50mm f/1.4.
    With the CV40/1.2 (that I shortly owned, then returned but which I will re-buy because it keeps haunting me…) I found the transition zones especially with grass in the background to be too “busy”, and CA a real issue.

  11. Could you compare its performance, Bokeh and overall rendering to the minolta 58/1.2? I am in doubt between the Nokton and the latter. Thanks

    1. The Minolta is cheaper and has less vignetting, apart from that I see no advantages over the 50mm 1.2 Nokton.
      Nokton is way more useful at f/1.2 where it also has condiderably smoother bokeh, contrast is higher, flare resistance is much better.

      1. Thanks Bastian. I have the 24GM, Rokkor 58 and 85GM on the A7R3.

        I am now very tempted by the Nokton 50/1.2 but also the APO Lanthar 60/2 is under consideration as I guess the color rendition is maybe better (especially by the lack of adapter need and the automatic magnification it allows by the electronic coupling).

        Which one would you prefer if you would have the 24GM and 85GM to add in between of those both?

        It should be an allrounder (macro however is not really my thing) but portraiture is important. I like the 85GM for its gentle rendering on portraits, how do the Nokton and APO Lanthar compare on that (skintones, rendering, bokeh …)?

        Tx
        Peter

  12. Dear Bastian, thank you for great review! I’ll be using your link if I decide to buy a next lens for my camera in US web store (btw, where’s Amazon.com?).

    How do you think, does it make much sense in replacing FE55/1.8 to this lens? I’m not a huge fan of manual focusing, I must admit. Neither I like the absence of weather sealing in Voigtlander lenses. In backcountry trips my camera is often covered by layer of condensate, like when it’s 0°C in the night, and in the morning it suddenly becomes +20°C when the sun rises and heats up my tent. Or if it’s raining for days, everything becomes more or less wet, including the camera.

    But I like shooting with very shallow DOF, while I don’t have enough space for convenient shooting with 85+ mm lenses. So I don’t really know, whether Nokton 50/1.2 is good for my tasks.

    BTW, have you considered Zenitar E 50/0.95 for the review?

    1. Last time I checked the lens was not listed on amazon.com, now it is so I added the link 🙂
      The weather sealing, honestly, I think is mostly a marketing gag.
      I am pretty sure any Voigtlander lens will do better in those conditions compared to the Sony Z/A AF lenses with all the electronics.

      But: if you are not used to manual focus then making the switch might not be such a great idea.
      I know have years of experience with manual focus, the jump from an f/1.8 AF lens to a manual focus f/1.2 lens is a big one.

      I would like to review that Zenitar 50mm 0.95 E.
      I contacted Zenith/Shvabe serveral times already but I never got a reply.
      Maybe I have to ask in Russian?

      1. Thank you for your opinion! I’m afraid that a manual normal lens is more like a toy for me at this stage, not a true photo instrument. But, I have a personal story when I purchased Peleng 8/3.5 fisheye, fell in love with such kind of lenses, replaced it to Sigma 8/3.5 and finally to Canon 8-15/4L. The latter one is priced well above a “toy” level. 🙂

        In March, 2019, I successfully contacted Zenit via this e-mail address: info@zenit.photo. They responded after 7 days though. I don’t really think that understanding the English would be a problem on their side. They’re running the English website, so there positively shall be someone who speaks English. I hope you’ll be successful at the end, as speaking of manual lenses, your website is an information source #1.

  13. https://1drv.ms/u/s!ApChBCAABuR-hfQpy-i5gLjfWUEG5w
    Just bought my own copy. Sorry, I can’t use your affiliate links due to my regional Voigtlaneder lens distributor reject customer service for international purchases. I can’t support your effort with your affiliate links, but at least I can leave a comment about my sincere gratitude
    Thanks for making me choose this lens
    … well das objektiv so gut ist.

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