Review: Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton

Introduction

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Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton via Hawk’s Factory helicoid adapter on Sony A7rII

After Voigtlander gave us the 40mm 1.2 we now also get a 50mm 1.2 (for now M-mount only). Is it just a slightly longer version of the 40mm or actually a better lens in the end? Read on to find out.

Sample Images

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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton | f/4.0
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Sony A7s | Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton | f/1.2
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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton | f/1.2

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Sony A7s | Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton | f/1.2
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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton | f/8.0

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

Specifications / Version History

At Photokina 2018 we have already seen two prototypes for an E-mount version of this lens, but so far it is only available in Leica M-mount. The M-mount version reviewed here has the following specifications:

    • Diameter: 63mm
    • Field of view: 47.5° (diagonally)
    • Length: 47 mm (+adapter)
    • Weight: 350g (+adapter, without hood and caps)
    • Filter Diameter: 52 mm
    • Number of Aperture Blades: 12 (straight)
    • Elements/Groups: 8/6
    • Close Focusing Distance: 0.7 m
    • Maximum Magnification: 1:12 (measured)
    • Mount: Leica-M

You may also have a look at the official page.

Supply is still somewhat limited, but you can usually find this lens on B&H or ebay.com/ebay.de for about $1059/1099€ (affiliate links)

Disclosure

The Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton was kindly provided free of charge by Voigtländer Germany (Ringfoto) for reviewing purpose for a duration of 4 weeks.

Handling / Build Quality

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Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton

So far none of the Voigtlander lenses disappointed in this category and this holds true for this new 50mm 1.2 as well. The focus ring has perfect resistance and travels ~120° from the minimum focus distance (0.7m) to infinity.

The aperture ring has 1/2 stop click stops which I think is a good compromise. It travels about 120° from f/1.2 to f/22.

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

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Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton with 12 aperture blades visible

From the Voigtlander E-mount lenses we are used that there is a screw in metal hood in the package, this is not the case here. But as we will see in the flare resistance section this is not a big loss.

Vignetting

light falloff

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Wide open there is strong light falloff of roughly 2.8 EV, stopped down to f/2.0 this improves to 1.7 EV, stopped down to f/2.8 it is 1.3 EV and further improves to 1.0 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.

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.

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

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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 nothing to write home about.
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. This is partly due to using a rangefinder lens on a Sony camera with thick filter stack (see this article for further reference) which leads to a slight bit of field curvature here (coma and astigmatism are doing their part too).

Nevertheless, I also had the chance to try out the 40mm 1.2 Nokton and one thing I didn’t like was a significant drop in sharpness in the extreme corners even stopped down. This is something I am not seeing here and so I wouldn’t hesitate using it for stopped down landscape and architecture shooting.

close (0.70 m, 1:12)


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.

close (0.37 m, 1:5.1) with 4mm extension from Hawk’s factory helicoid adapter


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

Like most M-mount lenses the minimum focus distance isn’t great so I am using the lens with a helicoid close focus adapter.
The performance is quite comparable to that at the actual minimum focus distance of 0.7 m. Soft at f/1.2 and f/1.4 with a significant gain at f/2.0. When you stop down to f/4.0 the field is also surprisingly flat.
Keep in mind that this lens was never intended to be used at these distances by the designers.

In this comparison you can see how this translates into real life pictures (taken at 0.37 m focus distance):

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 VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton | f/8.0

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 left of the sun) that shouldn’t ruin your image.

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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton | f/11

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 VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton | f/11

In terms of flare resistance 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

As you have seen the corner resolution isn’t too great so the mediocre performance in this category does not come as a surprise. Wide open there is noticeable coma visible. Stopping down to f/2.8 improves the performance significantly, but it takes stopping down to f/5.6 for really good performance.
Also note that I focused on the corners for these shots, if you focus on the center the corners will look slightly worse.
This is not a lens I would recommend for astrophotography at wider apertures.


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

Distortion

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

The lens 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 A7s | Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton | 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 uncorrected spherical aberration 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:

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Sony A7s | Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton | f/1.2
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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton | f/1.2

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

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

But the small size, strong vignetting and the filter stack induced field curvature take their toll: at full body portrait distance you can clearly see that the corners are much sharper than the center of the frame, which is a bit unfortunate:

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

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.

Compared to: Zhong Yi Mitakon 50mm 0.95

I shot a few scenes with both lenses side by side:

As this is a highly subjective topic best have a look for yourself to see which lens you prefer. There is a slight difference in focal length which is to be noted though.

Sunstars

Unlike the Voigtlander E-mount lenses we reviewed so far this lens 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.


100% crops from center, A7rII

Chromatic aberration

lateral


100% crops from extreme 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 VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton | f/1.2 | 33% 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

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.

Alternatives

Voigtlander 40mm 1.2 Nokton E:
This lens has the big advantage of being an E-mount lens with electronic contacts which improves the usability a bit. Furthermore the design has been adjusted to the E-mount filter stack, which reduced the field curvature issues.
In terms of bokeh rendering and across frame sharpness at f/8.0 I prefer the 50mm though.

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

Zhong Yi Mitakon 50mm 0.95:
If all you are after in a 50mm lens is smooth bokeh rendering this is the lens you are looking for. But be aware: it is big, heavy and the flare resistance is much worse.

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.

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
  • light falloff
  • price
not good

  • coma correction
  • minimum focus distance only 0.7 m
  • focus shift

I once considered buying the Nokton 40mm 1.2 E to replace my Voigtlander VM 35mm 1.7, but after being able to compare these lenses directly I decided againgst that.
I wasn’t super happy with the bokeh of the 40mm, especially the onion ring structures did bother me. The rather abrupt drop in sharpness in the extreme corners wasn’t really to my liking either. Surprisingly these two issues have been resolved in this 50mm 1.2 lens, despite not even being optimized for the Sony filter stack.

If you want to use it for landscape and architecture photography stopped down you should best stick to f/8.0, but I would recommend the same for the Loxia 50mm 2.0 because of its midzone dip.
Bokeh at most distances is unobstrusive and smooth, only at full body portrait – depending on the background – the corners might look a bit messy.
Flare resistance is surprisingly good, especially stopped down. One of the best 50s I have used in that regard so far.
Size and weight are still a delight for a lens with these parameters.

So all in all it was a joy using and reviewing this lens and currently there are only 2 reasons I am not buying it:
1. It doesn’t really fit my kit at the moment (21/35/85 usually).
2. I would be tempted to wait for the E-mount version we already saw prototypes of.
But if you prefer using M-mount lenses anyway (I know some of you do), you are on a Kolari modded E-mount camera or you are not as patient as I am, I see no reason not to get it (if you are in the market for a lens like this).
Personally I prefer it over all the other small, fast and manual focus 50s currently available.

Supply is still somewhat limited, but you can usually find this lens on B&H or ebay.com/ebay.de for about $1059/1099€ (affiliate links)

Sample Images

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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton | f/1.2
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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton | f/8.0 | panorama from 4 shots
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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton | f/1.2
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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton | f/8.0
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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton | f/1.2
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Sony A7s | Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton | f/1.2
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Sony A7rII | Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton | f/1.2

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

Further Reading

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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.

33 thoughts on “Review: Voigtlander VM 50mm 1.2 Nokton”

  1. Hallo,
    Welches der beiden Objektive, abgesehen vom Brennweitenunterschied, würdest Du den Vorzug geben.
    Sony fe 55/1.8 oder dem Voigtländer?

    1. Ich persönlich dem Voigtländer, aber ob dir diese Information weiterhilft ist fraglich. Die Objektive sind so unterschiedlich, dass das schon stark vom angedachten Anwendungszweck abhängt.

  2. Bonsoir, thank you very much for this review.
    But I still do not know which one to buy. Waiting for the E-mount version of the CV 50mm,or go for the Loxia 50mm?
    Fred Miranda went back from the CV to the Loxia, as it is easy er to focus and has better corners…
    What’s your opinion?
    Thanks again

    1. For pure landscape use I might take the Loxia as it is a bit lighter and will probably have better corners, especially at wider apertures.
      For an allround 50 I would get this 1.2/50 no questions asked, the maxmium aperture of f/1.2 and the (to me) significantly more appealing bokeh rendering easily outweigh the shortcomings.
      Unfortunately we do not know yet when the E-mount version will be released, but I doubt we will see it within the next 12 months in stores (it hasn’t even been officially announced yet!).

    2. I own the Loxia 50 as a lens for all purposes and for my personal requirements the Loxia is the best solution on the e-mount.
      First, I would never want to miss the electronic support. It speeds up focusing and shooting a lot, because you can control the aperture on the EVF and you can also activate the magnification for focusing automatically. I use this all the time.
      Second, as I can judge from the Review here, sharpness and contrast should be better on the Loxia (correct me if I´m wrong). In portrait situation you can use F2 on the Loxia without any concerns, while F1.2 dosn´t look to good on the Voigtländer. Ok, this comparison is not fair, but for me the maximum aperture should deliver sharp images in the middle of the frame. And I don’t really need the background separation of F1.2, because I have a 85 1.8.
      The Loxia simply feels like a non-compromise lens for me and the Voigtländer rather looks like a special Lens for special purposes. Lastly, I strongly disagree with Philiprevee in regards of Bokeh. I never understood the sharp criticism in that point. For me it is very smooth if you have no distinct light sources in the background and has a special character if so.
      If you have use for 50 F1.2 it´s a different story, but if you are pleased with F2, I can recommend the Loxia.

  3. That bokeh is pretty spectacular for a 50mm IMO. I don’t need the speed, but I can see why someone would gravitate toward this lens. I bet they end up selling a lot of these.

    1. Well, if you use it regularly the worst case scenario is that you will get many nice pictures with the VM version until the E version is released and it cost you 200$ (estimated loss for selling it used after one year). I could live with that 🙂

  4. Picture of person sitting on the bench = large blur in the center, small blur in the corners. This lens F/1.2 is only in the center. Bad vignetting + coma issue.

    Thank you for the honest review. I’m bit disappointed, but my mistake expecting miracle and good performance from small lens.

    1. I am sorry for interfering with your travel plans, but that is Colmar in France (not too far from Germany though) 🙂
      But I can name a few nice towns like that in Germany too.

      1. Nice kit! The Loxia does seem a bit heavy for an f2.4 lens, but then again I’m used to rangefinder lenses. I’ve been really enjoying the Voigtlander 35mm 1.7, it’s probably my most used lens now. The reviews here were very helpful choosing it, especially the 35mm lens shootout.

  5. Für Holger Falz,
    I think the FE55mm is a very sharp lens, even at f1.8, center to corner, and it has very fast AF. But the manual Focus by wire is no joy at all. For fast work, moving kids and pets it’s a very nice and universal lens. Some people do not like the rendering, saying it’s to clinical. I like it though! It’s my walk around lens. But I do want a manual 50mm as well…

  6. I have 4 fast 50mm lenses now.
    Canon 58mm 1,2f FL which is very soft (maybe my sample was damaged, although it looks to be in good condition) Dont like the aperture control on it…
    Nikkor 55mm 1,2f – man this lens is a stellar, it has flare wide open, and a lot of spherical aberations, but stopped down it is sharp and has great colors. Bokeh issint smooth but I like its charakter.
    Mitakon 50mm 0,95f – probably the sharpest and also fastest of them all. Bokeh is very smooth wide open, sharpness is there, stopped down this lens can be used for landscapes too, it is sharp enough.
    And recently I bought 7artisans 50mm 1.1f which is not sharp wide open, has aberations, has funky bokeh, but is small, has 12 aperture blades and looks good on Sony cameras.

    All in all I got some toys to play with but that Nikkor is still above them all. It may not be the perfect lens, but it has charakter and someone distinct in its images.

  7. Hello,

    thanks for review!
    You’ve mentioned, that only a few 50mm lenses have a smooth bokeh. What are the lenses you are talking about?

    1. For example:
      Zhong Yi Mitakon 50mm 0.95
      Canon EF 50mm 1.2 L (haven’t used myself yet)
      Sony/Zeiss 50mm 1.4 ZA (haven’t used myself yet)
      When talking about cheaper ones the Nikon AF-S 50mm 1.8G is imho the best among the cheap 50s.

  8. Bokeh really is to personal to talk about objectively I think.
    On this site they do not price the bokeh of the 50mm Loxia, bu there are reviews where they tell you that one of the good things is the bokeh of the Loxia…
    So one has to try for oneself and see?
    We do not like all the same things in life, which is good, otherwise we all ran after the same women…, or man.
    The same we can say about sun stars… Personally I do not want them everywhere…

    1. Sure, things like bokeh are subjective and we have to make a decision on what we consider good (smooth bokeh in this case) but I hope that the samples we provide will help with the decision process even if our preferences aren’t shared.

      1. Thank you, very good reply!
        Perhaps it’s an idee that you show some images of what you like as “good” and “bad” bokeh…?
        I know the team likes sunstars…, personally I find them too often fancy, like rain on my spectacles, or publicity for Christmas presents. But that’s just taste, not mesurable science.

  9. Hey there,

    Many thanks for this nice and thorough review.

    I was wondering if you have any news on the 110mm f/2.5 Apo Lanthar release date? I paid my pre-order almost 6 months ago, and delays and everything, I think 6 months is really pushing it.

    In other forums I have heard the release of some Voigtländer lenses depends on how many pre-orders are placed, but I don’t know if this is accurate or just speculation, but it would be nice to see some transparency from Voigtländer about the real release date of the 110mm Apo Lanthar.

    If release depends on pre-order volume, it would be interesting to know the target and see some updates on the progress towards meeting said targets, in the style of kickstarter campaigns, for example.

    Anyhow, if you guys have any insight, it would be great if you could share them.

    Salut!

    1. I have been in contact with Robert White and they seemed to be pretty confident to ship on Dec. 7.. Placed my preorder yesterday.

      I also don’t think much of that theory since the cv110 was the only one of the more recent releases which was delayed.

  10. Well, that would certainly make christmas sweeter 😉 Sounds like a little light at the end of the tunnel… hope it’s not just another train coming.

    Thx for the quick reply,

    Salut!

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