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Voigtlander Nokton 58 mm f/1.4 SL II

29 September 2010
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary

Pros:
  • very solid barrel and high build quality,
  • excellent resolution in the frame centre,
  • very good image quality at the frame edge on slight stopping down,
  • well-corrected chromatic aberration,
  • slight distortion,
  • low astigmatism,
  • good work against bright light.

Cons:

  • unsatisfactory image quality at the edge of the frame near the maximum relative aperture,
  • high coma,
  • huge vignetting on full frame.

The optics quality of the tested Voigtlander, along with its superb build quality and the current price make this lens certainly worth our attention. The system 50 mm lenses from Canon, Nikon or Sony, although a tad cheaper, are worse when it comes to the image contrast, the correction of chromatic aberration, distortion or vignetting. The Pentax 1.4/55, being optically comparable, is also significantly more expensive. The Zeiss Planar and the Sigma, although optically better, are more expensive than the Voigtlander as well. The price/ image quality and the price/ build quality ratio of the tested lens are very good indeed.

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The fact that the lens offers only manual focusing won’t put off those who are seriously pondering over the purchase of such equipment.


Sample shots

Voigtlander Nokton 58 mm f/1.4 SL II - Summary
Voigtlander Nokton 58 mm f/1.4 SL II - Summary
Voigtlander Nokton 58 mm f/1.4 SL II - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 58 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/1250 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 7.11 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 58 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/2500 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 6.11 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 58 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/3200 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 6.43 MB
Voigtlander Nokton 58 mm f/1.4 SL II - Summary
Voigtlander Nokton 58 mm f/1.4 SL II - Summary
Voigtlander Nokton 58 mm f/1.4 SL II - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 58 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/8000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 8.11 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 58 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/100 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 8.28 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 58 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/8000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 6.77 MB
Voigtlander Nokton 58 mm f/1.4 SL II - Summary
Voigtlander Nokton 58 mm f/1.4 SL II - Summary
Voigtlander Nokton 58 mm f/1.4 SL II - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 58 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/3200 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 7.68 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 58 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/8000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 7.41 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 58 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/8000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 7.42 MB
Voigtlander Nokton 58 mm f/1.4 SL II - Summary
Voigtlander Nokton 58 mm f/1.4 SL II - Summary
Voigtlander Nokton 58 mm f/1.4 SL II - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 58 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/160 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 8.88 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 58 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/2500 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 7.87 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 58 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/5000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 9.58 MB
Voigtlander Nokton 58 mm f/1.4 SL II - Summary
Voigtlander Nokton 58 mm f/1.4 SL II - Summary
Voigtlander Nokton 58 mm f/1.4 SL II - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 58 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/500 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 10.06 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 58 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/1000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 11.34 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 58 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/3200 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 8.92 MB
Voigtlander Nokton 58 mm f/1.4 SL II - Summary
Voigtlander Nokton 58 mm f/1.4 SL II - Summary
Voigtlander Nokton 58 mm f/1.4 SL II - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 58 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/400 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 9.33 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 58 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/2500 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 10.95 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 58 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/1250 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 7.7 MB
Voigtlander Nokton 58 mm f/1.4 SL II - Summary
Voigtlander Nokton 58 mm f/1.4 SL II - Summary
Voigtlander Nokton 58 mm f/1.4 SL II - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 58 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/800 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 7.51 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 58 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/1250 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 10.81 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 58 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/800 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 9.71 MB
Voigtlander Nokton 58 mm f/1.4 SL II - Summary
Voigtlander Nokton 58 mm f/1.4 SL II - Summary
Voigtlander Nokton 58 mm f/1.4 SL II - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 58 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/640 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 8.76 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 58 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/500 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 7.82 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 58 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/400 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 9.47 MB
Voigtlander Nokton 58 mm f/1.4 SL II - Summary
Voigtlander Nokton 58 mm f/1.4 SL II - Summary
Voigtlander Nokton 58 mm f/1.4 SL II - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 58 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/640 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 11.49 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 58 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 10.79 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 58 mm, f/6.3, exp. 1/320 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 10.11 MB




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