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Voigtlander Nokton 25 mm f/0.95

14 December 2010
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary

Pros:
  • solid, very well-made and compact barrel at the same time,
  • very good f/0.95 aperture,
  • sensational image quality in the frame centre,
  • good image resolution on the edge of the frame,
  • chromatic aberration controlled in an excellent way,
  • decent correction of astigmatism,
  • not very bothersome distortion.

Cons:

  • the image is distinctly „fuzzy” at the maximum relative aperture,
  • significant vignetting near the maximum relative aperture,
  • high coma.

The flaws of the Nokton 0.95/25 are quite typical for very fast lenses with the field of view on the level of 40-50 degrees. In fact almost every single one of them features huge vignetting, high coma and an average image quality at the maximum relative aperture. Splendid fastness, compact dimensions, perfect build quality and exemplary image quality on slight stopping down are the chief assets of the Voigtlander, tested here. Such advantages are certainly not common in the case of classic 50 mm lenses so the users of the Micro 4/3 system gain here a very strong point.

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Sample shots

Voigtlander Nokton 25 mm f/0.95 - Summary
Voigtlander Nokton 25 mm f/0.95 - Summary
Voigtlander Nokton 25 mm f/0.95 - Summary
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/0.95, exp. 1/320 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 5.59 MB
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/0.95, exp. 1/1250 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 5.94 MB
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/0.95, exp. 1/800 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 7.26 MB
Voigtlander Nokton 25 mm f/0.95 - Summary
Voigtlander Nokton 25 mm f/0.95 - Summary
Voigtlander Nokton 25 mm f/0.95 - Summary
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/0.95, exp. 1/500 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 7.5 MB
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/0.95, exp. 1/800 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 7.8 MB
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/400 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 6.46 MB
Voigtlander Nokton 25 mm f/0.95 - Summary
Voigtlander Nokton 25 mm f/0.95 - Summary
Voigtlander Nokton 25 mm f/0.95 - Summary
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 7.43 MB
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 7.59 MB
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/320 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 6.99 MB
Voigtlander Nokton 25 mm f/0.95 - Summary
Voigtlander Nokton 25 mm f/0.95 - Summary
Voigtlander Nokton 25 mm f/0.95 - Summary
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/500 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 5.67 MB
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 8.35 MB
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/160 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 7.68 MB
Voigtlander Nokton 25 mm f/0.95 - Summary
Voigtlander Nokton 25 mm f/0.95 - Summary
Voigtlander Nokton 25 mm f/0.95 - Summary
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/200 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 7.81 MB
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 7.55 MB
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 7.72 MB
Voigtlander Nokton 25 mm f/0.95 - Summary
Voigtlander Nokton 25 mm f/0.95 - Summary
Voigtlander Nokton 25 mm f/0.95 - Summary
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/125 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 7.38 MB
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/100 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 7.52 MB
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/160 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 7.45 MB
Voigtlander Nokton 25 mm f/0.95 - Summary
Voigtlander Nokton 25 mm f/0.95 - Summary
Voigtlander Nokton 25 mm f/0.95 - Summary
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/40 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 7.46 MB
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/125 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 5.93 MB
Camera: Olympus E-PL1
Parameters: 25 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/60 s, ISO 800
File: JPEG, 4032×3024 pix, 7 MB



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