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Lens review

Voigtlander Nokton 42.5 mm f/0.95

17 January 2014
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary

Pros:
  • very solid casing with moderate dimensions,
  • high build quality,
  • excellent image quality in the frame centre,
  • image on the edge of the frame sharp from about f/1.6,
  • very good correction of longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • slight lateral chromatic aberration,
  • not very bothersome distortion.

Cons:

  • resolution near the maximum relative aperture could have been better,
  • noticeable coma,
  • high vignetting,
  • weak correction of spherical aberration,
  • huge astigmatism.

The cons list of the Voigtlander Nokton 42.5 mm f/0.95 features as many as five positions. It seems quite a lot. Despite that fact I consider it a good lens, mainly because of interesting parameters, a very high image quality in the frame centre and excellent build quality. Additionally, it is a very original rival of the Leica DG Nocticron 42.5 mm f/1.2 Asph. P.O.I.S. Compared to that device the Nokton doesn’t feature either a stabilization or an autofocus and it fares worse in several categories, being better than the Leica in just one category. On the other hand it is smaller, faster and noticeably cheaper – these are important assets.


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Overall you can envy the users of the Micro 4/3 system the choice of lenses with focal lengths near 40-45 mm. They can select among the Olympus M.Zuiko 1.8/45, with an excellent price/quality ratio, the very fast and manual Nokton, or the most expensive and uncompromising PanaLeica. If you are a fan of the macro mode there is still the Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45 mm f/2.8 ASPH. M.O.I.S. – a very wide choice, you have to admit…