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Voigtlander Nokton 50 mm f/1.1

Manufacturer Voigtlander
Model Nokton 50 mm f/1.1
Lens style Normal
Focal length 50 mm
Maximum aperture f/1.1
Angle of view 45.9 o
Closest focusing distance 1 m
Maximum magnification
Minimum aperture 16
Number of diaphragm blades 10
Auto focus type MF
Lens Construction 7 elements / 6 groups
Filter diameter 58 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Leica M / VM-Mount
Dimensions 69.6 x 57.2 mm
Weight 428 g
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4.92 Good
Owners reviews (4)
  1. brass
    brass 22 October 2018, 22:03
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    IP 82.137.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 800
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: 1 m close focus

    Pros: Hight resolution at 1.1 in the center of image. Has a nice rendering of tones and has a characterful bokeh.

    Summary: A very unique lens!

  2. Forest
    Forest 19 April 2018, 09:53
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    IP 5.2.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 500e
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: 1m close focus distanceon sony a7 this lens has some chromatic aberration

    Pros: Excellent low light lens and very well built. Nokton it is very sharp wide open for a f1.1 lens

    Summary: I like the glow of this pictures lens

  3. Tudor
    Tudor 14 April 2018, 09:23
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    IP 188.25.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 450 e
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: It would have been better to have closer focus

    Pros: Very solid build with nice soft focus ring. Many reviewers don\'t like this lens for his \"nervous\" bokeh, but I like the interesting bokeh randering of this lens. A very underating lens, because it is always compared in the reviews to much more expensive lenses like Noctilux f1.0 or Noctilux f0.95. The diference between this lenses it\'s there, but that is a good thing because is useful to have all kinds of tools (lenses) with different characters for different situations, like different brushes of the painter. In some reviews I\'ve seen that in the center of image at f1.1 Nokton have same good resolution or even slightly better than Noctilux f1.0. Same as old Noctilux, Nokton it is a lower/medium contrast lens with a great tonality of shades, each with a special plasing character.

    Summary: Voigtlander Nokton 50 f1.1 it is a very misunderstood and underating lens. Even when I saw that this lens it is \"down-and-out\" by the reviewers in comparantion to Leica Noctilux, I bought this lens and I found it like a \"buried treasure\" in a fast 50s lens class...

  4. singer1924
    singer1924 21 March 2016, 22:43
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    IP 62.147.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: After purchase (second hand but probably untouched) I had to correct the RF cam, two painful nights! My guess is that it was part of 'factory random'... This is why I gave 4 in 'build quality', otherwise it would be 5. Beautifully made lens. Big and heavy - how could a 1.1/50 be small and light? So much glass... Focussing is obviously critical. Definitely not a beginner's lens!

    Pros: Once properly adjusted this lens is incredibly good. Sharpness is excellent even at full aperture - with some noticeable decrease on the edges but who cares? The purpose of this lens is to blur out everything except the object/person in the middle... The character of the lens changes dramatically when stopped down to f/2. At full aperture, sharp objects are surrounded with a magic beautiful glow that disappears to f/2 so the f-stop ring can be used as a 'glow adjustment' - a lens with adjustable character. When stopped down to f/5.6 or f/8 images become hardly distinguishable from its little brother 1.5/50, but who will use such a lens to stop it down?

    Summary: Excellent and ... very special. Lots of character, beautiful images but each snap is a risky adventure. This lens is so demanding fro the user that I don't use it for more than 10 consecutive shots, otherwise I'm exhausted, and I relax a bit with the 28 before getting back to this Super-Nokton. My advice: don't buy this lens for extreme low light (the Nokton 1.5 will do almost as well). Buy it for its very special character, its shallow depth of field which opens a world of creativity.

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