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Voigtlander Nokton 10.5 mm f/0.95

Voigtlander Nokton 10.5 mm f/0.95
18 July 2015
Arkadiusz Olech

1. Introduction

The small Micro 4/3 sensor gives you a great opportunity to create lenses with very fast apertures. Unfortunately so far neither Olympus nor Panasonic have used that opportunity to their advantage. Independent producers have been much more adventurous in this area and the Voigtlander company seems to be a trail-blazer, constantly pushing the envelope. It started in 2010 when they presented the first Nokton lens with 25 mm focal length and f/0.95 aperture. The line-up of such instruments has been enlarged ever since and today it consists of as many as four lenses whose properties are presented in the following chart.

The Nokton 10.5 mm f/0.95, presented during the Photokina 2014, is the newest addition to that group. I have to admit that launch was for me personally a surprise. I expected the Nokton line-up would be enlarged but rather by a 12-14 mm instrument, being an equivalent of full frame 24-28 mm devices. I didn’t expect somebody might consider producing a lens which should be listed as ultra wide angle with an aperture as fast as f/0.95.

Still Voigtlander decided to stand up to such a task. Several months after the launch the lens hit the shelves. As soon as the first specimens of the Nokton 0.95/10.5 got to Poland we wanted to test it and check its possibilities. Courtesy to the FoxFoto company we were sent that lens very quickly to our editorial office – thank you very much!


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Voigtlander Nokton 10.5 mm f/0.95 - Introduction