Lens review

Voigtlander Nokton 35 mm f/0.9 Aspherical

Voigtlander Nokton 35 mm f/0.9 Aspherical
18 February 2024
Maciej Latałło

1. Introduction

I've always emphasized that simple truth: if you are able to produce lenses as fast as f/1.0, or even faster, for full frame systems, there are no objections whatsoever why you shouldn't produce them for systems with smaller detectors.

Voigtlander Nokton 35 mm f/0.9 Aspherical - Introduction

You can state it even stronger: it seems that among lenses with angles of view ranging from about 35 to 75 degrees, there should be really a lot of faster devices designed for smaller sensors and every respectable manufacturer should feature such models in their line-up.

Voigtlander is undoubtedly one of such producers and its series of lenses, called Nokton, has been featuring models which apertures range from f/0.95 to f/1.2 and they are designed for almost all systems available on the market. The line of Noktons for the Micro 4/3 system is especially well-put-together. It consists of as many as four models. Because of their excellent optical properties one of such lenses is used in our editorial office on a regular basis as we test sensor resolution with it. As if it wasn't enough, in 2020 that line was enlarged by the Super Nokton 29 mm with a very impressive aperture fastness, that of f/0.8.

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Voigtlander Nokton 35 mm f/0.9 Aspherical - Introduction

In case of APS-C sensors the situation is not that rosy; anyway Noktons offered by Voigtlander usually were as fast as f/1.2 but not faster. The situation changed in February 2023 when the Voigtlander Nokton 35 mm f/0.9 Aspherical was launched. It was such a juicy morsel of opticts that we simply had to order it for our tests.

We would like to thank Fdirect, a distributor of Voigtlander brand name products for Poland, for sending us once specimen of the lens for testing purposes. The results of our testing can be found in the following chapters – enjoy your lecture!

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