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First full review of the new Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 FE lens: “excellent image at a pleasingly wallet-friendly price”


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We have the first full review of the new Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 FE lens via Photographyblog. The only real downside of this lens is purple-fringing at f/1.2. But that’s not a major issue if you take time to correct this in post. But this is really the only “cons” of this lens:

The 40mm f1.2 Nokton Aspherical is another sharp, well-built and compact standard prime lens from Voigtlander that offers an addictively fast, if somewhat tricky to use, maximum aperture of f/1.2. Combined with the 10-blade aperture and a 35mm full-frame Sony camera, with a certain amount of patience it’s possible to create some beautiful bokeh effects. The manual focusing experience is once again top-class and the clicked/de-clicked aperture ring is a great touch.
In summary, the Voigtlander 40mm f1.2 Nokton Aspherical offers a compelling bland of compact size, excellent image quality and sheer speed, all at a pleasingly wallet-friendly price.

This is a “home run” lens from Voigtlander. Personally the only thing that holds me back is the 40mm focal length. I would have preferred it to be a tack wider. And maybe some of you would have preferred it to be a tack closer.

UPDATE: Marc Alhadeff just posted his 40mm FE review:

Overall the Voigtländer 40mm F1.2 is a very nice lens with a unique character , however as I was not as impressed as the stellar  Voigltänder 65mm F2 Macro Apo Lanthar. The lens is not for everyone, you will need to be patient and practice to be able to get decent manual focus at F1.2

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