Voigtlander 58mm F1.4 Nokton SL II

Announced Nov 2, 2007 •
Prime lens | Nikon F (FX), Pentax KAF

I actually have the N version, the one with the scalloped metal ring. I also got its matching LH-58N lens hood. (actually I think it's a shame the lens hood is not included in the box) First of all: this lens is built by Cosina in the same factory that builds Zeiss lenses, and that's immediately perceivable in the build quality: it's a solid block of precisely engineered metal and glass with no plastic parts: it's going to last decades. Focus ring is buttery smooth, aperture ring firmly and ...

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NikonHaoleboy
 

The Voigtlander Nokton is built to very high standards and IQ is not disappointing, even at f/1.4. I have recently begun using the Nokton with a Nikon 5T close-up lens and the results are very sharp, color is well saturated and contrast is excellent. The 5T or 6T Nikons are great add-ons to the lens and increase its versatility. If you are looking for excellent performance in a mid-focal length manual focus lens, this Voigtlander delivers.

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I owned/used the AF-S 50/1.8D, the AF-S 50/1.4G and the 50/1.8E, the Voigtlander is easily the best of all these. What I like: (1) buttery smooth focus ring rotation (2) exceptionally sharp but still lively & warm images (3) excellent build quality, a joy to look at all the details from the engraved markings to the metal screw in lens hood

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winparkman

A wonderful lens filling a gap in the crop sensor world.  Much better than the Nikkor f/1.4 wide open and, as the previous commenter mentions, dreamlike at f/1.4.  Used mostly on the D90 but can't wait to see what it does on the D7100...

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Mfritter
 

Using on Nikon D7000. A wonderful and reliable piece of craftsmanship. A little dreamy at 1.4. Ideal portrait lens for DX. Near-normal on FX. Focuses down to 1.5 feet. Superb for still-lifes and florals. Astounding resolution.

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