Voigtländer Nokton F0.95 family for Micro Four Thirds

Voigtlander Nokton 42.5mm F0.95

Ultra-fast primes with movie-making in mind

The Micro Four Thirds system has advanced in leaps and bounds in since its introduction in 2008, to the extent that the image quality of the latest cameras in the line is more than sufficient for most applications. But the smaller sensor still has its disadvantages, particularly if you're a fan of shallow depth of field, selective focus photography or videography. For this you need ultra-fast lenses.

Cosina-Voigtländer spotted this gap in the market, and has filled it with a set of F0.95 'Nokton' manual focus primes. Their focal lengths of 17.5mm, 25mm and 42.5mm correspond to moderate wideangle, normal and short telephoto lenses (35mm, 50mm and 85mm equivalents respectively). Aperture operation is also manual via a ring on the lens, which offers clickless rotation for videographers.

This fully-manual operation wouldn't be very convenient on an SLR, particularly for shooting stills. But it works much better on mirrorless cameras, which tend to have well-developed manual focus aids, and automatically gain-up the live view display to compensate for stopping down the aperture.

Key features:

  • 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm-equivalent focal lengths
  • Ultra-fast F0.95 maximum aperture
  • Manual focus only
  • Manual aperture setting (clickless aperture ring)
  • All-metal barrel construction
  • For Micro Four Thirds cameras only

Voigtländer's Nokton lenses aren't cheap, and not necessarily all that easy to get hold of either (they tend to be sold only through specialist retailers). But they offer something unique for Micro Four Thirds photographers and filmmakers that can't be matched by other lenses.