CV Nokton 50/1.1 and Oly E-P1, a marriage made in heaven

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Jeff_WI Senior Member • Posts: 1,297
CV Nokton 50/1.1 and Oly E-P1, a marriage made in heaven

Well, maybe not heaven, but its still a good pairing.

Today my Voigtlander Leica M to m43 adapter arrived, as well as my long-awaited Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.1 lens. I didn't get much time with it as I had a busy day at work, but I did slap it on and took a few pictures of the box sitting at my desk. I also took a few pictures of my wife and daughter after dinner tonight. My wife would kill me if she knew I posted these because she wouldn't like the wrinkles on her face, but I think it shows character--hers and the lenses.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhapeman/sets/72157621613423252/

You can click on the "All Sizes" link above each image and then the "Original Size" link. The box pictures are native jpegs out of the camera, with default settings. The pictures of my wife and daughter are converted from raw files, and have all noise reduction, sharpening, etc turned off. The images were output as tiff files to PS CS4, and a very mild Smart Sharpen filter was applied.

The lens is scary sharp at f/1.4, and just keeps getting sharper as you stop down. There is some halation at f/1.1, but, hey, its f/1.1! Longitudinal chromatic aberration is present in the OOF areas until about f/2.8-4, when it disappears. It has excellent contrast and renders the color very nice. The bokeh is very smooth. I am really going to enjoy this lens, but then I am a fast glass junky.

Olympus definitely could make some improvements to the manual focus interface for lenses that don't have the full electronics. With the standard kit lens, if you touch the manual focus ring, it zooms in to an enlarged view for critical focusing. I need a one-button way to do the same thing when using a non-electronic lens. If there is a way to do it, I haven't found it yet. More on that in another post, I guess.

Jeff--
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhapeman

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