Voigtländer 50mm f1.2 Nokton Aspherical Review

This is a f1.2 lens. I hope you don’t expect to see photos taken with an aperture smaller than that.

If you do, this post is probably not for you anyway 😏

Self portrait in the mirror with Leica camera See in full resolution on Flickr

I guess this is the first thing you do when you get a Leica; you take a mirror selfie. As this was my first M camera, I had a lot to learn. A lot of pictures to take. So I did just that.

Empty coffee cups at outdoor cafe See in full resolution on Flickr

Coffee by the windows with newspapers See in full resolution on Flickr

Brooks bike seat See in full resolution on Flickr

Outdoor stairs See in full resolution on Flickr

French Press coffee by the window See in full resolution on Flickr

If you like coffee, I don’t think you will have issues seeing so many photos related to it. Truth be told, many times I have just cooked coffee so I could take a picture of it. There is just something calm and relaxing about this type of pictures, at least for me.

Now, as you can probably see, this lens helps greatly with that. Bokeh is so smooooth and nice. The focus “fall-off” happens pretty fast, so the images just pop.

One thing which surprised me a lot is the sharpness of the lens. I am talking wide open of course. It is phenomenally sharp. Second thing which surprised me even more, although probably because I never had an M camera before, is how easy is to focus! I’d say even easier than on other cameras which have focus peaking.

young boy See in full resolution on Flickr

Old Land Rover See in full resolution on Flickr

Girl with a book in outdoor cafe See in full resolution on Flickr

Outdoor park See in full resolution on Flickr

Small flowers on an BMW See in full resolution on Flickr

Coffee by the window See in full resolution on Flickr

Work from home setup See in full resolution on Flickr

Voigtländer 50mm f1.2 Nokton Aspherical See in full resolution on Flickr

The lens fits Leica M10 nicely. It is not too big, but a bit bulky for my taste. The only thing I didn’t like is the shiny ring in front of the lens. I see that they moved to a black ring on some newer lenses, like 50mm f1.0. Looks dope!

Empty outdoor restaurant See in full resolution on Flickr

Man with a hat by the Sognsvann lake See in full resolution on Flickr

Oldsmobile See in full resolution on Flickr

Kids playing See in full resolution on Flickr

Happy kid eating icecream See in full resolution on Flickr

Voigtländer Bessa 1 vintage camera See in full resolution on Flickr

Not sure why but I really like this picture of my folding medium format camera. There is something with how the out of focus areas are rendered, they just melt away, making subject stand out. Check the full resolution on Flickr (links are under every image) to get a feel of technical part of image quality :)

Light bulbs See in full resolution on Flickr

Bicycles See in full resolution on Flickr

Young boy wearing dinosaur clothes See in full resolution on Flickr

Outdoor restaurant See in full resolution on Flickr

Outdoor restaurant See in full resolution on Flickr

Selfie inside the car in black and white See in full resolution on Flickr

Cyclist at Sognsvann lake See in full resolution on Flickr

There is something with manual focus lenses and Leica cameras. Incredibly nice combo. You really get “that” feeling of photography again.

This lens helps greatly with that as the focus ring slides smoothly, aperture ring is clicky and it will not move easily by mistake or accidental touch.

All in all, for me, 50mm focal length is the perfect one for Leica M cameras. And it seems that this lens is the sweet spot between the price and optical quality.

What do you folks think about it? Did you like the pictures?

Check Voigtländer 50mm f1.2 Nokton Aspherical availability on Amazon (affiliate link).


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