This is the biggest and heaviest Voigtlander I have ever tested.Again, everything is relative. Right? One man’s pain is another’s joy. This is probably the brightest manual lens that I ever used. Is the Voigtlander Nokton 35mm F0.9 aspherical lens any good?
First; the whole point of having a F0.9 lens is shooting at F0.9. Is that possible. I have tested a couple of F0.95 manual lenses and its really a hit and missed situation. The other thing is; as a photographer we must understanding what could this lens be used for, and when, and how to use this lens to its fullest potential.
This lens weights at 492 grams. To me it’s a little on the heavier side.When I paired with X-T5; they work perfectly. Like a marriage made in Heaven. As for its size, I do like it. A 62mm filter size and a minimum focus distance of 35cm. From infinity to minimum focusing distance; the turn takes about 120-130 degree of turn. This will also increase the length of the lens by 7-8mm. Focus turning is buttery smooth. The built quality is similar to any Voigtlander lenses. Which is good, a premium feel.
There are some small evidence of chromatic abbreviation; also known as colour fringing. I also see some barrel distortion. See below 2 photos. Not a deal breaker and nothing too crazy that we can’t fix in post.
I do enjoy using this lens and I can understand why there are so many Voigtlander fanboys out there. All their lenses are sharp but not to a point where it’s biting sharp. This is where the Voigtlander magic begins. Some calls it vintage. For the Nokton 35mm F0.9 lens; I love how the bokeh renders. In a good realistic manner and a feast to the eye.
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