Voigtlander 42.5mm f/0.95 Nokton Lens Review

Voigtlander Nokton 42.5mm f/0.95 Handling and Features

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This lens feels very solidly built, thanks to the all-metal construction. As a result if feels quite weighty for its size. Even so it balances well with the Panasonic Lumix G3 camera used for testing.

The focusing ring is very smooth to operate and has just the right amount of resistance to make applying fine adjustments a pleasure. Closest focus for this lens is 23cm, which is very impressive given the fast maximum aperture.

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There is no electronic communication between the lens and camera so Olympus camera owners will have to input the lens' focal length to take advantage of image stabilisation. A novel feature of the aperture selector ring is the ability to choose whether it will click for each stop or not. Disengaging the clicks can be especially useful for video recording, allowing for seamless aperture changes.  The clicks are engaged or disengaged by pulling a knurled section towards the camera body and rotating it by 180 degrees. This system makes it virtually impossible to disengage the clicks by accident, but easy enough to complete in a hurry. With click engaged, there are distinct half stop steps.

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The lens accepts 58mm filters, and the filter ring does not rotate during focusing, which makes it perfect for use with graduated and polarising filters. A circular lens hood is supplied, which attaches around the filter ring on the lens.

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