Voigtlander, ZEISS, Leica, Rollei, all nice German names from the highest echelon of digicam and lens producers and all on the prime of their sport, within the case of Voigtlander from 1756 to the current day. Voigtlander is now a reputation owned by Cosina, who’ve persistently proved that they’re greater than as much as persevering with the nice requirements that justify its use. We’re taking a look at a number of Voigtlander lenses presently; having simply reviewed the 35mm f/1.2 Nokton X for Fuji X mount we are actually turning to the Sony E mount choices. For Sony FE full-frame cameras, right here is the Voigtlander 50mm f/1.2 Nokton E Aspherical, reviewed utilizing the 42MP Sony A7R III. Let’s have a look at the way it handles and performs.
This Voigtlander lens is in fact an ordinary lens for the full-frame Sony E match cameras, however can equally nicely be used on the crop body our bodies the place the “35mm equal” discipline of view could be 75mm. Nonetheless, within the latter case, the lens could be a bit out of scale and out of stability, dwarfing the crop body physique. Utilizing the full-frame A7R III for this assessment, now we have a heavy, 434g, optic, however one that matches the size and balances nicely. There’s a equipped spherical lens hood that screws into the 58mm filter thread. This affords an inexpensive diploma of safety for the entrance aspect.
The aperture ring is on the entrance of the lens and is provided with delightfully designed click on stops each one-third of a cease. The course of journey of this ring follows Nikon/Pentax custom, whereas the focusing ring is reversed and has Canon course of journey. Again to the aperture ring, it additionally has a intelligent additional characteristic that permits the clicks to be disabled. This will probably be perfect for videographers, though there are not any directions offered as to how to do that and the one point out that it exists is within the small print on the web site, however nonetheless with no directions. Voigtlander paperwork with the lenses appears to comply with the minimalistic route, to the extent that it tells us little or no. To de-click the aperture ring, push the ring in entrance of it in direction of the digicam physique and rotate this ring till a yellow line is reverse the f/1.2 mark, versus the white dot. That is referred to as the Selective Aperture Management System.
The guide focus ring is the one methodology of focusing, this being a guide focus lens, and it turns easily and evenly by way of its vary, from 0.45m. That is the usual close to focusing restrict for a 50mm lens. Distances are clearly marked in white for metres and never so clearly marked in crimson for ft. There’s a significant depth of discipline scale offered.
The steel lens mount is well-engineered and carries digital contacts, so EXIF data might be shared with the digicam physique.
Optical building is eight parts in 6 teams, together with 2 Aspherical. The aperture includes 12 blades, a really beneficiant quantity that bodes nicely for bokeh. It’s not fairly the 18 or extra blades that classic brass lenses had, however in a contemporary context very spectacular.
Sadly, there isn’t any climate resistance, however this lens does provide conventional building and including WR might nicely disturb the design ethos.
Some photographers discover guide focus troublesome, and if so this will not be the lens for them, however the Sony cameras do provide numerous focusing aids and these work successfully and shortly. The most important issue will probably be with the minuscule depth of discipline at f/1.2 which signifies that the merest motion or miss-focus will render the picture as softer than it needs to be. Observe is the important thing, particularly for these of us who’ve all however forgotten the fun of guide focus. These embody the slower working, the better choice and retention of a selected level of focus and naturally the sheer tactile pleasure of a guide focusing ring.
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