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Voigtlander 50mm f/1 VM


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Received mine yesterday. Way too early for detailed initial thoughts, but will be testing it out as cherry blossom arrives shortly here in DC.

It is of exceptional quality, the focus ring is nicely dampened. I am only a recent Leica buyer but I have the following lenses to compare it to:

Voigtlander APO Lanthar 35/2
Voigtlander APO Lanthar 50/2
Voigtlander Nokton Classic 40/1.4
Voigtlander Nokton 75/1.5
Zeiss Biogon 28/2.8

I have used but don't own the Leica Summilux 35.

The Voigtlander lenses give me the same feeling as the Zeiss lenses I used to use with my Nikon setup before I switched to Leica. Well dampened and precise focus.
This shot was done with a Leica M10M, Voigtlander 50/1, shot at f1 1/60s, ISO 250. Processed lightly to taste. There was not a lot of light in the kitchen, but what there was, was vacuumed up by the lens.

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Some shooting at high noon in ugly light part 1. Out of the box colours with the M11 are quite good. All photos shot wide open M11 with Voigtlander 50/1 Nokton.

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Shooting in ugly light part 2.

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Shooting in ugly light part 3.

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  • 2 weeks later...

My copy arrived a couple of weeks ago but I was away with many projects in Florida and the Caribbean.  So it was stuck at the post office til now…

initial thoughts are that the packaging And included metal hood are very nice.  Lens construction is very solid, smooth and tight.

I’ll get out this week using it for some photos.  I believe this lens will likely always be in my bag surrounded by my 24-90 and 90-280 SL2 or my 35 and 75 SL summicrons.  
Can’t wait to shoot portraits with this lens.
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Compare and contrast of shooting wide open versus stopping down.

Leica M11 Voigtlander Nokton 50/1

ISO 6400 1/60s f5.6

The sunstars are OK but I didn't expect amazing results from a 12 blade aperture.  It's nice and sharp stopped down.

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Compare and contrast of shooting wide open versus stopping down, part 2

Leica M11 Voigtlander Nokton 50/1

ISO 3200 1/60s f1

Same processing used as previous post, colour curve plus slight lifting of shadows. When you shoot wide open the sunstars get smudgy and the chromatic aberration is pretty strong, you can see it pretty much everywhere on the water on the cars.

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Finally got a chance to shoot a bit with the 1.0 Nokton.  Hard to nail focus for me even with the SL2 viewfinder and zooming in.  Seemed easier to use than the SL Summilux 50 though for some reason.  Maybe because the Nokton weighed less, was more compact, and had the right throw.  I'll have to use it more So I can get the kinks out of my eyes...  If the light is there, I'd probably grab an SL Summicron which would be easier to use quickly.  A little CA is there in the Nokton but seems easy to fix.  Bokeh seemed great to me.   

Estimator in Training in Glendale, Arizona - Leica SL2 with Voigtländer Nokton VM 50mm 1.0 Aspherical MC, iso 160, 1/125th sec at f 1.0

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I also tried the Nokton wide open with some non-portraits.  Highlight bokeh seemed good - I liked the out of focus shapes on the water.  

Beachgoers at Lake Tahoe, Nevada - Leica SL2 with Voigtländer Nokton VM 50mm 1.0 Aspherical MC, iso 50, 1/6400th sec at f 1.0

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