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New Voigtländer Nokton 28mm F1.5, good for astrophotography too?


wolan

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Hi,

I have read many good reviews about this new lens, and I plan to buy it. However, none of the reviews I have seen has tested it with astrophotography. 

What do you think? Is this Nokton going to be great for astrophotography?

Give me another reason to buy :)

Cheers.

 

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On 4/28/2024 at 9:42 PM, wolan said:

Hi,

I have read many good reviews about this new lens, and I plan to buy it. However, none of the reviews I have seen has tested it with astrophotography. 

What do you think? Is this Nokton going to be great for astrophotography?

Give me another reason to buy :)

Cheers.

 

https://phillipreeve.net/blog/review-voigtlander-vm-28mm-1-5-nokton/#Coma

I own both the Nokton and Ultron II. My sample of the latter is free of coma already at f/2.4.

https://phillipreeve.net/blog/review-voigtlander-vm-28mm-2-0-ultron-type-i/#Coma

However, at f/2 the Nokton has significantly more transmission than the Ultron II due to less vignetting.

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Generally, I don't think the M-mount cameras are particularly great tools for astrophotography.
If you want to take pictures of the milky way you will often find yourself stitching panos with a 28mm lens.
Here the massive vignetting of these compact fast 28mm lenses is not really fun to deal with.

This is the VM 35mm 1.2 III on Leica M10, to give you an idea how much (or little) will be in the frame:


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So yes, you can do it, but I wouldn't buy this 28mm 1.5 specifically for that.


I would rather invest in the Laowa 15mm 2.0 M-mount for that task, which saves you from stitching panos and allows you to take single exposures like this:


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