VOIGTLANDER Nokton F1.5/50MM - M - Chrome
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If you know me, you know there isn't a 50mm lens I do not like. Unfortunately for Cosina, the Voigtlander Nokton 50mm F1.5 Aspherical is going up against an already crowded 50mm rangefinder field stacked with thoroughbreds including Leica's legendary Noctilux, Summilux and Summicron, Voitlander's superb speed demon Nokton F1.1, and Carl Zeiss' scintillating Planar, a lens renowned for its remarkable sharpness and very reasonable price.
For many years, the Leica-thread mount Nokton F1.5 had a reputation as a solid normal lens, especially when closed down a couple of stops. It performed capably and without breaking the budget. Cosina is about to discover whether we've moved beyond the stage where everything old can be made new again. Because of the demands of present-generation digital sensors, new rangefinder lenses should not merely be reengineered classics with their Leica-thread mounts replaced by M mounts.
The Voigtlander Nokton 50mm F1.5 Aspherical provides perfectly acceptable, if undistinguished results. What it lacks is the inspiration and ingenuity that have been hallmarks of the recent crop of Cosina lenses.
Focal length 50mm Filter size 49mm Aperture ratio 1:1.5 Lens construction 6 elements, 5 groups Focus range 0.7m-∞ Weight 220g