Yesterday I went out to give the Voigtlander 35mm f1.4 Nokton Classic a real world test. My plan is to use the Leica M9 with just two lenses, this and the Voigtlander 75mm f1.8. I needed to be sure that the 35mm was up to the task, and I wanted a days shooting with it to assess this.
I needn't have worried. The lens performed superbly. I used it mainly at f8 or f11, which are the two apertures that I would use the most and the results from these were incredibly sharp, with beautiful rich colour.
I did a couple of shots at f1.4, and these were impressive to. The lens has "odd" bokeh as you can see. Not smooth, but not unattractive either.
There's not really a lot else to say. Its a lens thats been around for a while, and there are lots of user reviews on the internet, so I'm not going to do a long piece about it. Its light, Its small, Its sharp, It works well on the M9 and I now feel able to put my other lenses on ebay, confident that both the Voigtlanders (35mm & 75mm) are not going to compromise the quality I expect from the M9. Quite the reverse in fact. These are both excellent quality lenses, and prove yet again that Voigtlander make lenses up to the standard of both Leica and Zeiss, at a much reduced cost.
Finally, the Voigtlander 25mm f0.95 m4/3 lens I ordered is on its way to me and should arrive tomorrow. There are samples and reviews starting to appear, and they seem very positive. I'll add my experiences as soon as I've used it.
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