Showcase Voigtländer 35mm Nokton Classic (Full Frame)

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by astaireathon, Apr 6, 2014.

  1. astaireathon

    astaireathon TalkEmount Regular

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    I know there's another thread for this lens, but each of those entries are with APS-C cameras, so I thought I'd start a new one for FF. These are a few I've taken over the past couple of months with a Sony A7 and the Fotodiox adapter. There are some limitations with this lens, but it's capable of producing some pretty decent images.

    20140102-09.

    20140102-15.

    20140103-04.

    20131231-18.

    20140103-03-2.

    20140120-05.

    The best thing about this lens is that it's so light and portable. As is well-known with this lens, though, it's not perfect. I pretty much never use it below 2.8, which defeats the purpose of it being a 1.4. (It's okay at f/2, but wider than that it's so soft it looks like nothing is in focus.) Aside from that, the other major issue is vignetting. Even stopped down to f/8 or f/11, for bright scenes be prepared to max out the vignetting fix in post. Wider open and it starts to resemble a view through a telescope the way they show it in movies.

    20140120-09.

    20140120-12.

    20140120-14.
     
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  2. astaireathon

    astaireathon TalkEmount Regular

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    And a few more; these taken at the Cloisters in NYC.

    20140311-05-2.

    20140311-07-2.

    20140311-10-2.

    20140311-12-2.

    20140311-14.

    20140311-19.
     
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  3. astaireathon

    astaireathon TalkEmount Regular

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    And finally, just a few more random recent samples.

    20140301-35.

    20140405-04.

    20140405-05.

    20140405-07.

    20140405-08.

    While I'm really attached to this lens, I tended to like it's "character" more with the Nex 7 when it's FL was an effective 52mm. At the pure 35mm FL, I'd prefer something a bit more crisp and clean, so if I ever have the opportunity to make the switch to the Zeiss 35mm, I might do that, since I stay above f/2.8 on this lens anyway. But then again, it just looks so cool on the camera... haha.
     
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  4. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    The Zeiss 35 is a brilliant lens. If you have the opportunity to get one, don't hesitate!
     
  5. astaireathon

    astaireathon TalkEmount Regular

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    I sure would love to... I've only been able to try it at B&H, but my impressions of it there were good, and the samples seem like it's just what I'd want in a 35mm.
     
  6. Deadbear77

    Deadbear77 TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Sep 14, 2012
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    Kevin
    But is it fast enough?


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  7. astaireathon

    astaireathon TalkEmount Regular

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    That's the main question, I suppose. But since the Voigtländer is almost useless wider than f/2.8 anyway, between those two lenses it's a wash. If I wanted a 35mm that was sharp at f/1.4, I'd have to look at something enormous and heavy, like the Rokinon or Sony's A-mount one. I tend to use the 35mm stopped down a lot anyway, so I think I'd be happy with a max f/2.8. Though f/2 would really be ideal. Hmmm, time to see what KEH has in terms of old MF Canons and Nikons!
     
  8. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Perhaps not for the kind of nightclub shots you take, Kevin. But for any of the shots astaireathon just posted here, absolutely. And with the great high-ISO performance of these A cameras, it'll work great where you might not expect it to.

    Plus, the Zeiss is tack sharp across the frame wide open at f/2.8, something you don't always get with fast legacy lenses.
     
  9. mattia

    mattia TalkEmount Regular

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    The 35/2.8 is only a little 'unexciting' because if it's aperture - but it is a really lovely lens. Sharp wide open, insanely sharp stopped down a bit, nice and contrasty, and absolutely tiny (with its integral lens hood so no worries about losing it or not using it).

    I love my 55/1.8 more, but the little brother is very much worth owning. The voigtlander 35/1.2 II is more magical, and very good opened wider, but certainly not as portable. Still need to check whether it's actually as good at 2.8. Doubt it. In the corners, but that's not what I bought a 1.2 35mm lens for ;)
     
  10. Deadbear77

    Deadbear77 TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Sep 14, 2012
    Northeast Ohio
    Kevin
    35 1.2 at 1.2 OOC jpeg

    ImageUploadedByTalkEmount1399394194.408127.

    Crop

    ImageUploadedByTalkEmount1399394212.574171.
     
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  11. astaireathon

    astaireathon TalkEmount Regular

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    Here are a few more I've taken recently.

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  12. astaireathon

    astaireathon TalkEmount Regular

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  13. Deadbear77

    Deadbear77 TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Sep 14, 2012
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    Kevin
    Are you shooting with A7r? Do you get a lot of purple fringe?


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  14. astaireathon

    astaireathon TalkEmount Regular

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    A7 regular, and yes, this lens can fringe when not stopped down. (I almost never shoot this wider than 2.8, and most of these were stopped down pretty far). But Lightroom 5's defringe is amazing.
     
  15. Deadbear77

    Deadbear77 TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Sep 14, 2012
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    Kevin
    Thanks for the quick reply! Just thought I may have had something wrong with my copy.


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  16. GateCityRadio

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    Kev
    Love these pictures. They have a vintage film look to them. I almost bought this lens for street, but I already have the sony zeiss 35/2.8.
     
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