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Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by robfactory, May 10, 2015.

  1. robfactory

    robfactory TalkEmount Regular

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    Rob
    I have read great reviews about Voigtlander lenses. I was looking for something more than a 35mm, but less than a 50mm. I have a Sony Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 that doesn't do well at night, and a Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 S.C.C. that is just too close for night shots. So, why not get a very moderately priced Voigtlander 40mm?
    I got a good deal for it. The only negative being that it had dust inside the lens. However, at the price I got it I can afford to get it clean and still save over getting a new one.
    I decided I wanted to see how well it does during the day time Miami sun and during the evening to night time lights.
    Here are a couple of shots.

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    On this one you can see the vignetting that it can cause.

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    This photo is cropped at about 40%

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    This one is a crop of the original with some processing.

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    Click here to see more on the editing of the woman.
     
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  2. christilou

    christilou TalkEmount Veteran

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    Christina
    I don't see them Rob :(
     
  3. Nexnut

    Nexnut TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Same here.
     
  4. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Nice series of photos!
     
  5. robfactory

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    Rob
    Can you see them?
     
  6. robfactory

    robfactory TalkEmount Regular

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    Rob
    @christilou@christilou @Nexnut@Nexnut I think it has to do with viewing the images on an app rather than through a webpage. Either way, I changed the format. These should be viewable now. :)
     
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  7. Nexnut

    Nexnut TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Nice series, Rob. I don't know how much PP went into the 6th shot but the lady just pops out of my screen. I'm still looking forward to getting the new 28mm/f2 FE lens for its Zeiss like qualities, speed and versatility (28mm FF vs. 42mm in crop mode or on APS-C) but what I've seen from the 40mm Voigtländer so far makes me want to grab one of these as well.
     
  8. robfactory

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    Rob
    Not much PP. All of them except the first one have been sharpened and/or been noise reduced a little. I might have added a VSCO filter on some of them too. The one that took the most was the close up of her face because the image is cropped 2 times and it had a lot of noise at that point. So I have to isolate her face and bokeh the surrounding areas, then use a little of noise reduction on her face.
    The semi to last 2 where done in LR, but using Google's NIK software HDR, which is rather simple.

    As far as the Voigtlander, in one day this lens has managed to become my favorite lens. It is just so sharp at most the frame at 2.8 that it's just amazing. I had a Canon 50mm FD 50mm f/1.4 S.C.C. that was my daily shooter, but the voigtlander gives me a lot more flexibility. It is also about half the size of the Canon. The only thing is that this lens is not for close-up shots unless you get an adapter for it. It's a lens best used for subjects 3 feet and out. At least with the Sony A7R.

    I highly recommend this lens. I have read amazing things about the Sony 28mm FE lens. It has all the quality and sharpness of a Zeiss at a KIT level price. I don't know how the 28mm vs the cropped Voigt 40mm will compare. However, I think you will get better low light with the Voigt just based on the f/1.4 step.
     
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  9. christilou

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    Christina
    Thank you, I see them now :)
     
  10. christilou

    christilou TalkEmount Veteran

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    Christina
    Some nice contrasty pics here, I like them. I was looking at this lens too mainly because it' small and light.
     
  11. robfactory

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    Rob
    Thanks for the compliment. It's a great little lens. I usually use my Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 S.C.C., but at times I feel it's too cramped. I also have a Sony Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 that doesn't fair well in low light. The Canon is also huge next to the Voigt. In all sincerety, this lens is also sharp across the frame at 2.8, which is great. It is also lighter that most 50mm f/1.4 and 35mm f/1.4 I've seen. I would recommend it hands down. It's actually going to become my go to lens for now. I posted more pics on the girl here .
     
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  12. WT21

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    I have always loved this lens on "NEX" cameras. I had one back with my NEX 5. Since I've gone back into Sony e-mount land, I had to re-buy it. This time with a nice helicoid adapter.

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  13. WT21

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  14. snpr9696

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  15. Nexnut

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    Geez, the rendering of the OOF areas in the 4th image, especially on the left is downright eery - might be worth the money alone.

     
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  16. snpr9696

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    Joe DAgostino
    After I took that image I noticed the hidden T Rex in the trees. Haha. Pretty fun.


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  17. michealj

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    I recently purchased a used version of this lens. Focal length is unique but I wanted something fast and small. The price fit my budget. I am enjoying the lens so far. Easy to focus, once I became accustomed to the location of the focus ring and stopped changing the aperture. I used it both on my A6000 and A7II.

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    I need to bring a small monopod for stability in this situation.

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  18. robfactory

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    Rob
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  19. michealj

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    Blaine, MN

    Thanks for the likes everyone.

    I missed your thread when I searched on the 40mm. We only need one, perhaps a moderator can put mine into yours. This is a wonderful little lens. I have not had the opportunity to use it much. Too busy and lousy weather.
     
  20. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Done!
     
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