Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4 SL-II Manual Focus Lens for Nikon Film & Digital Cameras

Voigtlander
Voigtlander 58mm F/1.4: Picture 1 thumbnail Voigtlander 58mm F/1.4: Picture 2 thumbnail Voigtlander 58mm F/1.4: Picture 3 thumbnail Voigtlander 58mm F/1.4: Picture 4 thumbnail

List Price: $780.00

Protect Your Investment:

Add a Protection Plan
  • Add a protection plan
  • New Leaf 3 Year Extended Warranty + $12.95
  • New Leaf 3 Year Drops & Spills Extra Protection + $19.95
  • New Leaf 5 Year Drops & Spills Extra Protection + $29.95
37% Off

Our Price

$489.00
Buy more and save
Quantity Discount
QuantityAmount

The quantity discount will be reflected in your shopping cart

About Voigtlander 58mm F/1.4



The Voigtlander 58mm F/1.4 is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Low light, Night photography and more.The Voigtlander 58mm F/1.4 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Voigtlander 58mm F/1.4 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Voigtlander 58mm F/1.4: Nice bokeh and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

(6)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Nice bokeh (5),Strong construction (5),Consistent output (3),Durable (3),Lightweight (3),Rugged (3)
Best Uses:
Low light (5),Landscape/scenery (4),Night photography (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (4)

Voigtlander 58mm F/1.4 Features

  • Manual focus lens with fully compatible metering
  • CPU matrix metering for full meter compatibility with current Digital Slr's
  • Nikon AIS mount
  • Lets you control the F stop from the camera (set the aperture ring to F22)

Voigtlander 58mm F/1.4 Specifications

Construction
6 groups, 7 elements
Angle of view
40°
F stop range
1.4 - 16
Closest Focusing Distance
17.7"/.45m
Maximum Magnification
1:5.8
Filter Size
58mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
1.87 x 2.5" / 47.5mm x 64.4mm
Weight
11.3 oz / 320g

Voigtlander 58mm F/1.4 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.2

(based on 6 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sharp lens with smooth Bokeh

This lens is sharp and has nice bokeh, but contrast is little bit low at wide open aperture. Bokeh is more creamier than my Nikon 50mm f1.8D. One thing that really bugs me is distance/aperture index ring is too small. It is too hard to grip that small ring to attach and remove lens from camera body. But overall I love this lens.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Interesting colour, iffy build

Firstly, although I love the colour of this lens and its sharpness, and use it more than any other lens in my catalogue, I find it underwhelming in its price range because of build issues.Firstly, the good stuff. This lens is sharp in the centre, and stopped down to 2,8 is quite good all over. By 5,6-8, it is impeccable. Lovely. Better yet, however, is its colour rendition. Notice how I didn't say reproduction. Colour is warmer than real life, redder, and in some cases, purpler than real life...

View full Review

Firstly, although I love the colour of this lens and its sharpness, and use it more than any other lens in my catalogue, I find it underwhelming in its price range because of build issues.Firstly, the good stuff. This lens is sharp in the centre, and stopped down to 2,8 is quite good all over. By 5,6-8, it is impeccable. Lovely. Better yet, however, is its colour rendition. Notice how I didn't say reproduction. Colour is warmer than real life, redder, and in some cases, purpler than real life. It looks GREAT in street photography, and quite good in landscapes. colours pop, and there is a great deal more contrast in the colours than my Nikon 50 1,2 and my old 50 1,4G. It is a bit red, maybe, for portrait photography, but if you've a good hand at PP in digital photography, it is fixable. For film, I find the colours are very nice with low contrast films and exciting on high contrast films. Black and white CAN look good, but it favours certain colours too much sometimes.Overall, I much much prefer it to the Nikon 50 1,2 Ai (7-blade), except for one area: bokeh.Bokeh problems with the 58 1,4 are corollary to build quality issues. The issues are most evident in the aperture blades, which don't create symmetrical circles. The aperture shape goes lopsidedly polygonal. I've seen this in several copies. It is a shock after using Nikon lenses that keep their shape 95% of the time, losing shape at only very small apertures. The aperture ring, is another other issue. It clicks into place as cheaply as my budget Sun Optical 28 2,5 wide angle lens. Its asking price completely belies its aperture shape and its aperture ring. Horrible at any price above 100$.Finally, the lens has NO good place to hold when attaching it to the camera. In comparison to anything Nikon, it feels like Fisher Price.As many detractors as I've mentioned, I love this lens, I just think it is not at all worth the price. Price is one thing, but hardly bespoke price and overall quality.At its price, the [$]

Reviewed by 6 customers

 
4.0

Impressive build, 1st class images.

By

from San Diego, Ca.  -  Photo Enthusiast

Solidly built with buttery smooth focusing, the Voigtlander Nocton serves as a standard lens on my Nikon D700 and a great short portrait tele on my D300S. Bokeh is generally very smooth and while the Nocton vignettes noticeably at f/1.4, larger apertures are fully useable and the lens becomes critically sharp by f/4-5.6. I tend to shoot this lens with .7 stop under exposure for richer colors. I've read that a couple of respected reviewers consider the Nocton to be at least equal to it's Zeiss counterpart.

 
5.0

Outstanding lens

By

from Boulder, Co

It's a pleasure to handle. Close focusing in low light is a challenge, but I expect that's true of all f1.4 manual focus lenses. Especially true on my D80 which has a mediocre viewfinder although it does meter just fine. Much better focusing experience on my F4. Also, terrific bargain.

(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Interesting colour, iffy build

By

from Canada  -  Photo Enthusiast

Firstly, although I love the colour of this lens and its sharpness, and use it more than any other lens in my catalogue, I find it underwhelming in its price range because of build issues.Firstly, the good stuff. This lens is sharp in the centre, and stopped down to 2,8 is quite good all over. By 5,6-8, it is impeccable. Lovely. Better yet, however, is its colour rendition. Notice how I didn't say reproduction. Colour is warmer than real life, redder, and in some cases, purpler than real life. It looks GREAT in street photography, and quite good in landscapes. colours pop, and there is a great deal more contrast in the colours than my Nikon 50 1,2 and my old 50 1,4G. It is a bit red, maybe, for portrait photography, but if you've a good hand at PP in digital photography, it is fixable. For film, I find the colours are very nice with low contrast films and exciting on high contrast films. Black and white CAN look good, but it favours certain colours too much sometimes.Overall, I much much prefer it to the Nikon 50 1,2 Ai (7-blade), except for one area: bokeh.Bokeh problems with the 58 1,4 are corollary to build quality issues. The issues are most evident in the aperture blades, which don't create symmetrical circles. The aperture shape goes lopsidedly polygonal. I've seen this in several copies. It is a shock after using Nikon lenses that keep their shape 95% of the time, losing shape at only very small apertures. The aperture ring, is another other issue. It clicks into place as cheaply as my budget Sun Optical 28 2,5 wide angle lens. Its asking price completely belies its aperture shape and its aperture ring. Horrible at any price above 100$.Finally, the lens has NO good place to hold when attaching it to the camera. In comparison to anything Nikon, it feels like Fisher Price.As many detractors as I've mentioned, I love this lens, I just think it is not at all worth the price. Price is one thing, but hardly bespoke price and overall quality.At its price, the [$]

(2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WONDERFUL LENS

By

from HOUSTON,TX  -  Photo Enthusiast

DON'T THINK THIS LENS HAS WARRANTY !!!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Sharp lens with smooth Bokeh

By

from West Covina, California  -  Pro Photographer

This lens is sharp and has nice bokeh, but contrast is little bit low at wide open aperture. Bokeh is more creamier than my Nikon 50mm f1.8D. One thing that really bugs me is distance/aperture index ring is too small. It is too hard to grip that small ring to attach and remove lens from camera body. But overall I love this lens.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Wonderful little lens

By

from Sacramento, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I wanted a fast portrait lens for my Nikon D300, and went back and forth on the Nokton and the Sigma 50 f/1.4. I ultimately chose the Nokton, and have been really happy with it. Nailing focus wide-open takes some practice, but stopped down to f/2, this lens produces wonderful results - sharp & contrasty with wonderful blurry backgrounds. The fact that this lens is nice and compact and sells for under $400 makes it an even better deal. My 4 (instead of 5) star rating only reflects the fact that shot wide-open, the lens does lose some acuity and contrast. That being said, images captured wide open are perfectly usable providing you nail the focus.

Q&A

Questions & Answers Powered by TurnTo®

Questions about this item:

Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
MARTIN F  Fantastic lens. Prefer manual focus. Great price.
Shopper  Is this the metal focusing ring version? When was this introduced?
NICHOLAS C  The version I got in 7/2011 has a rubber focus ring.
top
Share this item:
Adorama.com is top rated for customer serviceHACKER SAFE certified sites prevent over 99.9% of hacker crime.