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02-15-2011, 03:44 PM   #16
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I highly recommend the DA* 55mm. I owned it at one time and absolutely LOVED it!

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The DA*55mm hurts my wallet but it seems like the best choice then!
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Ron,

Your photos have me salivating for a DA*55/1.4. Come to think of it, I am taking delivery of a brand new one tomorrow.

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02-15-2011, 07:49 PM   #19
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It is a lot cheaper, is it worth it? I looked it up most reviews seem favourable but the price is quite low at only 280.
The lens is a beauty. It is cheaper than the DA* because it does not have SDM nor AF. The lens is MF and the MF ring is nice to use.

The lens is a real investment; my best "value for money" lens in terms of IQ. You may read the review in photozone.de (where it was tested with a Nikon APS-C).

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Oh dear, if I choose the Voigtlander I will be able to afford a battery grip too... The fact that the Voigtlander is manual does not bother me, the important thing is the Bokeh really. Can anyone comment on that? Also what about the Aperture, is it manual as well? Damn, I'd buy both but I can't afford LBA...

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Anyone else like the Voigtlander?
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Anyone else like the Voigtlander?
I really like the Nokton. Here is one of the first photos (cropped) I took with it, wide open.

This was a candid shot of my roommate while we were walking down the street, and since I was not used to the shallow DOF (plus I and he were moving), this is only one of the five shots that turned out alright.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Student Quote
Oh dear, if I choose the Voigtlander I will be able to afford a battery grip too... The fact that the Voigtlander is manual does not bother me, the important thing is the Bokeh really. Can anyone comment on that? Also what about the Aperture, is it manual as well? Damn, I'd buy both but I can't afford LBA...
I personally like the bokeh of my Nokton, but I feel that bokeh preference is very subjective and you'd have to decide for yourself by looking at photo samples.

Nokton is chipped, so acts like an A series lens with auto-aperture

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The Aperture on the Nokton is entirely manual too right?
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The Aperture on the Nokton is entirely manual too right?
No, just like dasuhu said, it's auto-aperture. Like the Pentax A lenses.
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The only thing which bothers me (otherwise I would go for it 100%) is that it's not waterproof, I understand it can take light rain but well, what if I want to shoot a fisherman during a storm?
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The only thing which bothers me (otherwise I would go for it 100%) is that it's not waterproof, I understand it can take light rain but well, what if I want to shoot a fisherman during a storm?
The Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4 is built like a 'tank'. It can take light rain as well as rainstorm. I have used it in tropical shower and rain storm (100 mm in 30 min). I would have not concern to take it to shoot a fisherman in the storm.

Like every lens, even WR lenses, you need to take care of your material: TLC = tender, love and care. Beyond this the Nokton is a real foul-wether lens. I speak from personal experiences.
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The Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4 is built like a 'tank'. It can take light rain as well as rainstorm. I have used it in tropical shower and rain storm (100 mm in 30 min). I would have not concern to take it to shoot a fisherman in the storm.

Like every lens, even WR lenses, you need to take care of your material: TLC = tender, love and care. Beyond this the Nokton is a real foul-wether lens. I speak from personal experiences.
But will it let water into the Camera body?
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But will it let water into the Camera body?
I never had a problem after more than a year of outdoor shooting.
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I never had a problem after more than a year of outdoor shooting.
Ah, thanks HCC, I was going to order it but Adam said it has been discontinued? How am I going to find one in the UK??
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