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12-26-2011, 06:47 AM   #1
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voightlander 58mm

Still deciding what my first lens purchase is going to be after acquiring a K7 + the 2 WR zooms 2nd hand.

Ive just come across this manual focus lens. It sounds high quality.

What are your thoughts? In particular with relation to pentax's own offerings around this focal length.

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It is extremely sharp, but I'm pretty sure it's been discontinued in the Pentax mount:
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QuoteOriginally posted by Conqueror Quote
Still deciding what my first lens purchase is going to be after acquiring a K7 + the 2 WR zooms 2nd hand.

Ive just come across this manual focus lens. It sounds high quality.

What are your thoughts? In particular with relation to pentax's own offerings around this focal length.
I had one. After I was able to compare it to the DA*55/1.4 I kept the Pentax lens and sold the Voitlander.
12-26-2011, 10:07 AM   #4
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A really nice lens, manual focus of course. Can be had at Cameraquest.

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I've been using a Voigtlaender Nokton 58/1.4 for about a year now,
as a replacement for the M50/1.4 that I've had since the previous millennium.

The manual focus (on a K-x) is quite easy,
because of the central sharpness fully open.
The lens is ideal for portraits and bokeh shots at wide apertures,
and will outresolve most current sensors when stopped down.
Except for a little coma, it's almost optical perfection.

I didn't even consider the DA*55,
since I couldn't use it on my Pentax K-mount FF camera (LX),
and I don't like most plastic lenses or SDM motors,
although as Wheatfield's post makes clear, YMMV.

If you're interested in trying the Nokton,
Steve Gandy might be the person to contact --
Voigtlander SL II Lenses
-- since the big stores don't seem to have any now.
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The voigtländer 58mm f1.4 is one of my absolute favorites. The build quality and focus ring feels as good as, or maybe even better than that of the FA limiteds, and it's sharp enough to cut yourself on from about f1.7 and up. f1.4 is not bad, but it's no summilux. Bokeh is awesome. If you're shooting APS-C, and you're into not getting AF problems (by which I mean, you're into MF), this is the portrait lens you want.

As a side note, A Nikon friend of mine tested the sharpness by putting some extension rings on it and having it battle with some dedicated macro lenses at 1:1 magnification (including the Elicar 90 , Kiron 105, and Nikon 105). It didn't get the top spot, but it was definitely in the game.

Oh, one more thing, this lens wants a hood. Flare is its weakness.

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Does sound good.. Seen it on eBay UK might get hit for tax though

Leaning towards the 40mm which is on sale at the moment
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Nokton 58/1.4

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