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05-15-2008, 01:22 PM   #1
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Voigtlander 58mm 1.4

I just got a Nokton 58mm f1.4 a few hours ago. So far so good. I haven't none any real formal tests yet, but so far I don't see any real difference in sharpness between it and my Zeiss 35. The one thing I do notice, or at least perceive, is that it seems more difficult for me to focus. I wonder if perhaps at f1.4 it just isn't quite as contrasty. I am sure it cant possibly have anything to do with aging eyes.


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Do you compare a 35mm with a 58mm....?
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I'm not sure I understand your question.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Parallax Quote
I'm not sure I understand your question.
the nokton is quite difficult to focus wide open because of the long throw of the focus ring and the thin depth of field. just need to practice more or consider purchasing a split prism focus screen

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QuoteOriginally posted by Parallax Quote
I don't see any real difference in sharpness between it and my Zeiss 35.

they are too different to make a comparison, imho.
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the nokton is quite difficult to focus wide open because of the long throw of the focus ring and the thin depth of field. just need to practice more or consider purchasing a split prism focus screen
I have been seriously considering the Katz Eye. I think it is just plain stubborness that is holding me back.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Parallax Quote
I have been seriously considering the Katz Eye. I think it is just plain stubborness that is holding me back.
maybe you can try those cheap chinese ones, they're a lot more budget
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I did the Katz Eye - I'd never do without it. I used a split prism when I shot film, and really missed it. I find it invaluable with the Voigtlander 125. I'm feeling a Nokton in my future someday, too... ;-)
Enjoy!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Parallax Quote
I just got a Nokton 58mm f1.4 a few hours ago. So far so good. I haven't none any real formal tests yet, but so far I don't see any real difference in sharpness between it and my Zeiss 35. The one thing I do notice, or at least perceive, is that it seems more difficult for me to focus. I wonder if perhaps at f1.4 it just isn't quite as contrasty. I am sure it cant possibly have anything to do with aging eyes.
It is not contrasty wide open just like any of the voigtlander lenses. Cooler tone and low contrast wide open.

However, the low contrast makes it a great lens for protraits in deed. Bokeh will be quite smooth creamy and lacking colours. This is probably a feature preferred by many.

As many people have done the testing on 50mm lenses, most lenses are sharp from f2 onwards regardless of the brands. It all comes down to bokeh quality of these fast 50s.

Enjoy this unique lens and please post your images from Nokton (most people made the announcement that they bought this gem and dissapeared into nowhere)
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You are absolutely right. In giving it a good run through today I notice a difference between f1.4 and f2, a slight difference between f2 and f2.8, but from there on I can't tell from the photo what aperature I used.
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I've found the KatsEye screen to be well worth the money, the only thing I regret was not getting it sooner (because, I too was stubborn).
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QuoteOriginally posted by angelodn Quote
they are too different to make a comparison, imho.
unless you just compare raw sharpness.
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unless you just compare raw sharpness.
Correct! Sharpness is generally measured in Line Widths per Picture Height. It has nothing to do with focal length.
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