Voigtlander NOKTON 40mm f/1.2 Aspherical VM lens for Leica M-mount officially announced

Voigtlander officially announced a new NOKTON 40mm f/1.2 Aspherical VM lens for Leica M-mount and a new 40mm viewfinder. Sample photos can be found here. The US pricing of the lens is not yet announced, but Voigtlander also has a Sony E-mount version of the same lens that is currently priced at $1,059:

DC.Watch published a few additional pictures of the new lens and viewfinder mounted on a Leica M10 camera:

Technical specifications and lens features (Google translation):

Focal length 40 mm
Aperture ratio 1: 1.2
Minimum aperture F22
Lens configuration 6 groups 8 pieces
Angle of view 55°
Number of diaphragm blades 10 sheets
Shortest shooting distance 0.5 m
Range meter range ∞ ~ 0.7 m (depending on camera)
Maximum diameter × total length φ 60.8 × 43.3mm
Filter size φ 52 mm
weight 315g
Lens hood LH-8 (sold separately)

  • Outstanding optical performance, four aspherical surfaces adopted As two aspheric lenses out of eight lenses, high quality image and high quality We realize balance of caliber.
  • A beautiful blurred telescope with 10 diaphragm blades Adopting a 10 aperture diaphragm in order to make a hole shaped like a circle close to a circle. The out focus part is a natural depiction, the point light source etc is also not a polygon but a round and soft blur.
  • The shortest shooting distance is 0.5 meters. The shortest shooting distance of the
    distance meter exceeds 0.7 m and it is possible to focus up to 0.5 m. It is effective at shooting with a camera equipped with a live view function.
  • Bayonet type hood range optional bayonet type hood LH - 8 which is durable and beautiful made of metal, slitted to reduce vignetting in the field of vision when attached, is available as an option.
  • Manual focus allowing reliable focusing operation By adopting a total metal helicoid unit machined and adjusted with high accuracy and high quality grease producing moderate torque, smooth operation feeling is realized. It enables delicate focus adjustment.
  • Distance meter interlocking system installation High precision rangefinder interlocking mechanism allows severe focusing near the aperture stop.
  • Full-sized image circle We have secured an image circle of affordable size corresponding to 35 mm full size. In addition, compared with the interchangeable lens for single lens reflex, it realizes a very compact style.
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  • soundimageplus

    Very tempting. Just imagining it on the front of my SL and M7. I’ve always been a Voigtlander fan and 40mm is a favourite focal length of mine. I have the Heliar Hyper Wide 10mm f/5.6 Aspherical and Nokton 50mm f/1.1 in M Mount already and this would make a nice addition. However I would really love to see Voigtlander offer some fast longer M-mount lenses. 90mm, 100mm, 135mm??? The Heliar 75mm f1.8 is the upper limit currently.

    • CCD FTW

      Longer M mounts are not that popular in general.

  • Nathan Wright

    I just ordered one.

    • let us know how it is

  • Akinobu Yoshikawa

    It’s too bad the viewfinder is going to be offset from the lens center on the M. The location of the mount is a huge design flaw. Even the EVF overhangs to the shutter dial…

    • El Aura

      The makers of the viewfinder could easily have shifted it a bit to the left (of course this would make the viewfinder body-specific).

  • El Aura

    I know framing is easier with a less obstructed (by lens and hood), more centered and higher magnification viewfinder, but an f/1.2 lens requires very precise focussing which must be done via the built-in view/rangefinder.

    • Yes, so you have to focus with the built-in viewfinder and then compose with the external. If you stop down and zone focus, you may get away just with the external. Not an optimal solution.

  • snappur

    Is it six-bit coded?

    • no, only Leica lenses are 6-bit coded

  • lobotomisedjournalist

    This looks very, very nice. However, according to specs above it is 10mm narrower and 16mm shorter than the FE version – this is not obvious in the side by side picture above. It is also 105 g lighter, which means you could mount it with an adaptor on a Sony and it would be smaller and lighter than the FE version. Can this be correct? Does the FE version have optics designed specifically for FE cameras or are the optics of both the same?

  • lobotomisedjournalist

    I wonder if this brings the 35mm framelines up or the 50mm? The 35mm framelines on an M6 are perfect for 40mm – more accurate even than for the intended 35mm lenses – so the separate viewfinder would not even be needed. The 50mm framelines are very inaccurate for 40mm on the M6.

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