Saturday, 4 January 2014

Voigtlander 40mm Nokton f1.4 on Leica M8

While browsing through my emails over the recent holiday period I followed a link to Robert White Photographic

In their end of year sale I noticed the Voigtlander 40mm f1.4 Nokton was advertised for very good price.
I already have the Voigtlander 15mm Heliar for my Leica which I really like, so I was tempted, but before I pressed the Add to Cart button reality took hold and I decided that perhaps it might be worth doing  bit of research.

I spent the next couple of hours ignoring the chaos of Christmas and surfed the net for reviews and opinions on the Nokton 40mm.
What I found was very favourable, apart from Ken Rockwell who was at odds with every other write up I found, and that Robert White was selling the lens cheaper than anyone else in the entire world! So it was back to Robert White and I pressed the button. Another pleasant surprise awaited me at the checkout page when a further 10% was deducted from the sale price. I went for the Single Coated version for the classic Leica look.
On my Leica M8 the Nokton is equivalent to 53mm, so a "standard" lens.

I picked the lens up from the Post Office sorting office today and was not disappointed.

Like my 15mm Heliar the Nokton is beautifully made and the single coating gives the large front element a lovely red tint.

The weather here in York is very overcast and wet so there was no opportunity to really test the lens other than a few quick photos of the garden to make sure focus was OK.

Leica M8 and Nokton 40mm box
Voigtlander 40mm f1.4 Nokton on my Leica M8

Nokton 40mm on Leica M8
Lovely red tint to the single coating

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