I have to apologize for the apetizing title because I’m not gonna be able to give you much Voigtlander goodness in this post. Blame the unability to identify manua lenses in the EXIF files, or even my own laziness to write down which lens took which shot…
That’s a toughie. First of all, it’s a beauty. A real little gem of a lens. It exudes quality and is a joy to hold. I use a loaner Fotga M to NEX adapter with it, it’s thin and no nonsense, no play, does the job well.
So that’s all good news, right ? A superbly built, super sexy cool lens for less than 300€, pre-owned but as minty as they come ?? Wrong. There are two HUGE caveats with this baby. First of all, the focusing ring of the Voigt bears the typical “thumb lever” found on rangefinder lenses, and personally HATE it. The focus ring itself is narrow, very flat, and sort of recessed, absolutely not easy to locate and rotate by feel with your eye to the EVF, or even your eyes glued to the LCD trying to figure out critical focus.
The other horrible issue with the Nokton is the *ridiculous* minimal focusing distance, of about 70 (yes, *seventy*) cms… How ass dumb is that ?? So I have this adorable, cute and sharp little lens that is fast and offers lots of subject isolation, except that I am stuck 70cm away from any subject and therefore cannot achieve any proper close-up 😦
On another note, the Sony A7 went back to the retailer today. It’s a fantastic tehnological innovation… that has been marketed way too soon, and is not, for my use at least, a mature product. I don’t mind doing Beta testing, but not without my knowledge and on my own funds !!
From the limited testing I did, I’d rate the Nokton 40 1.4 and the PEN 38 1.8 exactly on par for optical quality. On FF the Voigt does have an *ever so slight* edge in detail, AND doesn’t vignette at all. The PEN vignettes very, very slightly, and is not *quite* as bleedingly sharp as it is one APS-C. On APS-C they’re absolutely similar… Except the PEN’s focusing ring is very wide, buttery smooth, and the MFD is about 30 cm, woo hoo !
My girl was invited to her boyfriend’s birthday party (did I say boyfriend ? She’s 5 yrs old !? Yeah, I said boyfriend….). I slipped the N7 in my purse (the very same one that can’t fit the A7) and went to pick her up. I asked them to pose and they stayed put for about 3 seconds. I had the SEL35 mounted and shot two frames at 1.8.
I realized today that there isn’t a *single* camera on the market right now that I lust after. Not one. Pressed really hard I guess I’d could muster some curiosity for the Fuji XE-2, but that’s about it. I am, however, immensely curious of the next Sony mirrorless to come out. Until then, NEX 7 it is 😉