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Finally! Nokton 50/1.5 in M-mount
Old 01-31-2013   #1
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Finally! Nokton 50/1.5 in M-mount



http://cameraquest.com/voigt_5015_nokton_classic.htm

Couldn't find much more ... but look at that lens body! Isn't it gorgeous?
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Old 01-31-2013   #2
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Nice! Might sell my V4 cron and get this if its
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What a beautiful design for that 50/1.5, so different from all the other Voigtlander
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Old 01-31-2013   #4
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Nice! Might sell my V4 cron and get this if its
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I would assume that it uses the same optics as the M39 mount version, and that they only put it in a new body. The old 50/1.5 was fantastic, so I see no reason why this shouldn't be.

Maybe Stephen knows something more?
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Old 01-31-2013   #5
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Today is the first day of CP+, the annual photographic industry expo here in Japan. I suppose the new CV lenses were announced there!

http://www.cpplus.jp/

Very interesting styling on the Nokton. Very reminiscent of the vintage (1950s) LTM Nokton 50/1.5
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Old 01-31-2013   #7
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Very nice indeed, ballsy design, would look great on a M3 or the like. Very impressive.
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Have always loved the Screwmount version, can't wait for tha M ...
Looks Beautiful in both versions ...Blk & Chrome

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Old 01-31-2013   #9
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Today is the first day of CP+, the annual photographic industry expo here in Japan. I suppose the new CV lenses were announced there!

http://www.cpplus.jp/

Very interesting styling on the Nokton. Very reminiscent of the vintage (1950s) LTM Nokton 50/1.5
Indeed, see here: http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/n...31_585912.html

It seems the body design is a quotation of the rare 50/1.5 that was made in M39 mount in the 50ies, compare http://www.cameraquest.com/vgtnok.htm
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Check http://www.cameraquest.com/vgtnok.htm for a closer look at the 1950s original.

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I have and love the LTM version and normally don't get too excited by M mount versions of CV LTM's but this may be an exception. What a beauty in chrome.
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What a bloody stupid design for a focussing ring.
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Old 01-31-2013   #13
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I would love a very good 50mm f/1.4.
Not sure I like the focus ring (looks nice, but I'm not sure how it behaves in real life)
I think I see a 0.8 on the focus ring. It may focus down to 0.7, or maybe only to 0.8...
anyway, a long waited lens (with the Zeiss 2013 elusive creature)
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That chrome 50 mil Nokton is the cat's meow !

It sure looks nice.

It would look extremely good on a Leica IIIf if it was ever made in LTM.
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Old 01-31-2013   #15
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That's a wrap!

If they managed to make it somewhat smaller, that would be great.

It is pretty much one of the best 50s out there regardless of manufacturer.
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Ahhh shucks! I already have three 50's, two of which are faster than this, but you can't have too many 50's.
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Swank! I think the chrome lens looks great. Classic: want but don't need. - Ben
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Old 01-31-2013   #18
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I thought I was through with buying lenses for now but ..... the chrome Nokton really gets my GAS going. Besides, I haven't bought anything from Stephen in a long time.

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Old 01-31-2013   #19
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Both looks good!
Just in time when I am looking for a fast 50.
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Old 01-31-2013   #20
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Nice - we've been awaiting this for a long time (based purely upon rumours). The 42.5mm f0.95 for MFT looks really interesting too.
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Old 01-31-2013   #21
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Great stuff, now please do the 35/1.7 ultron as well.

These two lenses have been amongst the greatest Cosina made.
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Oh oh oh - just when I thought that I was done buying any new gear this year...... Do I really need another 50 though?
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Yup, a total homage to the distinctive LTM version of the original German Nokton. Just like most of the ZM lenses they make for Zeiss pay tribute to the lenses for the Contarex.

Would be sweet if the new Nokton could share accessories w/the original from the '50s (those hoods are hard to find), but I doubt that will be the case because of the size of the modern lens.

BTW, ruby.monkey, the design may appear stupid, but the focus ring works quite well in practice.

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Indeed, see here: http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/n...31_585912.html

It seems the body design is a quotation of the rare 50/1.5 that was made in M39 mount in the 50ies, compare http://www.cameraquest.com/vgtnok.htm
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My patience has been rewarded. Here's hoping good things about the lens.
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if the onion rings are gone, I will seriously get one. i loved mine and it's so incredibly sharp wide open! looking forward to it, gotta love what Cosina is doing. now, lets hope on the price tag..
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Old 01-31-2013   #26
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hope it's not limited edition version. I will buy the chrome one.
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What a beautiful design for that 50/1.5, so different from all the other Voigtlander
I have to agree. Beautiful lens. I wonder if it'll be in the $500-600 range.
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Seems everyones going to want the chrome one
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nice, very nice, looks like the old voigtlander LTM design from barrel the one which is now so overpriced on the bay 4k+ or so.... put this on my wishlist, the m43 is nice too for the fourthirds-sensor crowd.
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damn was hoping the 42.5mm f/0.95 was M mount too lol.
if the 50 1.5 is around 500-600, I'm definitely getting one and an M3 to compliment it
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I thought I was through with buying lenses for now but ..... the chrome Nokton really gets my GAS going. Besides, I haven't bought anything from Stephen in a long time.

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What a bloody stupid design for a focussing ring.
Hmmm ... it does look a bit strange! Seems kind of narrow and knobby.
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I have too many fifties, but this one may be hard to resist. I had the screwmount version and loved the optics, but sold it b/c of the large size.
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I saw this lens in a variety of finishes in September last year. It is plain gorgeous - and that focus ring is slick, with a good grip on on it. The original Prominent 50f1.5 is by many considered one of the best 50's made in that era.
It is marginally smaller than the screw-mount version, focusses down to 0.7m. Optical formula is the same as the Nokton 50f1.5 in LTM mount - which is as good as it gets in 50 mm lenses (at least in the sub $3500 bracket). If I remember right it is a 49 mm filter thread (versus the 50f1.5's 52 mm).
It looks even better "in the flesh" so to speak - and it really looks good on a M2 (tried it on one of mine). Fits well in the hand too and with the focus ring being very distinct, you can shift focus quickly. Truly a classic look. I know, the looks of a lens should not make any difference - but if you can combine good looks with stellar performance - why not.
From what I gathered, it is not a limited edition - it is a production item. Dont know when it will be available yet.
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Thanks for the info Tom!

Chrome for me.
i'll be keeping my much loved LTM version as well!
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Again, thanks Tom. This may be (may being the important work) the last M lens I will buy. The reasonable size and .7 minimum focus distance along with the same optical formula as the LTM 50 Nokton are the points which are important to me.
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I have a hard time finding a review of the LTM version of this lens, although I heard about focus shift and quality control issues regarding the mechanics, sometimes starting to fall apart after half a year (no offense...)

I suppose they fixed the latter but is there a proper review of the lens? since it was so cheap I guess many didnt bother reviewing
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Tom A has been working behind the scenes on the new M mount 50/1.5 with Mr. Kobayashi for about a year.

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That is really slick looking! Maybe I'll need a 50mm lens soon
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I have a hard time finding a review of the LTM version of this lens, although I heard about focus shift and quality control issues regarding the mechanics, sometimes starting to fall apart after half a year (no offense...)

I suppose they fixed the latter but is there a proper review of the lens? since it was so cheap I guess many didnt bother reviewing
This lens has been around for a long time (2000) and most of the testing was done at that time. It was better than the last version of the pre-Asph Summilux (E.Puts) and as for problems, I dont know of any significant ones. It has a tendency to "brass" quickly in the black version.
It was also the first 50mm lens with two aspherical surfaces on the same element. It is about as good as it gets with a fast 50.
I have two of them, one is a LTM version and the other a S mount for Nikon Rf's and it's only rival is the $3500+ Summilux Aspherical. I have that one too - but the Nokton gets more use!
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