Cosina has unveiled an impressive addition to its lineup of lenses with the introduction of the Voigtlander Nokton 55mm f1.2 SL IIs. This manual lens, specially designed for Nikon F SLR cameras, comes equipped with electronic contacts that enable the transmission of EXIF data to the camera.
With its charming retro appearance reminiscent of the 1960s, the Nokton 55mm f1.2 SL IIs is not just about style. The lens boasts a wide f/1.2 aperture, allowing photographers to capture stunningly blurred backgrounds when shooting at larger apertures. Even at f/4, the lens maintains remarkable sharpness across the entire frame.
Crafted from sturdy metal, the lens body exudes durability. The focus and aperture rings are meticulously designed, featuring high-quality notches and finger-friendly grooves for ease of use.
The optical system of the Nokton 55mm F1.2 SLIIs adheres to a traditional design, consisting of seven lenses arranged in six groups. This optical configuration guarantees exceptional image quality with minimal distortion.
Price and availability
Excitingly, the lens is now available for pre-order on the Bhphotovideo.com online store, priced at $799. Mark your calendars for June 15, 2023, as that is when the lens will officially hit the market. Additionally, an optional lens hood, the LH-55, can be purchased separately for $69.
Voigtlander Nokton 55mm f1.2 SL IIs
- Focal Length: 55mm
- Maximum Aperture: f/1.2
- Minimum Aperture: f/16
- Lens Mount: Nikon F
- Lens Format Coverage: Full-Frame
- Angle of View: 43°
- Minimum Focus Distance: 1.5′ / 45 cm
- Optical Design: 7 Elements in 6 Groups
- Diaphragm Blades: 9
- Focus Type: Manual Focus
- Image Stabilization: No
- Front Filter Size: 52 mm
- Dimensions (ø x L): 2.7 x 1.9″ / 69 x 48.1 mm
- Weight: 12.9 oz / 365 g
In a similar vein, last year saw TTArtisan unveil their latest creation: the 11mm f2.8 Fisheye lens, compatible with Canon and Nikon DSLRs. Unlike its mirrorless counterpart, this lens boasts an impressive ten-aperture blade (seven for mirrorless cameras) and incorporates twelve elements arranged in ten groups (eleven elements in seven groups for mirrorless systems). While the minimum focusing distance has slightly increased to 0.25m, photographers can still revel in its expansive 180-degree full-frame view.