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Voigtländer Nocton 42.5mm f/0.95 review

Voigtländer Nocton 42.5mm f/0.95 lens - one of the most boxy and aperture portraits on the micra 4/3 system.

This lens gives a strong background blur and naturally has its own unique pattern.

The Voigtländer brand is one of the pioneers of the photography industry along with Carl Zeiss and Leica. They produce high quality manual optics. Film medium format cameras were also produced in the past. You can hear more about the history of this brand in my video review at the end of the article.

Thanks to the Ukrainian store Profotosale I had the opportunity to test this lens with a camera Olympus EP-L10.

In my tests, I compared the degree and quality of the background blur of the Voigtländer Nocton 42.5mm f/0.95 with analogs on systems with larger sensors:

The results are as follows:

42.5 vs 50 f1.2 vs 85 f1.8More tests in the video review

At first glance, they all do a good job of blurring the background. But there are features.

If you're shooting at close range, the Voigtländer Nocton 42.5mm f/0.95 is very nice and blurs the background a lot. But at distances of 3 meters or more, the bokeh becomes ragged and not as soft as crop or full-frame lenses with a smaller aperture. It is also worth noting that the 85mm f1.8 at full frame is ahead of all lenses in comparison in terms of background blur.

Optical qualities Voigtländer Nocton 42.5mm f/0.95

At f0.95, the lens is somewhat soft. You can’t call it soapy, but covering the aperture gives a noticeable jump in sharpness. So, already at f1.4, the sharpness becomes very good, and at f2.0 it’s just perfect.

At f0.95, there are chromatic aberrations that can appear in some shooting scenarios. But not always.

The lens can focus at a distance of 23 cm, which makes it possible to photograph very close, almost macro. The quality of such shooting is very high in the center, but frankly lame at the edges. Also, when shooting at a minimum focusing distance, chromatic aberrations appear even at closed apertures. The lens is clearly not designed for macro.

External Features

The Voigtländer 42.5mm f/0.95 is very well put together. This is not a lightweight lens with a metal body. Its weight is 571 grams.

VOIGTLANDER nocton 42.5 f0.95 -1It is relatively compact, but very tightly built. Lots of glass inside. So, for example, Viltrox 85mm f1.8, although larger in size, is even slightly lighter in weight (531 grams).

When used on a compact camera like the Olympus EP-L10, you end up with an unbalanced and uncomfortable design.

VOIGTLANDER nocton 42.5 f0.95 olympus ep-l10

The lens greatly outweighs forward. Holding such a combo in your hands is inconvenient.

The focus ring is very smooth. Focusing, despite f/0.95, is relatively easy.

Aperture ring with clicks. Diameter for filters 58mm. The cover is plastic.

This is how the Voigtländer 42.5mm f/0.95 looks like relatively similar crop lenses. Of these, he is the heaviest.

42.5 vs 50 f1.2 vs 56 f1.4

Video review of the Voigtländer Nocton 42.5mm f/0.95: