Voigtlander Reveals New Ultra-Compact Fuji Lens
The latest lens release from Voigtlander is small enough to fit in a compact coat pocket and has an aperture of f/0.9.
This new lens is called the Nokton 35mm f/0.9 and it offers manual focus along with several other specialized features. With this in mind, it’s exclusive to Fuji X-mount cameras.
Despite the lack of AF, it does include electronic contact points that allow parallax correction, In-body image stabilization (IBIS), and EXIF data transmission from the lens with compatible Fuji cameras.
Voigtlander has also given the new Nokton a very compact build with a length of no more than 64.9mm and a width of just 72.7mm. It’s also reasonably light-weight at 492g or 1.08 lbs.
Inside this compact body is a 12-blade diaphragm and the already-mentioned, surprisingly large f/0.9 aperture. This of course means that the new Nokton should deliver excellent bokeh.
Compared to many other lenses with similar aperture and effective focal lengths, the Nokton 35mm f/0.9 is remarkably small and light.
The Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/0.9 includes a ground aspherical front element and a double-sided internal aspherical element.
What’s more, according to Voigtlander, using a ground front element instead of a molded model also let the manufacturer shape the glass with a higher refractive index for maximal image sharpness.
Overall, the lens, despite its compact size, offers 10 elements in 8 groups inside an all-metal lens body.
The new Nokton lens’s focus ring also delivers an “accurate feel” according to Voigtlander. This of course isn’t just a neat bonus feature but a crucial detail instead. Given its f/0.9 aperture, it has an extremely shallow depth of field with a short focal length.
Basically, without built-in AF in the Nokton 35mm f/0.9, you might need a long-travel focus ring, to avoid easily slipping out of your focal plane with even slightly too much focus ring rotation.
Voigtlander has built its new Nokton 35mm f/0.9 lens exclusively for Fujifilm X mount cameras and if you’re interested, it’s unfortunately only available for pre-order in the UK, at least so far, for £1,199.00. U.S. availability should come sooner or later though.