Nokton 50mm F1.1?

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  1. davela

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    There is an interesting claim being made over at RFF that Cosina is about to announce an M mount 50mm F1.1 lens. Does anyone else have any factual information about this?
     
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    It is official... Tom Abrahamsson photographed with the new CV Nokton 50mm f1.1 when he was in Japan in March. Pricing is around $1100USD but no word on delivery.

    Here is a link to a set of photos taken by Tom A. with the new Nokton 50/1.1 - Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f1.1
     
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    Why oh why don't they do such things for SLRs.....Then again, maybe I am being greedy. How much faster is this than 1.2, really....and it is not THAT much cheaper than the Canon 1.2, and actually more expensive than the brand new Nikon 1.2.
     
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    Isn't it a half stop or something?
     
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    There is information (in Japanese) on Cosina's Web site, including a photo.

    An interesting lens, but do you really need f/1.1? I suppose you do if you shoot a lot at night. Otherwise, this is about bragging rights, which means they should sell a lot of them.
     
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    I would definitely use f/1 a lot if I had it...but not with a rangefinder. The proplem is almost no D of F coupled with a rangefinder's focusing precision. That's why I say I wish it was an SLR lens instead.
     
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    According to the Wikipedia article on f stops, this is 1/3 stop slower than an f/1.0 lens, and 1/3 stop faster than an f/1.2 lens. f/1.2 is also one of the numbers used for a half-stop progression, however, so it could only be 1/6 stop difference from the Nikon and Canon f/1.2 lenses.

    As far as t stops, which are what really matters as far as how much light a lens can pass to the film, who knows.

    For instance, the Canon EF 200mm f/2.0 IS passes 2/3 stop less light than the 200mm f/1.8, even though the f numbers say that the difference should only be 1/3 stop. The IS lens has more elements.
     
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    My thought progression went like this:
    "OH MY GOD I WANT ONE"
    "...why?"
    "maybe when the exchange rate is a bit better"

    Certainly be a lot of fun though, it's on the wish list. And a good move on Voigtlander's part to challenge the noctilux's standing without having to re-mortgaging the house.
     
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    A properly adjusted rangefinder on a camera like an M3 will likely give you a sharper result than if you tried focusing an f/1 with an SLR. I use a Noct with an M3 all the time, and the focusing accuracy is no issue at all. I can't say the same thing when focusing wide open using even a 1.4 on my Nikon F2.

     
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    Clay,

    I would agree... my 'hit-rate' with the M5 and Nokton 35/1.2 is better than the Nikon FM2 with the Nikkor 35mm f1.4.
     
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    :D

    Exactly the same feeling here!

    Good to see Voigtlander taking the advice from its users. A year ago or so there was a thread on the rangefinder forum about what folks would like Voigtlander do next lenswise.

    The overwhelming majority asked for a kickass-wide 50mm.
    I reckon this was the result. Couldn't have been better!
     
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    Any MTF graphs for the lens. Will be interesting to see how it compares to other fast RF lens: Leica f1.0, f0.95, the old f1.2 and the Konica f1.2.
     
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    This looks like it would be fun to use.
    -Rob
     
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    From the pictures I've seen on Flickr it looks to me that the 1.2 Noc beats it out, albeit 50 v 35mm.

    I also don't think very much of the DOF of this lens, again, from what I've seen. I'm planning on purchasing the 1.2 this week and this 1.1 is not even a consideration, even if they were the same price.
    That may be unfair, but as far as the images, on a M8, not scanned, not close.
     
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    I cannot wait. Are there any other ways to get it in the US, other than from Gandy? I've had bad experiences with him in the past.

    Bill
     
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    Photo Village in New York is the only other factory authorized Cosina Voigtlander dealer in the USA. They'll likely sell the 1.1