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:

NIKKOR-Z-800mm-f6.3VRS

New Nikkor Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S Super Telephoto Lens

In April 2022, the lens was presented Nikkor Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S for mirrorless cameras on the system Nikon Z-mount.

The feature of the novelty is a significant reduction in weight relative to the mirror counterpart Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f / 5.6E FL ED VR.

The mirrorless Nikkor Z 800mm f/6.3 weighs 2385g, the DSLR Nikkor 800mm f/5.6 weighs 4590g. Weight reduction by 48%, and in price by almost 3 times (!). The price for the novelty is $6500, the old one costs about $16000.

In the course of the changes, the new super-telephoto lost a little aperture (f6.3 vs f5.6) and became slightly shorter (by 16%). These results were achieved thanks to the use of a phase Fresnel lens (PF).

The lens is equipped with an optical stabilization system that compensates for 5 exposure levels.

Technical parameters of Nikkor Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S:

  • Focal length - 800 mm;
  • Aperture - f / 6,3–f / 32;
  • Optical design - 22 elements in 14 groups, including a PF element, 3 ED elements and an SR element;
  • Focusing - automatic with a stepper drive;
  • Minimum focusing distance - 5 m;
  • Number of aperture blades - 9;
  • Maximum magnification - 0,16x;
  • Dimensions: diameter - 140 mm, length - 385 mm;
  • Mass - 2385

The lens accepts 46mm filters.

By the way, 800mm is the longest telephoto lens in the Nikon optics line. To see even further, you can use teleconverters and/or shoot in crop mode on full-frame cameras. So, if you wish, you can make a real telescope out of the camera.

nikon-800mm-f-6-3-lens

About the lightness of the lens in 2.4kg

In almost all reviews of this lens, they sing odes to it for how light and compact it is. Obviously, Nikon's marketing department woke up and bloggers and news portals were told to convey a key message to the audience - "look how light it is«.

As a result, you can watch another happy blogger running around with Nikon z9 (weight 1340gr) and compact lightweight Nikkor Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S (weight 2,4kg) and repeats how easy it is to hold in your hands. Or a fragile girl to aim at a bird with THIS. Seriously? The camera with a total weight of 3,7 kg is never easy to hold in your hands. You can hardly even stand for 15 minutes with this, tracking down some kind of bird. Yes, the lens in its class has noticeably lost weight. Relative to the previous model - yes, it is easier. But objectively, by that not easy to walk/shoot at all. I can say from my own experience, for such a combo as Canon R5 + Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L you can easily shoot for 15-20 minutes, then you really want to take a monopod / tripod. And this is only 2.2kg. Here we are talking about much heavier and overall equipment.

I understand that 800mm is cool, no doubt about it. But anyway, 800mm f/6.3 means using a tripod. If you set the task to shoot hand-held with such a focal length, then you should look to the side Canon RF 800mm f11. With that lens (1260gr) it’s more realistic to walk back and forth and shoot handheld. Of course, there is a big difference between f6.3 and f11 and these are lenses from different categories. However, I have questions about the "lightness" of the optics weighing 2.4kg.

Plus, you should keep in mind that with such a focal length it is difficult aim from hands. It is clear that there is good optical stabilization, it goes without saying for optics of this class. But for 800mm it still begs tripod.

Overall

The 800mm prime lens is very specific. Thinking about buying such optics is only for those who know exactly what they will do with it. Scope of application - photo-hunting for birds, small animals, shooting wild animals at a distance, shooting airplanes (spotting). For most other applications, this focal length is excessively long.

All in all, it's great that Nikon develops a line of mirrorless optics. This is good for both the brand and the market as a whole.

Viltrox RF 85mm f1.8

Best portrait lens for Canon R - Viltrox RF 85mm f1.8 STM

Viltrox RF 85mm f1.8 STM - full frame lens for mirrorless cameras. Available for Canon R, Nikon Z, Fujifilm X cameras.

I purchased this lens for Canon EOS-R5 and was very pleased. It is very sharp, has a good autofocus system, is made of metal and worth adequate money.

For a long time I have used Canon EF 85mm f1.8 , so chromatics in the open is strongly associated with this focal length for me. The Viltrox 85mm f1.8 makes me wean myself from this inconvenience. Chromatic aberrations are practically absent here. They can appear in some specific conditions, but more often than not you will not think about them.

Sample photos on Canon R5 + Viltrox RF 85mm f1.8:

I also had an inexpensive lens on my review. Meike 85mm f1.8, which generally left a positive impression. Sharp and also practically without chromaticity. But the autofocus system leaves a lot to be desired, plus a flimsy plastic body. If you are on a tight budget, you can get the Meike 85mm f1.8 and you will be happy with the result. But if you're a Canon mirrorless user and want a really good lens, then Viltrox RF 85mm f1.8 - exactly that case. He not only shoots well, but also fits nicely in the hand and balances well on the camera. I did not find any obvious flaws in this model.

Viltrox 85mm f1.8 price on AliExpress

Video review:

Also read review on crop lenses Viltrox for Fujifilm