Voigtlander Nokton Aspherical 35mm f/1.2 Lens II Review

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Having used the Leica T for the majority of 2015, I decided to upgrade my personal camera to the Leica M (Type 240). Not that the Leica T wasn’t an excellent camera but the Leica M (Type 240) has a full frame sensor and greater dynamic range than the Leica T.

Now the big decision… what lens to purchase for the Leica M (Type 240)? Do I purchase a Leica Summilux or maybe a Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon lens? Well I decided to get the faster 35mm rangefinder lens on the market, the Voigtlander Nokton Aspherical 35mm f/1.2 Lens II. And let me tell you, I’m blown away at the versatility of the lens both for low light and landscape photography. Wide open at f/1.2, the sharpness and depth of field are outstanding. And at f/11, the edge-to-edge sharpness is ideal for my landscape photography. In addition, the lenses bokeh is very smooth and flare is minimum shooting into the sun.

The Voigtlander Nokton Aspherical 35mm f/1.2 Lens II cost $999.00, which is a bargain, based on the outstanding image quality the lens produces on the Leica M (Type 240). The Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH Lens is currently priced at $4,532.00 so the cost savings by purchasing the Voigtländer Nokton is $3,500.00. I might just rent the Leica Summilux lens to do a comparison with the Voigtländer Nokton. I have a funny feeling the Voigtländer Nokton will give the Leica Summilux a run for it’s money.

The images below were captured using the Voigtlander Nokton Aspherical 35mm f/1.2 Lens II and Leica M (Type 240). The RAW files were processed using Capture One Pro 8.

Voigtlander Nokton Aspherical 35mm f/1.2 Lens II

Downtown Sacramento’s Crest Theater – Leica M (Type 240) with the Voigtlander Nokton Aspherical 35mm f/1.2 Lens II @ f/1.2

Voigtländer 35mm f/1.2 II Lens

American Canyon Trail outside Cool, California – Leica M (Type 240) with the Voigtlander Nokton Aspherical 35mm f/1.2 Lens II @ f/1.2

Voigtländer 35mm f/1.2 II Lens

American Canyon Trail outside Cool, California – Leica M (Type 240) with the Voigtlander Nokton Aspherical 35mm f/1.2 Lens II @ f/1.2

I’m looking forward to using both the Leica M (Type 240) and Voigtlander Nokton Aspherical 35mm f/1.2 Lens II in 2016. The California snowpack is above average for 2016 so our hiking trips in the Desolation Wilderness will provide us with excellent landscape photography opportunities.

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