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got my voigtlander 58mm f/1.4 today

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by mikechang, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. mikechang


    Jun 9, 2008
    San Diego


    i love the coating color glows red :biggrin:

    I've used 35mm f/2, 50mm f/1.8 on D40 before, the focusing ring is just not comparable to these, way toooo good, and easy to MF too.
    the build quality is also very nice compare to Nikon lower end primes. (I've never owned a AF-S prime, so can't compare)

    the bokeh is pretty amazing on this lens, though i wouldn't rate it as "creamy", but just personal opinion.

    i found it's a little soft wide open, but still usable for my taste.

    here are some bad samples i took after i got my lens yesterday.
    hopefully more to come this weekend



  2. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    very nice Mike ...congrats...;-)
  3. The Voigtlander is a lovely lens! I had a sharp copy of the Nikkor 50/1.8 and the Nokton was sharper at every aperture...

    I also had a Nikkor 50/1.2 AI-S to compare, and again the Voigtlander turned out to be sharper - even at 1.4. The 50/1.2 has smoother bokeh at 1.4, but at f/2 and down I prefer the Voigtlander bokeh. I ended up selling my 50/1.2 as well :smile:

    Now I just need more time to take photos...


  4. mfletch


    Jul 16, 2007
    Pretty amazing piece of glass you got there. I have had the 40 f/2 in my cart several times and never went through with the sale. I like it for the size/performance for the FM2n.
  5. Nice lens. I would like to see more. I am considering it.
  6. mikechang


    Jun 9, 2008
    San Diego
    I'm still learning how to focus well with this lens.
    i've seen many "soft" photos by this lens, but i personally think it's mainly due to focusing problems.
    with its depth of field, if you mis-focused a little bit, the subject would be blurry already..
    so i have to focus DEAD ON







    this is a good lens for low light condition in my opinion... (at lease among all the lenses i own..)
    but i just can't use it properly yet...
    need to learn some focusing skills
    if you think the pictures are bad, it's cuz i can't use it right.... :frown:

    i think some photos does look a bit soft...
    and it does suffer from some purple fringing problem
    but after re-sizing them, it's harder to tell (isn't that always the case? haha)
  7. post some more! :) 
  8. Cool! Its a nice lens, a bit soft wide open at a distance, performs better upclose imo.
  9. mikechang


    Jun 9, 2008
    San Diego
    Went to Coronado Island 2 days ago....
    thought maybe i can update some more pics in this thread






    this lens is really sharp from f/2 and on IMO
    and for f/1.4, you just gotta focus right since the DOF is so shallow....
  10. nice shots
    congrats on the lens
    a very nice hunk of glass

    can't wait to see many more images
  11. lazijay


    Jul 27, 2008
    Salinas, CA
    I'd love to see more pictures as well!
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