Cosina-Voigtländer is on a roll at the moment, with new lenses coming out thick and fast, whether for M-mount, E-mount, micro four-thirds or SLR mounts. Less than a fortnight since we reviewed the older Voigtländer 50mm f/1.1 Nokton the Japanese company has announced yet another 50mm VM optic, this time with the increasingly popular f/1.2 maximum aperture. The new 50 mm VOIGTLÄNDER NOKTON f/1.2 ASPH was launched this week at the 2018 CP+ Show in Japan.
There are now three fast VM 50s in the lineup, the f/1.1 and f/1.5, plus the interesting and pretty vintage-style 50mm f/3.5. The lens is compact but will offer high performance and be capable achieving an impressive bokeh effect.
Despite the new design, it retains the classic external appearance, including the scolloped focus ring, that we liked so much on the older f/1.1.
From the picture, this new lens looks very similar to its sibling, the 40mm f/1.2 Nokton, a lens which has proved extremely popular. If the new nifty fifty is as good, it is likely to be another big success for for Cosina.
The 40mm Nokton-VM, which has been around for several months, is itself a very interesting proposition, straddling as it does the two common focal lengths of 35mm and 50mm — an ideal choice, perhaps, for the indecisive among us. We are hoping to get our hands on one for review in the near future.