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FM Review of the Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 Nokton Oct 16, 2017
Ongoing Review of the Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 Nokton
This is an ongoing review of the CV 40/1.2 Nokton lens. I received it yesterday and so far, I was able to test it at infinity distance. I also compared it to the Voigtlander 35mm f/1.7 Ultron with a PCX (Plano-convex) front-lens side-by-side.

This thread will be updated with many other tests like OOF rendering, CA, Coma and sunstar rendition.

The US price for the Nokton 40mm f/1.2 was just announced at $1,059. It's not a cheap lens but it's designed with four aspherical surfaces as seen in this diagram:

It's now in stock!

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Update: This Ongoing Review is now complete. Here is a summary with links to the tests and samples images:
  1. Resolution and Contrast at infinity distance
  2. Field Curvature
  3. Chromatic Aberration (LaCA)
  4. Focus shift
  5. Sunstar Redering
  6. Flare performance
  7. Coma performance
  8. Purple fringing control (LoCA)
  9. Rendering at Mid-distance
  10. Final thoughts
  11. Sample images 1
  12. Sample images 2
  13. Sample images 3
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Oct 13th - Featured Thread Winners! Oct 14, 2017
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Landscape Photographer:
Late Summer White Sands by Klaus Priebe

Nature & Wildlife:
Tanagers of Costa Rica by juankgigo

People Photography:
Just Yesterday by Pavel

DxOmark: FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM, Highest-rated wide-angle zoom Oct 13, 2017
DxOmark: FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM, Highest-rated wide-angle zoom
DxOmark says the new Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM lens is a the highest-rated wide-angle zoom ever tested.

"The new Sony FE 16-35mm lens reaches new scoring heights in the category of wide-angle zoom lenses, as well as a category record score for Sharpness — both when compared to other E-mount lenses and to what is possible with high-end lenses for other mounts. When shot on the Sony A7R II body, it scores 42 Overall, with a Sharpness score of 34. Obviously some of the strength of its results is due to the quality of the Sony A7R II body we used for testing, but it requires a top-of-the-line lens to bring the best out of a top-notch camera body."

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Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM:
B&H Photo | Adorama


FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Main features:
  1. Two Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  2. Three Aspherical and Two XA Elements
  3. Nano AR and Fluorine Coatings
  4. Two Direct Drive SSM AF Groups
  5. Focus Hold Button, AF/MF Switch
  6. Angle of View: 107° - 63°
  7. Minimum Focus Distance 11.02" (28 cm)
  8. Magnification: 0.62x
  9. Elements/Groups: 16 / 13
  10. Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction
  11. Eleven-Blade Circular Diaphragm
  12. Filter Thread: 82 mm
  13. Dimensions (DxL): Approx. 3.48 x 4.79" (88.5 x 121.6 mm)
  14. Weight: 1.50 lb (680 g)

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Voigtlander macro 65/2 apo-lanthar user review Oct 12, 2017
Voigtlander macro 65/2 apo-lanthar user review
The Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F/2 Apsherical lens, a brief User Review:

I was asked by another forum to write a brief user review. I thought I would share the article here. This is my first attempt writing something like this. I suspect that those who have followed the various threads on this lens will learn little, and many of the images below have been posted on this forum before. But I thought it might be of interest as another summary of experiences and offer it for that purpose. To that end, what follows are some observations I have made as one of the earlier adopters of this lens and also informed by some excellent contributions by other users here and reviewers including the fine contemporaneous observations and review made by Phillip Reeve here and on his site..
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Weekly Assignment 782 winner: Jwparksiv Oct 11, 2017

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Official: Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 Nokton for $1,059 Oct 10, 2017
In stock! Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.2 for $1,059
The US price for the new Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.2 for the Sony E-mount was just announced at $1,059.

Update: The new Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 Nokton is now in stock for $1,059

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Here are the main specifications:
  1. E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  2. Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/22
  3. Two Aspherical Elements
  4. Manual Focus Design
  5. Minimum Focus Distance: 1.1'
  6. Manual Aperture Ring Can Be De-Clicked
  7. 10-Blade Diaphragm
  8. Contacts Transfer Exif Data
  9. Filter Thread: 58 mm
  10. Dimensions (DxL): Approx. 2.76 x 2.33" (70.1 x 59.3 mm)
  11. Weight: 14.82 oz (420 g)

Reviews & Sample Images:
  1. FM Review
  2. @DavidBM review at
  3. https://news.mapcamera
  4. RAW file samples and Jpeg gallery from FMer @Juha Kannisto
  5. Long thread about the CV 40/1.2 E-mount
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Oct 6th - Featured Thread Winners! Oct 07, 2017
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Lofoten Islands by jord217

Nature & Wildlife:
No Fishy No Honey - The Male and Female Belted Kingfishers Aerial Battle by Thao_Nguyen

People Photography:
Dance/fashion by Numfar

Weekly Assignment 781 winner: Steve Spencer Oct 04, 2017

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LensRentals: MTF Tests for Batis 18mm and 135mm f/2.8 Lenses Oct 02, 2017
LensRentals: MTF Tests  for Batis 18mm and 135mm f/2.8 Lenses
@RCicala at LensRentals just posted MTF and Variance Testing for the Batis 18mm f/2.8 and 135mm f/2.8 lenses.

Here is an except from Roger's test:

"The Batis are generally excellent lenses, reasonably small to carry around, and, by FE mount standards not ridiculously high in price. So I finally got around to testing both of them and thought I’d just combine things into a single post."

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Update: Currently, B&H Photo and Adorama are selling the Batis 135/2.8 and Batis 18/2.8 at a discount.

Batis 135/2.8 APO:

B&H Photo | Adorama

Batis 18mm f/2.8:

B&H Photo | Adorama
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Monthly Assignment 160 winner: bobbytan Oct 01, 2017

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Sep 29th - Featured Thread Winners! Sep 30, 2017
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The Cable Route of Half Dome at Night by kurt765

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Last Ecuador shots before my trip! by juankgigo

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Weekly Assignment 780 winner: Danpbphoto Sep 27, 2017

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Sep 22nd - Featured Thread Winners! Sep 23, 2017
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New TechArt AF adapter: Canon EF to Fujifilm GFX unveiled! Sep 20, 2017
New TechArt AF adapter: Canon EF to Fujifilm GFX unveiled!

Guangzhou China, Sep 20, 2017 – The innovative adapter developer, Techart, who has previously launched the first autofocus adapter for manual lenses, has unveiled the world’s first Autofocus adapter for Canon EF lenses & Fujifilm GFX 50S camera. The Techart EF-GFX adapter provides autofocus function as well as in-body aperture control for using Canon /Sigma EF-mount lenses on the Fujifilm GFX body.

Techart has tested extensively on the modern Canon / Sigma EF-mount lenses in the market and found the autofocus performance on the GFX is satisfactory. Aperture of the lenses can also be adjusted on the camera by simply turning the command dial. The EF-GFX adapter currently supports AF-S mode for shooting and supports the lens Image Stabilization function (if applicable). Focal length and aperture data will also be saved into the adapter.

Techart is also working to unlock the AF-C and video-shooting feature. It is expected to be seen in future firmware release. The firmware of the adapter is user-upgradable and can be done by simply plugging the adapter into a computer via the Micro USB cable and running the update program.
The short flange distance of Fujifilm GFX 50S provides a perfect platform for adapting different mount lenses. Although not every one of the full frame EF-mount lenses has a big enough image circle to cover the GFX sensor, Techart EF-GFX adapter still opens up a wide range of lenses options for GFX users to consider.


Pricing and Availability:

The Techart Canon EF – Fujifilm GFX Autofocus Adapter is currently available for pre-order at our official website ( The recommended retail price is USD 499/pc. Free shipping will be provided during the promotion period.
Delivery will commence from mid Oct onwards. 1-year warranty is included.

Introduction Video

  1. Review by Jonas Rask
  2. Product details page
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Weekly Assignment 779 winner: Herb Sep 20, 2017

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Price drop: Zeiss Batis and Loxia lenses Sep 18, 2017
Price drop: Zeiss Batis and Loxia lenses
Zeiss Batis and Loxia lenses are currently being sold at a discount at B&H Photo. (Add to cart for lower price)
Some lenses also have 4% Rewards on top of the discount.

Here is a link showing all Batis and Loxia lenses with a lower price:

List of discounted Zeiss Batis and Loxia lenses
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FotodioX PRONTO: Leica M-Mount to Sony E-Mount with AF! Sep 18, 2017
FotodioX PRONTO Leica M-Mount Lens to Sony E-Mount!
There is an alternative to TechArt Pro (TAP) in town. It's called "FotodioX PRONTO" and offer similar functionality while supporting lenses weighing up to 1.5 lb (680g).

Order FotodioX PRONTO today:

UPDATE: Link to this item was removed. There is compelling evidence this is a TechArt Pro clone and intellectually property was compromised.
See here:

From Fotodiox:
Transform your all-manual Leica M-mount lenses into fresh autofocus glass for your Sony mirrorless camera with the PRONTO Leica M-Mount Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera Autofocus Adapter from Fotodiox. Offering compatibility with the phase detection autofocus (PDAF) system on the a7 II, a7R II, a9, a6300, and a6500, this adapter has a mechanism to physically shift the lens position up to 4.5mm on the Z axis, enabling autofocus even on manual focus lenses. This adapter will support both AF-S and AF-C focusing modes and if the lens is set to its close-focus position, this adapter's extension can be used to get macro capabilities. In addition, users can adapt various lenses to the Leica M-mount, allowing you to gain AF with nearly any SLR lens.
  1. Leica M Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera
  2. Works with Full-Frame & APS-C Formats
  3. Supports a7 II, a7R II, a9, a6300, a6500
  4. Shifts Lens up to 4.5mm with Autofocus
  5. Supports PDAF with AF-S & AF-C Modes
  6. Improves Close Focusing Ability
  7. Ideal for 50mm and Wider Focal Lengths
  8. Compatible with 5-Axis Stabilization
  9. Drives Lenses Weighing up to 1.5 lb
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Sep 15th - Featured Thread Winners! Sep 16, 2017
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A Magical Confluence by tmiller9

Nature & Wildlife:
Catch of the day by TimMunsey

People Photography:
fun on a ranch by Jonathan Brady

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