Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Cosina Voigtlander Nokton 25mm F0.95 lens. Usually we don't rush through product testing in a day, but due to the vendor's request (the lens is selling like hotcakes at his store), we had no choice but to put it through its paces within a couple of hours of getting it.
Announced two months ago, the Nokton lens has since been eagerly awaited by enthusiasts. The reason is its super-wide F0.95 aperture, which renders creamy-looking bokeh and the ability to take low-light shots with faster shutter speeds. The focal length of the optics, when fitted on a Micro Four Thirds shooter, is 50mm.
The lens barrel is constructed entirely out of metal and it feels really solid. It's heavy, too, tipping the scales at 410g (just under a pound). The Nokton is a manual-focus optics, so you have to rely on your eye to gauge whether the subject is in focus. The focusing ring is smooth, and turns almost 360 degrees to focus from about 7 inches to infinity. Hence, it may take you awhile to switch focus from a closeup subject to something far away. … Read more