Voigtländer Nokton 17.5mm f0.95 MFT - Cosina has followed up its super-fast fifty for the Micro Four Thirds format with another f0.95 Voigtländer Nokton prime lens… this time with the added appeal of being a wide-angle.
If you’re still tossing up which compact system camera (CSC) format to adopt, the ever-widening choice of lenses available for the Micro Four Thirds models has to be an important consideration. Apart from the highly active lens programs of both Olympus and Panasonic – the former, in particular, introducing some superb classically-styled primes – there are contributions from Sigma, Tamron, Voigtländer and, soon, Zeiss. Among the new mount systems, MFT is undoubtedly the best served for lenses from ultra-modern, ultra-compact powered zooms to ‘old school’ glass such as Voigtländer’s latest ultra-fast Nokton.
The 17.5mm f0.95 model follows the earlier 25mm, giving the choice of a standard 35mm wide-angle as an alternative to the classic ‘fast fifty’ (MFT’s focal length magnification factor being 1.97x). It is very much the antithesis of the compact zooms and pancake primes that are currently in vogue for the CSCs; being big, heavy and virtually entirely free of any plastics in its construction. That said, it doesn’t seem at all out of place on Panasonic’s SLR-style Lumix bodies – especially the big-is-better GH3 – nor on Olympus’s E-M5 whose OM-inspired styling nicely compliments the Voigtländer’s traditional control collars and engraved markings.
At over half a kilogram, the 17.5mm f0.95 is a weighty beast by today’s standards, but that’s because the barrel tubes are all metal and the lens elements are all glass (plus the mount is stainless steel). It’s made in Japan by Cosina which owns the rights to the Voigtländer name, and also builds lenses for a number of other equally famous brands via OEM arrangements that are closely-guarded secrets.
Thank-you for looking up our Voigtländer Nokton 17.5mm f0.95 MFT Review. This equipment review is currently available only as a low-resolution pdf version of the original magazine pages originally printed in the March / April 2013 issue.
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