Initial Impression: Voigtländer 21 mm/1:1.4 Nokton E-mount lens

Ultra wide angle fast full frame E-mount lens

Voigtländer’s latest E-mount lens is an amazing super wide angle 21mm lens with a maximum aperture of f1.4!

This is a first look article focusing on the specifications, exterior as well as initial impressions regarding the lens.

The new Voigtländer 21mm / 1:1,4 Nokton is a completely new lens in the ultra wide angle focal length.

The lens is designed using 13 elements in eleven groups. The aspherical (distortion free) design also employs a floating element to maintain consistent image quality throughout the focusing range, from the minimum focusing distance to infinity. The aspheric elements ensure distortion-free images and help to suppress chromatic aberrations. Moreover, the optical design allows a compact built despite the large maximum aperture.

The minimum focusing distance of only 25 cm in combination with a maximum aperture of f/1.4 deliver a shallow depth of field and a beautiful, soft bokeh. The aperture changes in 1/3 steps, but can also be operated step- and noiseless. The electrical contacts transfer all relevant image information as EXIF data to the camera.  The focus-peaking function assists in accurate and precise focusing in difficult light.

This new Voigtländer E-mount lens is as usual very robust, manufactured completely with metal and glass. Besides its excellent workmanship, the lens stands out with its relatively low weight of only 560 grams – making it easy to carry on all photo tours.

The lens comes with a hood, reversible for easy storage.

Specifications

Focal length21 mm
Aperture ratio1:1.4
Minimum aperture (F)16
selective aperture controlavailable
Lens construction13 elements in 11 groups
Angle of view90.8°
Aperture blade12
Minimum focus0.25 m
Maximum reproduction ratio
Maximum diameter70.5 mm
Length79.5 mm
MountE
Electrical contact:  Exif data transferavailable
Manual focus assistantavailable
Weight560 g
Filter size62 mm
Colorblack
Othersremovable Lens shade included

Unboxing

Lens mounted on Sony A9

Lens mounted on Sony A6500

Initial Impressions

I am quite excited by this lens as it is wider than Sony’s own 24mm f2 super-wide angle prime, and has a wider aperture which means better light capture and more bokeh capture opportunities.

On a full frame body, it is perfect for capturing architecture and landscape, as well as contextual street shots.

On an APS-C body, it also works as a standard fast lens, with an effective full-frame equivalent focal length of 31.5mm.

Carrying just this lens plus both full frame and APS-C bodies provides a light and flexible combination that should suit a street photographer interested in capturing the entire scene as well as points of interest.

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Real Life Review: Voigtländer 21 mm/1:1.4 Nokton E-mount lens

Chris Tham2019-07-291 min read
This is a Real Life Review of the new Voigtländer 21mm f1.4 E-mount lens with a Sony A9 body, taken on a photowalk around Sydney’s Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, the Star, and along several stations on the new Sydney Metro line.

Posted by Chris Tham

Chris Tham is a co-founder of Visual Voyager Pty Ltd, the Principal Voigtländer Ambassador for Mainline Photographics and a Workshop Instructor for Mainline Photo Academy. She brings over 35 years of experience as a photographer to her role, starting with a Yashica rangefinder belonging to her dad, joining the Photography Club in school, and developing her own photos. More recently, Chris has been taking photos during her travels, and as a result has experienced some of the most interesting places in the world. Chris focuses on nature, street, and urban architecture subjects in her photography.