Initial Impression: Voigtländer 75 mm/1:1.5 Nokton VM

M-mount Fast Portrait Lens

Voigtländer has just released their latest M-mount lens, the Nokton VM 75mm f1.5 fast portrait lens.

This is first look at the specs, the exterior and the initial impression of the lens. Stay tuned for a more detailed review and sample pictures taken with this lens!

The new 75mm Nokton VM replaces the previous 75 mm f1.8 Heliar Classic lens as a lightweight portrait lens. Compared to its predecessor, the lens is more compact, despite a more sophisticated construction and even faster lens speed.

A total of seven lens elements in six groups, together with 12 aperture blades, promises to deliver smooth bokeh to complement portrait photography, as well as subject isolation in street photography and object photography.

Although designed to be used by M-mount rangefinder cameras such as the Leica M series, the lens can also be used on many current digital camera models using adapters. The lens is available in black and silver, delivered with a reversible lens hood in matching colour.

Specifications

Focal Length75 mm
Aperture Ratio1:1.5
Minimum ApertureF 16
Lens Construction7 elements in 6 groups
Angle of View32.6°
Aperture Blades12
Minimum Focus0.7 m
Maximum Diameter58 mm
Length63.3 mm
MountM-mount (VM)
Weight350 g
Filter Size58 mm
Colorblack & silver
Othersincl. lens hood

Lens Exterior

As this is a review sample, I am not allowed to post unboxing photos, but I can confirm the box is similar to that for other recent Voigtländer lenses.

Lens mounted on a Leica M10

Lens mounted on a Sony A7r

I used the Voigtländer VM-E close focusing adapter.

Initial Impressions

The lens is very small for a 75mm and is almost entirely glass covered by metal – very impressive! It is surprisingly light and quite small (especially when the focus is at infinity. It does extend to almost twice it’s minimum length as the focusing distance shortens. The minimum focusing distance is 0.7m which standard for M-mount lenses but on non M-mount digital bodies with a close focusing adapter (like the VM-E close focusing adapter for Sony E-mount bodies) you can focus a bit closer.

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Real Life Review: Voigtländer 75 mm/1:1.5 Nokton VM

Chris Tham2019-08-261 min read
This is a Real Life Review of the new Voigtländer 75mm f1.5 VM-mount lens with Leica M10 and Sony A7r bodies.

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.