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

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.

This review focuses on the ability of the lens to take wide-angle architecture shots, as well as street and object photography.

Usage Impressions

The lens fits snugly and feels well balanced on a Sony A9. Focusing is easy as in most shooting conditions the depth of field is quite long, and most shots will be in focused if you leave the lens at infinity focus. The only time I found I needed to be more careful is when shooting objects at close range at maximum aperture to try and get some bokeh out of the lens.


Barangoo is a good location for architecture and perspective shots, as well as simple street photography. I also stepped into a deli to take some store shelf shots, and a close up shot of cafe tables gives an indication of perspective and bokeh that this lens can render.

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.