(photo courtesy of Voigtländer.com)
This is my favourite lens for photographing life’s little moments.
The Voigtlander Nokton 40/1.4 was my first M-mount lens, purchased back in 2008 along with a Leica M8.
Through the years, I’ve been hot-and-cold on it, for all of the well-documented reasons people either like or dislike it. And though I’ve experimented with some of Leica’s finest, I always seem to find a path back to this modest lens. If I had to explain why that is, I would say it’s because it’s small, light, fast (f/1.4), and has a focal length that sits between my most used focal lengths (35mm and 50mm). It also has virtually zero distortion, and is sharp enough. The bokeh can be harsh, but the optics that conspire to cause this can also impart a most desirable character to images.
Here are some examples:
Sample images taken with the Voigtländer 40mm f/1.4 Nokton: