Category Archives: Voigtländer Nokton 40mm f/1.4

The Conversation.

This is from Test Roll #1 (evaluating my M2-R and Voigtländer 40/1.4).

I thought I was shooting @ f/1.4, but realized too late I was @ f/2.8… hence the underexposure.

Still, I like the moment that was caught; in fact I like it more than anything else I’ve done lately.


Leica M2-R, Voigtländer 40mm Nokton f/1.4, Kodak Tri-X 400, and Plustek 8200i.

Test Shots: Nikon Z + Voigtlander 40mm f/1.4.

These are some test images I made for my own purposes.  I was specifically looking at central sharpness of the Voigtlander 40mm Nokton 1.4 at various large apertures when mounted on the Nikon Z7.

I took two series of test shots, one at close-ish distance and the other at mid-far distance.

As you can see, @ f/1.4 there is a definite softness and “glow”, but resolution is actually quite good.  By f/2, the lens takes on a more modern contrasty look, which improves @ f/2.5, and then very slightly again @ f/2.8.

Depending on the look I’d want, I could see myself shooting at each of these apertures, but for a general-purpose look f/2 is probably the best compromise; @ f/2.5, the sharpness is already beyond anything I’d need for portraiture.


Scene 1:

(focus is on the number “30”)

Scene 2:

(focus is on the word “LIFETIME”)

As “dreamy” as the shots @ f/1.4 appear, they can easily be made to approximate the ones @ f/2, if contrast and sharpness are added during post processing:

(as stated in the introduction, the resolution is all there)

Transforming the “LIFETIME” image @ f/1.4 to a more modern rendering is a little more tricky, because there is more “glow” present, but — again — adding contrast and sharpness helps.

BY THE WAY, the Voigtlander 40/1.4 Nokton I have is the single-coated (SC) version.  The multi-coated (MC) version may behave differently, as it is purported to render with more contrast, have less propensity to flare, etc.  However, having owned it in the past I can’t recall seeing a difference, though admittedly I’ve never done a side-by-side comparison.

I hope you found this useful.



Nikon Z7 + Voigtländer Nokton 40mm @ f/2.


Nikon Z7 + Voigtländer Nokton 40mm @ f/2.

The Remains of the Day Before.

Nikon Z7 + Voigtländer Nokton 40mm @ f/2.

C – Portrait in Spring Tones.

Nikon Z7 + Voigtländer Nokton 40mm @ f/1.4.

The Gang’s Alright.

Nikon Z7 + Voigtländer Nokton 40mm @ f/4.

Dreamy Honey.

Had a brief opportunity to take these test shots tonight, before the light faded.

The 40mm field of view really does change everything.


Nikon Z7 + Voigtländer Nokton 40mm @ f/1.4.


Update: Voigtländer 40mm Nokton f/1.4 Review.

I just updated my Voigtländer 40mm Nokton Review.


[EDIT: images added]

[EDIT #2: more images added]



Leica MP, Voigtländer Nokton 40mm @ f/1.4, and Fuji Superia X-tra 200.

Birthday Girl.

Technical:  f/1.4, 1/60 sec.

Birthday Girl

Dinner Theatre (in 3 Acts).

These were shot in a very dark restaurant.

(f/1.4, 1/30 sec)


Act 1:

Dinner Theatre - Act 1

Act 2:

Dinner Theatre - Act 2

Act 3:

Dinner Theatre - Act 3


People often ask me why I always go back to the Voigtländer Nokton 40mm f/1.4.

This is why.