Q and A: Voigtländer Nokton 40mm f/1.4.

Q&A, Teaching point, Voigtländer 40mm f/1.4 Nokton

This arrived via email this morning and I was about to respond as I usually do, but then realized, I often get this question, so why not turn my response into a post that will hopefully be of help to other readers?


Hi. I read your review for the The Voigtländer Nokton 40mm f/1.4. and found it very helpful. I have this lens with a Leica M9 and don’t seem to be getting the results you pictured. Did you alter your M9 shots in Lightroom or do you have the lens detection set a specific way in the M9 for the The Voigtländer Nokton 40mm f/1.4? My shots tend to come out overexposed when I use it open to 1.4. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks and keep up the good work. Your photos and reviews are great.

– Adam.

First of all, thank you Adam for your very kind words.

Now, regarding your questions…  I post-process all of my files in Apple’s Aperture and then do my final colour tweaking in Nikon’s Capture NX2.  On the M9, I have lens detection set to “auto”, but I do not code any of my uncoded lenses, so for lenses like the Nokton 40/1.4 the camera isn’t recognizing anything and is therefore NOT making any adjustments.  For focal lengths longer than 35mm, there really is no need for coding anyway, unless you’re hoping to correct for vignetting or are interested in generating focal length EXIF data.

Finally, I always shoot in manual mode (controlling for aperture and shutter speed) and often manually set the ISO.   I never rely on the camera’s metering.  I’ve done this with ALL of my cameras, including Nikon, Canon, Sigma, etc., because no camera – not matter how sophisticated – truly understands what your “mind’s eye” is seeing when you attempt to create an image, and it’s better that you take full control of all the variables.

I hope this helps.

Thanks again for writing Adam, and Happy New Year,