The German manufacturer Voigtländer enjoys an excellent reputation for its high-quality prime lenses. Having said that, this new lens seems to fit perfectly into their lineup. Cosina-Voigtlander has announced what it is touting as the brightest lens for interchangeable lens photography on the market: the Super Nokton 29mm Aspherical designed specifically for micro four-thirds. Voigtlander’s Nokton labeled lenses tend to sport a f/1.4 aperture or faster. This new lens is not only labeled Nokton but Super Nokton and it features an impressive f/0.8 aperture.
The entirely manual lens, which offers an equivalent focal length of a 58mm lens on a full-frame camera, is constructed of 11 elements in 7 groups, including a ground aspherical element. The lens features an aperture range of f/0.8 to f/16, a twelve-blade aperture diaphragm, an all-metal helicoid unit for driving the manual focus and has a dedicated de-click switch for making the aperture adjustment silent for when shooting video.
Cosina, Voitlander’s parent company, says that the lens uses a unique grinding aspherical surface for the optical system, which the company claims makes it possible to design the lens with glass that has a higher melting point than typical molded aspherical elements. Because of this, Cosina says that they were able to achieve high image quality even at the widest aperture and also were able to keep the lens small and compact.
Below are a number of sample images provided by Cosina: