Cosina has announced a super fast Voigtländer Nokton 50mm F1 Aspherical Lens for Nikon Z Mount mirrorless camera systems.
The so-called “Nifty Fifty,” is virtually identical in features to a similar Leica M-mount design which was released in 2021, and with a full-frame image circle that can be used with both full-frame (Nikon FX format) and APS-C size (Nikon DX format) mirrorless cameras.
The lens also fits Nikon cameras including the Z9, Z7II, Z6II, Z50, Zfc, and other Z-mount cameras in the Nikon lineup. These cameras may need a firmware update, however, in order to avoid restrictions on the lens’s electronic features.
Some believe the Nokton 50mm has been remounted for the Z-mount system, Coscina states that the lens was developed under a license agreement with Nikon and has specific contact circuitry built in to support metadata communication.
This communication includes EXIF data such as the focal length of the lens which can be used by Nikon cameras for in-body image stabilization (IBIS).
The data enables users to use three types of focusing support functions including focusing by color changing of the focus point frame, a focus peaking function, and focusing with the enlargement button.
Designed as an Aspherical lens, the Voigtländer Nokton 50mm F1 has nine lens elements in seven groups, with one grinding aspherical lens element and one standard aspherical lens element.
It has a 12-bladed lens aperture diaphragm which can produce a lovely rounded bokeh with a smooth, circular look, and sharpness that is maintained throughout its focus and aperture range of F1-F16.
The lens is manual focusing with a metal helicoid mechanism and knurled focus ring with distance markings and scallops for a better grip when finely focusing on the subject. Its minimum focus range is 35.4 inches (100.8cm).
Cosina states that close attention was paid to manufacturing and adjustments, with the lens “processed with high precision and high-quality grease” for smoother focusing. The lens also has a 62mm filter thread, and a built-in rangefinder interlocking system.
There’s no word on pricing just yet, but the Leica M-mount version of the Voigtländer Nokton 50mm F1 Aspherical Lens has a retail price of $1,799.
Considering the nameplate premium one pays for anything Leica, it could be a little less or the same price when it comes out in February 2023.
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