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Voigtlander 40mm f/1.4 Nokton SC
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Price: $449.00
Product ID : 8728571
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Voigtlander 40mm f/1.4 Nokton SC

(Single-Coated)

 

Check out the Voigtlander 40mm f/1.4 MC/SC Image Discussion HERE

 

Leica M Mount For ANY Leica M mount camera!

 

First 40mm f/1.4 in Leica Mount!

 

This fast small sharp lens is extremely popular!

Announced 9/20/2004 at Photokina 2004, the 40mm f/1.4 is the most popular Voigtlander fast lens! 

 

If I am not mistaken, the new Voigtlander 40mm f/1.4 is the fastest 40mm lens ever made for full frame 35mm photography, by ANY camera manufacturer.    Available initially only in black Leica M mount, it is rangefinder coupled, 43mm filter size, 7 elements in 6 groups, with a close focus of .7 meter.  Dimensions are 55mm wide x 29.7mm long with a weight of 175 grams.   Some photogs especially prize the 40mm focal length a providing the best and most natural perspective for 35mm 24x36 format, including noted American photography writer Mike Johnston.  Like the 35/2.5 Pancake II, no lens hood is included with the 40mm f/1.4.  The vented LH-6 lens hood is sold separately at $69. 

Cosina introduced TWO versions of the 40mm f/1.4 at Photokina 2004.  The standard production version is the multi-coated Nokton Classic.   The limited production version for the Japanese home market is the 40mm f/1.4 S.C.   This is where it gets confusing.  Cosina already makes multi-coated SC lenses (no periods) in classic Nikon Rangefinder mount.  The 40mm f/1.4 S.C. stands for "Single Coated".   Why you ask?  Because there is more to photographic imagery than super sharpness and the best possible lens test results.  Some Japanese photogs prefer the imagery of single coated lenses to multi-coated lenses, and so this limited edition version of 500 40mm f/1.4 S.C. lenses.   The first production run of the single coated 40mm f/1.4 was a quick sell out in the Japanese home market.   The 2nd production 40mm f/1.4 SC lenses arrived 3/31/2005.

The 40mm f/1.4 is a particularly good match for the Leica M3, as the M3's entire viewing area outside its 50mm frameline approximates the 40mm field of view.

Mr. K intends the 40mm f/1.4 for his own Bessa R3A and R3M with their superb 1:1 life size finder and 40mm brightline.   The 40mm f/1.4 brings up the 50/75 frameline on Leica M series cameras (film or digital), just like the previous Leica 40/2 lenses for the Leica CL and Minolta CLE.    So you will need to imagine about 20% outside of the 50 frameline to approximate the 40mm f/1.4's field of view.  For cameras with manually set brightlines without a 40 frameline like the Bessa R2, R2A, R2M, R4A, R4M and Epson RD1, some people prefer instead to choose the 35mm frameline and shoot inside of that for the 40mm f/1.4.  Mounted on a Leica CL, Minolta CL or Minolta CLE, the 40mm f/1.4 will bring up the 40mm frameline.

 

the optional bayonet mounted LH-5 hood for Voigtlander 40mm f/1.4, replaced by the LH-6

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