Olympus OM-D to get super fast Voigtländer Nokton lens
February 13, 2012
YOKOHAMA – Voigtländer has unveiled an f/0.95 aperture 17.5mm Nokton lens designed for micro four thirds cameras.
Due to go on sale this spring, the lens was attached to the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 on Voigtländer’s stand at the CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging show in Japan.
Set to cost 118,000 Japanese yen (approx. £1,000), the manual focus lens will be more expensive than most micro four thirds cameras, except for the OM-D itself.
Finished in black, and with an included lens hood, it will feature a minimum aperture of f/16, a closest focus distance of 0.15m and will weigh 540g.
The new lens will measure 63.6x80mm and be compatible with a 58mm filter thread.
As the micro four thirds sensor attracts a 2x magnification factor the lens will provide the same shooting angles as one would expect from a 35mm lens on a full frame camera.
Voigtländer also showed its new 20mm f/3.5 Color Skopar, 40mm f/2 Ultron and 58mm f/1.4 Nokton lenses designed for Nikon Ai-S and Canon EF bodies.
Voigtländer did not give any availability dates, but has released price guides in Yen: 58,000 (Ai-S) and 61,000 (EF) (expect around £500) for the Color Skopar, 53,000 (Ai-S) and 56,000 (EF) for the Ultron, and a Nikon-only price of 53,000 Yen (£450) for the Nokton. At the time of writing there were around 120 Yen to the pound.
Carl Zeiss also showed a 25mm f/2 T* Distagon in ZE and ZF.2 fits, both of which were priced at Y160,000 (roughly £1,350). This lens is set to weigh 600g, measure 144x219mm, with a close focus of 0.25m and 71mm filter thread.
No release date was provided, but Amateur Photographer will update this story as more information becomes available.
[Editing by C Cheesman]
Picture credits: D Demolder