Summilux on a Budget – Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.5 ASPH

This is an old review about a lens I picked up from a friend of mine, the Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.5 ASPH and I have to say that I’ve loving what Voigtlander lenses can render with both the Leica M9 and a modern Leica with the newer CMOS sensor. The classical rendering from both the previous Nokton 35mm f/1.2 ASPH II (sold due to the size and heft) and this lens made me a big fan of how the images look with very little post-processing work.


I was also looking at the Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 ZM as a contender to Leica’s Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4, but the reviews I’ve read about the focus shift and rendering (I’m personally not a fan of contrasty images that the Zeiss renders), the Nokton rose to the top of the list and it has more and earned its right to stay in my camera bag for the time being.

Image Quality

One of my favorite characteristics of the Voigtlander Nokton 50mm is the way it draws and renders its images, something that Voigtlanders are known for. They are know to blend modern aspherical optics, but keep the rendering classical and not hyper sharp like Zeiss lenses, which I think is a good balance for those looking for a particular look.


While this is not a in-depth review, I can honestly say that the Voigtlander Nokton 50mm is up there as one of the best 50mm lenses I’ve ever used, despite the poor ergonomics because once you press that shutter button and look at your images, you’ll forget about all of it’s weaknesses.

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