The Voigtlander 25mm f0.95 MFT Lens

  |   Adam Carroll Blog

I generally work as a cameraman and videographer around London but I travel extensively when works requires. I use three principal cameras systems the Sony PMW F3 a Sony PXW FS7 and DSLRs. One of my favourite lenses is Micro Four Thirds Voigtlander Nokton 25 mm F/0.95. It gives such a beautiful creamy image and with a GH4 is just great to hold what a super smooth focus ring. I love this lens and reckon I could shoot most of my films on a GH4 and this lens. However, it is without doubt that the Sony A7s is the greatest image you can get out of a DSLR and with a Sony 35mm 1.8 OSS ithe system is great for handheld. My opinion though for best design is the GH4. It’s perfectly weighted. Perfect to hold and a great camera. I am marvelled by the A7s. I love it. But it is fiddly. Its ergonomics are not as good. If you slap on a heavy lens, you are struggling. Put on the Sony 28-135 f4 you have a very unique (and uncomfortable – unless you have great rig) experience. Anyway back to the Voigtlander 25mm. If you can afford this lens, buy it.

The Voigtlander Nokton 25 mm F/0.95 is an ultra fast lens with an equivalent aperture of F/1.9 and an equivalent focal length of 50 mm. However, its light gathering capacity is associated with its actual F/0.95 aperture. This combination of factors means that, when shooting wide open, the Voigtlander lens has the capacity to achieve a significantly shallow depth of field. The Voigtlander Nokton is a manual focus, manual aperture lens with a native Micro Four Thirds (MFT) mount. Furthermore, the Voigtlander lens consists of 11 elements in 8 groups, and has a close focus of 17 cm. The Voigtlander Nokton 25 mm F/0.95 weighs 410 g and measures 70 x 58 mm. In addition, the Voigtlander Nokton is solid and metal in construction, and comes with a metal lenshade, a cap for the lens, and a cap for the lenshade. The Voigtlander Nokton 25 mm F/0.95 also has a barrel shaped hood to minimise flare.

Many cameramen and DOPs love to pickup up a small camera with a great lens. This lens on a GH4 satisfies most. Me. I’m one of the converted, I bought a GH1 when I needed a DSLR that could shoot 25fps when the 5D could only shoot 30. Since then, I’ve bought every one. I also started resuming my Panasonic IOS lenses recently and was blown away by the effectiveness of the stabilisation. On 300mm I could still get good footage. mmm