As modern lenses become sharper, with fewer lens aberrations, one byproduct has been the explosion of lens size. These highly corrected optics require more and more elements, made with special glass types and molding processes. This is highly evident in the extremely large and heavy Sony/Zeiss FE 35mm f/1.4 and other recent full-frame f/1.4 wide angle primes. Voigtländer has eschewed that design philosophy with their latest 35mm lens: a 35mm f/1.4 that is exceptionally small. In doing so, they’ve kept some of those lens aberrations, but also created a lens that delivers a truly unique look. Let’s dive deeper in to the Voigtländer 35mm f/1.4 Nokton Classic for full frame E-mount.
The 35mm f/1.4 Nokton is a very different sort of lens for a modern mirrorless system. It’s an older symmetrical design, and intentionally leaves in several lens aberrations that give it a classic rendering compared to modern lens designs. There are two benefits to this design philosophy, and a few drawbacks as well.
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