f/1.0 lens among 4 new optics coming to Nikon Z and Leica M mount

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Voigtlander Ultron 28mm f2 Aspherical VM Type II lens for Leica M-mount (Image credit: Voigtlander)

UPDATE: Cosina has officially announced the Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1 and the Voigtländer Super-Weide Heliar 15mm f/4.5 Aspherical lens for Nikon Z mount, as well as the Voigtländer Ultron 75mm f/1.9 SC and MC versions for Leica M Mount. 

Both the new 75mm lenses are comprised of 7 elements in 5 groups, 3 of which use anomalous partial dispersion glass. For a 75mm lens it's pretty compact at just 54.1mm in length, making it super portable and great for traveling or hiking with. An all-metal helicoid unit is processed and adjusted with high precision and high-quality grease to achieve just the right amount of torque. Both lenses have an RRP of ¥100,000 (approximately $779 / £637 / AU$1,117).

The Nokton 50mm f/1 aspherical lens is the brightest f/1 lens in the Voigtländer range of full-frame interchangeable lenses. Manufactured in-house, it uses a GA (grinded aspherical) lens to achieve a tighter style, it has electronic contacts to communicate between the lens and camera body, a 12-bladed diaphragm, and a price of ¥240,000 ($1,869 / £1,530 / AU$2,683).

Finally, the Heliar 15mm f/4.5 lens will have a 110° angle of view with very little distortion, ensuring sharp images from corner to corner. It has a minimum focusing distance of 0.13m and despite being so wide is still compatible with square filters. With a filter thread of 58mm, filters can be attached without a special adapter and the flower-shaped hood is removable with a flat-head screwdriver. It's priced at ¥118,000 ($918 / £752 / AU$1,318).

ORIGINAL STORY (Jan 15 2023): Japanese lens manufacturer Cosina is set to announce four new Voigtländer lenses for Nikon Z and Leica M mount – including a super fast 50mm f/1 prime for Nikon shooters. 

While there are a couple of slightly faster lenses available for the Nikon Z mount, including the Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 (opens in new tab) and the 7Artisans 50mm f/0.95 (opens in new tab), we have a sneaking suspicion that the Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1 Aspherical lens will perform much better, if the Voigtländer 50mm f/1.1 VM is anything to go by. 

• Check out the best 50mm lenses (opens in new tab) for Nikon, Leica, Canon, Sony et al

The second Nikon lens to be announced, according to a report by Asobinet (opens in new tab), will be a super-wide angle Voigtländer Heliar 15mm f/4.5 Aspherical lens. Previous Heliar lenses, such as the Voigtlander 50mm f/1.5 for Leica M mount, have benefitted from a retro-looking design, a single-coated front element designed to reproduce classic color tones, and a knurled diamond pattern etched into the focus ring for easy holding – so we could expect to see these features in the latest wide angle. 

For those who shoot with a Leica M system, such as the Leica M11 (opens in new tab) or Leica M6 (opens in new tab), there are two lenses of the same focal length but in two different versions: a Voigtlander Ultron 75mm f/1.9 SC VM and a Voigtlander Ultron 75mm f/1.9 MC VM. 

You might be thinking, "Wait, they're the same lens!" They are slightly different; while the SC variant has a single coating on the front element, the MC version has a multi-coating that gives a neutral color rendering that we are used to from most model lenses. Which you go for is entirely down to the look you personally like the most. 

If you're looking for tip-top glass for your camera, check out our guides to the best Nikon Z lenses (opens in new tab) and the best Leica M lenses (opens in new tab).

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Hannah Rooke
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Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.