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Voigtländer announces Nokton 21mm F1.4 Aspherical lens for Sony E-mount

Following its concept teaser at CP+ earlier this year (opens in new tab), Voigtländer has now officially taken the wraps off the Nokton 21mm F1.4 Aspherical lens for Sony E-mount. A wide-angle, wide-aperture lens that promises Sony photographers a great deal of creative expression, the Voigtländer Nokton 21mm F1.4 Aspherical lens uses a floating design that, according to its makers, should ensure top-notch image quality at all focusing distances. Its minimum focus is a pleasingly tight 25cm.

Built-in electronic contacts specifically for Sony E-mount allow the lens to communicate with the camera, enabling the transfer of EXIF data and also allowing it to support in-body 5-axis image stabilisation.

The optical design incorporates 13 elements in 11 groups, and has been optimised specifically for the full-frame sensors of Sony’s Alpha 7 cameras. 

A sample shot taken with the Voigtländer Nokton 21mm F1.4 Aspherical lens

A sample shot taken with the Voigtländer Nokton 21mm F1.4 Aspherical lens

It’s manual-focus only, and has a 12-bladed diaphragm for the creation of smooth bokeh. The aperture-changing mechanism is also clickless and silent, making the lens a good choice for movie recording as well as stills. The lens weighs 560g and carries a filter thread of 62 mm

The Voigtländer Nokton 21mm F1.4 Aspherical lens is slated to be available from June 2019, and it carries an RRP of ¥ 165,000 (about £1180 or $1500). See the official website for more information on the lens (opens in new tab)

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Jon spent years at IPC Media writing features, news, reviews and other photography content for publications such as Amateur Photographer and What Digital Camera in both print and digital form. With his additional experience for outlets like Photomonitor, this makes Jon one of our go-to specialists when it comes to all aspects of photography, from cameras and action cameras to lenses and memory cards, flash diffusers and triggers, batteries and memory cards, selfie sticks and gimbals, and much more besides.  


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