The Nokton 58mm/f1.4 SL-II is the revised version of Cosina’s 2003 limited edition 58/1.4 Topcor. The initial release of 1600 pieces were quickly snapped up and now it’s highly sort after collector’s piece.
The new SL-II lens has built in CPU matrix metering chip which enable all Nikon Digital SLR cameras to meter with the Nikon mount version of this lens.
The 58mm focal length becomes 85mm on the cropped sensors, which makes the Nokton a perfect portrait lens on the digital body. With the full frame sensor digital bodies, the 58mm is a good general purpose versatile focal length.
With it’s superb image quality, it surpasses lenses priced 2 to 3 times itself. A truely value for money fast lens.
The Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4 II is an interesting new offer in the standard lens arena. The slightly longer than average focal length is especially attractive for APS-C DSLR users – a field-of-view “equivalent” to “85mm” is pretty much in the sweet spot of portrait photography. Technically the lens is somewhat soft at f/1.4 both in terms of border resolution as well as overall contrast. At f/2 and more so at f/2.8 the quality has improved significantly and the quality of the bokeh is also best around these settings. The sheer resolution potential in unleashed at medium aperture settings where the lens is about as good as it gets today.