35/1.2 Nokton on NEX... Anyone?
Old 01-30-2011   #1
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35/1.2 Nokton on NEX... Anyone?

Who has tried the 35/1.2 Nokton on the NEX?
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Old 01-30-2011   #2
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Why not? I am sure it would rock. I have the CV 35/1.4 on mine.
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Why not? I am sure it would rock. I have the CV 35/1.4 on mine.
Which seems to be the much more common combo.
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Old 01-30-2011   #4
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Sure, I use that combo, but not all the time -- the combo is front-heavy. Also, I prefer the AOV from a 35mm or wider, but that's my personal preference.

So, while I wouldn't buy a 35/1.2 SPECIFICALLY for use with a NEX5, I use the combo if I need f1.2. BTW, I also have a Gorilla Pod and an IR remote for those low light shots.
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Take this for what it is worth, but I heard from a friend that the current 35/1.2 is discontinued, and a new version is coming this summer.
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Which seems to be the much more common combo.
True but only because it is cheaper and smaller. In terms of quality and visual signature the 35/1.2 has it all over the 35/1.4. Why oh why did I sell mine?
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funny you should say that. I sold my CV35 f/1.4 and got the CV35 f/1.2.

Kind of ironic, since when I was looking at the 35's last year it was a toss up since the 1.2 was 2x the size, weight and price. Now that I'm using the 1.2 I realize I should've got the 1.2 in the first place since it has such a unique look - according to ME!

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True but only because it is cheaper and smaller. In terms of quality and visual signature the 35/1.2 has it all over the 35/1.4. Why oh why did I sell mine?
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Old 01-30-2011   #8
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Definitely going to try this when my NEX arrives in a couple days. I've never really felt that the Nokton is too big for an M body, but the NEX might be a different story - we'll see.
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Take this for what it is worth, but I heard from a friend that the current 35/1.2 is discontinued, and a new version is coming this summer.
It looks like the 35 1.2 Nokton is officially discontinued:

http://www.cosina.co.jp/seihin/voigt/english/dispo.html
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Who has tried the 35/1.2 Nokton on the NEX?
I dug out the 35/1.2 and mounted it on my NEX3. I had forgotten what a beast this lens is. The lens is quite heavy, the barrel is substantial enough so that you can easily manipulate the lens with your left hand. A smaller lens like the 40/1.4 nokton or the M-Rokkor 40/2 require a little more attention on the controls, whereas the big old 35/1.2 just settles into your hand very conveniently.

Just shooting it at the objects in the living room, the lens produces wonderful images - comparable to the recent 50 cron I compared it to. The 40/1.4 MC nokton is a compact jewel, and seems great until you compare it against the 'cron and the 35/1.2 Nokton, at which point you realize there's a notch above it.

But its heavy - its still way smaller than a real rangefinder, but the camera starts to feel like the old Sony F707 zoom P&S.
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I dug out the 35/1.2 and mounted it on my NEX3. I had forgotten what a beast this lens is. The lens is quite heavy, the barrel is substantial enough so that you can easily manipulate the lens with your left hand. A smaller lens like the 40/1.4 nokton or the M-Rokkor 40/2 require a little more attention on the controls, whereas the big old 35/1.2 just settles into your hand very conveniently.
good god, 490 grams, actually heavier than my 1968 canon FL 55 f/1.2!

I don't find any issues with front heavy handling on the nex, as you note, at a certain point you hold the lens, not the body,

The only issue is that the whole thing is heavier.

I mean what camera body is balanced with a nikon 180 ED hanging off it?

With a DSLR, it does not hold naturally, or AS naturally from the lens barrel as the nex--for me.

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Old 02-03-2011   #12
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I have the 35 f1.4 but have been thinking about the f1.2. The 1.4 is a lovely little lens but it's got perhaps a bit too much character at times (mad distortion as well).

This is compared to the 28 f2 though, the 28 might give a better fov, i find the 35 on the nex just a little too narrow for indoors.

Has anyone compared the 28 with the 35 f1.2 in terms of overall performance (aperture aside)?

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Voigtlander has announced a new version of the 35/1.2. Smaller, with a .5m MFD!

http://www.photoscala.de/Artikel/CP-...n-Voigtlaender
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