Cosina has officially announced that the Voigtländer Nokton 42.5mm f/0.95 lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras will become available for sale this August.
Voigtländer has conquered the hearts of Micro Four Thirds camera owners after unveiling another ridiculously fast lens at the beginning of the year. The Nokton 42mm glass provides an aperture of f/0.95, becoming one of the fastest lenses on the market.
Voigtländer Nokton 42.5mm f/0.95 lens release date and price become official, courtesy of Cosina
The only problem is that MFT users cannot purchase this product, because Voigtländer has not released it, yet. However, the great day is getting closer as Cosina has revealed that the accessory will hit Japanese markets sometime in August 2013.
The Voigtländer Nokton 42.5mm f/0.95 lens price still stand at 123,900 yen, an amount representing about $1,270, which is a small sum to pay for a product that takes portrait photography to the next level.
Voigtländer Nokton 42.5mm f/0.95 lens specs list
Voigtländer’s Nokton 42.5mm f/0.95 lens will provide a 35mm equivalent of 85mm f/1.9, which is still great for portraiture. Its specifications allow the product to provide great view angles, improved control over the depth of field, as well as an impressive amount of background blur.
The optic is made out of 10 diaphragm blades with 11 elements in eight groups and a so-called “stepless” aperture ring. The Nokton 42.5mm lens measures 2.94-inches in length and 2.53-inches in diameter, while weighing 571 grams.
It is made entirely out of metal and it features a regular 58mm filter thread. Unfortunately, it does not offer image stabilization technology, so photographers will have to rely on cameras with built-in OIS or on a tripod.
According to Voigtländer, the lens can focus at a minimum distance of just 9.06-inch / 23 centimeters.
Worldwide availability remains in doubt
For the time being, it is unknown whether the Voigtländer’s Nokton 42.5mm f/0.95 lens will travel the ocean to the United States and then another ocean to Europe.
Meanwhile, Voigtländer is selling the 25mm f/0.95 and 17.5mm f/0.95 lenses for Micro Four Thirds cameras at prices of $999 and $1,149 respectively. Adorama is selling the 25mm f/0.95 and 17.5mm f/0.95 optics, too, and at the same prices.