Mini review of the Voigtlander Nokton 25mm F0.95 Type 2 for Micro Four Thirds

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First thing to say is that this is a hefty lens. Not too heavy but it feels like it means business with its all metal construction and abundance of glass. It balances well on my OMD EM-1 and is perfectly useable as a walk around lens. It is also a good looking lens and has a subtle aesthetic that is not too loud and as a result not that noticeable for street work (non-threatening). Mechanically it feels like quality….very smooth on both focus and the aperture ring. The aperture ring conceals a very useful Film function which allows for a stepless aperture. By pulling and turning a barely noticeable ring in front of the aperture ring it gives the facility to quickly move into a stepless mode which is useful for all you filmmakers out there. The close focussing capability is great too – not sure exactly how close one can get but in the image below of the Unicorn’s head I would say it is maybe 5cm. Coming to the most important aspect of the lens – image quality… All I can say is wow! For a full frame 50mm equivalent lens it is superb. This gives Micro Four Thirds users a great way of isolating detail at 0.95 and it is nice and sharp theretoo… By F2 it is even sharper and has an immaculate bokeh – “buttery” is the adjective I would use. It has just the right amount of contrast and the colour rendering is spot on. Downsides…? Well weight is one and the fact that it is a manual focus lens in the obvious other but once you get used to using it – particularly if your camera has ‘peaking’ it is manageable. It does slow you down but that is not entirely a bad thing IMHO as it makes even mundane images stand out the way a Leica Summicron 50 does. There are no other reasons to not buy this lens if you are looking for a great 50mm that has Filming capability.
Here are a few unremarkable and random handheld images taken with it that will give you an idea of its capabilities… The unicorn and crystal were shot at 0.95, the one of my step sister was at f2 I think and the power lines at f8.
I got my lens from Robert White (There is currently a £50 cashback on all Voigtlander lenses too see here)
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Dodho Photography Magazine Article

Dodho Photography Magazine have just published an article on my work here….

“MARC ORIGINALLY TRAINED AS A FASHION DESIGNER AND SPENT 25 YEARS DEVELOPING CLOTHING BRANDS AROUND THE WORLD. HAVING PICKED UP HIS FIRST POLAROID CAMERA AT AGE 5 AND HAVING CONTINUOUSLY TAKEN PHOTOS THROUGH HIS CAREER IN FASHION, HE DECIDED HE NEEDED A CHANGE, WHICH RESULTED IN HIM LEAVING THE CLOTHING BUSINESS AND TAKING UP PHOTOGRAPHY FULL TIME. MARC’S FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY HAS A DARK AESTHETIC OFTEN COMBINED WITH AN OBSCURE NARRATIVE ALLOWING INDIVIDUAL IMAGES TO STAND ON THEIR OWN AND RETAIN THE VIEWERS CURIOSITY.

These are almost like frames from a movie taken at a decisive moment. Darkness and Light, Good and Evil, Love and Hate are regular themes that appear in his work. Most of the advertising work that Marc takes on is fashion or style related. Coming from a design background gives him a sense of how a garment should hang and what the best way of representing it is. He is also sought after for his lighting techniques which sometimes involve quite elaborate setups. Comfortable in both location and studio his images have a depth and clarity as well as a sense of trying to convey an emotion to the viewer.

Marc has won numerous Awards – the most recent being a place in the prestigious International Kontinent Awards.”

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Kontinent Award Winner (Advertising Category)

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I just found out that the image below of the mercurially beautiful Flo Dron just won an award in the prestigious Kontinent Awards 2014. This was a real team effort and wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for Flo Dron (Select Models) and the rest of the very talented team made up of Emma Winter (Set Design), Felix Elizabetta Forma (Styling), Michelle Web (Hair and Makeup), Anne Marie Lawson (Hair and Makeup Assistance) and Michael Furlonger Photographic Assistance.

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