The Nokton 50mm f/1.5 ASPH


My models and I thought it was time for another one of our (now-famous) mini-reviews…

So without further ado:

The Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.5 ASPH!


Grab a drink, and pull up a chair my friends…it is comin’ at ya fast and furious:


Short story: It’s a great lens for a decent price.


Sure, there is some trivial distortion and minor CA…

But the Nokton looks great on film or digital, and does a swell job of backgrounds that would have made the Zeiss throw up and go home.

It is small, light, well-built, and easy to focus.

It offers a reasonable all-purpose alternative to the 50 Lux…

At around one-fourth the price.


I am proud to award the Nokton the Iftimestoodstill “Filmy Seal of Approval™”!


(That was actually quite a bit more than I had planned on writing; I’m sorry if I got a little carried away.  Oh…and also, I forgot actual shots of the lens.  Imagine that:  A lens review without lens shots…)

All images taken at f/1.5 with a 3-stop ND filter on Portra 400–Scanned on the Pakon F135 and unprocessed.

Thanks for reading,



6 thoughts on “The Nokton 50mm f/1.5 ASPH

  1. jkjod says:

    Lovely photos, as usual! I had the Nokton for a spell, and the ZM 50/1.5 prior to that. The scalloped focusing tab took some getting used to for sure, but the results spoke for themselves. Does this mean the 50 Lux is gone, or does the Mystery “Old Camera” and the Ikon now each have their own 50 to play with???

    • mewanchuk says:

      Thanks Jordan!

      No no…the 50 Lux will never be gone; It is a staple. In fact, it will probably stay welded to the front of the old camera.


      There are a few 50’s floating around here. I do quite like the scalloped focusing ring. I also like having the Nokton (I have actually had it for quite awhile…) for its portability and weight. I think it may become the official “Vacation Travel 50 film lens”.

      All the best,

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