Tuesday, February 14, 2006

40/1.4 Nokton SC

A recent acquisition from Cosina Voigtlaner, the 40/1.4 Nokton SC, is the single coated version of the 40/1.4 Nokton (multi-coated). I've been wondering about this lens for a while, so when I acquired it, I immediately slipped onto my CLE, with its convenient 40mm framelines, and hit the streets for a test roll, or two.

I'm not lacking for a good 40mm lens. I own the M-Rokkor 40/2, which is very nice, but the single-coated version of the Nokton, with its reputation for being a good lens for shooting black & white was too much to bear.

Reports on this lens have been mixed. It reportedly has inferior bokeh. I'm not a bokeh chaser, but a lens that exhibits quality out-of-focus areas is very pleasing.

I own the Konica Minolta Hexanon 50/2, which IMO, has excellent bokeh.

What you're looking at here, are images from the single-coated Nokton, from the first two rolls, in fact. I've not been able to form an opinion, but the lens seems to have a look considerably different from the CV lenses I own. For example, it is completely different from the 35/2.5 and 28/3.5 and closer to its sibling the 50/1.5. I particularly like the midtones as rendered by the 40/1.4, the skin tones on the portrait, and the tones on the basket and face of the woman, in the image above.

I'll post more as they come in. The film types here are PlusX and TriX.