Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL IIs (Newest Version, Black Rim) Aspherical Lens for Nikon F Mount AIS

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  • Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL IIs (Newest Version, Black Rim) Aspherical Lens for Nikon F Mount AIS
  • Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL IIs (Newest Version, Black Rim) Aspherical Lens for Nikon F Mount AIS
  • Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL IIs (Newest Version, Black Rim) Aspherical Lens for Nikon F Mount AIS
  • Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL IIs (Newest Version, Black Rim) Aspherical Lens for Nikon F Mount AIS
  • Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL IIs (Newest Version, Black Rim) Aspherical Lens for Nikon F Mount AIS
RRP: $699.00
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— You save $31.00

Description

Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II Aspherical Lens Black Rim (Nikon F Mount - AIS) 


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Featuring a slender profile and a slightly wider-than-normal focal length, the black-rimmed Ultron 40mm f/2 SL IIS Aspherical from Voigtlander is a versatile prime well-suited to everyday shooting. The double Gauss optical design employs a single aspherical element, as well as ultra-high refractive index glass, to produce well-controlled, sharp imagery void of spherical aberrations. Its slightly wide focal length pairs with the bright f/2 maximum aperture to benefit making shallow depth of field imagery as well as working in low-light conditions. The smooth manual focus operation also contributes to controlling focus position, and both depth of field and focus distance scales are featured on the metal lens barrel to aid in pre-focusing or setting hyperfocal distance. This lens' physical design also features a scalloped focus ring to recall classic lens designs of the 1960s as well as afford more secure handling during use. Mixing the classic-inspired design with contemporary usage, the lens also sports an AI-S type CPU to permit in-camera adjustment of the aperture setting for faster, more intuitive exposure control.

- Slightly wider-than-normal prime, this 40mm f/2 lens is designed for FX-format Nikon F-mount DSLRs, however can also be used with DX models where it will provide a 60mm equivalent focal length.
- Bright f/2 maximum aperture benefits working in difficult lighting conditions and also affords greater control over depth of field when using selective focus techniques.
- Double Gauss-type optical design uses ultra-high refractive index glass and incorporates one double-sided aspherical element to reduce spherical aberrations and distortion for greater sharpness and clarity.
- Manual focus design permits working with subjects as close as 9.8" away with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:4.
- Nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a smooth and pleasing bokeh quality.
- All-metal lens barrel integrates both focus distance and depth of field scales to aid in using pre-focusing and hyperfocal focusing techniques.
- Scalloped focus ring and smooth focusing action affords precise control when handling.
- Built-in CPU permits using in-camera controls for adjusting the lens' aperture setting.

Product Highlights:

- F-Mount Lens/FX Format
- Aperture Range: f/2 to f/22
- One Double-Sided Aspherical Element
- Ultra-High Refractive Index Glass
- Manual Focus Design
- Minimum Focus Distance: 9.8"
- Metal Lens Barrel, Scalloped Focus Ring
- AI-S Support/CPU for Aperture Control
- Nine-Blade Diaphragm

Want to use this with your Sony SLR?

Recommended for all Nikon Digital and Film SLRs and can be used with Sony a7 Cameras with our Novoflex NEX/NIK Adapter.

Specifications: 

Performance

Focal Length

40mm

Aperture

Maximum: f/2

Minimum: f/22

Camera Mount Type

Nikon F

Format Compatibility

35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor

Nikon FX/35mm Film

Nikon DX

Angle of View

57°

Minimum Focus Distance

1.25' (.38 m)

Maximum Reproduction Ratio

1:7 

Elements/Groups

6/5

Diaphragm Blades

9

Features

Image Stabilization

No

Autofocus

No

Tripod Collar

No

Physical

Filter Thread

Front: 52 mm

Front: 39 mm  

Packaging Info
Package Weight 200 grams
Tracked + insurance? Yes

 

Overall Rating from B&H (New York)

  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (based on 27 reviews)
  • 91% of respondents would recommend this to a friend


PROS

  • Lightweight (23)
  • Strong construction (18)
  • Durable (16)
  • Rugged (14)
  • Consistent output (13)

CONS

No Cons

BEST USES 

  • Landscape/scenery (17)
  • Low light (11)
  • Night photography (10)
  • Weddings (7)
  • Macro photography (6)

 


 

Worthwhile Further Reading ( Courtesy of: the prolific and interesting Steve Huff, and bustitawayphotography.com / flickr.com/photos/bustitaway/ )

 

What an amazing read about the Voigtlander 40mm f/2 Ultron SL-IIs, by French Engineer Julien Hautcoeur living in Canada who is an actual user and a pretty good writer too:

  

And...what other buyers said in response to his review:

  • "The 40mm focal length is great, my favorite. Close enough to 50mm without being too long, and just a little tighter than the 35mm. Nice pics!"

  • "I agree that this is a great little lens… Actually makes it reasonable to take my D800 out for a walk or hike…..And 40mm is a bit of a sweet spot for me too for street and travel…."

  • "One thing I find with manual focus is the pictures I decide not to take. With auto focus I snap everything, then cull during a break, or after returning home. With manual the number of captures drop, but the percentage of keepers increases. Quality vs quantity."

  • "Finally! Thanks for that very nice review! This is my favorite lens on my 6D. For what the 40mm Ultron is, this lens is much underestimated and should be in every dslr-photobag… It is so versatile and with the close-up lens good for macro pics too. If I had to choose one lens only, it would be the 40mm Ultron."

  • "The 28mm color skopar is another very nice and small Voigtlander lens. Highly recommended! Very sharp and clear wide open but needs to be stopped down to f5.6 – f8.0 for edge sharpness if one does pixel peeping. In practice, this 28mm makes a good travel combo. See Ming Thein’s review. Both lenses deliver very good IQ. Some technical reviews and MTF charts do not correspond with my very good personal experience. For what I use these lenses, they are close to or on par with Zeiss glass, the Canon EF 2.0/35mm IS and the EF 2.0/135mm L. That should be good enough for most of us…"

 

User Reviews:

Most Liked Review

***** out of ***** (5 out of 5 stars)

40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II = Top of Top! (sic)

I'm so happy I bought this product. This lens is really worth it's price! I used to take pictures with a Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D on my D700, which is really an excellent lens. But when I made my first shots with my new 40mm Voigtlander, the results were even better! Very very sharp! This lens is also more versatile than a 50mm lens for travel. 

I do also appreciate it's lightweight; it really counts when having it on your shoulder for the entire day! Great performance,if U get one, you will not be disappointed!! The manual focus feels great and it's a real pleasure to use! Also this lens is very well made(Anodized Aluminum),and it will last forever...

 


Ken Rockwell
 
Used extensively by the one-and-only Ken Rockwell: "It's a joy to use: its focus feels better than my Nikon lenses! I never thought it would come to this, but this Voigtländer lens is better than Nikon's own lenses: it has better optics, better mechanics, and better ergonomics. How about that! 40mm is the ideal normal lens. It's never too long like a 50mm, and never too short like a 35mm."

 

End of very detailed review summates: "The Voigtländer 40mm f/2 SL-II is an optically and ergonomically superb lens. I am quite surprised, as this is the first time I've ever seen a lens whose optics and ergonomics I prefer to Nikon's own classic manual-focus lenses."

 

  

And three more buyer responses:


From Brian:

  • "If I had to pick one focal length it would be 40mm. It is the magic spot for me."

From Diz:

  • "This lens is a permanent fixture on my Nikon FM3a. I believe the focal length to be more representative what our eyes see than a 50mm. I really like how solid it is built. The focusing ring is perfectly balanced (smoothness vs. resistance)."

From Sweden's Steven Norquist: 

  • "The 40mm Ultron is a fantastic lens that I have used for years on my Pentax K1000SE. It has one of the smoothest most silky focus mechanisms I have ever felt on any lens ever. The lens is very sharp, has high apparent acutance so things have a grainy look to them on film which I like. The colors really pop on this lens and contrast is very high. Bokeh is very busy....this lens is more like a photo journal lens designed to be sharp all the time and wide enough to get it all in but still get you close to the subject. I can’t recommend this lens highly enough. P.S. I Forgot to mention the lens comes with a wonderful closeup lens that lets you do real sharp macro photos!"

 

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