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Voigtlander 50mm f/1.0 Nokton ASPH VM Lens Leica M

Voigtlander 50mm f/1.0 Nokton ASPH VM Lens Leica M

Product Code: 9249183B


The updated Voigtlander 50mm f/1.0 Nokton ASPH VM Lens for Leica M is heralded as the fastest and sharpest f/1.0 lens in the full-frame line-up, with a new aspherical element, enhanced bokeh and compact size.

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  • Full frame standard focal width prime lens for Rangefinder cameras ideal for a diverse range of subjects
  • Ultra bright f/1.0 aperture excels in low light situations as well as providing extremely shallow depth of field
  • Heralded as the fastest and sharpest model in the entire Voigtlander lens line-up
  • Unique character lens with excellent fall-off from in-focus to out of focus elements within the image
  • 12-bladed aperture diaphragm design renders beautiful bokeh and soft out of focus areas
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Voigtlander 50mm f/1.0 Nokton ASPH VM Lens Leica M Summary

With this updated version, the Voigtlander 50mm f/1.0 Nokton ASPH VM Lens Leica M is heralded as the fastest and sharpest f1.0 lens in the entire full-frame Voigtlander lens line-up. Designed exclusively for Leica M cameras, the 50mm f/1.0 Nokton VM measures just 55mm long and weighs 484g, providing a well-balanced prime lens on a rangefinder camera. With such a bright aperture users can expect to isolate their subjects with razor thin depth of field when desired, whether shooting portraits, street scenes or general subjects. Beautiful rounded bokeh can be achieved with the 12 blade aperture design, putting the Voigtlander 50mm f/1.0 Nokton ASPH VM Lens in a unique category within the Leica M lens range offering exceptional low light performance.

Excellent high resolution detail is resolved thanks to the inclusion of a new type of ground aspherical lens which has been added at the front of the optical design. This includes 9 elements arranged in seven groups which are capable of achieving excellent results.

Key Features

  • Ultra bright f/1.0 aperture
  • 12 bladed diaphragm design
  • Ground aspherical element (GA)
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Metal lens hood included
  • Accurate rangefinder interlocking system
  • 62mm filter thread

Voigtlander 50mm f/1.0 Nokton ASPH VM Lens for Leica M in More Detail

New Ground Aspherical Element

The GA lens manufactured by Voigtlander is used as the primary element of this new lens, and offers exceptional image control with highly desirable results, even when wide open.

Unique character

A fairly compact size (55mm from filter ring to M-mount) and moderate weight of 484g ensures this lens is well balanced on rangefinder cameras. The design does not intrude into the rangefinder camera's viewfinder ensuring clear views of your subject.

12 diaphragm blades for beautiful bokeh

The 50mm f1.0 Nokton features a 12-blade aperture system which creates a round circle for smooth bokeh with minimal onion rings. Out-of-focus elements in the image are rendered with a creamy soft, smooth appearance.

Metal lens hood

The lens comes with a bayonet-type metal hood and can be reverse-mounted for portability.

Accurate manual focus operation

By utilising an all-metal high precision helicoid unit with high-quality lubricants, the lens produces the exact torque required when focusing. This gives you a smooth, precise and pleasurable shooting experience, which is hard to replicate in auto-focus lenses.

Equipped with accurate rangefinder interlocking system

The high-precision rangefinder interlocking mechanism enables incredibly accurate focusing, even when wide open at near maximum f1.0 apertures.

Voigtlander 50mm f/1.0 Nokton ASPH VM Lens Leica M Specifications

  • Aperture Range - f/1.2 - f/16
  • Elements / Groups - 9 / 7
  • Angle of View - 47.8°
  • Focusing Range - 0.9m
  • Lens Coverage - Full Frame / 35mm
  • Lens Focus Mechanism - Manual
  • Thread Size - 62mm
  • Compatible Lens Hood - Included
  • Dimensions - 73.6 x 55mm
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Our Verdict


Voigtlander’s Nokton lens design is equivalent to Leica’s Summicron type lenses and date back to 1950, when the first model was made. This updated version incorporates these many decades of experience, culminating in an ultra bright, fast and sharp prime offering users a world of creative opportunities. Not only does the 50mm f/1.0 Nokton ASPH VM Lens excel in low light, where it gathers even the faintest available light, but you can also achieve incredibly shallow depth of field results. This makes it a truly unique model for both Leica rangefinder users as well as anyone who adapts the lens for other systems.

This can be achieved by using various mount adapters such as the Voigtlander VM-E Adapter II (Voigtlander VM to Sony E) allowing the lens to cover the sensor even with Fujifilm GFX medium format cameras, including the GFX 100S. You will see mild vignetting on larger sensors, however this is perfectly acceptable when set to 3:2 aspect ratio, for video in 16:9 and 1:1 square format. This is testament to the resolving power which Voigtlander has garnered through the inclusion of a new ground aspherical element which has been added to their optical formula.

The 50mm f/1.0 is a manual focus lens with stunningly sharp detail, exquisite bokeh and unmatched performance in low light, which will appeal to users seeking a unique shooting experience.


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