Mike Kobal

November 6, 2010

3.45am blues:Voigtlander Nokton 25mm F0.95 wide open on Panasonic Lumix GH1

3.45am blues:Voigtlander Nokton 25mm F0.95 wide open on Panasonic GH1 from Mike Kobal on Vimeo.

I did not expect the lens today! UPDATE: the Nokton 25mm f0.95 is finally in stock at bh!
Grabbed my

GH1 (soon to be replaced by the GH2), mounted the Nokton 25mm f0.95 and met with my friend Hong (one of my favorite hair and make up artists) for coffee and asked her to pose for a few test clips. I am blown away by this lens. Does it compare to the Canon 50mm 1.2? Nope, however keep in mind, in terms of depth of field capabilities this translates to approximately a 1.9/50mm on a full frame sensor.(double focal length and max aperture)
The Nokton can be compared to the Zeiss Macro Planar 50mm F2. The Nokton doesn’t quite make it to 1:2 magnification but 1:3.9! This is fantastic, getting up close without extension tubes and close up lenses and capable to focus from 6.7inches (0.17m) to infinity! The lens is built superbly, and the focusing ring fells very smooth (just like on my 40mm and 20mm pancake lenses).
The Nokton is a fully manual lens with manual focus. You set the aperture by the aperture ring on the lens, and the lens does not communicate data to the camera body.
A pleasure to use and the best high speed lens in the m43 line up so far. I shot this clip mostly hand held, a few shots with a beanbag, at ISO 320, aperture wide open, Shutter speed 1/15 to 1/80, at AWB. The clips are ungraded, straight out of the camera. I didn’t have time to do a proper photographic test yet, this is what I have found so far:
@ .95 overall softness with very soft corners, but usable and sharpens up nicely in ps
@1.4 very sharp in the center and in the corners, extreme corners are still soft.
@2.0 extremely sharp in the center and in the corners, extreme corners are still soft.
shot at 2:3 and 16:9 ratio, the two aspect ratios toughest on corners.
UPDATE: ipad users, you can watch the youtube slide show here.
You can also check my sets at flickr here and here.
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Filed under: City Life,Gear Reviews — mike.kobal @ 2:25 am


  1. Your descriptions and videos are awesome for someone like me who is new to this medium.

    I just received my cheap FD – M43 adaptor from eBay to use on a G2 with my FD 50mm. 1.4 lens. (Also have the Panasonic 20mm F1.7….pretty awesome)

    For this,I must blame you to a large extent :-) lol.

    I am also a fan of the big dog as opposed to all the little ones you see nowadays haha.

    So far, I’ve been astounded at the low light capabilities of M43 with these fast lenses wide open. Seeing your videos is just great and is inspiring me. Thanks once again Mike!!!

    Kind Regards,


    Comment by 33_hertz (martin) — November 6, 2010 @ 6:27 am

  2. Really nice!

    Comment by Gina — November 6, 2010 @ 7:16 am

  3. thank you very much, Gina

    Comment by mike.kobal — November 6, 2010 @ 10:10 am

  4. Thank you very much, Martin. Glad you enjoyed it! And I agree, a dog should be “dog-size” :)

    Comment by mike.kobal — November 6, 2010 @ 10:12 am

  5. I’ve also ordered the pana gh2 with cv nokton.. and i’m looking forward after your great demo movie!!! :-D
    In december you will find my demo at crazypix.ch
    Greez from switzerland

    Comment by Stefan Huber — November 11, 2010 @ 11:07 am

  6. In a word… Wow! And gorgeous.
    I’d been mulling whether or not to get a GH2, but after seeing this and a few other video clips using the Voightländer lens, I’m sold on both.

    How well does it do stills? Can it work as a semi-macro lens?

    Comment by Mr. Reeee — November 24, 2010 @ 10:26 am

  7. thanks Reeee, yup definitely, that’s the beauty of this lens!

    Comment by mike.kobal — November 24, 2010 @ 10:30 am

  8. Really nice, many thanks from Copenhagen :)
    Merry Christmas to you!

    Comment by Peter Hovmand — December 3, 2010 @ 5:12 am

  9. thanks Peter, and to you too!

    Comment by mike.kobal — December 3, 2010 @ 5:23 am

  10. I’m buying the GH2 anyway (for stills and video) – but your work inspired me to buy this amazing lens. Thank you!

    Comment by Paul — December 7, 2010 @ 7:21 pm

  11. thanks Paul, I think you won’t be disappointed

    Comment by mike.kobal — December 7, 2010 @ 7:26 pm

  12. That’s beautiful, Mike. A fine job of showing off the lens, but actually the lens becomes a showcase for your artistic capabilities.

    Comment by Tom Diaz — December 17, 2010 @ 7:08 pm

  13. thanks Tom!

    Comment by mike.kobal — December 17, 2010 @ 11:40 pm

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