Mike Kobal

November 8, 2010

UPDATE: Street Sample Photographs shot at F0.95, Voigtlander Nokton 25mm F0.95

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.
UPDATE: the Nokton 25mm is finally available at BH!
As promised here are the sample photographs

shot wide open @ f0.95! I shot these this evening.The Nokton was mounted on the Panasonic GH1. No Vari filter this time, just the lens hood. The aperture was set to 0.95 for all shots.
Raw captures, B/W conversion, slight contrast enhancement, done in ACR. No retouching or additional manipulation and, NO sharpening!
You can check EXIF Data for exposure time and ISO settings.
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,Uncategorized — mike.kobal @ 11:29 pm


  1. I’ve followed your post for a while now and really enjoy them. It’s great that you share these things, but today I tried to see these photographes as I’m very interested in the lens and own a GH1, but the slideshow doesn’t work in the iPad. Just thought I’d let you know.

    Comment by Gabriel — November 9, 2010 @ 6:18 am

  2. Good photography, seems the 25 nokton is a usefull option….do you think you would consider using it for modelphotography?

    Comment by Ulli — November 9, 2010 @ 7:10 am

  3. thanks Gabriel, and for letting me know will do some research, find a format that works with mobile devices. any suggestions?

    Comment by mike.kobal — November 9, 2010 @ 8:56 am

  4. thanks Ulli, totally, not for everything of course, I already used it on a few shoots and love it, the way it “snaps’ into focus is really nice

    Comment by mike.kobal — November 9, 2010 @ 8:58 am

  5. Looks like Flickr is using Flash to produce the slideshow. There are JavaScript alternatives out there… But none as easy to use as Flickr’s, I’m afraid. Perhaps if we let them (Flickr) know that there are almost 100 million iOS users (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad combined) out there they might come up sit a non-Flash alternative?

    (Sent from my iPad and no, I don’t have a Flickr account).

    Comment by CK Lai — November 11, 2010 @ 4:07 am

  6. Mike, HTML 5 gallery with Javascript would work on most mobile players. Or YouTube with an HTML5 link.

    Comment by Deirdre — November 11, 2010 @ 5:21 am

  7. I will look into into and change the player. thanks for letting me know Deirdre and CK

    Comment by mike.kobal — November 11, 2010 @ 6:14 am

  8. You made me a fan. Both of your work and the lens. Great job, love the lens.

    Comment by Eddie — November 12, 2010 @ 10:13 am

  9. thank you, Eddie.

    Comment by mike.kobal — November 12, 2010 @ 11:23 am

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    Pingback by Another Voigtlander Nokton 25mm f0.95 hands on review - Micro Four Thirds User Forum — November 13, 2010 @ 3:19 am

  11. Absolutely great pictures >> I just ordered a Nokton 0.95 :)

    Comment by Horazio — December 6, 2010 @ 7:58 am

  12. thank you, Horazio!

    Comment by mike.kobal — December 6, 2010 @ 10:16 am

  13. cool work with that lens. curious question for you, I admire your street photos a lot, do you ask people (I assume strangers) if you can take their photo or do you just snap away? I live in rural TN and don’t have the same opportunities to do that kind of work, and would love to visit NY and give it a go. I guess I am a bit shy to shoot those shots, or too polite? don’t know yet. thanks for any input.

    Comment by steven — January 24, 2011 @ 3:13 am

  14. thanks steven, it really depends, trust your gut feeling, I try to be very discreet, sometimes I ask, traditionally street photography is about capturing slices of everyday life without interference, its a fine line..

    Comment by mike.kobal — January 24, 2011 @ 12:06 pm

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