Last Friday I hosted a workshop in Delft, where my student had the new Cosina Voigtländer 50/1.2 ASPH with him. I borrowed the lens for a few quick (not really inspiring) shots, just to get a feel for how the lens renders.
The lens is surprisingly light and small for such a fast 50. Focus feels really nice, as does the aperture ring. IQ wise, it seems sharp enough to me, with nice bokeh and rendering. The only thing I noticed is that it distorted more than I expected. Might have something to do with the fact that this lens has been coded as a Leica 50/1.0. But even if it’s a property of the lens: I could live with it for that price.
The price is exactly the reason why I’d like to have this lens. I’ve had quite a few assignments where I used my Noctilux, but where a slightly less expensive lens would have been the smarter choice. Most of my clients don’t know the Noctilux, nor do they care about it. As they should, because it’s all about the images.
I’ll have to wait a bit longer for this lens to be in stock, because it seems I’m not the only one who’s interested in this nice CV 50.