New Voigtlander Ultron 40mm f/2 SL II S lens for Nikon F-mount announced

Today Cosina announced a new Voigtlander Ultron 40mm f/2 SL II S manual focusing lens for Nikon F-mount that will replace the previous version from 2012. The original Ultron 40mm f/2 Aspherical SL lens was announced back in 2002 (see eBay listings). In the new version Cosina changed the helicoid ring, while keeping the same optical design. As a result, the minimum shooting distance was reduced to 25 cm.

The US price of the lens is not yet announced (check B&H website).

Here the translated specifications:

  • Focal length: 40 mm
  • Aperture ratio: 1: 2
  • Minimum aperture: f/22
  • Lens configuration: 5 groups 6 sheets
  • Angle of view: 57 °
  • Number of diaphragm blades: 9 blades
  • Shortest shooting distance: 0.25 m
  • Maximum shooting magnification: 1:4
  • Maximum diameter × total length: 66.3 × 37.5 mm
  • Filter size: 52 mm
  • Weight: 260 g
  • Mount: Ai-S (CPU built-in)
  • Round screw type lens hood LH - 40 IIS (sold separately)
  • Expected release date: September 7, 2017
  • Suggested retail price in Japan (excluding tax): ¥ 60,000 or around $550 (US prices are usually lower)
  • Colors: black and silver rim (the lens is the same color, just the front rim is different):

Sample photo from the Voigtlander Ultron 40 mm f/2 SL II S lens:

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Low light video shot on a pre-production Nikon D850 camera

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Take a look at the Instagram video before it gets removed (the video was shot at ISO 1,200 with a shutter speed of 1/60th):

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The full press release can be found on

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