The new Voigtlander Ultron 40mm f/2 SL II S lens for Nikon F-mount is now available for pre-order


A quick update on the new Voigtlander Ultron 40mm f/2 SL II S Aspherical manual focusing lens for Nikon F-mount that was announced last month - the US pricing was just revealed ($515) and pre-orders are now open:

The Voigtlander LH-40 IIS lens hood is sold separately.

Check also the pre-order listings at Adorama.

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  • Roger S

    Maybe a silly question: what does the final S in “SL II S” signify?

    • tomskyphoto

      The S-suffix apparently indicates the now more “Nikonashii” retro style featuring the scalloped focus and aperture rings along with the colorful DOF markings that were typical for pre-Ai F-mount Nikkors.

      • Roger S

        Thanks. My first wild guess was that the S stood for scalloped (after comparing this one to other lenses), so I was perhaps on the right track. “Nikonashii” style — I like it.

      • Michiel953

        I got the Nokton a few weeks ago, and the modern coatings (on this apparently old Topcor formula, or close enough to it) really make a difference compared to my 50/1.2 AiS. I sold a 50/1.4 and 50/1.8 Ai/AiS to (partially) fund the Nokton.

        I’m very happy with the Nokton, as it comes close in rendering to my beloved 58/1.4G and yes, both are sharp when used well.

    • MB

      Super long, if compared with optically identical previous no S version 🙂

      • tomskyphoto

        But not mechanically identical – the helicoid for the shorter minimum focusing distance had to go somewhere.

        • MB

          Exactly, hence Super long 🙂

      • Roger S

        Or maybe “super tall stack” instead of just a pancake : )

        • silmasan

          Stackofpancakes!

      • Captain Megaton

        Think of it as a bonus built in lens hood. The old one had a very exposed front element.

      • vriesk

        The previous version was actually annoyingly smallish in a FF body. One of the reasons I have eventually sold mine.

  • docnorth

    I’m not interested in that particular lens, but that’s a real “normal” prime – compact and a little wider than 43mm.

    • Max

      Isn’t normal closer to 50?

      • docnorth

        Actually about 43mm. It’s the diagonal of film or FF and the diameter of the circle within FF fits. 43mm focal lenght gives the same perspective with our vision. And if you multiply with π (~3,14) you know why 24x36mm film or FF is called 135mm format. That’s in a few words, I hope I answered adequately.

        • Captain Megaton

          I heard 20mm gives a FOV close to what we see in peripheral vision.

          • docnorth

            By perspective I mean how compressed or elongated the distance between objects looks, not FoV. We all have noticed that with telelenses distances between different objects look shorter than they are and the opposite stands for wide angle lenses.
            About human eye, if I remember it correct, ONE eye has an even wider FoV, 110-115 degrees, more like a 14mm lens. Of cource sharpness outside our central vision is at maximum only 2/10….

      • Roger S

        I don’t think that this is a hard and fast rule. 40mm can be considered a normal lens, just as 58mm can. Even a 35mm is considered by some to be a normal lens. I’ve seen a couple of definitions of what is normal: a lens whose focal length is equal to the diameter of the sensor, and a lens whose angle of view equals that of human vision (this second being the one I learned many years ago).

  • typyshotshot

    What a strange focal length, what would you use that for?

    • MB

      Taking pictures, collecting dust otherwise, stuff like that 🙂

    • Max

      Yes 40mm won’t work for anything. Totally weird. It’s 5mm longer than 35mm, which means people’s faces will elongate (total horse-face effect), trees look awkward and uncomfortable, cats look like dogs, and coffee smells like tea.

      • Michiel953

        39 ór 41 would have been perfect. But 40? Sorry, what were they thinking?

        Years ago I had an Olympus EP-2 with that Panasonic 20/1.7, and it was a really versatile and useful focal length. Great lens too.

        • Must be that measurement standard they use up there in Canada.

          • Vincent Alongi

            Depending on the exchange rate. Maybe that’s why they make those funky 24-70 lenses- to account for fluctuation in the dollar.

      • typyshotshot

        Ahahah I’m crying, I’m even using a 35 prime lens right now in my ME Super

    • Captain Megaton

      I found it a little odd, but maybe I just wasn’t used to it.

      In a nutshell it’s intrinsically a really boring FL, more distant than 50 but without the dramatic sweep of a 35. So it is a challenge to make an interesting photo. There is no help from the lens.

      I got some memorable shots with it on DX but when I went FX I gave up and replaced it with the Zeiss 50/1.4ZF. No regrets.

  • OK, it sounds like a highly color corrected lens with minimal aberrations, but $515 for a manual focus, standard focal length f/2?

    • Abiatha Swelter

      Good glass is never going to be cheap.

    • Michiel953

      What’s wrong with the price? My Nokton (very good lens) was eur 579.

      • I’m just saying that it’s a good lens, but overpriced for what it is.

        • Michiel953

          For the rendering quality or for the admittedly exotic focal length?

          • It’s basically a normal lens. There are other really good but faster lenses out there at that price. Your Nokton is a full stop faster and only $65 more.

            • Michiel953

              I know, but 40mm (versatile) is a world of difference from a 58mm (very niche). Although I’ve got a brace of 1.4G primes, I really never use them wide open. F2.0 with superb rendering quality would be very welcome to me.

            • Well, my dad taught me to never argue with an attorney. But, it sounds like you’d be up for owning a Ferrari knowing that it will do 180mph (or whatever that is in Canada) but only drive it 40 to the grocery store. 🙂

            • Michiel953

              Lol! I have one!

              Actually a lowly XF with a 2.0 fourpot, but you get the picture.

            • LOL, you would!! Hey, an XF is better than a Spitfire, so bravo!!

    • ZoetMB

      Street price on Nikon’s AI-S lenses are $1100 for the 35mm 1.4, $700 for the 50mm 1.2, $480 for the 50 1.4 and $400 for the 55 macro 2.8. (There’s also a 20, 24, 28, and 105 macro).

      • Most of what you show here are much faster lenses. I realize the D series is AF, but for comparison, look at the price differences between Nikon’s own 50mm f/1.8D vs. 50mm f/1.4D. $300 vs. $130. And that’s just 2/3 of a stop.

  • sperdynamite

    TIME FOR THE DF2 NIKON. And do it right this time.

    • ZoetMB

      It’s only time for the DF2 if the DF sold well. And there’s no way to know whether it did or not, but judging from Nikon’s overall imaging group financials, it probably didn’t. This could be a situation where everyone thought they wanted a retro camera, but in the end didn’t buy it. My bet is that if there is a DF2, it’s mirrorless, looking more like the old Nikon rangefinders.

      • sperdynamite

        That’s what I’m afraid of in a way. I think a lot of people wanted the DF to be great, but Nikon whiffed the concept, and priced it too high. I think there could have been a lot more excuses for it’s half hearted design at the D610 price. Frankly, I’d welcome a DF2 in a mirrorless design. EVFs are better for manually focusing by a lot, and then could possibly achieve the form factor of an actual FM2. That’s probably a pipe dream though, Nikon seems dead set on pushing new technologies these days, not concept-oriented designs.

      • It’s for a niche audience like me. My decision had nothing to do with nostalgia. I owned several DSLRs and never found any of them comfortable or logical to use. The Df feels right to me and functions more like what I prefer. I like the combination of D series lenses and the Df. I can have autofocus which is good because my eyes aren’t quite what they used to be, but also use the aperture ring instead of relying on the dial on the front that Daniel Wharton pointed out doesn’t work that well. The MASP dial is superfluous to some degree but it’s not really in the way. The sensor is the other reason to buy the camera. It’s superb. If they do a mirrorless “retro” camera it will no longer be a Df, even if it retained the Df sensor. I don’t want to look at a TV screen while I’m shooting.

        • RC Jenkins

          My (pancake Nikon F version) Voigtlander works brilliantly on my Fuji XPro2–better than on my Nikon DSLRs.

          I can have:
          -No “TV screen”
          -Tiny “TV screen” in the corner for magnification or focus peaking
          -Full “TV screen” for more magnification, focus peaking, digital rangefinder/split prism/ etc.

    • Daniel Wharton

      This lens would be great on the Df. In what ways can’t the current one take advantage?

      I would take better AF in the Df, but it hasn’t caused me too much trouble. The only other thing I’d really like to see changed is dropping the MASP (PASM) dial–it should be redundant–and fixing the front dial.

      The sensor is perfect, though. Not sure I’d favor the D5 sensor for this particular application. It would be tough to get me to upgrade, which may be a big dilemma. The target market is already Df-saturated.

      • Ric of The LBC

        ~high5~ on the front dial. That is the biggest pain point for me.

  • HD10

    Looks good but I will wait for the rumored Nikon pancake primes that will likely be released at or near this focal length.

  • Richard Hart

    they are going for that fuji retro styling.

    • Michiel953

      Looks like Nikkor pre-Ai styling to me…

      • Ric of The LBC

        Indeed.

      • RC Jenkins

        Definitely Nikon styling. A hybrid between pre-Ai (scalloped ring) & AI styling (standard colors). 🙂

        I have the similarly-styled Voigtlander 58mm (as well as the older 40mm pancake). I love them–smoothest focussing rings I’ve ever used.

        I hope Voigtlander continues & makes some similar lenses for Nikon’s new mirrorless mount…these + focussing aids more advanced than the ‘dot’ would be amazing.

  • Fly Moon

    I bought the old version of the for my ex-camera A7RII and didn’t like it. It wasn’t sharp at all with no contrast.

    I hope this is is better.

    I don’t buy or own any manual lenses for my Nikons but with the D850’s focus peaking, I would consider them.

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