Voigtlander Ultron 40mm f/2 SL II (Nikon mount) - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Nikon / Nikkor (APS-C)

Samples Images

Here're some quick'n dirty sample images taken with the D200 and RAW-converted via RSP 2006.

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Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 40.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/500s
Size 2613x3898
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 40.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/160s
Size 3898x2613
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 40.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.0 @ 1/640s
Size 3898x2613
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 40.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.0 @ 1/3000s
Size 2613x3898
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 40.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.0 @ 1/640s
Size 2613x3898
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 40.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.0 @ 1/250s
Size 2613x3898

Verdict

The Voigtlander Ultron 40mm f/2 SL II is a welcome addition to the fix-focal length segment of the market which isn't overly well supplied by the big manufacturers. The Ultron is a very sharp lens straight from the max. aperture but especially around f/5.6. The amount of distortions and vignetting is generally negligible in field conditions. Lateral Chromatic aberrations are a bit higher than average but they don't reach worrisome levels. The biggest problem of the lens is the only average quality of the bokeh @ f/2 - the out-of-focus rendition. This is a bit unfortunate because this is one of the primary playgrounds for such a large aperture lens. The build quality of the lens is exceptionally high and it is a joy to use it in field conditions despite or maybe because of the lack of AF. Regarding its size and weight is a nice companion for travels - less so for portrait photography.

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