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Conclusions

The Voigtlander SL II lenses offer great value. They compare favorably to their more expensive Zeiss ZF brethren in optical and build quality. For fans of high quality manual focus lenses, the Nokton 58mm f/1.4 SL II and the Ultron 40mm f/2 SL II offer very good value.

Recommendations

For those looking for a high-quality manual-focus “normal” lens, the 58/1.4 Nokton is a no-brainer. With beautiful bokeh and terrific image quality even wide open on full-frame, it’s a bargain at $379 (without lens hood).

The 40/2 Ultron is a wonderful lens for a compact setup, with superb image quality. Anyone looking for a light and high performance DSLR setup should get this lens. Its optical performance easily trounces the simple Tessar design of the discontinued Nikon 45mm f/2.8P at wider apertures, and it’s more compact as well.

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