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Cosina announces $990 Voigtlander APO-LANTHAR 50mm F2 Aspherical lens for Z-mount cameras

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Cosina has announced the details of its new Voigtländer APO-LANTHAR 50mm F2 Aspherical lens. While its name and basic specifications match that of the Voigtländer APO-LANTHAR 50mm f/2 Aspherical lens for Sony E-mount, Cosina says the Nikon Z-mount version is all new while retaining the same ‘high-performance’ thanks to its apochromat design.

The manual lens is constructed of ten elements in eight groups, including two low-dispersion elements, two double-sided aspherical elements and a floating element. It features a 12-blade aperture diaphragm, has an aperture range of F2 through F16 that’s adjusted with the knurled aperture ring, has a minimum focusing distance of 45cm (17.7”) and uses a 52mm front filter thread.

The lens is chipped for providing communication between the lens and camera body on compatible Z-mount cameras. In addition to enabling EXIF data, this also enables proper in-body image stabilization on compatible cameras, as well as support for the various focusing assist functions. This is all possible due to a licensing agreement Cosina has struck with Nikon that allowed it to develop and manufacture this unit.

Below is a sample gallery of images captured with the lens and provided by Cosina:

Focusing is controlled with the knurled and scalloped focusing ring that drives an all-metal helicoid focusing unit inside the lens. Below is a compatibility chart provided by Cosina that details which Z-mount cameras on what firmware support communication between the lens and the camera body:

The Voigtländer APO-LANTHAR 50mm F2 Aspherical lens is set to be released in May 2022 for ¥120,000 (~$987).


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