Cosina has officially announced the Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.4 in Japan. It features a native E-mount with electronic contacts, which means the aperture and focus distance are transmitted to the camera. You can also activate focus magnification by simply rotating the focus ring. The latter is mechanical which makes manual focus more precise and pleasant than fly-by-wire rings.
The lens has been re-designed upon the previous 35mm 1.4 available for Leica’s M-mount with a symmetric lens design and ultra high reflection glass. It has 8 elements in 6 groups and a 10 blades aperture iris that should enhance the bokeh quality. The minimum focus distance is 30cm and the aperture range goes from f/1.4 to f/16.
The lens is small and compact, only weighing 262g. It becomes the sixth lens from the brand to feature a native Sony full frame mount. Prices haven’t yet been confirmed but according to SonyAlphaRumors, it should be around $750. The lens should start shipping in February. Some sample images are available on Cosina’s website.