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Cosina is planning to release a Voigtländer branded 50mm f/1.1 lens for the Leica M mount. The Voigtländer Nokton commemorates the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Bessa series of M mount 35mm rangefinder cameras, which are also being marketed under the Voigtländer brand. The new Nokton is constructed of 7 elements in 6 groups, has a 58mm filter diameter and weighs 428 grams without a lens hood. The glass used for the manufacturing of this lens is claimed to have an ultra-high refractive index. The projected retail price is ¥ 125,000 without taxes. There is no word on pricing / availability outside Japan.
The German Voigrländer site is now showing the Nokton 50mm f/1.1 on its home page, saying it is going to be available in Europe from early summer, at a price of €999.