Voigtlander 15mm F4.5 Super Wide Heliar
The Voigtlander 15mm F4.5 Super Wide Heliar is a brand-new manual-aperture, manual-focus ultra-wide-angle prime lens for Sony Alpha 35mm full-frame mirrorless electronic cameras. It showcases an aperture variety of f/4.5- f/22 and a ten-bladed round diaphragm for smoother bokeh blur in out of focus areas. It showcases 11 components in 9 groups, a precision-engineered full-metal casing, weighs in at 294 grams, and also can be easily de-clicked for flick production. The Voigtlander 15mm F4.5 Super Wide Heliar retails for ₤ 649/ $799.
There have already been two variations of this lens for Leica (or Voigtländer Bessa) cams. The very first still integrated a M39 (Leica String Mount) while the second one was already outfitted with a Leica M-Mount. The optical formula of these lenses coincided and they not only struggled with the A7’s and A7r’s sensors but likewise with Leica’s digital sensing units. Consequently around 2015 a third version was launched with a totally brand-new optical style for Leica M-Mount. The boosted optics came with the cost of increased dimension and weight, as variation III is noticeably larger than it’s earlier brother or sisters.Voigtlander 15mm F4.5 Super Wide Heliar
This lens is now likewise readily available with Sony E-Mount and also while the optical formula coincides as the M-mount version, there are a couple of advantages when it pertains to the handling of the lens. I will certainly naturally talk about those benefits in this evaluation.
The Voigtlander 15mm 4.5 E Super Wide Heliar, was kindly supplied free of charge by Voigtländer Germany (Ringfoto) for reviewing purpose for a period of 2 weeks.
Managing/ Create Quality
The create quality is really nice as the lens is an all steel building and construction and also really feels quite strong, tolerances are really reduced and the markings are inscribed as well as full of white (and also red) paint.
The focus ring hast just the appropriate resistance, is distinctively formed, rather broad as well as simple to get hold of without looking at the lens. It takes approximately 90 ° transforming it from Infinity to 0.3 m. The aperture ring has third-of-a-stop click-stops and it takes a little less than 90 ° from f/4.5 to f/22.
When you transform the focusing ring the video camera zooms in immediately, this can likewise be turned off in the camera food selection. Yet there is an extra effect: a digital distance range is displayed in the viewfinder as well as on the display, I didn’t observe this when using the Loxia 35mm 2.0.
The hood is non removable and also as a result– despite the generous 58 mm filter string– making use of a slot-in filter system like Lee, Cokin or Hitech is not possible.
The aperture ring can be declicked– a feature which is likewise availabe on Zeiss Loxia lenses– yet the incorporation below is way better in my viewpoint: there is a small ring right behind the aperture ring, you can draw it onward, turn it by 180 ° and thereby adjustment between click quits as well as clickless aperture (white dot ahead: click stops, yellow line ahead: clickless). This function was not pointed out in the extremely brief manual, so it could come as a suprise for some
The Voigtlander 15mm F4.5 Super Wide Heliar‘s manual focussing ring covers a significant width of the lens barrel and also is incredibly smooth to run, finish with a valuable deepness of area scale. It also has a huge rotation angle of 90 programs which makes it possible for accurate concentrating as well as relocates efficiently with no play. The exact engravings in meters as well as feet, together with the depth of emphasis range, help make hand-operated focusing a veritable enjoyment, especially in conjunction with the outstanding Peaking function offered by the Sony A-series electronic cameras.
Chromatic aberration (purple fringing) is hardly ever an issue with the Voigtlander 15mm F4.5 Super Wide Heliar, a lot to ensure that we could not find any circumstances of fringing in our examination shots.
Light Fall-off and also Distortion
Light fall-off is visible wide open at f/4.5, though this is to be anticipated for such a fast lens and also could conveniently be remedied in Photoshop. Stop to f/8 as well as the vignetting is already less noticeable, however it is still visible when shooting pale scenes that fill up the frame.