Reviews and Problems with Voigtlaender 15mm Super Wide Heliar f/4.5
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Well made little super wide angle lens for the money
1 July 2013
Summary: Thus far, I've really been impressed with this little lens. It has the widest field of view of most anything available for my Leica screw-mount cameras, and with an adapter, it makes a great landscape lens for my Ricoh GXR. It is not rangefinder coupled and manual focus only, which may seem cumbersome, so the user has to use scale focusing for their film camera and focus-assist through a viewfinder on their digital camera.
One of the widest wide angle lenses available to Leica screw mount and M rangefinder cameras
John Kwok, Amazon
1 June 2011
Summary: The Voigtlander Super-Wide Heliar 15mm f4.5 aspherical lens offers suprisingly good performance as one of the two widest lenses available from Voigtlander for screw and M mount rangefinder cameras. I have seen excellent enlargements nearly 11 x 14 inches in dimensions which attest to the excellent optical qualities of this lens.
Summary: Very nice lens. Works best if stopped down a bit. Great construction and affordability. Since there are no other lenses available in this focal length, your choices are limited. Leica's own 21mm is phenomenal, but very pricey. Obviously, this is a special purpose lens, along with their 12mm, but it does have its uses.
Summary: This lens is sharp as heck, light weight, and almost free. The other reviewer notes that it's cheaper than the Leica 15mm. A bit! The Leica is 7500$ and hardly any more contrasty or sharp. Further, you can buy a body, a Bessa L, for 100$ and have an extraordinary combination for interiors, buildings, or special effects. This lens is fully linear.
Summary: After I bought a Bessa L for a really nice price, I went to Downtown LA to shoot some pics in B&W. I basically learn on the spot how to use the camera (it doesn't work like my GH3, GX1 or the others, LOL!)the results were awesome. It is quite sharp even on the borders. I am getting an adapter to use it on my M4/3 cameras.
Summary: I concur with prior positive comments about the Voigtlander 15mm. The optical performance appears to be very good, the build quality is nice, the compact size is handy, and the value is unbelievable! My only reservation is use with full frame format, which I have not tried. I suspect vignetting may be an issue with some users since a graduated ND filter to my knowledge is not offered. This is not a significant issue with the M8 1.33 format.