Voigtländer 10mm F5.6 Hyper Wide Heliar E-mount lens review by Michael Johansson

reviewer#27609 date: Jun-14-2016
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Nothing to campare to!
price paid:1069 Euro
positive:Very wide for full frame in a fairly compact format. Well corrected for straigth lines. Electric contacts for EXIF and focus assist.
Much better front cap than the 15mm Super Heliar.

For filmmakers this lens has a declickable apperture ring.

Better front lens cap than the Voigtländer 15mm lens.
negative:Non-detachable lens hood makes it impossible to mount square filters like graduated.
comment:I own the brother to this lens, the 15mm Super Heliar but could not resist buying this to after a long fight with myself. I was worried that the extra 20 degree of FOV wouldn´t make that much different but it does. It is amazing to use this lens that really gives an extreme wide effect without curved distortion as on fishey or semifishey lenses.

It has to be used with care to get good perspective in eg architecture photography and also avoiding to get feet or parts of fingers and camera straps into the frame.

This is a beautiful lens in a fairly small housing giving an Amazing unbelivable rectiliniar wide angle effect on full frame cameras. Built like a small tank.

After some testshots with the lens I am a bit dissapointed but also satisfied at the same time. The sharpness is very good in the centre but in some circumstances poor on the edges. This is especially noticeable when photographing a flat field with grain. IQ on the other hand is very good overall when taking a pic of somethin with an interestimng centre and surrounding edges that is deliberately out of focus or does not loose on a bit unsharpness on the edges. For landscape pics where it is important to have the hole scene in focus the 10mm lens have a useful area that correspont somewhat to the 15mm lens. In all I would say center focus is 5 but edges is 3 giving an average of 4.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 2
  • sharpness: 4.25
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 4.00
  • flare control: 4.00
  • overall: 4.45
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