Voigtländer 15mm F4.5 Super Wide Heliar E-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 4   
reviewer#42977 date: Jan-10-2018
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:17mm/4.0 Canon FD. 20mm/2.8 Minolta Rokkor-X. 11-16/2.8 Tokina. 16/2.8 Sony E.
price paid:$650 used
positive:Ideal for interiors. When you fill the frame, it's excellent for landscapes. Surprisingly goos for walk around, street photography. Electronic connection makes critical focus easy, enables TTL radio flash controls, and adds EXIF info to files.
negative:While distortions are very well controlled, insuring straight lines in home interiors demand very careful composition. Hardly a knock on the lens itself, but a reality of using an ultra wide. Too slow for most low-light, star photography on NEX6 and original a7.
comment:Originally purchased to replace my 17/4.0 Canon FD for use in realty photography. As good as the Canon is, the Voightlander goes to 110 degrees, with very little distortion. The electronic contacts makes focusing very easy, and being able to uses the Odin wireless flash program became so much easier. There is significant vignetting, however I tend to shoot at F8 for most shots, so vignetting is well controlled. Because it is so wide, filling the frame for landscapes makes for far better compositions. Stunningly sharp at F5.6-8, still good wide-open. The big surprise for me was how usable it is set at F8, 1 meter for focus and auto ISO, for walk around street shots.Being so useful in so many situations, it has become my most used lens on the a7. The only real drawback has been the F4.5 maximum aperture. My realty and scenic photos are always on a tripod, but I also like walking around at dusk in cityscapes. Sometimes I either get camera movement or use ISO's higher than I like to use. Also, I now live in the Sierra foothills and have the opportunity to shoot dark skies. F4.5 is a bit too slow to get what I'm after.

Build quality is excellent. Solid, smooth and well balanced. It's a winner in almost every use.
reviewer#32712 date: Nov-29-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:sel1635f4 oss
price paid:700 euro (sh)
positive:DISTORSIONS
negative:nothing
comment: Best uw lens for me.
reviewer#28618 date: Jul-2-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SONY 14-35 GM. Sony Fe10-18. Tamron 10-24. Zeiss 16-35. Voigtlander 15mm Mk2. Tokina 17mm ATX Pro. Zeiss Batis 18mm. Tamron 11-18. Minolta 11-18. Sony 11-18.
Minolta AF 20mm f2.8. Sony A 20mm f2.8. Samyang 14mm.
price paid:£509.00
positive:Built like a tank. Will last for ever. Very compact. No need to focus once set up. Takes filters (58mm). Beautifull colour rendition. Sharp, Sharp Sharp, from edge to edge. Brilliant lens coatings.
negative:None!
comment:NEWS FLASH...Holds it's own against the 16-35 f2.8 GM.
This is not a fast lens like the Batis 18mm but it is razor sharp from edge to edge, has wonderfull colour rendition and it has that illusive extra, like the Leica 75, a look all of it's own. Flawed perfection, like the Leica, maybe, but the flaws are hard to find. Distortion is very well controlled and doesn't have any of the complex problems found in lenses like the Tamron 10-24. Fringing is remarkably well controlled as are flare artifacts. All in all a beautifully made, well engineered compact lens that is a pleasure to live with. It has been a long time since I have been able to say that I love a lens but I love this one. Highly recomended.
reviewer#26575 date: May-4-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Voigtländer Super Wide Heliar Aspherical 15mm F4,5 VM
Samyang 14mm F2,8
price paid:799 Euro
positive:Very wide for full frame in a compact format. Well corrected for straigth lines. Electric contacts för EXIF and focus assist. As on the M-mount version III of this lens the problem with magenta misscolouring of the short sides of the frame is removed compared with the original and second version of this lens.
For filmmakers this lens has a declickable apperture ring.
negative:Non-detachable lens hood makes it impossible to mount square filters like graduated.
comment:A beautiful lens in small housing giving a tremendous wide angle effect on full frame cameras. Built like a small tank.

I changed to this lens from it´s M-mount version to get focusing aid and EXIF data. As optics are the same I feel that this is a very good lens giving good value for money and a perfect choice for landscape, architecture and interior photography.
reviews found: 4   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 4
  • sharpness: 5.00
  • color: 4.75
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 4.25
  • flare control: 4.75
  • overall: 4.75

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