Voigtländer 15mm F4.5 Super Wide Heliar E-mount lens review by 2manycamera

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; 61MP61 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.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 5
  • sharpness: 4.90
  • color: 4.80
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 4.40
  • flare control: 4.80
  • overall: 4.78
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