Voigtländer 15mm F4.5 Super Wide Heliar E-mount lens review by Wētāpunga
|Wētāpunga#45755 date: Sep-2-2021|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Minolta 17-35 G|
Minolta 20/2.8 RS
Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8
|price paid:||NZ$ 1849 new|
All metal build
|negative:||Lateral chromatic aberrations|
|comment:||I got this for my E-mount collection to have something to handle ultra-wide scenes. While I have mentioned that f4.5 aperture as a negative, this clearly is a tradeoff to produce a lens that is this compact. |
Wide open the corners are still a bit soft, hence the sharpness rating. However, stopped down to say f8 for typical landscape use, they sharpen up nicely.
The overall distortion is very well controlled for an ultrawide- this is one area where the short flange-distance of the E-mount seems to help wide-angle lens design.
I'm not a fan of the fixed hood as it makes it impossible to use square-filter systems. Even some circular filters are tricky to put on, if the ring is too wide.
The lens build is superb, and the focusing ring is well dampened. It's fun to use and has produced some of my favourite images this year.
It's a good option for a landscape or travel photographer, who would prefer great image quality in a small package, than a large, fast lens.