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

reviewer#45755 date: Sep-2-2021
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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:Minolta 17-35 G
Minolta 20/2.8 RS
Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8
price paid:NZ$ 1849 new
positive:Compact size
All metal build
negative:Lateral chromatic aberrations
Fully manual
Small aperture
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.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 7
  • sharpness: 4.71
  • color: 4.86
  • build: 4.71
  • distortion: 4.29
  • flare control: 4.71
  • overall: 4.66
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