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

reviews found: 6   
reviewer#45686 date: Apr-3-2021
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 10-20 F4-5.6 EX DC
Samyang 12 F2
Opteka 15 F4 Macro
Sigma 12-24 F4.5-5.6 EX DG HSM
Tamron 17-28 F2.8 RXD
Tamron SP 17-35 F2.8-4
Tokina AF 17 F3.5
price paid:550 USD (used)
positive:Size
Center sharpness
Focus Encoder
Lens Compensation
De-clickable
negative:Lateral CA
Dark, smeared corners
Fully manual
Lack of sealing
comment:A gritty, worn looking example purchased from an individual via a fixed price eBay listing. This is a manual, unit focus lens with electronic contacts. "Lens made in Japan"

It is rather similar optically to the old Sigma 12-24 zoom at 15 mm and closer to the inexpensive Opteka macro than I was expecting. It is much wider than the 17 mm primes and zooms. The Tamron 17-28 F2.8 RXD is much sharper in the corners. A sharpness rating of 4 may be too generous given the falloff.

The lack of seals is alarming at this price. The gap for the aperture control is sized to capture and hold grit. It requires more care than the previous owner gave it.

Not a great deal for the cost, but it is small and fun to use.
reviewer#45644 date: Feb-11-2021
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:Voigtlander 5.6/12 LTM
Zeiss Loxia 2.8/21
price paid:450 euro secondhand
positive:Solid build; small(ish), feels and handles great
Colours this lens gives match other Voigtlander lenses realy well
Sunstars *****

negative:Bit awkward to use filters on this lens because of non-removable hood.
comment:My Voigtlander 5.6/12 LTM just didn't work as well on my A7iii compaired to my A7s. So, looking for a small UWA lens that matches this body I did not have to look far to find another great Voigtlander lens.
I love the images it gives me for landscape or streetphotography. Beware for putting people in close range of the lens or to much into the corners of the frame for unnatural looking distortion.
I find the colours very nice and sharpness good, although extreme corners lack a bit behind (could be copy variation?).
Put aperture on f/8, focus on/near infinity, ISO setting auto, forget about it & just enjoy shooting (-;

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.
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; 61MP61 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: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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:Sony E 10-18mm. Voigtlander FE 15mm. Batis 18mm. Samyang 18mm. Batis 25mm. Sony 24mm GM. Zeiss 16-35mm f4. 16-35mm GM. Sony FE 28mm. Zeiss FE 35mm. Sony 45mm f1.8 FE. Batis 40mm. Samyang FE AF 45mm. Sony FE 50mm. Sony FE 50mm macro. Zeiss FE 55. Sony FE 85. Sigma A FE 135mm. Sony 70-200 GM. Sony 100-400mm GM.
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:Vignetting which when corrected means added noise in corner shadows but keep the ISO low and it will never be a problem.
comment:NEWS FLASH...Holds it's own against the 16-35 f2.8 GM and beats it when a large peripheral highlight is in the shot.
This is not a fast lens like the Batis 18mm or the 16-35GM but it is razor sharp from edge to edge, has wonderful colour rendition and it has that elusive 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 many ultra wide lenses. 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. Still in 2020 my prefered ultra wide option. Highly recommended.
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; 61MP61 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 for 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.

Update:
I have lately obtained a square filter holder from Vietnam that works with this lens. It takes 100 mm filters and makes it possible to use ND and grad filters without vignetting. It is also possible to slightly tilt the filters for horizons that is not totaly horizontal.
reviews found: 6   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 6
  • sharpness: 4.75
  • color: 4.83
  • build: 4.67
  • distortion: 4.33
  • flare control: 4.67
  • overall: 4.65

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