Voigtländer 12mm F5.6 Ultra Wide-Heliar E-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#46878 date: Aug-9-2022
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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 MF 12 F2
Sigma 12-24 EX DG HSM
Voightlander 15 F4.5
price paid:549 USD (used)
Center sharpness
Focus Encoder
Lens Compensation
negative:Lateral CA
Dark, smeared corners
Fully manual
Lack of sealing
comment:This is a manual, unit focus lens with electronic contacts. "Lens made in Japan"

Center sharpness and contrast wide-open is good, but by mid-frame is already a bit worse than the old Sigma 12-24 zoom at 12 mm. It has slightly more lateral CA than that zoom.

Not a great deal for the cost, but it is small and fun to use.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 2
  • sharpness: 4.50
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.50
  • distortion: 4.50
  • flare control: 4.50
  • overall: 4.60
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