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

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)
Center sharpness
Focus Encoder
Lens Compensation
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.

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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