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 Voigtlander Ultra Wide Heliar 12mm f/5.6 12/5.6 Aspherical II - IN STOCK $750 ORDER HERE

with Next Day USA Delivery and premium clear B+W Multi Coated XS-Pro Nano Filter.  Orders received by 1PM California time Mon-Fri usually shipped the same day. Free Next Day USA shipping by USPS Express Mail or FedEx.

 Improved Metal 12mm Full Frame Viewfinder $349

1st Version Plastic 12mm Full Frame Viewfinder $299

 For the Leica 35mm M's and M9 use the Voigtlander Film 12mm Viewfinder - V1 299, V2 $349

 For the Leica M8/8.2 use the Voigtlander Film 15mm Viewfinder $169

 or For the Leica M8/8.2 use the Metal Voigtlander Film 15mm Viewfinder $209

For the Epson RD1 or Ricoh GXR M use the Voigtlander RD1 12mm Viewfinder $249

 

 

 

Screw Mount 12/5.6, M mount 12/5.6, New Version 12mm Viewfinder, 1st Version 12mm Viewfinder

M mount 15/4.5 and M mount 12/5.6

  • New version is M bayonet mount - fits all Leica M mount cameras - but not screw mount cameras

  • New M version now has rangefinder coupled focusing, not lens distance scale focusing as before

  • New M mount 12/5.6 has same optics as previous version Screw Mount 12/5.6

  • Rangefinder Close focus .7m - if your camera's rangefinder can focus to .7m

  • New M version takes 67mm filters without a filter adapter like original version required

  • Scale focusing from .5m to .7m

  • Weight 230 grams, length 42.5 mm

  • New M version has larger built in lens hood

  • New much improved vision metal 12mm viewfinder now has brightline, roughly 1/2 size of 1st version $349

  • Announced 1/20/10 

     

The smaller format Leica M8/8.2 as well as the Epson RD1 can use the Voigtlander 15-35 Zoomfinder with 12mm or 15mm lenses!

In use the new Voigtlander M mount 12/5.6 handles better than the screw mount version, and of course now offers rangefinder coupling and can easily use filters - without the filter adapter necessary on the earlier screw mount version.  The new 12mm viewfinder is much improved with a brighter, easy to see image as well as a brightline.  On the other hand, the screw mount 12/5.6 is usable on screw mount cameras - something not possible with M mount lenses. 

 


Voigtlander Ultra Wide Heliar 12mm f/5.6 12/5.6 Aspherical Screw Mount with Viewfinder ! $799 ORDER HERE

with Next Day USA Delivery.  Orders received by 1PM California time Mon-Fri usually shipped the same day.   Free Next Day USA shipping by USPS Express Mail or FedEx.

 

Leica Screw Mount -- Sold WITH 1st Version Film 12mm Viewfinder - DISCONTINUED BUT STILL AVAILABLE

 Leica Screw Mount -- add $59 Screw Mount adapter for perfect compatibility Leica M cameras!  For ANY Leica Screw Mount or Leica M mount camera!

 For the Leica 35mm M's and M9 use the Voigtlander Film 12mm Viewfinder - V1 299, V2 $349

 For the Leica M8/8.2 use the plastic Voigtlander Film 15mm Viewfinder $169

 or For the Leica M8/8.2 use the Metal Voigtlander Film 15mm Viewfinder $209

For the Epson RD1 or Ricoh GXR M use the Voigtlander RD1 12mm Viewfinder $249

 

 

Beautiful Shintaro painted black Leica M3 mounting the Screw mount 12/5.6 via the M adapter with 1st version 12mm viewfinder

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Screw Mount 12/5.6 and new improved version 12mm viewfinder mounted on Leica IIIc K. While the screw mount version can be used on M mount lenses with the screw mount to M adapter, remember M mount lenses can not be adapted to screw mount bodies!

March 2000, Voigtlander announced the 12/5.6 in Leica Screw mount.  It is the widest production super wide ever made for 35, a rectilinear lens, not a fish eye!    It went on sale in Japan Sept 1st 2000.  The phenomenal  121 degree field of view Aspherical 12 has 10 lens elements in 8 groups, f/stops from 5.6 to 22 with half click stops, and weighs only 6 1/2 oz with lens shade and front cap.   While not rangefinder coupled (there is no need for it in a lens this wide), you have easy fast focusing from 12" to infinity with the handy dandy focusing lever.  The finder is of robust all metal construction, offering a sharp bright image, and weighs in at 3 oz.    It's probably a good idea to keep the lens shade on unless you are using the 77mm filter adapter, since with the shade removed, the front element protrudes beyond the lens barrel.  The huge glass front of the finder also protrudes beyond the finder base.    The 12 finder itself is aspheric and difficult to manufacture.      Voigtlander  sells separately a lens case with top and bottom compartments.    In September 2003 the SL 12/5.6 was introduced in Nikon F mount for mirror lock up. SEE PICS   If you want to convince your experienced rangefinder friends that you are a rangefinder newbie, just ask them if the 12 needs rangefinder coupling.   2009 UPDATE: The screw mount 12/5.6 was replaced by the M mount 12/5.6 with the same optics. 

 

Voigtlander Bessa T mounting the Screw mount 12/5.6 via the M adapter, 1st version 12mm viewfinder, and Bessa Trigger Winder

To put the 12/5.6 Voigtlander in perspective, the widest previous production lens was the now discontinued manual focus 13/5.6 Nikkor for Nikon SLRs, which sells in the used market for about $8000.  It's worth saying that as the most expensive Voigtlander screw mount lens, the 12/5.6 and its finder seem to be made to a higher level of workmanship than Voigtlander's previous, less expensive offerings.   It is also the best 12mm rectilinear lens ever sold to the public, since it is the only full frame 12 ever commercially produced.

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Shown here is a beautiful Shintaro painted Leica M3 in modified M3 case with snap off top,  mounting the 12/5.6 with filter adapter and polarizer, with VC I meter on double accessory shoe.   Second shot shows Leica M3 with the 77mm filter adapter, spirit bubble level, and double accessory shoe.  The top of the filter adapter is cut out, as it intrudes into the bottom of the finder area.   The filter holder itself is another triumph for Cosina-Voigtlander.   The previous 13/5.6 Nikkor ultra super wide angle king could only take 4 fixed rotating filters, without the versatility of mounting ANY front mount filter.  

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The now discontinued "sprit level" is a unique bubble level, marvelously designed to be the best  35mm bubble level ever made.    It's stoutly made of metal with a black crinkle finish, offering both direct and optical leveling.    Notice the bubble is easily visible from all four sides, allowing the photog to level the camera quickly even if they are not behind the camera.   Unlike standard bubble levels, the best view of the bubble is though the rear eyepiece, designed so that the shooter can look though lens finder and the bubble level SIMULTANEOUSLY.   The fixed mount of the bubble level is angled towards the presumed side by side wide angle finder for the photog's convenience.   Geez, it's amazing what can happen when the chief designer (Cosina's President Mr. Kobayashi)  is an experienced photog.   

While introduced with the 12mm lens, the new bubble level can be used with practically any lens, whether mounted in the accessory shoe of your SLR or on your Rangefinder.   Designed with maximum versatility in mind,   this ingenious level is usable not only with other 15, 25, 28, and 35 Voigtlander wides,  but also with other makes of rangefinder cameras and their lenses from such places as Wetzlar and Solms.

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Left to right: Screw Mount 12/5.6, 15/4.5, 25/4

Left to right, a complete 12/5.6 outfit: the optional 77mm filter attachment, the detachable lens shade, the 12/5.6 lens, the optional double accessory shoe, the 12mm finder, and the optional bubble "spirit level."  Contrary to rumors, the spirit level does not measure the photog's Karma to determine if the photog is worthy of the lens.


 

Voigtlander Super-Wide Heliar 15mm f/4.5 15/4.5 Aspherical Screw Mount WITH 15mm Viewfinder  

$499 Black  ORDER HERE

Leica Screw Mount -- Sold WITH Film 15mm Viewfinder

 Leica Screw Mount -- add $59 Screw Mount adapter for perfect compatibility Leica M cameras!   For ANY Leica Screw Mount or Leica M mount camera!

 For the film Leica M's and the M9, use the Voigtlander Film 15mm Viewfinder V1 $149, metal V2 $209

 For the Leica M8/8.2 use the plastic Voigtlander Film 21mm Viewfinder $189 or 21/25 Viewfinder $169

 or For the Leica M8/8.2 use the improved metal Voigtlander Film 21/25 Viewfinder $209

For the Epson RD1 or Ricoh GXR M use the Voigtlander RD1 15mm Viewfinder $169

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wpe384.jpg (26062 bytes)IF you don't realize the importance of the 15 Heliar, let me explain it to you.  The standardized Leica screw mount was introduced in 1931.   In the intervening 68 years, this was the widest lens ever made in LTM mount until Voigtlander brought out the even wider 12!   The 15 also matches the widest lens ever made for the M mount, the ultra rare limited production 15/8 Zeiss Hologon which fetches a modest $10,000 from collectors lucky enough to find one today in mint condition.   In other words, this is the only regular production 15mm lens ever in LTM or M mount!!!   Shooter after shooter has reported great results with it.  The 15's importance goes beyond that.  It made the new Voigtlander.   When 1st introduced, people couldn't believe a quality 15 lens could be made for such a low price.  Cosina gambled big on this lens, and won big.    As report after report raved about the new 15, the new Voigtlander lineup was on its way.    The 15 put Cosina's new Voigtlander lens lineup on the photographic map.      In September 2003 the SL 15/4.5  was introduced in Nikon F mount for mirror lock up. SEE PICS

Field of view is 110 degrees.  F/stops 4.5 to 22 with click half stops, close focusing to an amazingly  close 11 3/4 inches, weight an astounding 4 oz, diameter 49.6mm,  length extending from body 30.7mm, built in lens shade, multi-coated  8 elements in 6 groups,  10 aperture blades, push on lens cap goes over outside edges lens shade, shares same lens cap as 25.    The 12/5.6, 15/4.5 and 25/4 are not rangefinder coupled, but then you don't need RF coupling with lenses this wide.   Depth of field is so immense, you will have no trouble getting sharp shots with your built in your head Guess the Distance focusing device.      You can use filters, but only if they are much larger than the lens, such as gelatin filters and say, 72mm filters.     Play a around with it, whatever works, works.  You will have to tape it, or more likely, hold the filter in front of the lens during the exposure.   Another option is using the 12's 77mm filter adapter.  The 15's barrel is a bit smaller, wrapping some electricians tape around the lens barrel will allow you to mount the clamp on 12's 77mm filter ring.  If you want to convince your experienced rangefinder friends that you are a rangefinder newbie, just ask them if the 15 needs rangefinder coupling.

The original plastic bodied 15 viewfinder supplied with the 15/4.5 screw mount has a easily used clear view without framelines.   In 2009 an improved metal 15 viewfinder was introduced, which 15 screw mount owners may purchase separately.  See section below on the 2009 M mount 15/4.5.   The screw mount 15 shares the VL-1 lens case, with its upper compartment for the finder and the lower compartment for the lens, with the 21, 25, and 35 Compact lenses.  The VL-1 does not fit the later M mount lenses.

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Yep, ALL of the new Cosina Voigtlander Leica Mount lenses are quite usable on the M8, MP, M7, M6, M5, CLE, CL  WITH TTL metering!! 


Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f/4.5 15/4.5 Aspherical II   

New Rangefinder Coupled Leica M mount 15/4.5 $600  ORDER HERE

with Next Day USA Delivery and premium clear B+W Multi Coated XS-Pro Nano Filter.  Orders received by 1PM California time Mon-Fri usually shipped the same day.   Free Next Day USA shipping by USPS Express Mail or FedEx.

 For the film Leica M's and the M9, use the Voigtlander Film 15mm Viewfinder V1 $149, metal V2 $209

 For the Leica M8/8.2 use the plastic Voigtlander Film 21mm Viewfinder $189 or 21/25 Viewfinder $169

 or For the Leica M8/8.2 use the improved metal Voigtlander Film 21/25 Viewfinder $209

For the Epson RD1 or Ricoh GXR M use the Voigtlander RD1 15mm Viewfinder $169

 

Hi Stephen,
 
I got the new 15mm rangefinder lens and got a chance to try it out yesterday.  What a fantastic lens!  Tack sharp right to the corner fully open.  No distortion.  I fitted a 52mm IR rejection (I use an M8),  coded the lens as a WATE, and the camera recognized it as such and corrected falloff and cyan shift in the corners extremely well.  The lens brings up the correct 28/90 lines for the M8, same as the Leica 16-18-21 WATE, so no problem coding it.
 
Its a home run!
 
Regards - Jim Browning

 

 2010 Update: New improved Metal Version II 12mm $349, 15mm $189 and 21/25mm $189 viewfinders were introduced.   Side by Side: The Version I and Version II Voigtlander 15mm Viewfinders, $149 and $189.

OK, What's the deal?  Voigtlander's original 15/4.5 lens from 1999 established the Cosina-Voigtlander franchise and is still a best seller.  Why gild the lily?

Because Mr. Kobayashi and Voigtlander always aim to improve their products.

Imagine: A sharp 15mm M lens for less than the price of a used car!

  • 15/4.5 M Mount Lens  f/4.5 to f/22, half click aperture stops

  • 8 elements in 6 groups - same optics as screw mount 15/4.5

  • Sold without viewfinder, use a fixed viewfinder or the 15-35 zoom finder

  • 10 Aperture Blades

  • Closest RF Focus .7 meter, scale focusing to .5 meter

  • Filter Size: 52mm - easy to mount M8 IR filters

  • Size: 38.2 length x 59.4mm diameter

  • Weight 156 grains

 

Left to Right:  Voigtlander 15/4.5 Super Wide Heliar, Zeiss 15/2.8 Biogon, Voigtlander Screw Mount 15/4.5 with M adapter

Left to right:  Voigtlander  15/4.5 VM Super Wide Heliar, Voigtlander 28/2 Ultron, Voigtlander 35/1.4 Nokton

 

 

 

Voigtlander 15/4.5 VM mounted on Epson RD1 with the Voigtlander 15D Viewfinder for the RD1

Voigtlander 15/4.5 VM lens on Voigtlander Leica M to Micro 4/3 Adapter mounted on Panasonic G1


NEW Voigtlander 21mm f/1.8 21/1.8 ULTRON Leica M Mount

   $1150  ORDER HERE

with Next Day USA Delivery and premium clear B+W Multi Coated XS-Pro Nano Filter.  Orders received by 1PM California time Mon-Fri usually shipped the same day.   Free Next Day USA shipping by USPS Express Mail or FedEx.

 

CLICK HERE TO GO TO 21/1.8 SUPER PAGE

 

 

 

THE 21/1.8'S ARE IN STOCK!

  • Sharp FAST 21 lens receiving great reviews!

  • F/1.8 to F/22

  • Comparable in size to the Voigtlander 35/1.2

  • About 1/5 the  price of the 21/1.4 Leica Summilux

  • 13 elements in 11 groups

  • 1 Aspherical element

  • Close focus .5 meter

  • Rangefinder focusing to .7 meter

  • Weight 412 grams

  • 58mm Filter size

  • 10 Aperture Blades

  • Size: 78.4mm long, 69mm diameter

 


 

 

Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm f/4  21/4 With Viewfinder Black  $419 ORDER HERE

Leica Screw Mount -- Sold WITH film Viewfinder

 Leica Screw Mount -- add $59 Screw Mount adapter for perfect compatibility Leica M cameras!  

For ANY Leica Screw Mount or Leica M mount camera!

For film Leica M's and Leica M9/ME/M240, use the Metal 21/25 Viewfinder $209, Plastic 21/25 VF $169

 or Voigtlander 21mm Plastic Viewfinder $189

For the Leica M8/8.2 use the Voigtlander Film 28mm Viewfinder $209

For the Epson RD1 or Ricoh GXR M use the Voigtlander Film 28 or 35mm film viewfinder $209

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The 21/4 is built on the 25/4 lens barrel,  with Rangefinder coupling and a convenient focusing lever.  8 elements in 6 groups, 39mm front filter, built in hood.   For an initial user report, see the bottom of the Bessa T page.   To mount a filter, remove the shade by unscrewing it WITH the lens cap attached, mount the 39mm filter, and then remount the shade.  The filter fits tightly inside the shade, and is not accessible for removal or mounting without 1st removing the shade.    On my M6 the 21 rangefinder couples from infinity down to about 2.5 feet,   but will SCALE FOCUS even closer to about 18."    This closer than expected focusing is a very nice feature which can add up to interesting adventures in perspective.   Perhaps the best word for the super convenient focusing lever is GREAT.   The short throw of the focusing lever is also VERY convenient,   you go from close-up to infinity in only about a 95 degree throw!

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Introduced with the screw mount 21/4 and sold with it is a very well done plastic bodied 21 brightline finder with glass optics.   This superb finder, clear and bright.   Yes, the finder is available separately for older 21's with not so great finders.    The amazing thing about Voigtlander's pricing is the new 21 with finder sells for not much more than Leica's 21 finder alone.    The 21/4 shares the VL-1 lens case, with its upper compartment for the finder and the lower compartment for the lens, with the 15, 25, and 35 Compact lenses. 

In 2010 two new 21 mm finders were introduced:  a metal combination 21/25 viewfinder using the improved optics at $209 (chrome or black, and a combined 21/25 viewfinder using the older optics and the plastic bodied viewfinder finder (black only) $169. On top of that, the new 15-35 Zoomfinder was introduced $529.  Mr. Kobayashi enjoys quality viewfinders!

Click Here to see the rectangular hood for the 21/4, 25/4 or 28/3.5


Voigtlander Color Skopar 21mm f/4 P  21/4  $419 ORDER HERE

Leica M Mount -- Sold WITHOUT Viewfinder

For ANY  Leica M mount camera!

For film Leica M's and Leica M9/ME/M240, use the Metal 21/25 Viewfinder $209, Plastic 21/25 VF $169

 or Voigtlander 21mm Plastic Viewfinder $189

For the Leica M8/8.2 use the Voigtlander Film 28mm Viewfinder $209

For the Epson RD1 or Ricoh GXR M use the Voigtlander Film 28 or 35mm film viewfinder $209

"Thanks for your usual excellent service. I got the Skopar 21 and have been using on my M9 with the latest firmware. By "locking" the ISO at 160 and selecting the older 21 Leica for correction, the results are very nice. I had been wanting this lens, but thought it might only work on my film Ms, so the firmware release pushed me over the edge.
 
I think the good reception of this tiny lens may have pushed Leica to do the new Super Elmar, but since they improved the firmware correction (for their new lens I'm sure) I'd expect also more demand for the Skopar.

 

Tom Brunson"

To the left is the new 21/4P in M mount, to the right the screw mount 21/4

Released April 2007.  The new M mount 21/4 P has the same optics as the previous screw mount 21/4, but now sports a new lens barrel.  Produced primarily for the new Voigtlander R4's, the 21/4P is not sold with a viewfinder as there is no need of an accessory 25 viewfinder for the R4A or R4M.  The 21/4P in Leica M mount lens brings up the 28/90 framelines in Leica M cameras.  The 21/4P  is styled similar to the Leica 35/2 pre-aspheric Summicron.  The optional square LH-1 lens hood  will fit the 21P, but the LH-1 is not suitable for the R4's as it blocks too much of the viewfinder.  The lens is supplied with a 39mm snap on front lens cap. 

The 21P has 8 lens elements in 6 groups, 39mm filter size, apertures f/4 to f/22 with click half stops, nearest rangefinder coupled focus .7 meter, scale focusing from .7 meter to .5 meter, diameter 55mm, weight 144 grams or 5.1 oz, with a field of view of 91 degrees.   On my M6 the 21 rangefinder couples from infinity down to about 2.5 feet,   but will SCALE FOCUS even closer to about 18."    This closer than expected focusing is a very nice feature which can add up to interesting adventures in perspective.

In 2010 two new 21 mm finders were introduced:  a metal combination 21/25 viewfinder using the improved optics at $209 (chrome or black, and a combined 21/25 viewfinder using the older optics and the plastic bodied viewfinder finder (black only) $169. On top of that, the new 15-35 Zoomfinder was introduced $529.  Mr. Kobayashi enjoys quality viewfinders!


Voigtlander Snapshot-Skopar 25mm f/4 25/4 Screw Mount Discontinued SOLD OUT

(but the same optics are in its replacement, the 25/4 P)

For film Leica M's and Leica M9/ME/M240, use the Metal 21/25 Viewfinder $209, Plastic 21/25 VF $169

 or Voigtlander 25mm Plastic Viewfinder $169

for the Ricoh GXR M use the Voigtlander Film  35mm film viewfinder $209

 

 For the Leica M8/8.2 this lens brings up the 24mm Frameline using the 35/135 Screw Mount Adapter

This GEM of a screw mount lens is sadly discontinued, but it lives on with the same optics in the M mount rangefinder coupled Voigtlander 25/4 P.   It is a GREAT performer which approaches the images of the 10x more expensive Leica 24/2.8 ASPH,  a MUCH better performer than the old and expensive 25 Canon and Nikkor lenses. TINY, small and  lightweight, NOT rangefinder coupled, with LATER type of Bright Line Viewfinder, Silver or Black, screw mount (fits screw mount cameras or M mount with standard Voigtlander M adapter)  I believe used prices will eventually go UP. 

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A good argument can be made that the 24/25 focal length is the single most useful wide angle.  The 25/4  is the first production 25mm lens in Leica screw mount since the Canon 25/3.5 was discontinued in 1972.  Personally I don't like the "Snapshot" label...the term has a tendency to trivialize an important and seriously useful lens.  Unusually, it has CLICK STOPPED focusing at 1, 1.5 and 3 meters...a very nice feature.  Notice the chrome tipped focusing lever -- shades of Barnack!!!  

Field of view is 82 degrees.   F/stops 4 to 22 with click half stops,  close focusing to 23 inches, weight an amazing 3 ounces with lens shade, diameter 49.5mm, length extending from body with shade 29.5mm, multicoated 7 elements in 5 groups, 10 aperture blades, shade pushes on over the lens shade, shares same lens cap as 15.     Neither the 15 or the 25 are rangefinder coupled, but then you don't need RF coupling with lenses this wide.   Depth of field is so immense, you will have no trouble getting sharp shots with your built in your head Guess the Distance focusing device.  To mount a filter, remove the shade by unscrewing the shade WITH the lens cap attached, mount the 39mm filter, and then remount the shade.  The filter fits tightly inside the shade, and is not accessible for removal or mounting without 1st removing the shade.

In 2010 two new 25 mm finders were introduced: a metal combination 21/25 viewfinder using improved optics for a clearer, brighter image at $209 (chrome or black) , and a combined 21/25 viewfinder using the older optics and the plastic bodied viewfinder finder (black only) $169. On top of that, the new 15-35 Zoomfinder was introduced $529.  Mr. Kobayashi enjoys quality viewfinders!

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Yes indeed, the Voigtlander 15 and 25 are small compact lenses.  Here are two shots of the 15 and 25 compared side by side to the compact  35/2 Summicron M (late version before the ASPH).

Click Here to see the new rectangular hood for the 21/4, 25/4 or 28/3.5


Voigtlander Color Skopar 25mm f/4 P 25/4   $419 ORDER HERE

Leica M Mount -- Sold WITHOUT Viewfinder

For ANY  Leica M mount camera!

Same Glass as Screw Mount 25/4 but now Rangefinder Coupled Leica M mount

 

For film Leica M's and Leica M9/ME/M240, use the Metal 21/25 Viewfinder $209, Plastic 21/25 VF $169

 or Voigtlander 25mm Plastic Viewfinder $169

for the Ricoh GXR M use the Voigtlander Film  35mm film viewfinder $209

 

 For the Leica M8/8.2 this lens brings up the 24mm Frameline

two 25/4P's side by side to show different details

the rangefinder coupled M mount 25/4P and the scale focus screw mount 25/4 Snapshot side by side

Released May 2007.  The 25/4 P has the same optics as the previous 25/4, but is now rangefinder coupled for more accurate focusing.  This lens works on any M mount camera, but is also very convenient on the new
Bessa R4A or R4M.  A viewfinder is not included with the lens.   The 25/4P in Leica M mount lens brings up the 35/135 framelines in Leica M film cameras, or the 35/24 frameline on the Leica M8.   The lens is styled similar to the Leica 35/2 pre-aspheric Summicron.  The optional square LH-1 lens hood  will fit the 25P, but the LH-1 is not suitable for the R4's as it blocks too much of the viewfinder.  The lens is supplied with a 39mm snap on front lens cap. 

The 25P has 7 lens elements in 5 groups, 39mm filter size, apertures f/4 to f/22 with click half stops, nearest rangefinder coupled focus .7 meter, scale focusing from .7 meter to .5 meter, diameter 55mm, weight 144 grams, with a field of view of 82 degrees.  

In 2010 two new 25 mm finders were introduced: a metal combination 21/25 viewfinder using improved optics for a clearer, brighter image at $209 (chrome or black) , and a combined 21/25 viewfinder using the older optics and the plastic bodied viewfinder finder (black only) $169. On top of that, the new 15-35 Zoomfinder was introduced $529.  Mr. Kobayashi enjoys quality viewfinders!


 

The Voigtlander 28/2 Ultron Leica M Mount, 28/1.9 Ultron Leica Screw Mount, 28/3.5 Color-Skopar

 

 

 

Voigtlander Color-Skoptar 28mm f/3.5 28/3.5 Screw Mount - Discontinued SOLD OUT 

 Leica Screw Mount -- add $59 Screw Mount adapter for perfect compatibility Leica M cameras!  

For ANY Leica Screw Mount or Leica M mount camera!

For film Leica M's and Leica M9/ME/M240, use the Metal 28mm Viewfinder - Black or Chrome  $209

for the Ricoh GXR M use the Voigtlander Film  40mm film viewfinder $169

The 28/3.5 was introduced  in March 2002. Now discontinued it is being increasingly recognized for the great lens it is.   It is the smallest Voigtlander lens.  It uses 7 lens elements in 5 groups, and has a 39mm filter size.  The 28/3.5 also accepts the optional LH-1 square lens shade.   Notice the convex front element.  Weight is 163 grams.  Close focus is .7 meters.  As shown in the "Wide" group shot at the top of this page, the 28/3.5 is less than half the size of the 28/1.9.   To mount a filter, remove the shade by unscrewing the shade WITH the lens cap attached, mount the 39mm filter, and then remount the shade.  The filter fits tightly inside the shade, and is not accessible for removal or mounting without 1st removing the shade.  These are probably the sharpest 28mm lenses ever made in Leica Screw mount.  Discontinued April 2007.  The factory is sold out.   This is one of the few CV lenses whose silver version is chrome, not silver anodized.  Curiously this lens was not all that appreciated while in production.  Only after it was discontinued has the 28/3.5  become a sought after legend.  Please note the Voigtlander SC 28/3.5 in Nikon mount has the SAME optics.

 For the Leica M8 use the M8's 28mm frameline, bought up automatically with the traditional 28/90 screw mount to M adapter.    For the Epson RD1 use the Epson's 28mm frameline.


 

Voigtlander Ultron 28mm f/2 28/2 Leica M Mount ORDER HERE

Leica M Mount -- $630  IN STOCK

with Next Day USA Delivery and premium clear B+W Multi Coated XS-Pro Nano Filter.  Orders received by 1PM California time Mon-Fri usually shipped the same day.   Free Next Day USA shipping by USPS Express Mail or FedEx.

 

This is an improved smaller version of the 28/1.9 lens available only in black in M mount.   It has a focusing tab not available on the 1.9.  46mm filter size with close focus of .7 meters.  10 Elements in 8 groups.  8.6 oz or 244 grams.  Initial praise from shooters is high indeed! 

For film Leica M's and Leica M9/ME/M240, use the Metal 28mm Viewfinder - Black or Chrome  $209

for the Ricoh GXR M use the Voigtlander Film  40mm film viewfinder $169

 

This is a small lens for a fast 28mm!  Announced 7/17/08

 

Voigtlander's FAST WIDES: left to right: 40/1.4, 35/1.2, 35/1.4, 28/1.9, 28/2

Voigtlander 28/2 mounted on a Leica M4-P


Voigtlander Ultaron 28mm 28/1.9 Aspherical Leica Screw Mount - DISCONTINUED Sold Out

 Leica Screw Mount -- add $59 Screw Mount adapter for perfect compatibility Leica M cameras!  

For ANY Leica Screw Mount or Leica M mount camera!  Discontinued 

28/1.9 Lens Hood and Lens Caps Still Available

For film Leica M's and Leica M9/ME/M240, use the Metal 28mm Viewfinder - Black or Chrome  $209

for the Ricoh GXR M use the Voigtlander Film  40mm film viewfinder $169

 

 

 

Introduced  at Photokina 2000,  the 28/1.9 is the fastest production 28 EVER  made in ANY 35mm rangefinder mount.   Leica screw mount,    9 elements, 7 groups, closest focus .7 meter, 46mm filter size, chrome or black, smallest aperture f/22.    The 1st shipment arrived in early May.   The 28 brightline is sold separately.  For an initial user report, see the bottom of the Bessa T page.   Like all Voigtlander Cosina Leica screw mount lenses, the 28/1.9 is available in either black or silver.    With my M6 with .72 finder, the lens is rangefinder coupled down to about 24," a nice feature.

For the Leica M8 use the M8's 28mm frameline, bought up automatically with the traditional 28/90 screw mount to M adapter.    For the Epson RD1 use the Epson's 28mm frameline.

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Notice the heavy duty removable hood, and removable focusing lever (in plastic pouch). To mount a filter, remove the shade, mount the 46mm filter, and then remount the shade.  The filter fits tightly inside the shade, and is not accessible for removal or mounting without 1st removing the shade.  As is to be expected for such a fast lens, the 28/1.9 is one of the larger Cosina Voigtlander lenses, weighing in at 10 oz. with lens shade.  It takes up about 15% of the finder with the .72 M6.


Voigtlander 35's

back row 35/1.7 Ultron Screw Mount, 35/1.2 Nokton V2

front row 35/2.5 C Color Skopar Screw Mount, 35/2.5 P Color Skopar,  35/1.4 Nokton

 


Voigtlander Color Skopar 35mm f/2.5 P 35/2.5 Pancake Type I  Leica Screw Mount

DISCONTINUED Sold Out

For film Leica M's and Leica M9/ME/M240, use the Metal 35mm Viewfinder - Black or Chrome  $209

      

The 35/2.5 C is shown between two shots of the 35/2.5P for comparison.

Introduced in January 2000 with the Voigtlander Bessa R,   a "Pancake" 35/2.5 Color Skopar P,   and a "Compact" 35/2.5 Color Skopar C.      Both are identical optically,  with 7 elements in 5 groups and 10 aperture blades.     The big plus point for this lens is the extremely short throw from infinity to close-up.  IF you want to follow action or a moving subject with your rangefinder, the 35/2.5 P may be the fastest focusing 35 you will find.  The 35/2.5 P Type I was discontinued April 2003, replaced by the 35/2.5 P Type II in Leica M mount April 2004.   The SAME glass is in the 35/2.5C Screw mount, 35/2.5P Leica M Mount, and the 35/2.5 SC for Nikon Rangefinders.

 I think the "Pancake" rangefinder coupled 35/2.5 P is misnamed.  I was expecting a much flatter lens to justify the "pancake" name.   The size  is about the same as the last version of the pre-aspherical 35/2 Summicron -- small but not super flat like other "pancake" lenses of the past.    The filter size is 43mm, the weight about 5 oz, with a close focus to .9 meters.    This is a small lens, but still larger than I had expected considering the term "pancake."     Perhaps Japanese pancakes are thicker than American  pancakes.     Strangely the lens shade is sold separately -- unlike any of the other Voigtlander Leica screw mount lenses.  What is unusual about this lens is the VERY short throw from close-up to infinity.   In this regard, it is faster to focus than its 35/2.5 C brother.

The 35/2.5 P screw mount is  roughly half the size of the similarly styled 35/1.7, but still overall larger than the 35/2.5 C.  To mount a filter, remove the shade, mount the 43mm filter, and then remount the shade.  The filter fits tightly inside the shade, and is not accessible for removal or mounting without 1st removing the shade.    The 75/2.5 shares the 43mm filter size. 

For the Leica M8 use the M8's 35mm frameline, bought up automatically with the traditional 35/135 screw mount to M adapter.    For the Epson RD1 use the Epson's 35mm frameline.


Voigtlander Color Skopar 35mm f/2.5 C 35/2.5 - Sold Out

Leica Screw Mount  DISCONTINUED -    - add $59 Screw Mount adapter for perfect compatibility Leica M cameras!   For ANY Leica Screw Mount or Leica M mount camera!   8/08 The silver 35/2.5 C is discontinued and sold out at the factory. 7/09 black 35/2.5 C is discontinued and sold out at the factory.

same glass as the 35/2.5P in M mount, but more versatile as it will fit more cameras

For film Leica M's and Leica M9/ME/M240, use the Metal 35mm Viewfinder - Black or Chrome  $209

 

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The 35/2.5 C is a delightful lens, very small, and with a quick focusing lever like the 25/4, because it is built on the 25/4 lens barrel !  Personally, I prefer the 35/2.5 C version  over the    35/2.5 P "pancake" because of the smaller size and the built in focusing lever.   Unlike the 25/4, this lens is rangefinder coupled, but   without click stopped focus points.      Optics between the "Pancake" and "Compact" 35/2.5's screw mount lenses are the same, 7 elements in 5 groups.  The same optics are found in the M mount 35/2.5 P and the Nikon Rangefinder mount 35/2.5 SC.   The 35/2.5 Compact  focuses very close to just under 2.5 feet and weighs only  4 1/2 oz. -- roughly half the size and weight of the 35/1.7 Ultron.  Unlike the 35/2.5 Pancake version, a sunshade is included with each lens.   Note the Leica styled "35" on the lens barrel, to help prevent confusion with the identical sized 25/4.  It has a field of view of 63 degrees, and 10 aperture blades.   To mount a filter, remove the shade, mount the 39mm filter, and then remount the shade.  The filter fits tightly inside the shade, and is not accessible for removal or mounting without 1st removing the shade.   The 35/2.5 C is slightly smaller and lighter than the 35/2.5 P, and uses 39mm filters instead of 43 mm filters.   The 39mm filter size is important since it also fits the 21/4, 25/4, 35/1.7,  90/3.5, and numerous Leica lenses.   The 35/2.5 C shares the optional LH-2 Square hood with the 50/2.5. 

For the Leica M8 use the M8's 35mm frameline, bought up automatically with the traditional 35/135 screw mount to M adapter.    For the Epson RD1 use the Epson's 35mm frameline.

        

The square metal LH-2 will only mount on the screw mounts 35/2.5C and the 50/2.5 lenses

 

Four Voigtlander 35's: Top 35/1.2, left 35/1.4, middle 35/2.5 PII, right 35/2.5C

All pictured without lens hoods, screw mount adapter added to 35/2.5C


Voigtlander Color Skopar 35mm f/2.5 P 35/2.5 P Type II Leica M Mount  $409 ORDER HERE

Leica M Mount -- Sold WITHOUT Viewfinder

For ANY  Leica M mount camera! Vented LH-4 Lens Hood $59

Same Glass as Screw Mount 35/2.5C  but now in Leica M mount

For film Leica M's and Leica M9/ME/M240, use the Metal 35mm Viewfinder - Black or Chrome  $209

Size Comparison: 35/2.5 PII with 40/1.4 Nokton

The 35/2.5 P II Leica M mount lens was introduced in Las Vegas at PMA in February 2004.   The 35/2.5 C, 35/2.5 PI, 35/2.5 PII and 35/2.5 SC in Nikon Rangefinder mount all share the same optics.   Using 7 elements in 5 groups, 10 aperture blades, weighs in at only 134 grams, 39mm filter size, measuring 55mm wide by 23mm long, with rangefinder coupled focusing as close as .7 meter.  Physically the lens and shade are styled much like the Leica pre-aspheric 35/2 Summicron, even down to the focusing tab and aperture controls, which I find extremely easy and comfortable to use.   The new snap on 39mm cap will likely prove popular for other lenses as well.

The bayonet on metal LH-4 vented shade is sold separately as it is not included with the lens.  The LH-4 will also fit on the 50/2 Heliar (both screw mount and M versions).  The shade is very well designed and made, reminding me of a Leica shade.  The shade has a white dot which matched up to the small black aperture index on the lens at f/2.5.   Mount the shade and the rotate it clockwise.   IF the lens is at infinity, you will pick up some resistance at about the unmarked 1.1 meter focusing mark.  Continue rotating the shade until the white dot locks at about the .75 meter focusing mark.    Once mounted, the shade leads to a bit of confusion as the hood's white dot index is much easier to see than then fine black index mark of the aperture ring.  Translation:  if you are not watching what you are doing, you may try to set the aperture by the hood's white dot.   I cured the problem on my 35/2.5 II by painting over the white dot with drop of red paint, and by adding another white dot on the lens hood, opposite the black aperture index mark. 

For the Leica M8 use the M8's 35mm frameline, bought up automatically by the lens' M mount.   For the Epson RD1 use the Epson's 35mm frameline.


Voigtlander Ultron 35mm f/1.7 35/1.7 Aspherical Leica Screw Mount  

Leica Screw Mount -- add $59 Screw Mount adapter for perfect compatibility Leica M cameras!  

For ANY Leica Screw Mount or Leica M mount camera! DISCONTINUED and SOLD OUT

For film Leica M's and Leica M9/ME/M240, use the Metal 35mm Viewfinder - Black or Chrome  $209

 

 

 

   

Introduced in Japan in August 1999, the Voigtlander 35/1.7 Ultron was the first Aspherical 35 ever made in LTM mount.  Most surprising is the very high quality of fit and finish, in either silver  or black.  It is styled very much like first version classic 50/1.4 Summilux. However this is a modern multi-coated  8 element, 6 group design with an Aspherical rear element.  Some photogs consider the 35 their "normal lens."  User reports generally rate this lens the equal of the pre-Aspheric 35/2 Summicron, though not quite up to the performance of Leica's much more expensive Aspherical Summicron.    With my .72 M6,  the lens  intrudes only about 10% inside the 35 frame.  One of the sharpest fast 35 lens ever made in Leica Screw mount.  Discontinued April 2007, its better than any vintage fast 35mm Leica Screw Mount lens.   Above the 35/1.7 is shown mounted on a wartime Leica IIIC K with the Voigtlander 35mm viewfinder.  Notice the convex front element.  While the silver 35/1.7 has an anodized finish, the black 35/1.7 is traditional black paint.

The lens has click stops every half stop and a filter size of 39mm.   The 39mm filter fits tightly inside the shade, and is not accessible for removal or mounting without 1st removing the shade.   Included with the lens is the screw in lens shade and front and back caps.   The lens cap fits over the shade.   The rangefinder coupled close focus distance is just under 3 feet.  Weight is just under 8 oz, with silver or black lenses weighing the same.   Care was taken with a 10 leaf diaphragm blades, to produce maximum out of focus images -- called "Bokeh" by Japanese photogs.  The rear elements do not protrude deeply into the body, making it easy to use with the M adapter on the M6, M5, CL, or CLE.   

For the Leica M8 use the M8's 35mm frameline, bought up automatically with the traditional 35/135 screw mount to M adapter.    For the Epson RD1 use the Epson's 35mm frameline.

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Left: The Voigtlander 35's,   35/2.5 Compact, 35/1.7 Ultron, 35/2.5 Pancake.    Right: An unusual combination:  A 1929 converted A to Leica II, mounting the 1999 Aspherical 35/1.7.  Oscar Barnack didn't plan on this.


 

Voigtlander 35mm f/1.4 35/1.4 Nokton Leica M Mount  $630 ORDER HERE

 

SC or MC Versions, The SMALLEST most COMPACT current production 35/1.4 !  

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Leica M Mount  For ANY  Leica M mount camera!

Fits ALL Leica M mount cameras of ALL makes, including film Leica M's and Leica M9/ME/M240, and via adapters Sony NEX, M43, Ricoh GXR, and all other "mirrorless" interchangeable lens digital cameras.  

 

  

 

Voigtlander 35/1.4 SC on Leica M4-P

Unlike the sharp modern look of the 35/1.2 or 35/2.5, the 35/1.4 is designed to have more of a vintage classic photojournalism look of the 1960's. 

Single Coat SC or Multi Coat MC versions.   The SC is excellent for color while giving slightly more shadow detail for B/W.  The MC version gives the maximum amount of flare prevention while giving slightly higher contrast in B/W but less shadow detail.  Close focus .7 meter.  Available in black only,  M mount only.  The 35/1.4 takes the dedicated bayonet on LH-6 lens shade.  Small compact size about 1mm shorter than the 40/1.4 and weighing only 25g more than the 40/1.4!!  Introduced January 2008.

  • SC Single Coated Lens for lower contrast, more of a vintage look, especially in B/W

  • MC Multi Coated for higher contrast, more modern look

  • Extremely small and fast 35mm lens with classic image quality

  • f/1.4 to f/16 in clicked half stops

  • 8 elements in 6 groups

  • close focus .7meters with rangefinder coupling

  • 43mm filters

  • LH-6 Vented Lens Hood

  • Weight 7oz or 200 grams

  • Size 55mm x 28.5mm

  • 63 degree field of view on full frame 35mm

  • 10 aperture blades for pleasing bokeh

  • Will fit ANY Leica M mount camera, as well as all Sony NEX, M43, and digital Mirrorless Cameras via adapters

  • Manufacturer's ID BA2431 for SC,  BA243B for MC

  • With Voigtlander USA One Year Parts and Labor Warranty

 


 

 

Voigtlander 35mm f/1.2 35/1.2 Nokton Aspherical II   $1200 IN STOCK! ORDER HERE  

with Next Day USA Delivery and premium clear B+W Multi Coated XS-Pro Nano Filter.  Orders received by 1PM California time Mon-Fri usually shipped the same day.   Free Next Day USA shipping by USPS Express Mail or FedEx.

improved performance, smaller design and closer focus!

LH-8 Vented Lens Hoods $129 

 

The FASTEST 35mm Leica M mount lens in current production!

 

  • V1 & V2: V2 has a thinner smaller lens barrel (size 62mm x 60.8mm) vs. (63mm x 77.8mm), weighs slightly less (490 grams vs. 471), easier to bar code for digital Leicas, can now scale focus to .5 meter (both RF focus to .7meter - the RF limit of M cameras) different lens hoods which are not interchangeable between the two versions, same 52mm filter size.

  • Scale focus .5 to .7 meters (focus by lens scale), RF close focus .7 meter 

  • 10 elements in 7 groups - same formula as before, but improved glass gives improved performance

  • 3 Aspherical lens surfaces

  • F/stops 1.2 to 22 in half stops

  • 52mm filters

  • 12 aperture blades

  • Size 62mm x 60.8mm, weight 471 grams

  • Dedicated LH-8 bayonet on vented hood (not usable on V1) which is not included with the lens

  • 63 degree field of view

  • Black only

  • Announced by Cosina February 12, 2011

 

 

Voigtlander 35/1.2 V2 (chrome filter ring) along side the slightly larger 35/1.2 V1

 


 

Voigtlander 35mm f/1.2 35/1.2 Nokton Aspherical I - Discontinued SOLD OUT 

replaced by improved VII Lens

Leica M Mount  For ANY  Leica M mount camera! Vented LH-3 Lens Hood $109

SPEED KING! FASTEST 35 EVER made for any 35mm Camera!

Voigtlander 35mm Film Viewfinder $209 - Black or Chrome

the FASTEST 35 standard production lens ever made for any 35mm camera!

 "The lens is incredible! No flare, barely any vignetting up to 1.4, smooth bokeh, razor sharpness. The 35mm Nokton is a truly amazing lens"   

Charlie Lemay -- new 35/1.2 owner

At PMA 2003 I was more than happy as Cosina's CEO Mr. Kobayashi handed me his newest creation, the Leica M mount  35/1.2 Nokton.  It is generating a tremendous amount of interest, from Voigtlander and Leica shooters alike.  

35/1.2 Version I Voigtlander Nokton Stats:  10 elements in 7 groups, 3 elements Aspheric, f/stops 1.2 to 22 in half stops, close focus .7 meters, 52mm filters, size 63mm x 77.8mm, weight 490 grams, 63 degree field of view, 12 aperture blades, beautifully made heavy duty construction, available in Leica M mount,  black only, standard non vented hood included with the lens, optional Leica M style vented hood.  

Handling: this is a big lens due to the fast 1.2 aperture.  The focusing helical is silky smooth, with a short focusing throw from infinity to minimum focus in approximately 95 degrees.  The aperture ring is also silky smooth, with full and half stop detents.  Filter size is 52mm.   As I am writing this on March 8th 2003, this 35/1.2 lens # 14 is one of only two on the North American Continent.  The other is in the camera bag of Tom Abrahamsson for a future article in the LHSA Viewfinder.

For the Leica M8 use the M8's 35mm frameline, bought up automatically by the lens's M mount.   For the Epson RD1 use the Epson's 35mm frameline.

The previous 35 RF speed king lens was the Leica 35/1.4 ASPH.  Will an half a stop really make any difference to you?  Most of the time certainly not, but if you are a pro and that extra half a stop even brings you just one extra printable pic a year, it could make a big difference in your pocketbook if the other shooters at the event missed the shot in the low light.  The 35/1.2 is very sharp while also providing extreme speed and pleasing out of focus backgrounds - bokeh.  Many consider it their favorite Voigtlander lens.

Tom Abrahamsson has shot the 35/1.2 extensively.  He says he can see no difference between the Voigtlander 35/1.2 at 1.2, and the Leica 35/1.4 Summilux at 1.4, high praise indeed.

 

4 Voigtlander 35's: 35/2.5 C, 35/2.5 P, 35/1.2 Aspherical , 35/1.7 Aspherical

50/1.5 Nokton ASPH, Bessa R2, 35/1.2 Nokton ASPH with both its shades, 28/1.9 Ultron ASPH.  Both the 35/1.2 and the 28/1.9 are the fastest production lenses in their focal lengths ever made for any mount 35mm rangefinder camera by any manufacturer. 

   

optional vented hood on the left, standard hood on the right

The 35/1.2 hoods  have cutouts to match up with the mounting lug on the lens.

Chrome Voigtlander 35mm f/1.2 35/1.2 Nokton Aspherical I  Sold Out

In July 2007 Voigtlander released a limited edition chrome 35/1.2.  Only 300 units were produced.  Distributors were limited by Cosina to only 40 units each to provide world wide distribution.   All chrome 35/1.2's left the factory M8 modified.  

Chrome 35/1.2 mounted on a Leica M2

 

Size Comparison:  35/1.7 with M adapter, 35/1.2, 35/2.5C with M adapter (all lenses without hoods)

Leica M8 Update: The 35/1.2 was introduced in 2003.  Once the Leica M8 was introduced in late 2006, some M8 owners reported focusing resistance as the lens focused near infinity. The factory determined this was caused by the rear element guard sometimes binding with the focusing mechanism, and issued a retrofit parts replacement.  CameraQuest has only the later 35/1.2's V1's in stock.  M8 retrofitting early V1 35/1.2's is $150 + return shipping.  A part has to be replaced, and the lens checked over for focus. Average turnaround is 2 to 3 weeks after receipt.   NOTE: This occurs ONLY on the VERY EARLY V1 35/1.2's!  Most have already been converted.


Voigtlander 40mm f/1.4 40/1.4 Nokton MC or SC $450 ORDER HERE

Multi-Coated or Single Coated

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Leica M Mount  For ANY  Leica M mount camera! Vented LH-6 Lens Hood $69

SPEED KING! FASTEST 40mm EVER made for any 35mm Camera!

Voigtlander 40mm Film Viewfinder $169 - Black

This fast small sharp lens is extremely popular!

Announced 9/20/2004 at Photokina 2004, the 40/1.4 is the most popular Voigtlander fast lens! 

 

If I am not mistaken, the new Voigtlander 40/1.4 is the fastest 40mm lens ever made for full frame 35mm photography, by ANY camera manufacturer.    Available initially only in black Leica M mount, it is rangefinder coupled, 43mm filter size, 7 elements in 6 groups, with a close focus of .7 meter.  Dimensions are 55mm wide x 29.7mm long with a weight of 175 grams.   Some photogs especially prize the 40mm focal length a providing the best and most natural perspective for 35mm 24x36 format, including noted American photography writer Mike Johnston.  Like the 35/2.5 Pancake II, no lens hood is included with the 40/1.4.  The vented LH-6 lens hood is sold separately at $69. 

Cosina introduced TWO versions of the 40/1.4 at Photokina 2004.  The standard production version is the multi-coated Nokton Classic.   The limited production version for the Japanese home market is the 40/1.4 S.C.   This is where it gets confusing.  Cosina already makes multi-coated SC lenses (no periods) in classic Nikon Rangefinder mount.  The 40/1.4 S.C. stands for "Single Coated".   Why you ask?  Because there is more to photographic imagery than super sharpness and the best possible lens test results.  Some Japanese photogs prefer the imagery of single coated lenses to multi-coated lenses, and so this limited edition version of 500 40/1.4 S.C. lenses.   The first production run of the single coated 40/1.4 was a quick sell out in the Japanese home market.   The 2nd production 40/1.4 SC lenses arrived 3/31/2005.

The 40/1.4 is a particularly good match for the Leica M3, as the M3's entire viewing area outside its 50mm frameline approximates the 40mm field of view.

Mr. K intends the 40/1.4 for his own Bessa R3A and R3M with their superb 1:1 life size finder and 40mm brightline.   The 40/1.4 brings up the 50/75 frameline on Leica M series cameras (film or digital), just like the previous Leica 40/2 lenses for the Leica CL and Minolta CLE.    So you will need to imagine about 20% outside of the 50 frameline to approximate the 40/1.4's field of view.  For cameras with manually set brightlines without a 40 frameline like the Bessa R2, R2A, R2M, R4A, R4M and Epson RD1, some people prefer instead to choose the 35mm frameline and shoot inside of that for the 40/1.4.  Mounted on a Leica CL, Minolta CL or Minolta CLE, the 40/1.4 will bring up the 40mm frameline.

 

the optional bayonet mounted LH-5 hood for Voigtlander 40/1.4, replaced by the LH-6


 

 

 

Pictured above are most of the Cosina Voigtlander 50mm Leica Mount lenses to date.  Which one is missing?


 

 

Voigtlander 50mm f/3.5 50/3.5 Heliar Leica Screw Mount 101st Anniversary - Discontinued SOLD OUT

 

Leica Screw Mount -- add $59 Screw Mount adapter for perfect compatibility Leica M cameras!  

For ANY Leica Screw Mount or Leica M mount camera!

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 A Limited Edition Legend: Towards the end of 2001, Cosina Voigtlander introduced the Bessa T 101 Anniversary set with 50/3.5 Heliar, commemorating the 101st Anniversary of the classic Voigtlander Heliar Lens Design.   Yes indeed, it looks like it belongs to the classic Rangefinder days.  It will sold ONLY in the new 101st Anniversary sets.    Cosina believes they have succeeded in putting the famous Heliar lens look into a 35mm format lens for the first time ever, quite an accomplishment.  Indeed, many shooters report being very happy with the results and a certain hard to define "look."     The 50/3.5 Heliar is styled similar to Leica's 50/3.5 Elmar of the 1950's, though with a much improved aperture control.  Besides the classic collapsing lens barrel, the 50/3.5 Heliar has a Elmar style infinity lock with push button release, and a wonderful  chrome finish.   Filter size is a not so easy to find 27mm.     Read the  highlights of Popular Photography's lens test on the Heliar 101st Anniversary Set page.   Popular considers the 50/3.5 Heliar one of the best lenses they have ever tested!  The 50/3.5 Heliar was sold only with the Heliar 101 sets, and discontinued after 500 sets were produced in each of the four color by March 2002.  Today the Voigtlander 50/3.5 Heliar is highly sought after by shooter and collector alike.  This is one of the few CV lenses whose silver version is chrome, not silver anodized. 

COLLAPSIBLE NOTE for Leica M8, M5, CL:  On my three sample cameras, the Voigtlander 50/3.5 Heliar Leica mount lens  collapsed safely into the Leica CL and M8, but not the M5!  Note that there are most likely unknown production variations in both the lenses and cameras.  so proceed with caution before you inadvertently jam or damage your camera.  

For the Leica M8 use the M8's 50mm frameline, bought up automatically with the traditional 50/75 screw mount to M adapter.    For the Epson RD1 use the Epson's 50mm frameline.

 


Voigtlander 50mm f/3.5 50/3.5 Nickel Heliar Leica Screw Mount - with M Adapter! $649  ORDER HERE

FREE 27mm Voigtlander UV filter with the 50/3.5 while supplies last!

with Next Day USA Delivery.  Orders received by 1PM California time Mon-Fri usually shipped the same day.   Free Next Day USA shipping by USPS Express Mail or FedEx.

 

Announced 8/28/09 This is a new version of the 50/3.5 Heliar sold with the Voigtlander 101st Heliar Anniversary Sets of 2001.  This is a new collapsible Leica screw mount lens version in NICKEL finish, sold with the screw mount adapter for Cosina's 50th Anniversary and the new Bessa's 10th Anniversary.  Limited production of ONLY 600 units worldwide!   I believe these are the first NICKEL finish Leica screw mount lenses produced since Leica's original screw mount lenses of the 1930's!   

The 10th Anniversary of the Cosina Voigtlander collaboration happily coincides with the 50th Anniversary of Cosina.  To commemorate both events, Cosina's CEO Mr. Kobayashi issued two special vintage style nickel Voigtlander Leica screw mount lenses, the 50mm f/3.5 Heliar and the 50mm f/2 Heliar. Only 600 of each of the nickel 50/3.5's and 50/2's were produced worldwide -- each issued in presentation boxes with a screw mount adapter.  These are the first nickel Leica screw mount 50mm lenses since the 1930's!  Each nickel Heliar has its own unique serial number.

The 2009 Nickel Voigtlander 50/3.5 Heliar is a new version of the 2001 50/3.5 Voigtlander Heliar which tested out as the sharpest lens EVER tested by Popular Photography!  Only 2000 were made for the 101st Anniversary sets, but only 600 in the 2nd edition.

  • Classic style collapsible 50/3.5 Leica Screw Mount lens with infinity lock

  • Double Boxed Presentation Set with lens caps, lens hood, and screw mount to M adapter

  • Special NICKEL (not chrome) plating.  I believe these are the first nickel plated production Leica screw mount lenses since the very first interchangeable Leica lenses of the early 1930's

  • Same super sharp optical formula as the legendary 101st Anniversary 50/3.5 Heliar of 2001

  • f/3.5 to f/22, click stopped every half stop

  • Special Serial Number: 600 each of the nickel Heliar 50/3.5 and 50/2 were produced.  The serial numbers  are divided up into 6 groups starting with H, E, L, I, A or R.  Numbers ranges from 001 to 100.  The lens above is A024.

  • Five optical elements in 3 groups

  • Ten Aperture Leaves 

  • Close focus 1 meter

  • Filter size 27mm

  • Optional Voigtlander 27mm UV filter $39

  • Weight 147g

  • Length 23.2mm collapsed, 42.2 extended

  • Included is your choice of a Type I or Type II Screw Mount to M Bayonet adapter! 

  • NEWBIES:  Collapsible lenses are pulled outward from the camera body, then turned towards the viewfinder eyepiece to lock the lens into shooting position.  Fail to do this and you will get very out of focus images.  When not shooting, you can collapse the lens into the camera body to 1st unlocking it by turning it in the opposite direction, and then pushing the lens barrel into the camera body.

RANGEFINDER NEWBIES: This is a Leica Screw Mount Lens.  It will work perfectly and rangefinder couple to all classic Leica Screw Mount cameras, including all Leica Screw Mounts (II, III, IIIa, IIIb, IIIc, IIIf, IIIg), Voigtlander Bessa R, Canon Screw Mount rangefinders -- to name a few.  IN ADDITION just add a 50mm screw mount to Leica M adapter, and the lens will mount and rangefinder focus on all Leica M mount cameras. 

COLLAPSIBLE NOTE for Leica M8, M8.2, M9, M5, CL:  On my sample cameras, the Voigtlander 50/3.5 Heliar Leica mount lens  collapsed safely into the camera bodies of the Leica CL, M9, M8 and 8.2, but not the M5!  Note that there are most likely unknown production variations in both the lenses and cameras.  so proceed with caution before you inadvertently jam or damage your camera.  

 

 Popular Photography on the earlier 101st Anniversary Voigtlander Heliar of 2001

In the March 2002 issue of the American Photography magazine Popular Photography,  you will find a hands on report of the 101 Heliar set on page 48.   Herbert Keppler, camera reviewer extraordinaire, reported "This wild but fascinating super classically styled camera comes in four delicious flavors and has what may be the best lens we have ever tested."  "Exquisite lens mount."  "We were very impressed with the immaculate finish of all parts of the Bessa-T Heliar 101 Years camera, lens, and trigger winder -- certainly a future collector's item."

The 50/3.5 Heliar lens test on page 74 was extraordinary. "Superb, all-metal, high-precision collapsible-tube lens mount."  "SQF results were excellent --  on a par with the best lenses we have ever tested."  "A handy, high-precision, magnificent lens to treasure.  It's doubtful that any other commercially made lens will produce superior results."

Shown above is the 2009 10th Anniversary nickel Voigtlander 50/3.5 Heliar besides the chrome 2001 50/3.5 101st Anniversary Heliar.  Do you see that funny looking knob on the right hand side of the lenses?  Those are infinity locks. What's an infinity lock you ask? The first interchangeable 50/3.5 lenses introduced on the Leica II of 1932 (same year as the fabulous 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games) had infinity locks.  This was to conveniently keep the lens focused at infinity, since the experienced photographers of the time knew most of their shots would be of faraway objects.  Push down on the knob (or inward towards the camera body) to unlock  the infinity lock and focus at closer than infinity distances.  Bring the lens back to infinity and the lock will automatically engage for your  shooting convenience, just like Oskar Barnack (inventor of the Leica camera) and Ernst Leitz II (owner of the Leica factory)  liked it.  Cosina's CEO Mr. Kobayashi styled his modern Voigtlander 50/3.5 Heliars in homage to the history of 35mm Photography.  Coincidentally the original vintage 1932 50/3.5 lenses for the Leica II just happened to be nickel plated, not chrome.

  

Nickel Voigtlander 50/3.5 Heliar black paint Leica 8.2

Nickel Voigtlander 50/3.5 Heliar on Voigtlander 250th Anniversary R2M with Voigtlander deluxe camera strap

Nickel Voigtlander 50/3.5 Heliar on grey Leica M9/ME/M240


 Voigtlander 50mm f/2.5 50/2.5 Color Skopar Leica Screw Mount

Discontinued, Sold Out

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Very compact 50/2.5,  7 elements in 6 groups, 39mm filter size, f/2.5 to 22, silver or black,  very convenient large quick focusing lever, heavy duty construction, the optional square LH-2 metal shade will also fit the 35/2.5 C lens.  It is very unusual for a modern lens of this speed and focal length to have 7 elements -- instead of the standard six elements.  Cosina used the extra lens element to achieve an unusually compact lens size.    Introduced with the Bessa R2 in February 2002.  This is one of the few CV lenses whose silver version is chrome, not silver anodized.   For the Leica M8/8.2  use the M8's 50mm frameline, bought up automatically with the traditional 50/75 screw mount to M adapter.    For the Epson RD1 use the Epson's 50mm frameline.

   

Left to Right  50/1.5, 50/2.5 w/ Square Shade, 50/2.5 w standard Round Shade, 50/3.5 Heliar

 

Left to Right: 50/2.5 w/ Square Shade, 50/3.5 Heliar, 50/2.5 w/ Round Shade, and 50/1.5  The very compact 50/2.5 shares the optional LH-2 Square hood with the 35/2.5 C.


 Voigtlander 50mm f/2  50/2 Heliar Leica M mount 250th Anniversary

   Collapsible lens or ANY  Leica M mount camera! Vented LH-4 Lens Hood $59

 

 

 

Black 50/2 M mount Heliar with standard round lens hood (included with lens) and optional LH-4 Vented Lens hood

The M mount 50/2 Collapsible Heliar was produced exclusively for the 2006 Voigtlander Bessa R2M and R3M 250th Voigtlander Anniversary sets INFO HERE.   Only 800 were produced in chrome, 1700 in black paint as part of the for the Voigtlander 250th Anniversary R2M or R3M sets.  They are beautifully crafted lens, down to the bayonet on lens hood and red mounting dot.  The standard lens hood is a small tubular hood, although the LH-4 produced for the 35/2.5 PII also mounts perfectly.   I believe this to be the fastest Heliar lens design ever produced by any lens manufacturer.  Leica's current 50 collapsible is the 50/2.8 Elmar.  Filter size 39mm,  close focus 1 meter.  Both the standard lens hood and the optional vented LH-4 or LH-4N lens hood have bayonet mounts.   To remove the standard hood, push in towards the camera and rotate off.   This is one of the few CV lenses whose silver version is chrome, not silver anodized.   In 2009 the same optics were used for the limited edition Rigid Nickel Leica Screw Mount 50/2 Heliars.

COLLAPSIBLE NOTE for Leica M8/8.2, M5, CL, Minolta CLE, Konica RF:   On my five sample cameras, the Voigtlander 50/2 Heliar collapsed safely into the Leica M8/8.2, M5, CL, Minolta CLE and Konica RF!  Note that there are most likely unknown production variations in both the lenses and cameras.  so proceed with caution before you inadvertently jam or damage your camera.  

For the Leica M8/8.2 use the M8's 50mm frameline, bought up automatically with the traditional 50/75 screw mount to M adapter.    For the Epson RD1 use the Epson's 50mm frameline.

Side by Side, Nickel 50/2 Rigid Screw Mount Heliar and Collapsible Black 50/2 M Mount Heliar - SAME optics in both!


Voigtlander 50mm f/2 50/2 Nickel Heliar Leica Screw Mount with M Adapter! $799 ORDER HERE

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2009 -- 50th Anniversary of Cosina and 10th Anniversary of Cosina Voigtlander

Limited Edition -- ONLY 600 Lenses Worldwide! 

The 10th Anniversary of the Cosina Voigtlander collaboration happily coincides with the 50th Anniversary of Cosina.  To commemorate both events, Cosina's CEO Mr. Kobayashi issued two special vintage style nickel Voigtlander Leica screw mount lenses, the 50mm f/3.5 Heliar and the 50mm f/2 Heliar. Only 600 of each of the nickel 50/3.5's and 50/2's were produced worldwide -- each issued in presentation boxes with a screw mount adapter.  These are the first nickel Leica screw mount 50mm lenses since the 1930's!  Each nickel Heliar has its own unique serial number. FOR NICKEL 50/3.5 HELIAR INFO

To my eyes, the Nickel 50/2 Voigtlander Heliar is the prettiest lens made so far in the Cosina-Voigtlander collaboration. To me the beauty is its classic styling combined with the very pretty Nickel finish.  Long term, I think the Nickel 50/2 Heliars will be sought by shooters and collectors alike!

  • Classic style 50/2 Leica Screw Mount lens with infinity lock

  • Double Boxed Presentation Set with lens caps, lens hood, and screw mount to M adapter

  • Special NICKEL (not chrome) plating.  I believe these are the first nickel plated production Leica screw mount lenses since the very first interchangeable Leica lenses of the early 1930's

  • f/2 to f/16, click stopped every half stop

  • Special Serial Number: 600 each of the nickel Heliar 50/3.5 and 50/2 were produced.  The serial numbers  are divided up into 6 groups starting with H, E, L, I, A or R.  Numbers ranges from 001 to 100.  The lens above is H024.

  • Five optical elements in 3 groups

  • Ten Aperture Leaves for pleasing out of focus bokeh

  • Close focus 1 meter

  • Filter size 39mm

  • Weight 191g

  • Length 37.5mm

  • Included is your choice of a Type I or Type II Screw Mount to M Bayonet adapter! 

  • The nickel 50/2 Heliar is a rigid lens - it does not collapse like the nickel 50/3.5 Heliar

  • Unlike the earlier collapsible 50/2 Heliar, the Nickel 50/2 will not mount the LH-4 Lens hood

RANGEFINDER NEWBIES: This is a Leica Screw Mount Lens.  It will work perfectly and rangefinder couple to all classic Leica Screw Mount cameras, including all Leica Screw Mounts (II, III, IIIa, IIIb, IIIc, IIIf, IIIg), Voigtlander Bessa R, Canon Screw Mount rangefinders -- to name a few.  IN ADDITION just add a 50mm screw mount to Leica M adapter, and the lens will mount and rangefinder focus on all Leica M mount cameras. 

Nickel 50/2 Heliar mounted on Leica M8.2


Voigtlander 50/1.5 Nokton M Aspherical

 Modern Update of 1950's Nokton's Classic Style!

Black $900  or  Chrome $1050  ORDER HERE

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 The 50/1.5 Aspherical is famous for outstanding images and beautiful bokeh.   

Black: 220 grams (7.76 ounces)
Chrome: 293 grams (10.33 ounces)

 

  • Voigtlander 50/1.5 Nokton Leica M mount Aspherical 

  • M Mount

  • Close Focus .7 Meter

  • 5 Groups, 6 elements

  • Filter size 49mm

  • Length 47.7mm

  • Diameter 53.8mm

  • f/1.5 to f/16

  • Black or Chrome (real chrome on brass)

  • Notice the smaller 49mm filter size compared to the earlier 50/1.5 Screw mount version.  Voigtlander has apparently modified the formula slightly

  • Lens Hood included

Once upon a time in the 1950's

wpe1A9.jpg (38051 bytes)Voigtlander had the reputation of building what some considered the best performing Super Speed lens of its time, the Voigtlander 50/1.5 Nokton.  The large majority were produced in Voigtlander Prominent Mount, but a few were also made in Leica Screw and Zeiss Contax Mount.  Below you will find my 1998 write up on the classic Leica mount version.  Mr. Kobayashi used the classic 1950's Leica mount version as his inspiration for the new 2013 Nokton!

 

 


 

 Voigtlander 50mm f/1.5 50/1.5 Nokton Aspherical - Discontinued but still available!

$800 Black ORDER HERE 

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Above: Black Voigtlander 50/1.5 Nokton mounted on a standard M mount (via a standard screw mount to M adapter) Voigtlander Bessa T with side grip, and a Silver Voigtlander 50/1.5 Nokton with vented hood LH-3 is shown mounted on the M mount 101 Heliar Anniversary Grey Heliar Bessa T (via a standard screw mount to M adapter).

The 50/1.5 Nokton is an impressive well made rangefinder coupled lens with two aspherical rear element surfaces, introduced in Japan November 1999.  Weight with lens shade 9 oz, with silver or black lenses weighing the same.   All controls large and easy to work.  It has half click stops and ten aperture blades.   Minimum aperture is f/16.   Close focus distance .9 meter or just under 3 feet.    The 52mm filter fits tightly inside the shade, and is not accessible for removal or mounting without 1st removing the shade.   Included with the lens is the screw in lens shade and front and back caps.    The lens cap fits over the shade.  It has classic '50's styling similar to the original chrome Leitz 50/1.4 Summilux of 1959.   Considering the price of the new price of a new 50/1.4 ASPH Summilux, this lens is quite a bargain!   User reports generally rate this lens the equal or better than the older non ASPH 50/1.4 Summilux, a  40 year old design.      It came as a bit of a surprise to learn the LH-3 vented hood designed for the 35/1.2 will also fit the 50/1.5.  Just remove the standard hood and then clamp the LH-3 into place.  It is not a perfect fit, but it does indeed work!    Today, even though discontinued, the 50/1.5 Nokton is sought after for its overall combination of sharpness, bokeh, and overall image quality.  For the Leica M8/8.2/9 use the Leica's 50mm frameline which is bought up automatically with the traditional 50/75 screw mount to M adapter.    For the Epson RD1 use the Epson's 50mm frameline.

Leica IIIf mounting a Leitz 50/1.5 Summarit, Voigtlander Bessa T mounting the Voigtlander 50/1.5 Aspherical Nokton


Voigtlander 50mm f/1.1 50/1.1 Nokton Leica M mount $1000  ORDER HERE

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 Super FAST Knock Your Socks Off Nokton!   IN STOCK!  READY TO SHIP!

 Tom Abrahamsson's take on the new 50/1.1! "The Nokton 50 1.1 is a better lens than the 50/1 Noctilux"

This is the first time a M mount lens faster than f/1.2 has EVER been produced by anyone except Leica!   It's price is about 1/10 the price of a new Leica 50/.95 Noctilux!   YAY Cosina Voigtlander !  Cosina's CEO Mr. Kobayashi   unveiled his new 50/1.1 Super Fast Knock Your Socks Off Nokton for the 10th Anniversary of his 1999 Voigtlander Bessa system as well as for the 50th Anniversary of Cosina!

 

Voigtlander 50/1.1 Nokton on Voigtlander R3M

 

Voigtlander 50/1.1 Nokton on Leica M8.2

 

Specs:

  • Styling similar to the 35/1.2 Nokton

  •  f/1 to f/16 with half stop click stops

  • Black only

  • M mount only

  • 7 Elements in 6 Groups

  • 10 aperture blades

  • Close focus to 1 meter

  • Filter size 58mm -- mount filters between the lens and the lens hood -- not in the lens hood

  • Standard round screw on hood included with lens

  • Optional larger vented LH-7 lens hood $109

  • Size 57.2mm length x 69.6mm diameter

  • Weight 428 grams or 15.1 ounces

  • The 50/1.1 is a good match for all Leica M mount cameras EXCEPT for cameras with a shorter rangefinder base such as the Leica / Minolta CL, Minolta CLE, and Voigtlander Bessa R4A / R4M -- unless you don't open the lens wider than f/2 shooting in the 3 to 8 foot range.  Short rangefinder baselength cameras can't  focus 50mm lenses accurately and consistently IF opened up wider than f/2.  However you will usually be happy with the focus wide open at 1.1 on the same camera if your subject is 20 feet or further away.

 

 

First Pic: Knock Knock: 50/1.1 Nokton and 35/1.2 Nokton    2nd Pic: Current production Matt Black Bessa R3A with 50/1.1 Nokton, LH-7 Vented Hood and Standard Round Hood.  The LH-7 is best for Leica M bodies as it can block the RF patch on Voigtlander Bessa bodies.  LH-7 Instructions: To attach the LH-7, first remove the standard hood.  Then mount the screw on the LH-7 to the lens (or to a 58mm filter mounted on the lens).   Loosen the LH-7 locking screw and rotate the LH-7 hood for maximum visibility thru the viewfinder with that particular camera body.  Then tighten down the LH-7 set screw.  The LH-7 can be stored in reversed position on the 50/1.1 by loosening the set screw and leaving the retaining ring on the lens. The clip on lens cap can be used with either lens hood attached, as well as with the LH-7 reversed.  

 

 

Voigtlander 50/1.1 Nokton on Leica M3

Current production Matt Black Bessa R3A with 50/1.1 Nokton and optional LH-7 Vented Hood

Voigtlander 50/1.1 Nokton on Epson RD1



 Tom Abrahamsson's take on the new 50/1.1!

"The Nokton 50 1.1 is a better lens than the 50/1 Noctilux"

 
Tom A's AvatarIndeed, there is a 50mm f1.1 from Cosina. I did shoot with it in March when we were in Japan. Of course, i had to keep quiet about it, which is not easy!

It is a very sweet lens, slightly smaller than an older style Noctilux, 58mm filter thread. Weight seemed to be similar, or slightly lighter. The prototype looked a bit like a Nokton 50f1.5 on steroids. Similar knurling on the focus and it "sat" well in the hand when on the camera. There were two versions of the hood. One was a smallish, thread mount one, slightly flared (minimum intrusion into the finder of the M2 and ZM) and the other one was a larger diameter one with a clamp-on screw.

Image quality was very good. For obvious reasons I shot most everything at f1.1 or there-abouts. The corner fall off is less than on the Noctilux f1.0- looks to be around 1,0-1.5 stops. Less of peering through a tunnel as the Noctilux tended to create. Sharpness at f1.1 is very good - I did not do "resolution" tests - but looking at the negatives - I would have no problem blowing them up to 11x14 or 16x20 without having the lens being the limiting factor. I did shoot most of the pictures with Acros 100 and developed them in Beutler. This is a combination that takes "no prisoners" in terms of sharpness and contrast.
 
What I liked is the fact that a/ a bit more compact than the Noctilux and b/ apart from being very good at f1.1 - the quality when stopped down held up and it is nice and sharp throughout the whole f-stop range. This means to me that it could do duty as a "standard" 50mm without loosing image quality in bright light and on the "dark" side. 

When you are looking at superfast lenses, you are in another field. ANY aberration in the optical field is magnified (see Noctilux!). If you want no distorsion, no vignetting etc - get a Heliar 50f3.5 and a tripod. The lens I was using was a prototype (I think it was #2, but there was no markings on it). And it was a f1.1 - thats what I shot it at! Why have it if it is not used at that speed.

I like it for several reasons. A/It is affordable, B/ it is a modern lens with 35 years of evolution since the Noctilux when it come to glass composition and coatings, C/ It is compact enough that it can substitute for a regular 50 with the added speed when needed.

I have had 6 50/1 Noctiluxes over the decades, they can do good work, but they are afflicted with various problems, massive edge fall off, very low contrast at f1, not particularly good at medium f-stops. All of this should be put into context of Dr Mandler designing it close to 40 years ago. The Nokton 50 1.1 is a better lens than the 50/1 Noctilux and so is the Hexanon 50/60f1.2 - as they should be with the technology advances over the decades.

If you like what the Noctilux does, by all means get one or keep yours, but I would prefer a modern lens. So, it is "cheap" compared to the Noctilux - a decade ago you could pick up Nocti's for sub $1000 because nobody wanted them. Hype pushed the price initially and the stratospheric raise with the 50f0.95 also did it. I have seen very little stuff done with that lens so I have no opinions about it - but I certainly hope it will be better in some aspects than the Nokton f1.1 - probably not enough for me to consider it though. I rather have $8800 in my pocket and the Nokton!!!!!!

I just put up 18 shots done with the Nokton 50mm f1.1 on our Flickr site. Use the tag "Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f1.1" and they should show up. These are large enough files that if you take them up to "original" size you can see details. I tried to pick somewhat representative images (f1.1, close (1m) and stopped down a bit etc).  Sharpness at f1.1 is quite remarkable - very low flare, very little if any distorsion and, yes , it is a damned good lens and at a price that is palatable too. 

If you go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/rapidwinder/sets/72157616278125070/  there should be 18-19 shots from the 50/1.1. 

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 Voigtlander 75mm f/1.8 75/1.8 Heliar Classic Leica M Mount  $700  ORDER HERE

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TOM ABRAHAMSSON PICS TAKEN WITH THE 75/1.8 CLICK HERE 

 

Personally I consider the Voigtlander 75/1.8 easily the BEST full frame Leica M mount lens currently being manufactured. WHY? Because the only other currently being manufactured alternatives are the sharp wide open Leica 75/2, 75/2.5, and 90/2.  SUPER SHARP is not what most people find pleasing in portraits, especially if those most people are female. Granted, opinions will vary, but that is mine. 

  • Fast Multicoated M mount 75/1.8 Lens

  • VERY nice Bokeh!

  • 6 elements in 3 groups,  f/1.8 to f/16 in half click stops

  • The detachable clamp on lens hood is INCLUDED with the lens.  It is reversible and mounts with an adapter ring between the lens and the lens hood. 

  • Close focus .9 meters - the closest focus of any Leica mount Voigtlander 75 or 90 lens

  • Filter size 52mm. 

  • Black only.  M mount only. 

  • Length 73.8mm, diameter 57.9mm. Weight 15 oz.

  • Introduced 8/20/10

   

Mount the lens hood retaining ring onto the lens. The lens hood clamps onto that ring.  The hood is reversible for storage.

  

Left to Right:  Voigtlander 75/1.8, Voigtlander 75/2.5. Voigtlander 50/1.1


 

 

Voigtlander 75mm f/2.5 75/2.5 Color Heliar Leica Screw Mount  

Black $689 ORDER HERE

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75/2.5 Discontinued with introduction of M mount 75/1.8

Voigtlander 75mm Film Viewfinder $149 - Black or Chrome

 

 

Introduced in Japan in August 1999, I believe the new 75/2.5 Color Heliar is the first screw mount 75 produced since before W.W.II, and the only multicoated 75 Leica screw mount lens ever.   Postwar of course, there is the 75/1.4 Summilux for Leica M.  The 75/2.5 is rangefinder coupled, very well finished, and styled much like the classic 1950's Leica lenses.  It's multicoated, has six elements in five groups,  click stops every half stop, and a close focus of 1 meter. Care was taken with a 10 leaf diaphragm blades, to produce maximum out of focus images -- called "Bokeh" by Japanese photogs. Weight is 8 oz.    Collectors:  some early 75/2.5's were mis-engraved.  Their closest focusing distance in feet is engraved "5.3" instead of "3.5."   Again, users reports great, sharp images with the 75/2.5.   The 43mm filter fits tightly inside the shade, and is not accessible for removal or mounting without 1st removing the shade.   Included with the lens is the screw in lens shade and front and back caps.    The lens cap fits over lens shade.

For the Leica M8 use the M8's 75mm frameline, bought up automatically with the traditional 50/75 screw mount to M adapter.    For the Epson RD1 use the central 2/3 of the Epson's 50mm frameline, or the central 3/4 of a 90mm Film Viewfinder as an estimation, then check framing accuracy with the camera's LCD panel.     

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Left to right: the 15/4.5, 25/4, 35/1.7, 75/2.5


 Voigtlander 90mm f/3.5 90/3.5 APO Lanthar Leica Screw Mount $589  ORDER HERE

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Voigtlander 90mm Film Viewfinder $189 - Black

This is an extremely sharp 90mm lens

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The 90/3.5 APO was introduced at the September Photokina 2000 and released February  2001 in Japan.  With a 90 frameline in the Bessa R, it was not very hard to predict a Voigtlander 90 lens.    It has 6 elements, 5 groups, a close focus of 1 meter, a smallest aperture of f/22, and like the other Voigtlander screw mount lenses is available in either black or silver.    The 39mm filter fits tightly inside the shade, and is not accessible for removal or mounting without 1st removing the shade.  The MTF charts of the lens at the Cosina site are outstanding, as well as initial test results from a UK photo magazine.       This may turn out to be one of the sharpest 90's ever, in screw mount or M mount.   The hood is relatively large for the lens.  Note the 90/3.5 lens hood does not have standard threads and will not it other lenses. Another option is a collapsible 39mm rubber hood with the 35/2.5 PII's Voigtlander clip on lens cap: $40

The 90/3.5 APO is about the same size as the 90/2.8 Leitz Tele-Elmarit, only a few MM longer, and styled like the 75/2.5.   Included is a metal hood, but the 90/4 Elmar C collapsible hood and lens cap will also fit if you want to save space in your camera bag.   The new 90 brightline is very well done, is available in silver or black like the lens, and is the 1st Cosina Voigtlander finder with dial in parallax compensation. 

For the Leica M8 use the M8's 90mm frameline, bought up automatically with the traditional 28/90 screw mount to M adapter.    For the Epson RD1 use the central 50% of a 90mm film viewfinder as an estimation, then check framing accuracy with the camera's LCD panel.     

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Voigtlander Leica Screw Mt Lenses, back row left to right: 90/3.5, 75/2.5, 50/1.5, 35/1.7, front row 35/2.5 C, 25/4, 15/4.5, 12/5.6


Planning your Voigtlander Lens Outfit

Which rangefinder outfit lenses for YOU?:   IF you are starting your Leica rangefinder mount outfit from zero, give some thought considering which lenses will work well together, and for what purposes.   IF low light is your choice,  the 28/1.9 Aspherical, 28/2, 35/1.7 Aspherical, 35/1.4, 35/1.2 Aspherical, 40/1.4, 50/1.5 Aspherical, 50/1.1 and 75/1.8 are Voigtlander's fastest.   IF you are like portraits, the longer 75/1.8, 75/2.5 or 90/3.5 should be considered.   IF you want the smallest and lightest outfit,  the screw mount versions 15/4 Aspherical, 21/4, 25/4, 28/3.5, 35/2.5's, 50/2.5, and 75/2.5 should be considered.  Personally for a starter two lens outfit, l like the 25/4 - 75/2.5 combination -- lightweight with a portrait and ultra wide lens is not a bad way to go.     If you are starting out with one lens for awhile, most people choose their favorite of the 35/40/50 focal lengths.   IF you want to keep your camera dealer deliriously happy,  15 lenses of each version in both silver and back for every room in your house is a wonderful choice ... it all depends upon what your shooting needs are.    Remember that the best lens choices for your friend may not be the best choices for you.

What about M43, Sony NEX, Fuji Xpro, Pentax Q, Nikon 1, and all of the other CSC Compact System Cameras? All of the lenses listed on this page can be used with the appropriate adapters. This combo is quite popular due to the smaller than SLR size of these lenses, and their often better than system camera performance. Adapted, you generally shoot using manual focusing in aperture priority mode.    Add an inexpensive close up filter for close ups via live view focusing.  Rangefinder Lens Coupling is NOT important if you are adapting lenses to different formats like M43 or Sony NEX.

Leica Screw Mount or Leica M Mount?  Many Newbies don't realize that the screw mount lenses are 100% compatible with M mount cameras via a standard Screw Mount to M Adapter. Cosina Voigtlander Leica mount lenses were produced in both screw and M mount.  The more versatile Leica screw mount lenses (which requires a screw mount to M adapter for M mount cameras) are : 12/5.6, 15/4.5, 21/4, 25/4, 28/1.9, 28/3.5, 35/1.7, 35/2.5C, 35/2.5P1, 50/1.5, 50/2 Nickel, 50/3.5 chrome, 50/3.5 Nickel, 75/2.5, and 90/3.5.  At present in 2012, only the 15/4.5 and 21/4 screw mount lenses remain in production.  Leica M mount lenses are   12/5.6VM, 15/4.5VM, 21/4P, 25/4P, 28/2, 35/1.2, 35/2.5 P II, 40/1.4, 50/2 Collapsible, 50/1.1 and 75/1.8.   

M mount lenses only fit M mount cameras, while Leica screw mount lenses can be fitted to HUNDREDS of classic screw mount rangefinders as well as M mount.    To mount Leica screw mount lenses on M mount cameras, all you do is add the very standard Leica designed 39mm screw mount to Leica M mount adapter More Info.  Unfortunately the reverse is not true, i.e. Leica M mount lenses will NOT mount on Leica screw mount cameras.   Newbies are often clueless in believing M mount lenses are somehow superior to screw mount Leica  lenses.  It ain't so.   Screw mount lenses give you much more versatility.  Due to greater sales success of the M mount, over time the screw mount lenses are being replaced by M mount versions.

PLEASE NOTE some lenses were produced in both screw mount and M mount USING THE SAME OPTICS: 12/5.6, 15/4.5, 21/4, 25/4, 35/2.5, and 50/2.

Silver or Chrome or Black or Nickel?  Most screw mount lenses were produced in either silver or black anodized.  Three screw mount lenses were produced in chrome: the 28/3.5, 50/2.5 and the first 101 version of the 50/3.5 Heliar, which was also later produced in nickel   The special edition 50/2 screw mount was produced in nickel only. M mount lenses are generally available in black only.  The 12/5.6 VM, 15/4.5VM, 21/4P, 25/4P,  28/2, 35/2.5 Pancake I, 35/2.5 PII, 35/1.4,  40/1.4, 50/1.1 and 75/1.8 are available in black only.   Standard production 35/1.2's are black only, but there was a special limited edition chrome 35/1.2 of only 300 units.  The 15, 21, 25, 28, 35 and 40 plastic viewfinders were produced in black only.   The 12 and 15 metal viewfinders are produced in black only.  The combination 21/25 was produced black in plastic, but also black or chrome in metal.  The superlative metal 28 and 35 finders are available in either black or silver chrome.  The 50, 75, and 90 metal viewfinders are also available in black or silver chrome. The low angle finder is available in black only.  The 15-35 Zoomfinder is produced in black only.

Size: The screw mount 15, 21, 25, 28/3.5, 35/2.5, 50/3.5, 50/2.5, 50/2 and 75/2.5  are noticeably smaller than the larger and faster 28/1.9, 35/1.7, 35/1.2, 50/1.5, 50/1.1 and 75/1.8.    The 35/1.4 and 40/1.4 are both small and compact for their fast 1.4 aperture.   The 75/2.5 is about 2/3 the size of the 90/3.5. Presently the 28/3.5 is the smallest Voigtlander lens.

Focusing Levers: Some lenses have focusing levers or focusing tabs:  21/4, 25/4, 28/3.5, 28/2, 35/2.5 C, 35/2.5 P II,  50/3.5, 50/2.5, and screw mount 50/2.  The 28/1.9 has an optional detachable focusing lever.

Filters: IF you use filters, filter size is an issue in choosing lenses.   The 21/4, 21/4P, 25/4, 25/4P, 35/2.5 C, 35/2.5 P II,  28/3.5,  35/1.7, 50/2  and 90/3.5 all use Leica's most popular filter size -- 39mm -- what an amazing coincidence !   The screw mount 15/4.5, 21/4, 25/4, and 35/2.5 C share the same lens cap,  the 25/4 and 35/2.5 C the same hood.  The screw mount 12/5.6, 35/1.7, 75/2.5, and 90/3.5 share the same lens cap.   The screw mount 12/5.6  has a special 77mm filter attachment which replaces the hood.    The 15's hood is fixed, so gelatin filters are the easiest choice, but with some tape on the barrel you can also use the 12's 77mm filter adapter.    The 28/1.9 and 28/2 use 46mm filters.  The 35/2.5 "Pancake" I, 35/1.4, 40/1.4 and 75/2.5  share 43mm filters.   The  35/1.2, 50/1.5 and 75/1.8 use 52mm filters.   The 50/3.5 uses 27mm filters.  The 50/1.1 uses 58mm filters.  Lens hoods must be removed to mount the filter, and then reattached, on all lenses except the 15 screw mount version - which has no provision for filters.   Most lenses sandwich the filters in-between the lens and the lens hood. 

Push On Front Metal Caps:  The Voigtlander screw mount lenses all use now  discontinued push on metal front caps. There is a great deal of interchangeability. Most were available in either black or silver.  The metal caps were generally replaced by plastic snap on caps in the later M mount lenses.

  • 43mm Metal Push On Front Caps fit the 15/4.5, 21/4, 25/4, 28/3.5, 35/2.5 C, and 50/2.5 Voigtlander lenses in Leica Screw Mount

  • 50mm Metal Push On Front Caps fit the 12/5.6, 35/2.5 PI, 35/1.7, 75/2.5, and 90/3.5 Voigtlander lenses in Leica Screw Mount

  • 56mm Metal Push On Front Caps fit the Voigtlander 28/1.9 in Leica screw mount

  • 60mm Metal Push On Front Caps fit the Voigtlander 50/1.5 in Leica Screw mount, as well as fitting over the standard 35/1.2 Version I lens hood.

Rangefinder Coupling for confused newbies:  The large majority of  new Cosina Voigtlander lenses in Leica screw mount or Leica M mount are rangefinder coupled.  This means as you turn the lens barrel, the rangefinder center patch in the camera's viewfinder moves to indicate accurate focus.   The short story is that when you bring the two images together, the lens is in focus. 

The exceptions to rangefinder coupling are the scale focused 12/5.6, 15/4.5, and 25/4 screw mount lenses, which are focused using the distance scale on the lens barrel.  In other words, if you estimate your subject is 5 feet away, you  turn the lens barrel focus mark to five feet.  This might make you tad nervous at first, but real world, you have to be fairly impaired one way or another not to get a super wide in sharp focus (something very easy to do accurately with these super wides).    ALL Cosina Voigtlander Leica screw mount lenses are fully compatible with the various Leica M bodies, just by adding a standard screw mount to Leica M bayonet adapter.  More Info

Hoods:   ALL the screw mount lens caps fit over the standard lens shade, not over the lens barrel.   All  Leica Mount Cosina Voigtlander lenses are sold with lens hoods, except the 35/2.5 PI and PII, 35/1.4, and 40/1.4.   

The screw mount 12/5.6 is sold with a removable hood, which can be replaced by a 77mm filter holder.  A non removable lens hood is built into the lens barrel of both the screw mount and Leica M mount version of the popular 15/4.5.   The 21/4, 25/4, and 28/3.5 are sold with round hoods, but can be fitted with the optional square LH-1 hood.   The 28/1.9 is sold with a removable hood.   The 35/2.5 PI and PII lenses are sold without lens hoods.  The 35/2.5C, 35/1.7, and 35/1.2 are sold with round lens hoods.  The 35/2.5C's round hood can be removed and replaced with the optional and larger LH-2 lens hood.   The 35/1.2's standard straight hood can be removed and replaced with the larger and vented Leica style LH-3 lens hood.  The 50/3.5, 50/2, 50/2.5, and 50/1.5 are all sold with round lens hoods.   Optionally, the M mount (but not the nickel) 50/2 will take the LH-4 vented hood, the 50/2.5 the LH-2 hood, and the 50/1.5 the LH-3 vented hood.   The 50/1.1 is sold with a screw in lens hood, but the larger LH-7 is optional.   The 75/2.5 and 90/3.5 are sold with lens hoods.

To REMOVE the round lens hoods of the 21 to 50mm screw mount  lenses, unscrew the lens hood with the lens cap ON, thereby taking off the lens hood and the lens cap together.

The LH-3, LH-4, LH-5, LH-6, LH-7  are beautifully made vented Leica style metal hoods which allow you to look THRU the hood from the viewfinder.  All bayonet securely and lock onto the lens.  To MOUNT the bayonet lens hoods, line up the index mark on the hood with the index mark on the front of the lens, push in on the hood towards the lens, then rotate the lens hood to the right (as the lens is facing you) to lock down the bayonet. 

SFAIK, ALL the Voigtlander Leica Mount lens hoods are proprietary and will NOT fit lenses of other manufacturers, say lenses from a little town called Wetzlar.  The only semi exceptions may be the Rollei RF 40/2.8 and 80/2.8 lenses which use Cosina produced lens barrels.

Viewfinders: The super wides screw mount 12/5.6, 15/4.5, 21/4 and 25/4 lenses are sold ONLY with the viewfinders.  Viewfinders for the 28, 35, 40, 50, 75, and 90 are sold separately.    The later M mount 12/5.6, 15/4.5, 21/4, and 25/4 are sold without viewfinders to allow shooters to match their viewfinder needs with the camera format of their choice. For info on the viewfinders and accessories,  click here.  Two 28mm viewfinders were produced.   The original plastic bodied 28 viewfinder was replaced by the  new classic style metal 28 viewfinder introduced with the 28/3.5 (available in black or chrome).   Likewise the original black plastic bodied viewfinder was replaced by the metal 35mm brightline finder (black or chrome) in March 2003 with the 35/1.2.     Two different style 50mm viewfinders were produced, the standard chrome or black 50 brightline, and the now discontinued 101 Heliar set 50mm brightline viewfinder.   Voigtlander also makes a 40mm brightline for Leica CL or Minolta CLE owners who want to shoot their 40/2 on other M mount cameras.   At PMA 2004 Voigtlander introduced the very compact 28/35 combination mini-finder - which is now sadly discontinued and in high demand.   The mini-finder is especially good for the Leica M3, the screw mount Leica cameras, and the Voigtlander R3A and R3M.  There are also special 12, 15, 21, and 25 viewfinders made just for the Epson RD-1.  Late 2009 saw the introduction of the amazing 15-35 Zoomfinder.

Add the special purpose low angle finders with 12, 15, 21, and 25 lens viewing attachments, and you will find today's Voigtlander accessory viewfinder lineup is the largest EVER offered by any 35mm camera manufacturer at the SAME point in time!


Voigtlander Leica Mount Lens System Background and Overview

TWO LEICA RANGEFINDER LENS MOUNTS: It is important for newbie rangefinder nutz to be aware there are two Leica designed 35mm rangefinder mounts: the Leica Screw mount aka Leica Thread Mount aka LTM aka 39mm screw mount of 1931 and the Leica M bayonet mount of 1953.  The screw mount lenses are perfectly compatible with the M mount bodies by adding a Leica designed screw mount to M bayonet adapter -- RF focusing is maintained.  Voigtlander makes lenses in both Leica RF mounts.  The Voigtlander 21/4P, 25/4P, 28/2, 35/1.2,  35/1.4, 35/2.5 Pancake Type II, 40/1.4, 50/2 collapsible, 50/1.1 and 75/1.8 are Leica M bayonet.  The 12/5.6, 15/4.5, 21/4, 28/1.9, 28/3.5, 35/1.7, 35/2.5C, 35/2.5P1, 50/1.5, 50/2.5, 50/2 Rigid,  50/3.5, 75/2.5, and 90/3.5 Voigtlander are Leica screw mount, FULLY Compatible with Leica M cameras by adding the Leica designed screw mount to M bayonet mount adapter.  Note the reverse is not true, i.e. Leica M mount lenses can not be mounted on Leica screw mount cameras with any adapter.  Therefore Leica screw mount lenses are considerably more versatile, as they will fit on hundreds of screw mount bodies which the M mount lenses can not take advantage of.

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  The full Voigtlander lineup presently includes the 12/5.6, 15/4.5, 21/4, 25/4, 28/3.5, 28/1.9, 35/1.2, 35/1.7, 35/2.5 C, 35/2.5 P1, 35/2.5 PII,  40/1.4, 50/3.5, 50/2.5, 50/2, 50/1.5, 50/1.1, 75/2.5, 75/1.8, and 90/3.5.  Which are missing from this pic?

Cosina/Voigtlander produced the  first quality Leica screw mount lens lineup since the discontinuation of the Canon screw mount lenses in the mid 1970's.   With modern optical designs and multi-coating, it's a fairly safe bet the new Voigtlanders  are better lenses than any of the older classic Leitz, Nikkor, or Canon screw mount lenses.  

In January 1999 Cosina introduced the Voigtlander Bessa L, ironically the first Voigtlander camera  in Leica Screw Mount, with the 15/4.5 Aspherical Heliar and  25/4 Skopar --  both of which require separate finders. The 15mm Heliar had the honor of being the widest lens ever made in Leica Screw mount, until the even wider 12/5.6 Voigtlander Heliar.   For this long time Voigtlander fan, it is a real treat to see that venerable and honorable name once again in production.   In August the 35/1.7 Aspherical, 50/1.5 Aspherical, and 75/2.5 were announced.  By March 2000,   the Bessa R with rangefinder added along with two new lenses, the 35/2.5 "Pancake" and 35/2.5 "Compact."   The incredible 12/5.6 rectilinear super wide went on sale 9/1/2000.   The 50/3.5 Heliar was introduced with the 101'st Bessa T Anniversary set in November 2001.   The compact 50/2.5 and 28/3.5 were announced in March 2002.  The 35/1.4 was announced January 2008.  The 75/1.8 was announced August 2010.

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All Voigtlander screw mount lenses are usable on all Leica Rangefinder cameras, whether M or screw mount.   Shown above is the Voigtlander 50/1.5 Nokton mounted on a M mount Leica M6 and on a screw mount Leica IIIf.  Mount screw mount lenses directly on "Barnack" Leica Screw mount bodies, or mount them on Leica M bodies with Screw Mount to M adapters.  Rangefinder coupling is maintained if the lens is rangefinder coupled -- the 12, 15 and 25 super wides are not.   Unlike some wides, the 12, 15 and 25 can be used on the M5 or CL  without damage to the metering cell.   Likewise, all can be used on the Minolta CLE with Screw Mount to M adapters.  Shown above is the 50/1.5 Aspherical Nokton mounted on a M6 Titanium and on a IIIf.  Collectors:  I believe the 15/4.5, 25/4, 50/1.5, and 75/2.5 lenses were made under the Cosina brand name for some markets, before they were discontinued due to Voigtlander brand name popularity. 

The performance and prices of the new Leica screw mount Voigtlander lenses are quite simply incredible.  There are no better buys in terms of performance per dollar in Leica Screw Mount lenses than these.    If you are new to rangefinderdom,  let me assure you that all of these lenses will work beautifully on any classic Leica screw mount camera (including the knob wind Leicas, all but the earliest Canon Rangefinders, various "Leica Copies" such as Nicca and Leotax, and the fabulous Leica M's if you add a screw mount to M bayonet adapter. 

 

Voigtlander Wides:  Back Row 12/5.6, 28/1.9, 35/1.7, Front Row: 15/4.5, 25/4, 28/3.5, 35/2.5 C, 35/2.5 PI


 

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