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Voigtlander's New Rangefinder Coupled 15/4.5 M  V2 order HERE

Announced March 2009 -


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

The Leica M8.2 mounting the 15/4.5 VM with the film 21mm Voigtlander viewfinder


 2010 Update: New improved Metal Version II 12mm $349, 15mm $209 and 21/25mm $209 viewfinders were introduced.   Side by Side: The Version I and Version II Voigtlander 15mm Viewfinders, $149 and $209.

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.

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

 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


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







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



"Outside" taken with the new Voigtlander 15/4.5 on a Leica M8, f/5.6 at 1/180

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