My first ever voigtlander lens designed for mirrorless cameras, the voigtlander 35 millimeter f2 apo lanthar. It is available for sony e and leica m mount cameras. It produces a full frame image. Its a manual focus lens and it costs 1 150 us dollars or about 900 pounds here in the uk. That is a very expensive price for a manual figures. 35 millimeter f2, but pointlander makes some really incredible claims about the lenses high quality. So i cant wait to see what it can do id like to thank voigtlanders, uk distributor for loaning me a copy of this lens for a couple of weeks for testing, although, as usual, this is a totally independent review, ill, be sniffing out both its strengths and Its weaknesses lets start with its build quality. This lens might have a slightly old fashioned looking aesthetic design, but it handles like a dream. One of the best quality manual focus lenses. Ive ever used its made of metal throughout with a beautiful brushed black finish. It has a nice little weight to it without being heavy, and everything about it feels rock solid and built to very tight tolerances. Voidlander make no mention of weather sealing for this lens and theres, certainly no protective gasket around the rear mount something you can see here, though, are electronic contacts. As i mentioned, this is a manual focus lens, but it does still communicate electronically. With your sony, camera and resultantly has a few useful tricks up its sleeve.

Firstly, if your camera has in body image stabilization, then you wont have to manually set its focal length because the camera is getting exif information here. Secondly, when you turn the manual focus ring, which turns incredibly smoothly and precisely by the way, your camera can recognize that and immediately switch into manual focus assistance which speeds up the process a little. You can turn that feature off, though, if you want to in the cameras menu, as you can see here, the lens has issues with fairly heavy focus, breathing zooming in as you focus more closely. Thirdly, although the aperture is controlled manually on this lens, using a ring at the front with perfectly weighted clicks, every third of an f stop, the camera knows what aperture youre shooting at and will report it back in exif information, which is all very elegant to see Something id like to show you here is the unusual shape of the aperture mechanisms: 12 iris blades at certain apertures. They produce quite a round circle and at others the shape is a little jagged, so the lens will offer you a variety of different bokeh shapes once topped down and a variety of different sunstar strengths too. The lens comes with a little metal hood, which itself unusually comes with its own separate lens cap of a different size to the main lens cap, its filled with red size, its 49 millimeters wide. Overall. This is one of the nicest handling little manual focus lenses in the world.

Really not only is the build quality top notch, but the way it electronically cooperates with your cameras is very nice too. All right, then, image quality, im testing, this thing on a sony, a7r iii full frame camera with its full frame 42 megapixel sensor in camera, corrections are turned on at f2. We see excellent sharpness and contrast in the middle of the image. Although the image just shies away from being razor sharp, the good news is that in the corners we see no reduction in image quality at all. They look spectacular with tons of detail and contrast, although vignetting is obviously causing some darkening here. As you stop the aperture down stop by stop to f8, the image quality across the whole image frame sees gradual, but ultimately pretty minuscule. Improvements, f11 and f16 see a little softness creeping in due to diffraction. Ultimately, though, it is a fantastic performance here, ill give it a 9.5 out of 10, as i was hoping for just a tiny bit more sharpness in the middle at f2. Lets take a look at vignetting and distortion. Now these images are taken with in camera, corrections turned off the lens projects, virtually no distortion at all. However, at f2 the corners look pretty dark suffering from vignetting, as they do f, 2.8 and f4 see much more brightness in the image corners as you can see, but that low distortion characteristic is one thing. Thats really pleasing to note now lets take a look at close up image quality.

This lens can focus down to 35 centimeters, just averagely close really, and what else is average is the close up image quality which gets noticeably softer than at normal distances, although its still reasonably good, f, 2.8 looks sharper and f4 is pretty much perfect again. Now lets see how this lens works against bright light. Its another very good performance here contrast remains very high and flaring is mostly under control and, while were working in the dark lets, take a look at coma levels. Even at the brightest aperture of f2 no coma smearing is visible in the image corners. Excellent lets zoom out and look for some sun stars now in the aperture range from f2 to f8. You dont really see them much, but on my copy of the lens, when i stopped down to f11 well there they are pretty strong. Now lets take a look at the quality of this lenses. Bokeh outer focus areas look gorgeously smooth here, although when shooting at f2, we do come across a slightly stronger cat size shape than usual to out of a focus highlights in the image corners and finally related to bokeh comes longitudinal, chromatic aberration. This lens carries an apo or apochromatic designation and that designation bears out in real life, as we dont really see. Any color fringing on the autofocus highlights here is f 2.8 for those interested anyway. Overall, i had great expectations of this expensive lens, but thankfully those expectations were pretty much all satisfied, as this is one of the highest quality 35 millimeter lenses out there.

It is fantastically sharp with great contrast: no distortion, no coma, smearing, no chromatic, aberration, pleasant, bokeh and top of the range build quality. 900 pounds is a lot of money to pay here for a manual focus optic, but youre certainly getting what you pay for. So it comes highly recommended thanks for watching everyone and what a lens i love, putting all kinds of lenses through their paces, so that you can really know what youre paying for.