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Voigtlander VM-E Close Focus Adapter for VM-Mount Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera

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Product Highlights
  • Shortens Minimum Focusing Distance
  • Infinity Lock Button
  • Covers Full Frame 24 x 36 mm Sensor

The Voigtlander VM-E Close Focus Adapter allows you to use a VM-mount lens on a Sony E-Mount camera as well as shortens the minimum focusing distance of the lens. This allows you to get closer to your subject when shooting. The adapter also features an infinity lock button for securing your focus at infinity. Additionally, this adapter is able to cover a full frame 24 x 36 mm sensor

Mounts VM-mount lens
Sony E-Mount camera
Front Mount Diameter 62.7 mm
Length Helicoid Extension: 0.16" (4 mm)
Weight 4.4 oz (125.0 g)
Voigtlander VM-E Close Focus Adapter for VM-Mount Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera
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    VoigtlanderVM-E Close Focus Adapter for VM-Mount Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera
     
    4.8

    (based on 20 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (12)
    • Easy to use (11)
    • Compact (9)
    • Great picture quality (5)
    • Lightweight (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (4)
      • Travel (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (8), Semi-pro photographer (6)
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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      This is THE adapter to have!

      I got the standard VM-E adapter first. After a while, I found the .7m min-focus a little limiting, so I got the VM-E Close-Focus adapter. What a difference! Both are well-made, of...Read complete review

      I got the standard VM-E adapter first. After a while, I found the .7m min-focus a little limiting, so I got the VM-E Close-Focus adapter. What a difference! Both are well-made, of course, but this adapter adds a whole new dimension of usefulness to VM lenses adapted to E-mount.I've attached two sample photos. Both are shot with a VM 35mm Nokton Classic at f/2.8 on an NEX-6. The first shows the native minimum focus, which is about 27 inches. The second shows the minimum focus with the adapter, which is just slightly under 8.5 inches.If you intend to shoot M-mount lenses on E-mount cameras, this is the adapter you should have. It's not inexpensive, but it's worth every cent.Here's a tip: use the camera's focus peaking function ALWAYS and for closer subjects (i.e., headshots of people, etc) bring the lens' focus in to about 1.2m and use the adapter's focusing ring to fine-tune focus from there.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      It Vignettes with 90 and 135mm

      The product is very nicely made.However, the Close Focusing mechanism intrudes such that it is less than a full frame opening. 50mm and shorter is okay. But my F4 135 Elmar and my...Read complete review

      The product is very nicely made.However, the Close Focusing mechanism intrudes such that it is less than a full frame opening. 50mm and shorter is okay. But my F4 135 Elmar and my F2 90mm Summicron have a small but hard vignette in the corners. I also have the Novoflex adapter. It does not have this problem.While the Close Focusing feature is very handy for my 28mm and 35mm lenses, I wouldn't have spent this much money if I'd know that it doesn't fully work with the longer lenses.

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      5.0

      Great Quality

      By Cameron G

      from Culver City, CA

      Comments about Voigtlander VM-E Close Focus Adapter for VM-Mount Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera:

      Very happy with the quality of this adapter. A superior product to the competition.

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      5.0

      Works well

      By DTC

      from New York, NY

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Underwater
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Voigtlander VM-E Close Focus Adapter for VM-Mount Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera:

        I have had no problems with this mount so far. It is built incredibly well, and looks stylish on my Sony A7R. I can't speak for the close-focus as I haven't really tested it out yet. Thank you, Voigtlander!

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        5.0

        Game changer

        By Silvio

        from New York

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

        • Pricey

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro

        Comments about Voigtlander VM-E Close Focus Adapter for VM-Mount Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera:

        I use the Voigtlander adapter to pair a Leica Summilux 35mm to a Sony A7R. The Matabones adapter I used still works just fine, but the long minimum focus distance can be annoying, especially when going for the shallow depth-of-field look on close-ups. This adapter is solid and delivers, opening a new world of possibilities for Leica glass on full frame Sony cameras. It single-handedly gives new charm to a Leica Noctilux, by halving its minimum focus distance of 3.3'. The only downside is the price, but when pairing Leica M or Zeiss ZM, the extra $ is not so much of an issue. Highly recommended

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This is THE adapter to have!

        By CopperMike

        from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Close-subject
        • Family Photos
        • Portraits
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Voigtlander VM-E Close Focus Adapter for VM-Mount Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera:

        I got the standard VM-E adapter first. After a while, I found the .7m min-focus a little limiting, so I got the VM-E Close-Focus adapter. What a difference! Both are well-made, of course, but this adapter adds a whole new dimension of usefulness to VM lenses adapted to E-mount.I've attached two sample photos. Both are shot with a VM 35mm Nokton Classic at f/2.8 on an NEX-6. The first shows the native minimum focus, which is about 27 inches. The second shows the minimum focus with the adapter, which is just slightly under 8.5 inches.If you intend to shoot M-mount lenses on E-mount cameras, this is the adapter you should have. It's not inexpensive, but it's worth every cent.Here's a tip: use the camera's focus peaking function ALWAYS and for closer subjects (i.e., headshots of people, etc) bring the lens' focus in to about 1.2m and use the adapter's focusing ring to fine-tune focus from there.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        It Vignettes with 90 and 135mm

        By BillM

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable

        Cons

        • Vignettes

        Best Uses

          Comments about Voigtlander VM-E Close Focus Adapter for VM-Mount Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera:

          The product is very nicely made.However, the Close Focusing mechanism intrudes such that it is less than a full frame opening. 50mm and shorter is okay. But my F4 135 Elmar and my F2 90mm Summicron have a small but hard vignette in the corners. I also have the Novoflex adapter. It does not have this problem.While the Close Focusing feature is very handy for my 28mm and 35mm lenses, I wouldn't have spent this much money if I'd know that it doesn't fully work with the longer lenses.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Outstanding Quality

          By mdemeyer

          from Dublin, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Close Focus
          • Easy to Use
          • Well made

          Cons

          • Infinity Focus

          Best Uses

          • Leica Glass

          Comments about Voigtlander VM-E Close Focus Adapter for VM-Mount Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera:

          Bought for Sony A7. I have lot of experience with other adapters (for Fuji) and this one is of outstanding quality, which it should be for the price. I would like to see an adjustment for infinity focus, since it (like most) goes past infinity on a properly calibrated lens. I know that's so that an improperly calibrated lens will still focus to infinity, but I find that to be an annoying quirk.

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          5.0

          A serious helicoid

          By Odd Geir

          from Oslo, Norway

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Lightweight
          • Precision At Professional

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Voigtlander VM-E Close Focus Adapter for VM-Mount Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera:

              For a couple of years I've been using Fotodiox's helicoid adapter alongside Novoflex's state of the art NEX/LEM adapter. To begin with I was very pleased to have the opportunity for moderate close-ups with my Leica M lenses, which otherwise have a rather long minimum focusing distance. However, I soon got frustrated by the lack of precision, over and over again I got shots ruined, using this adapter for normal distances up to infinity - because of A, sloppiness, removing your left hand from the lens after a careful focusing, inevitably leads to the lens "falling down", thus ruining the focus of a short focal length, and B; the lack of possibility to lock the device in a "non macro" position. I read a couple of good reviews for the Voigtländer adapter - ordered it, and, thank God, received an instrument with the same level of precision as Novoflex. No problem. I have a feeling that the macro effect is a little less than the Fotodiox, but; that's a small price for beauty. 90% of my work is normal, no macro work, but now I can leave the helicoid on my camera, locked in position for normal shooting. Whenever a motive calls for closer focusing I unlock the adapter, and turn the ring to a suitable degree of close up.

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              5.0

              best adapter I have for my Zeiss & Voigt

              By Dienson

              from South california

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Voigtlander VM-E Close Focus Adapter for VM-Mount Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera:

                Use it for my sony A7S with ZM mount
                Good fit, no light leaking, and good for close up subjects, this is why I got this adapter
                don't see any not good

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                5.0

                Beautifully Useful, We'll Engineered

                By The Informant.

                from Los Angeles.

                Comments about Voigtlander VM-E Close Focus Adapter for VM-Mount Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera:

                Not generally a Voigthlander fan but bought this for use with M glass on Sony a7s & r. Providing a means to make the two compatible is one thing, but enhancing the M lenses minimum focus distance adds a whole list if first time possibilities for M glass. Highly recomended. Oh, and it's extremely well built /designed with its slim profile.

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                5.0

                A really solidly made piece of equipment

                By David S

                from Canada

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Increase Lens Versatility
                • Infinity Lock
                • Solid Build

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Close -ups

                  Comments about Voigtlander VM-E Close Focus Adapter for VM-Mount Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera:

                  OK - it's expensive, but the workmanship is really excellent. Rock solid, with a smooth helical. The adapter appears to be chromed brasss (at least some of the helical threads are brass). Great infinity lock - so no accidental turning the helical when in normal shooting ranges. The lens lock button is also excellent. Overall gives one full confidence using it with one's M lenses, with added close-up versatility. If you buy only one Sony-Leica M adapter - this is the one. A major step up from alternative helical adapters.

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                  4.0

                  The best E-Mount/M-Mount Adapter

                  By Van

                  from Los Angeles, CA

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Voigtlander VM-E Close Focus Adapter for VM-Mount Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera:

                  Rather expensive, but undisputedly the best E-Mount/M-Mount adapter out there. Nicely designed close focusing ability (the lock is a nice touch), zero infinity focus issues, no "play" between the lens and camera, and (unlike a competing close-focus adapter) no vignetting on full frame.

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                  5.0

                  Fantastic for A7/A7s

                  By Carbon111

                  from Mukilteo

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Great Picture Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Close-up
                    • Narrow Dof

                    Comments about Voigtlander VM-E Close Focus Adapter for VM-Mount Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera:

                    Excellent for M-mount lenses on Sony's full-frame E-mount cameras!

                    High quality build. Secure lock for helicoid.
                    Very solid, even with helicoid extended.

                    Most Leica M lenses have a roughly three foot minimum focus distance, some even a bit more. With the helicoid on this adapter fully extended the distance is about halved for normal lenses and even closer for wides. Very useful!

                    ...and of course it just works as a normal adapter with the helicoid retracted and locked.

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                    5.0

                    Does the job nicely

                    By NYPhotographer

                    from New York

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Voigtlander VM-E Close Focus Adapter for VM-Mount Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera:

                      This adapter is a little pricey, but nothing else does the job of shortening the minimum focusing distance on m lenses just yet. It is quite a useful feature on some lenses, like the 50 mm

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                      5.0

                      The best I've used

                      By abedir

                      from istanbul

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Great Picture Quality

                      Cons

                      • Price

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Voigtlander VM-E Close Focus Adapter for VM-Mount Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera:

                      After using the Novoflex for a while I did not find it all that! especially considering the price. In fact I found a much cheaper one that had a much better snug fit.But the Voigtlander is in a totally different class, the build quality is exceptional, the fit on the camera (A7R) and on the lens is very snug, but not tight, just right. Infinity is where it's supposed to be (Novoflex adapters seems all to go beyond, as is the case with my NEX/OM), and as an extra bonus I can focus my lenses closer. I also found the weight difference negligibleThe price is rather steep, but compared to the Novoflex much better value, this one actually has moving mechanical parts inside. If your choice is between the two, I know which one I prefer.

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                      5.0

                      Quality is much better than I expected

                      By ken

                      from San Jose, CA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

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                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Voigtlander VM-E Close Focus Adapter for VM-Mount Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera:

                            It is pleasure to use VM/E close-up adapter. It is 100% on my SONY A7 camera.

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Macro-like rangefinder lenses!

                            By repentsinner

                            from Sacramento, CA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Durable

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Macro

                            Comments about Voigtlander VM-E Close Focus Adapter for VM-Mount Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera:

                            When I heard about this close focus adaptor for M-mount lenses I was immediately intrigued, as the lenses themselves aren't typically designed for this.

                            Over the past two years, I've been pretty happy with a Novoflex to pair a 35mm Summicron and a 90mm Tele-Elmarit to a NEX-7, but have always wanted closer focus for macro-like images.

                            This adaptor delivers, and cuts the minimum focus distance by about half. The design isn't quite as clean as the Novoflex (specifically the lens release mechanism and the little switch to lock it in 'normal' mode), and it weighs quite a bit more, but for the additional functionality I'm willing to take the hit. Impressive.

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                            5.0

                            well built, and spot on infinity setting

                            By bob

                            from berlin, germany

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Great Picture Quality
                            • Well built

                            Cons

                            • Expensive

                            Best Uses

                            • All Uses And Close Ups

                            Comments about Voigtlander VM-E Close Focus Adapter for VM-Mount Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera:

                            I use this with the A7R and the following Voigtlander lenses: f1.8/21mm, f1.2/35mm, f1.4/40mm, f1.8/75mm. it works as advertised, is very well built, no wobble whatsoever and infinity is exactly where it is supposed to be on the A7R (i.e. not beyond as with some other adapters). It's quite heavy compared to the Novoflex adapter I used before, but not uncomfortably so. As to the question on whether or not I would recommend this I'd say that it makes sense to buy if you already have rangefinder glass and want to be able to get a little closer, if you don't have any lenses yet but feel committed enough to the Sony E mount as a system (let's hope Sony does) I'd recommend to buy the few prime lenses Sony currently offers for the FF E mount rather then investing into current rangefinder lenses. Manual lenses are fun if you can live with the frequent focus errors you get when using this handheld in a hurry, but owning also the FE 1.8/55mm I have to admit that it is a whole lot easier to use with a much higher rate of usable pictures.Anyway to get back to the adapter I don't regret the purchase even though the cost for it seems disproportionately high.

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                            5.0

                            The best invention since sliced bread.

                            By Lenny

                            from Los Angeles, CA

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Looks Well Made

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Voigtlander VM-E Close Focus Adapter for VM-Mount Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera:

                                I have a few Voigtlander and Zeiss "m" mount lenses that I have been using on the NEX7 and now on the new A7R with a regular adapter, but was always disappointed that my close focus was so poor. This VM-E adapter has changed all that. Now I can do tight close-ups with all my lenses, I can get very close with my 75 or my 50, and even my 35/1.2. But when I don't need to get close, just move the ring on the VM-E back to normal, and they behave just like before. There is no glass, so there is no loss of light or quality. So simple, so useful.

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                                5.0

                                Great Piece of Gear

                                By Steve

                                from Virginia

                                Comments about Voigtlander VM-E Close Focus Adapter for VM-Mount Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera:

                                B&H advised me that this is the best of the available adapters for adapting M Mount lenses to Sony Nex cameras; the craftsmanship and the materials of the device are superior, and the close focusing coil enables truly remarkable close up work with the adapted lenses. Voightlander have published a full listing of their lenses and of the results enabled with this adapter, so prospective buyers can check out for themselves what's possible. I've been experimenting with the 75mm 1.8 Classic Heliar and the 50mm 1.1 Nokton, and am also planning to work with some of the Leica M lenses. All in all, a great piece of gear, both as a general adapter and as a close focusing tool for M Mount lenses.

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                                5.0

                                Perfect Adapter for M lenses on an A7R

                                By James L.

                                from New Jersey

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Quality

                                Cons

                                • Cost
                                • Possbility Of Color Cast

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Voigtlander VM-E Close Focus Adapter for VM-Mount Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera:

                                  I am using this adapter with my existing M-mount lenses on a Sony A7R. The adapter is pricey, but is machined very well, fits precisely, and allows very little 'play' between adapted lens and camera. It is a quality piece, IMO on par with Novoflex adapter. Of course the really unique aspect of this Voigtlander adapter is in allowing for closer focusing. I've been using a Zeiss 50mm 1.5 Sonnar a great deal with this adapter and the A7R. The Sonnar is a really amazing lens on any M-mount camera, but its minimum focal distance of .9m can severely limit usage. This adapter reduces minimum focusing distance nearly in half on the Sonnar - to ~.47m! It's a true joy to use, a great cosmetic and functional match to an A7/A7R, and overall the perfect adapter for using M lenses on E-Mount cameras. (Note that Voigtlander warns of possibility of increased color cast when using M lenses on the A7/A7R. This is widely mentioned on the internet and other publications as well. I have not seen a noticeable increase in CC with the 50mm Sonnar, or even other 50mm or 35mm M lenses, but with some wider M lenses this could be an issue.)

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