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Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm f/4.0 P Pancake Lens

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Product Highlights
  • Compact Pancake Lens -1.0" / 25mm Long
  • VM Lens Mount
  • For Select Bessa / Leica M Mount Cameras
  • Minimum Focus Distance - 1.5'/0.5 m
  • Depth of Field/Aperture Scales on Barrel

The Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm f/4.0 P Pancake Lens is an ultra-compact wide-angle lens, and is designed for use with the Bessa R4M/R4A cameras. It comes with the VM lens mount, for use on any camera that uses the Leica M mount. It is especially ideal for use with the Bessa R4M and R4A cameras, since these cameras have built-in bright frames for 21mm, and use of an external viewfinder is no longer necessary.

The lens has exceptional close focusing capability, down to as close as 1.5' (0.5 m). The focusing lever lets you go from minimum distance to infinity in less than ninety degrees of rotation. Apertures are selected with the click-stop diaphragm.

The 9-blade, circular aperture produces a smooth and natural rendition of defocused images, as well as nearly circular shapes of point sources of light.
Excellent depth of field scale.
Filter Size 39mm
f/Stop Range 4.0-22
Minimum Focus Distance 1.6' (0.5 m)
Angle of View 91°
Groups/Elements 6/8
Length 1" (25mm)
Maximum Diameter 2.1" (55mm)
Weight 4.8 oz (136 g)
Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm f/4.0 P Pancake Lens
  • Front & Rear Caps
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    VoigtlanderColor-Skopar 21mm f/4.0 P Pancake Lens
     
    4.8

    (based on 15 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (12)
    • Easy to use (10)
    • Durable (9)
    • Reliable (8)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday (10)
      • Travel (10)
      • Landscape photography (7)
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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      I Love This Lens

      Being the owner of a Sony NEX 5N camera recently purchased through B&H, I quickly got on the bandwagon of mounting Voigtlander and Leica lenses (ok Leica lens at this point)...Read complete review

      Being the owner of a Sony NEX 5N camera recently purchased through B&H, I quickly got on the bandwagon of mounting Voigtlander and Leica lenses (ok Leica lens at this point) on my NEX 5N with an M-mount to E mount adapter (Novoflex purchased from B&H and reviewed with 5 stars).

      The reason I mentioned Leica lens, at this point, is cost of course. No one disputes the high quality of Leica lenses, and if everyone had the cash, and a few security guards, they would load up with Leica glass. But the fact is that most folks need another, more-affordable option. This lens provides that and more.

      I say "and more" because anyone researching this lens will find out pretty quickly that many believe it to be among the best 21mm lenses available in the M-mount family. Of course the new Leica 21mm Super-Elmar is on many people's notification list since they are in short supply, but it is almost 8x the cost of this very fine lens.

      On the NEX 5N it is approx. 32mm, which is perfect for street photography. This pancake is so compact on the NEX 5N, and so unobtrusive, that is is virtually unnoticeable when shooting on the streets (of Tokyo in my case). I often plunk this in my gym bag in a small Ortleib waterproof camera case, and whip it out when an opportunity arrives. When that opportunity presents itself, I can rest assured that anything caught through this remarkable lens will be tack sharp, and clear edge to edge with no light fall off or CA.

      I am not a techno-geek when reviewing camera gear. I know what works and what doesn't. If it doesn't, I get rid of it. This lens will be with me for a long time. The only reason I could conceive of trading it would be if the Leica Super-Elmar proves to be the second coming (which it may very well be). But for now, this lens is on my camera more frequently than any other Voigtlander lens ( I own 3) and even more than the vaunted Leica 28mm Elmarit, which I love as well.

      This is the absolute perfect lens for anyone looking to branch out into affordable Voigtlander glass for their mirror-less system camera (adapter is required of course), especially if one is interested in street photography.

      Some have complained that the lens is not fast enough for their needs. So they can certainly look to the 35mm 1.4 or 1.2 NOKTON Voigtlander lenses. But folks will have to remember that on an NEX System camera 35mm equates to 50mm, and on micro 4/3 cameras it equates to 70mm. Moreover, the 35mm 1.2 is a beast of a lens on a small camera; a wonderful beast that I own and love, but it is a very different tool than this compact piece of kit.

      At the end of the day, this lens will be plenty fast for your needs. I have shot with this in low light at f4, and since it is a prime lens over the relatively large NEX 5N sensor, with no mirror, some amazing low-light shots can be had. Is it a NOKTON? No. But it is a top notch street lens that is capable, in the right ands, of taking world-class street shots worthy of the greats.

      As of this writing, this is my favorite lens. OK, it is tied with the my Leica 28mm Aspherical Elmarit. Can you blame me?

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      Small & light on my X-pro1

      I initially got this lens for street photography figuring with the 1.5 crop sensor on the x-pro1, it would give me a 31.5mm view, which is decent. The 18mm Fujinon that I have...Read complete review

      I initially got this lens for street photography figuring with the 1.5 crop sensor on the x-pro1, it would give me a 31.5mm view, which is decent. The 18mm Fujinon that I have wasn't as sharp as I'd like, and also I did not like the feel of the manual focus on the Fujinon. My expectations were this Voigtlander 21mm would have nicer and faster manual focus feel, and that it'd be even more discrete being so small, and with it I would be able to do zone focusing a lot easier than my Fujinon 18mm. Well, in that respect, it satisfied my expectations.

      I am still testing it with the type of street photography that I do to see if it's any sharper than my Fujinon lens. The jury is still out on that. As for things that I don't like, these would have to be lens flare, and the supplied lens cap. The lens flare, I think I can control it if I can find a lens hood replacement because the one that came with it is not very useful since I tend to shoot into the sun with a lot of my street photos being back-light. As for the lens cap, I'll leave it off during my walk-around, and will only put it back on when I stow the camera back in my shoulder bag.

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      5.0

      Fantastic Wide Lens

      By Van

      from Los Angeles, CA

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm f/4.0 P Pancake Lens:

      Voigtlander lenses are generally viewed as cheap, not as good, alternatives to Leica glass, but the 21mm Color-Skopar is one the few that is BETTER in almost every way than the equivalent LM or ZM lens. Sharp corners, minimal vignetting, nice contrast, tiny, and light. A perfect lens, and that's before mentioning the dirt cheap price.

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      5.0

      Works well on the Sony A7S

      By Enokling

      from Oslo, Norway

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Landscape Photography
        • Traveling

        Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm f/4.0 P Pancake Lens:

        I got this for use on the new Sony A7S, and it works perfectly with the Fotodiox adapter. A perfect compact lens for landscape or street.

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        5.0

        excellent lens at a great price

        By Daniel

        from New York city

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Landscape Photography
          • Traveling

          Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm f/4.0 P Pancake Lens:

          well constructed lens. smallest 21 mm, no noticeable distortion. Beautiful lens at any price, a steal at [$].

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          • No

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          5.0

          Beautiful Lens

          By Digital Artist

          from Delray Beach, Fla

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Street Photography

            Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm f/4.0 P Pancake Lens:

            I am using this lens on my Fuji EX-1. Great pair , wonderful results. Very happy!!

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            • No

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            (3 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Small & light on my X-pro1

            By Ted

            from Torrance, CA

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Landscape Photography
              • Traveling

              Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm f/4.0 P Pancake Lens:

              I initially got this lens for street photography figuring with the 1.5 crop sensor on the x-pro1, it would give me a 31.5mm view, which is decent. The 18mm Fujinon that I have wasn't as sharp as I'd like, and also I did not like the feel of the manual focus on the Fujinon. My expectations were this Voigtlander 21mm would have nicer and faster manual focus feel, and that it'd be even more discrete being so small, and with it I would be able to do zone focusing a lot easier than my Fujinon 18mm. Well, in that respect, it satisfied my expectations.

              I am still testing it with the type of street photography that I do to see if it's any sharper than my Fujinon lens. The jury is still out on that. As for things that I don't like, these would have to be lens flare, and the supplied lens cap. The lens flare, I think I can control it if I can find a lens hood replacement because the one that came with it is not very useful since I tend to shoot into the sun with a lot of my street photos being back-light. As for the lens cap, I'll leave it off during my walk-around, and will only put it back on when I stow the camera back in my shoulder bag.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Great compact wide-angle.

              By Pointy

              from Vancouver, Canada.

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Traveling

                Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm f/4.0 P Pancake Lens:

                Works great on my Fuji X-E1. I do not experience any weird color shifts as reported elsewhere. Not the sharpest lens in the world, but its size trumps any minor complaints.

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                5.0

                Very nice lens

                By Tetsuaki Miyake

                from Toronto

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Landscape Photography
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm f/4.0 P Pancake Lens:

                  I am using this lens with Leica M to NEX adaptor for NEX-5N.
                  It is very compact and solid and smooth operation. It is my favourite lens for street photography.It is very sharp and lines are "straight" even at this wide angle (NEX-5N has an ASPC sensor, so actual focal length for this lens is 31.5mm). Colours are nicely saturated and nice dynamic range and tone for black and white photography. For aperture and focus controls, even though lens is so small, it has knobs for them. Therefore, you can do one hand operation without checking the potion of them and keep tracking your objective.
                  However, since this lens operate so easily, if you kept a camera in your pocket, aperture setting was often changed during changing locations.

                  Overall, if you are looking for a lens in compact size and producing good images, I highly recommend this lens for you.

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                  (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I Love This Lens

                  By Gaijinphotographer

                  from Tokyo, Japan

                  About Me Semi-Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Amazing value for money
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Perfect Street Lens
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Home
                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Mirror-less system camera
                    • Street Photography
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm f/4.0 P Pancake Lens:

                    Being the owner of a Sony NEX 5N camera recently purchased through B&H, I quickly got on the bandwagon of mounting Voigtlander and Leica lenses (ok Leica lens at this point) on my NEX 5N with an M-mount to E mount adapter (Novoflex purchased from B&H and reviewed with 5 stars).

                    The reason I mentioned Leica lens, at this point, is cost of course. No one disputes the high quality of Leica lenses, and if everyone had the cash, and a few security guards, they would load up with Leica glass. But the fact is that most folks need another, more-affordable option. This lens provides that and more.

                    I say "and more" because anyone researching this lens will find out pretty quickly that many believe it to be among the best 21mm lenses available in the M-mount family. Of course the new Leica 21mm Super-Elmar is on many people's notification list since they are in short supply, but it is almost 8x the cost of this very fine lens.

                    On the NEX 5N it is approx. 32mm, which is perfect for street photography. This pancake is so compact on the NEX 5N, and so unobtrusive, that is is virtually unnoticeable when shooting on the streets (of Tokyo in my case). I often plunk this in my gym bag in a small Ortleib waterproof camera case, and whip it out when an opportunity arrives. When that opportunity presents itself, I can rest assured that anything caught through this remarkable lens will be tack sharp, and clear edge to edge with no light fall off or CA.

                    I am not a techno-geek when reviewing camera gear. I know what works and what doesn't. If it doesn't, I get rid of it. This lens will be with me for a long time. The only reason I could conceive of trading it would be if the Leica Super-Elmar proves to be the second coming (which it may very well be). But for now, this lens is on my camera more frequently than any other Voigtlander lens ( I own 3) and even more than the vaunted Leica 28mm Elmarit, which I love as well.

                    This is the absolute perfect lens for anyone looking to branch out into affordable Voigtlander glass for their mirror-less system camera (adapter is required of course), especially if one is interested in street photography.

                    Some have complained that the lens is not fast enough for their needs. So they can certainly look to the 35mm 1.4 or 1.2 NOKTON Voigtlander lenses. But folks will have to remember that on an NEX System camera 35mm equates to 50mm, and on micro 4/3 cameras it equates to 70mm. Moreover, the 35mm 1.2 is a beast of a lens on a small camera; a wonderful beast that I own and love, but it is a very different tool than this compact piece of kit.

                    At the end of the day, this lens will be plenty fast for your needs. I have shot with this in low light at f4, and since it is a prime lens over the relatively large NEX 5N sensor, with no mirror, some amazing low-light shots can be had. Is it a NOKTON? No. But it is a top notch street lens that is capable, in the right ands, of taking world-class street shots worthy of the greats.

                    As of this writing, this is my favorite lens. OK, it is tied with the my Leica 28mm Aspherical Elmarit. Can you blame me?

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                    5.0

                    Hands down best deal of the M-Mounts

                    By Skinner Photographs dot com

                    from San Diego, CA

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Traveling

                      Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm f/4.0 P Pancake Lens:

                      Such a teensy weensy little lens, perfect for my style of Gilden-esque photography. I shoot at f/11 or f/16 with this lens (which is equivalent to a 28mm on my M8) and hold a radio triggered flash in my hand. The DOF gets everything in focus and never miss a shot. It's crisp, it's clear, it does the job. I have ZERO complaints with this lens.

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                      5.0

                      Near Leica quality at a bargain price

                      By Doc

                      from Casper, WY

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Near Leica quality
                      • Sharp lens
                      • Solidly built

                      Cons

                      • Inadequate lens hood
                      • Small aperture
                      • Small control rings

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Landscape Photography
                      • Traveling

                      Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm f/4.0 P Pancake Lens:

                      When shooting with Leica film cameras, 28 mm's satisfied my wide angle lens requirements. However, my new Ricoh GXR with a Leica lens mount module has a 1.5 crop factor, and so an 18mm lens would be necessary to produce the same field of view. This Voigtlander 21 mm lens was chosen because of its availability (similar Leica and Zeiss lenses were backordered), the company's good reputation, the price and favorable reviews.

                      At a little over $400, this lens is almost a steal for what you get. It is very compact, but solidly built of metal (almost a small Leica sibling), and its lens is tack sharp with no vignetting or even detectable peripheral light falloff at its full but modest f4 aperture.

                      Drawbacks relating to its small size are the control rings, which are a bit small for large fingers, and its f4 maximum aperture, but for me that's no deal breaker because of digital's superior ability than film to deal with low light. Also, as another reviewer noted, the lens hood supplied is really inadequate and should be replaced with Voigtlander's LH-1, which, unfortunately, has been discontinued but can still be found with a search of the internet.

                      Overall, a bargain at twice the price and highly recommended.

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                      5.0

                      Perfect for use with the LEICA M8.

                      By Sven-Herman Wallin

                      from Djursholm, Sweden

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Home
                        • Landscape Photography
                        • Traveling

                        Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm f/4.0 P Pancake Lens:

                        This lens can preferably be used with the LEICA M8 with the result of a 28 mm lens. It is a remarkable
                        lens. I would say one of the best I have come across since I started my LEICA-career in the fifties.

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                        5.0

                        Very sharp , small good for candids

                        By Ed

                        from Fl

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • Traveling

                          Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm f/4.0 P Pancake Lens:

                          Amazing lens great color ,very sharp .
                          Using on g1 with adapt.

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                          (12 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          I would buy this product again and again

                          By valtron3001

                          from Nizny Novgorod, Russia

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight
                          • Quiet Operation
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Action
                            • Artwork
                            • Photojournalism

                            Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm f/4.0 P Pancake Lens:

                            It is a fantastic wide-angle lens.Has rather small weight and the size, using with R4m, with ease is located in a jacket pocket.Sharpness remarkable on an open diaphragm.Not to catch "hares"))), I recommend to get lens hood.In the lens name "Color-Skopar" there is a direct hint on colour, photographing on a coloured film, it turns out to render that colour which exists, without lies.Black and white, certainly is classics, but here much depends on the chosen type of a film and proattendance process, however as well as in the colour.The unique possible minus when darkly, also there is no flash - is probably a small diaphragm of a lens.If diaphragm was 2.0 then it was invaluable... ха, well, the price has increased certainly)))... Though for dark conditions of shooting always there is a support or iso3200.Regards!

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                            5.0

                            Good variant

                            By juri

                            from ukraine

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Price
                            • Quiet Operation
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Action
                              • Artwork
                              • Photojournalism

                              Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm f/4.0 P Pancake Lens:

                              streeet or interior photography

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                              (12 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Excellent purchase

                              By Miro

                              from Peru

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Amazing depth of field
                              • Consistent Output
                              • Lightweight
                              • Sharp Focus

                              Cons

                              • Focusing ring

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use

                              Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm f/4.0 P Pancake Lens:

                              Excellent depth of field, no vignetting, sharp field corner to corner, very contrast lens, I love it. Hard to find something wrong on this lens, maybe just the focusing ring is sometime difficult to find in critical moment when you have to react quickly. Otherwise excellent lens and will recommend it to friend with no doubts.

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