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Voigtlander Color-Skopar 25mm f/4 P Pancake Lens

You Pay: $419.00
Product Highlights
  • Pancake Type Lens - 1.2"/30.5mm Long
  • Manual Focus / VM Lens Mount
  • For Bessa T, R2 & Leica M Mount Cameras
  • Minimum Focus Distance - 1.5' / 0.5 m
  • Engraved Depth-of-Field Scale on Barrel
  • Aperture Range - f/4.0-22

The Voigtlander Color-Skopar 25mm f/4 Pancake Lens is an ultra-compact "P" type (pancake) wide-angle lens that comes in the VM lens mount. It is especially ideal for use with the Bessa R4M and R4A cameras, since these cameras have built-in bright frames for 25mm, and use of an external viewfinder is no longer necessary. It can also be used with on any camera that uses the Leica M mount.

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 4-22
Lens Mount M bayonet type
Minimum Focus Distance 1.6' (0.5 m)
Angle of View 82°
Groups/Elements 6/8
Length 1.2" (30mm)
Maximum Diameter 2.1" (55mm)
Weight 4.8 oz (144 g)
Voigtlander Color-Skopar 25mm f/4 P Pancake Lens
  • Front & Rear Caps
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    VoigtlanderColor-Skopar 25mm f/4 P Pancake Lens
     
    4.3

    (based on 7 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (4)
    • Strong construction (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Street photography (3)
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      5.0

      Great for use with a Leica M8

      By Ollie the Aussie

      from Australia

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            Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 25mm f/4 P Pancake Lens:

            I was looking for a cheap wide angle, either 24mm, 25mm or 28mm, to use with a Leica M8 as a backup camera. I primarily shoot with a Monochrom and 35mm Cron.

            The lens is great, lower contrast than modern lenses, but I prefer less contrast generally. Works flawlessly on the M8 and I don't have any issues seeing the 24mm framelines. Given the M8's framelines are accurate at 0.7m, the slightly tighter 25mm lens are actually better than a 24mm lens when focusing at 2+ metres. I don't find the f4 limiting at all, I suppose if you mostly shot at night - well if you mostly shot at night you probably wouldn't own an M8, or you would be focused on using f1.4 lenses. I can easily use this camera and lens set up at dusk and dawn and at night with artificial lighting (street lighting, etc) without any drama.

            The 33mm fov isn't to bad, the 37mm fov of a 28mm lens might be a little nicer, but the difference isn't a deal killer and it really is quite close to 35mm. If your after a cheap, simple lens for the M8, this is a great option for general street/doco/reportage work.

            Can't recommend it enough!

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            4.0

            light, small and sharp but

            By cavaphoto

            from NYC

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            Pros

            • Small and light
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Color Shift On Leica Digi

            Best Uses

              Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 25mm f/4 P Pancake Lens:

              On a Lecia M9 or M typ240 it does give a lot of color shift so unfortunately I had to return. Very sad about this.

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              5.0

              Great Lens for Street Photography

              By Rufus Mangrove

              from Brooklyn, NY

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              Pros

              • cheap
              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Lightweight
              • Rugged
              • Small
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Street photography
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 25mm f/4 P Pancake Lens:

                I use this lens on an M6.

                I normally shoot with a 28mm and moving to a 25mm wasn't a big of a stretch as I first thought. Instead of shooting at 2m, I shoot at 1.5. I like the images that this field of view produces. It's wide, but not so wide that the lens becomes the focal point of the image.

                The lens is small, unobtrusive, well built, and most importantly, cheap, particularly when you consider the offerings by Leica (24mm) and Zeiss (25mm).

                I did not find the f/4 limiting, as I normally don't shoot with this lens when the sun goes down. If I do, the double benefit of a cloth shutter and a significant depth of field make the f/4 not that big of a weakness as it may sound on paper.

                The only thing I wish it had were the DOF preset clicks that the screwmount version of this lens possessed.

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                4.0

                Small and sharp

                By batmobile

                from UK

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                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 25mm f/4 P Pancake Lens:

                    Very small and very sharp. Mine needs closing a stop to get good performance out of the bottom right corner but this is hardly ever visible. Very, very sharp lens but beware of sample variation. Great for zone focused street work.

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                    4.0

                    Like the old days

                    By Stuart

                    from Orange County, CA

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 25mm f/4 P Pancake Lens:

                      very small and light....got it to use on M8 or Voigtlander film body... very sharp .. easy to use.
                      probably not good choice for M9

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                      4.0

                      Great lens

                      By olja

                      from Berlin, Germany

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                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Good contrast
                      • Lightweight
                      • Sharp Focus
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • F-stop 4

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Special Effects
                      • Street photography

                      Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 25mm f/4 P Pancake Lens:

                      working good with Leica M8, sharp, this lens is a very good alternative to expensive Leica lenses

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                      4.0

                      Better than I expected!

                      By Will Santee

                      from SF Bay area

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                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Sharp f56 above
                      • Sharp Focus

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • On M8 equivalent to 32mm
                        • Street photography

                        Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 25mm f/4 P Pancake Lens:

                        I bought the lens for a specific purpose - to see how well the 24/25mm focal length works on an M8 for a person with glasses. Still not 100% sure about this, but am tending to think it's OK.
                        The lens has a slightly soft corner at f4, but this goes away at f5.6.
                        I meant just to try it & later buy a better lens if I liked the focal length. But I've come to (regard it as a 'keeper' because it's less contrasty than current Leica & Zeiss lenses. Good rendering of both shadows & highlights in bright/sunny light (when f5.6 & 8 are its best apertures).
                        For M8, use UV/IR filter & CornerFix software to correct cyan drift in corners.

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