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Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar Aspherical II 15mm f/4.5 Lens for Leica M Cameras

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  • Made in Japan

The Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar Aspherical II 15mm f/4.5 is a great improvement on one of their best lenses, really a lens that put Voigtlander on the map for the Leica M mount shooters.  With sturdy, traditional high-quality Japanese construction and classic style, the Super Wide-Heliar's likely the most practical choice as your widest lens for use with Leica M8 cameras and future digital rangefinder Leica M mount offerings.  Fitted with a 52mm UV/IR rejection filter and coded as "WATE" to the Leica M8, you'll find that light falloff and cyan shifting are extremely well-corrected.

Made in Japan by Cosina (a small optics company who also manufactures Zeiss-branded lenses), the Super Wide-Heliar uses the same optical formula as its beloved predecessor and adds accurate rangefinder coupling, 52mm filter threads, and a modern Leica M mount (instead of the Leica screw mount).

This lens offers a f/4.5 maximum aperture, but unlike many lenses it performs nearly as brilliantly at f/4.5 as it will at friendlier apertures of f/5.6-11.0.  An optional dedicated viewfinder's available.  This lens triggers the 28/90mm framelines on Leica M bodies.

Now rangefinder coupled and with Leica bayonet M mount
Accepts 52mm filters, very important for Leica M8 users
An ideal performing ultra wide angle lens
Tack-sharp even at f/4.5
Sturdy metal barrel
Fixed-position petite lens hood
Supremely compact; just 1.5" long and only 0.35 lb
10-Bladed aperture diaphragm
Full multicoatings upon every optical surface
Made in Japan
Filter Size 52mm
f/Stop Range 4.5-22.0
Minimum Focus Distance 1.6' (50cm)
Magnification No Specified by Manufacturer
Angle of View 100° x 77° (WxH) w/ film cameras
84° x 62° (WxH) w/ Leica M8
Groups/Elements 6/8
Length 1.5" (38mm)
Maximum Diameter 2.3" (59mm)
Weight 0.34 lb (156g)
Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar Aspherical II 15mm f/4.5 Lens for Leica M Cameras
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    VoigtlanderSuper Wide-Heliar Aspherical II 15mm f/4.5 Lens for Leica M Cameras
     
    4.3

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

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      (1)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (11)
    • Durable (9)
    • Strong construction (6)
    • Easily interchangeable (4)
    • Easy to use (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (6)
      • Landscape photography (4)
      • Travel (4)
      • Video (3)
      • Weddings (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (7)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (12)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      A great lens for the Sony Nex cameras

      Bought this lens to use with my Sony Nex 5n, and have already seen some great results. First, the small size of the lens is perfect for the camera; the aperture and focus...Read complete review

      Bought this lens to use with my Sony Nex 5n, and have already seen some great results. First, the small size of the lens is perfect for the camera; the aperture and focus rings work nicely; and even with the 1.5 crop of the sensor, the lens still works at a 22mm wide angle. Had been using a Leica 28mm lens, but this is now my first choice lens for this camera. I'm very pleased with this buy, and the purchase from B&H was without flaw.

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      Not for the M9

      This product was purchased with the intention of using it with my Leica M9. For whatever reason, this lens cannot be used with the M9. The short edges of the frame show a...Read complete review

      This product was purchased with the intention of using it with my Leica M9. For whatever reason, this lens cannot be used with the M9. The short edges of the frame show a red haze, which is not corrected with the Leica 16mm profile. In addition, more red haze on one side indicates an alignment issue. The red haze issue is not apparent when working in black & white. Even if you crop to the equivalent of a 20mm lens field, sharpness is nothing to brag about at the apertures I tried; f/8 and f/11. I took advantage of B&H 30 day return policy; which makes them a wonderful supplier to do business with.

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      4.0

      Voigtlander Super Wide Is a New Adventur

      By The Godfather

      from Denver, CO

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Landscape Photography

        Comments about Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar Aspherical II 15mm f/4.5 Lens for Leica M Cameras:

        For almost a year now, I have shot my M8 exclusively with the 50mm Summicron, and it has been great. However, I wanted the ability to go in new directions, and a 15mm lens seemed to fill the bill. The Voigtlander 15mm was highly regarded, so I took the plunge. After just two weeks I am sold. Originally I planned to use the lens in urban settings, working with industrial shapes, but I found it opened a new world in scenics, two. The lens is pretty sharp (remember, I'm spoiled by the Leica 50), very compact, and extremely well built. The one aspect that kept it from 5 stars is the color rendition, but, there again, I am totally spoiled by my 50 which is a color and contrast superstar. I love the lens. Buy it - you will too.

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        5.0

        One word

        By SB

        from New York

        Comments about Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar Aspherical II 15mm f/4.5 Lens for Leica M Cameras:

        Sharp!

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        5.0

        Voigtländer 15mm M for Leica Cameras

        By Orlando

        from Marina, California USA

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • Good For Film Not Digital
        • Great Ultrawide For Leica
        • Nodal Point Is Too Close
        • Not Good With Color Film
        • Point Too Close Sensor

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Home
        • Landscape Photography
        • Traveling

        Comments about Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar Aspherical II 15mm f/4.5 Lens for Leica M Cameras:

        Optics -- 5 out of 5
        Mechanics -- 5 out of 5
        Ergonomics -- 5 out of 5
        Usefulness -- 5 out of 5
        Availability -- 3 out of 5
        Overall -- 5 out of 5

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        4.0

        go for it

        By ANA

        from Kibbutz Ein Hashofet, Israel

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape Photography
          • Traveling

          Comments about Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar Aspherical II 15mm f/4.5 Lens for Leica M Cameras:

          easy to use

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          • No

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          5.0

          Superb old school design

          By eertyab

          from USA

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Architecture
            • Interiors
            • Landscape Photography
            • Traveling

            Comments about Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar Aspherical II 15mm f/4.5 Lens for Leica M Cameras:

            This is a great lens, particularly adapted to APS sensor cameras. You need to be careful on FF, at some apertures and light conditions there will be some color shift at the edges, but still at f8 its pretty darned impressive for the money.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            A great lens for the Sony Nex cameras

            By Dreman

            from Los Angeles, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar Aspherical II 15mm f/4.5 Lens for Leica M Cameras:

              Bought this lens to use with my Sony Nex 5n, and have already seen some great results. First, the small size of the lens is perfect for the camera; the aperture and focus rings work nicely; and even with the 1.5 crop of the sensor, the lens still works at a 22mm wide angle. Had been using a Leica 28mm lens, but this is now my first choice lens for this camera. I'm very pleased with this buy, and the purchase from B&H was without flaw.

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              • No

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good lens

              By Khai

              from Oregon

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar Aspherical II 15mm f/4.5 Lens for Leica M Cameras:

              I used this lens on Nex-5n. The color/contrast is very nice and I love it. But the sharpness is not a wow as compared to sigma 19mm. I just don't see much difference in the sharpness that would justify the $450 difference. I am happier with the pictures taken with sigma 19mm at this time. So I returned this lens and keep the sigma 19mm.

              When using this lens on Nex-5n with peaking feature, the DOF is so deep and it's hard to identify the in-focus subject, many times resulting the pictures that is not as sharp as the one from sigma 19mm. Using peaking indicator, I thought the subject is in focus, but it's not (produce non-sharp picture).

              The lens looks so cute on Nex5, I may own it again in the future.

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              1.0

              Not for the M9

              By stormin' norman

              from Haddonfield,NJ

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar Aspherical II 15mm f/4.5 Lens for Leica M Cameras:

                  This product was purchased with the intention of using it with my Leica M9. For whatever reason, this lens cannot be used with the M9. The short edges of the frame show a red haze, which is not corrected with the Leica 16mm profile. In addition, more red haze on one side indicates an alignment issue. The red haze issue is not apparent when working in black & white. Even if you crop to the equivalent of a 20mm lens field, sharpness is nothing to brag about at the apertures I tried; f/8 and f/11. I took advantage of B&H 30 day return policy; which makes them a wonderful supplier to do business with.

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                  • No

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                  (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Color aberation on NEX cameras

                  By Tedy

                  from Calgary

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Video

                    Comments about Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar Aspherical II 15mm f/4.5 Lens for Leica M Cameras:

                    Mounting the 15 mm lens on a NEX 7 camera with an appropriate adapter shows strong discoloration at the picture edges.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    I would buy this product again and again

                    By Chepko

                    from Russia,Moscow

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar Aspherical II 15mm f/4.5 Lens for Leica M Cameras:

                      Modern design,provade excelent quality of images.

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                      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Super lens

                      By Tedy

                      from Calgary

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar Aspherical II 15mm f/4.5 Lens for Leica M Cameras:

                        the lens is being used with the Sony E mount adapter on a NEX 7 camera. It produces an equivalent of 22.5 mm lens on a 36 mm film.
                        The lens provides a exquisite resolution with minimal distortion that is appropriate to the 24 Mpixel sensor of the NEX 7. As a wide angle lens it has no comparable competition

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                        4.0

                        Excellent for mirrorless cameras

                        By AndreVallejo

                        from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Lightweight
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery

                          Comments about Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar Aspherical II 15mm f/4.5 Lens for Leica M Cameras:

                          I bought it for using on a Nex 5n where it works as a 21mm effective focal length. Light, sturdy, precise to focus and with an excellent IQ. I don't give a 5 star rate only because I got spoiled by Zeiss iQ...but there is none at this focal length...

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                          (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          A legendary wide angle lens

                          By The designer

                          from Daejeon, South Korea

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Low distortion
                          • Price

                          Cons

                          • Poor in Low Light

                          Best Uses

                          • Interior Photography
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar Aspherical II 15mm f/4.5 Lens for Leica M Cameras:

                          This lens is a revolution. Many people thought of a wide angle lens as having too much distortion. This lens changed the conception of a very wide angle lens. It is especially excellent for interior photography. The negative is the slow f stop but if there is no motion this lens delivers astonishing images in this venu. I have used this lens for over a year and have one body with 15mm viewfinder that it is almost glued to. The photogaphs are contrasty and very sharp. One must keep people out of the extreme edges as then you wil be bothered by the distortion. Otherwise it is a great lens because it is small. light. fits the newest M9 and even works OK with the auto metering. Sometimes I adjust the meter to open up a little but this depends on the location and situation. The price is the real suprise. How do thy do this? My friends here in South Korea are always suprised at the photographs taken with this lens. It is especially a good travel companion.

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                          (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Super Wide and Impossibly Sharp

                          By districtonian

                          from Washington, DC

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Photography
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar Aspherical II 15mm f/4.5 Lens for Leica M Cameras:

                            Recently changed my kit to a Sony NEX 5N. Even with the 1.5 crop, this lens is really wide. The first time I shot with this lens, I was blown away by how sharp it is, just stunning clarity. Overall, the lens is built like a tank and is still light to walk around with. Really happy with it.

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                            5.0

                            Excellent, easy to use, fun lens

                            By ronner

                            from santa rosa, ca

                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar Aspherical II 15mm f/4.5 Lens for Leica M Cameras:

                            The ultra wide-angle on an M9 is simple to focus and the DOF is huge and focusing can be set from reading the markings on the lens barrel and setting up a huge focus range. Excellent quality, small and portable, simple focus, and reasonably cheap.

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