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Voigtlander Color-Skopar 20mm f/3.5 SL II N Aspherical Lens for Canon EF

You Pay: $549.00
Product Highlights
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/22
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Built-In CPU Supports AE Metering
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Knurled Metal Focusing Ring

The Canon EF-mount Voigtlander Color-Skopar 20mm f/3.5 SL II N Aspherical Lens is an ultra-compact, sturdy manual focus lens featuring traditional high-quality Japanese construction and classic styling. The Color-Skopar is a perfect choice as a wide-angle lens for those wanting high performance in a prime all-manual lens. This lens is part of the SL II series, which feature a CPU (Central Processing Unit) built into the lens to support all of your camera's metering functions as well as control the aperture setting via the camera's command dial.

The manual focusing movement, aided by the knurled metal focusing ring, of the Color-Skopar is satisfying to operate and worlds apart in action from doing the same with autofocus lenses. This lens offers an f/3.5 maximum aperture, but unlike most zoom lenses, it will perform nearly as brilliantly at f/3.5 as it will at friendlier apertures of f/5.6-11.0. The focusing helicoid can extend far from the body on the Color-Skopar to allow a minimum focusing distance of just 7.9".

An ideal prime wide-angle lens for DSLR cameras
Sophisticated 9-element aspherical lens formula
Sturdy metal outer barrel
Compact dimensions; barely more than 1" long
An ideal performer at larger apertures
9-bladed aperture diaphragm
Silky smooth and knurled metal focusing ring
Full multi-coatings upon every optical surface
Made in Japan
Performance
Focal Length 20mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 94°
Minimum Focus Distance 7.87" (20 cm)
Magnification Not Specified By Manufacturer
Maximum Reproduction Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
Elements/Groups 9/6
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Autofocus No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.76 x 1.23" (70 x 31.2 mm)
Weight 8.47 oz (240 g)
Voigtlander Color-Skopar 20mm f/3.5 SL II N Aspherical Lens for Canon EF
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    VoigtlanderColor-Skopar 20mm f/3.5 SL II N Aspherical Lens for Canon EF
     
    4.3

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

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    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (10)
    • Lightweight (8)
    • Durable (7)
    • Rugged (7)
    • Consistent output (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (11)
      • Video (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (9), Pro photographer (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (14)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Incredible lens, beautiful color and dep

      Landscape panorams photos and people, the lens has wonderful depth giving 3-D quality to images, it does fall off at the edges but that suits my images perfectly. The build and solidity...Read complete review

      Landscape panorams photos and people, the lens has wonderful depth giving 3-D quality to images, it does fall off at the edges but that suits my images perfectly. The build and solidity are first rate, the focus is silky smooth, buy it, you won't regret it. I bought it for total manual control in a digital world and have not looked back.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Disappointing on full frame body

      Even when stopped down to f8 the sharpness near the corners leaves a lot to be desired - not acceptable on a full frame body (which is why I returned it). Image quality...Read complete review

      Even when stopped down to f8 the sharpness near the corners leaves a lot to be desired - not acceptable on a full frame body (which is why I returned it). Image quality away from the corners is good - it would be fine on a crop-factor body. It also reminded me how difficult it is to focus manual focus lenses on focussing screens designed for AF only.

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      5.0

      Do It!

      By arthur

      from iowa

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Fun
      • HIgh image quality
      • Lightweight
      • Low distortion
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Art Photography
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video

        Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 20mm f/3.5 SL II N Aspherical Lens for Canon EF:

        This was my 5th lens, and last maybe, of my kit. My camera is the 6D. I love wide angle but I'm not sure I really need wider than this.I shoot this lens almost always at around f/8. I most often focus with my my eyes, brain, and the camera numbers (not looking through the viewfinder). Is this camera fun?! Holly Cow, yes! But it wouldn't be fun if if the image quality wan't absolutely great! Compare the Photozone@ review resolution numbers and see how solid this unique little one of a kind lens is, compared to the Zeiss' 18 and 21 and other ultra wides. I love my Voigt pics and I am a stickler for image quality.

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        4.0

        Embrace the limits. You'll grow.

        By Xopher

        from New York, NY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Street
        • Video

        Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 20mm f/3.5 SL II N Aspherical Lens for Canon EF:

        I love this lens so much. You won't find a wider angle in a smaller or tougher package. On a crop-sensor camera it turns into a perfect street lens with an equivalent focal length of 32mm. If you're working on a full frame with that sort of thing in mind though, consider the 28mm f/2.8 or the 40mm f/2 (or if low-light shooting is essential).It's not the fastest prime and it's not the sharpest lens you could own either. But the size and construction of this little guy more than make up for that lack. Seriously, just pick one up sometime and turn the focusing ring. It's a joy to use, if you're willing to give up auto-focus.Speaking of the lack of autofocus, these pancake lenses are an incredible tool for learning zone-focusing on a DSLR.This lens isn't for everyone. But if you're tired of big, heavy glass, and/or want to change the way you shoot, pick one up.

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        4.0

        A little slow, but clear as clear can be

        By The Dank King

        from Denver, CO

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged

        Cons

        • Difficult to Clean
        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Video

        Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 20mm f/3.5 SL II N Aspherical Lens for Canon EF:

        Awesome lens, not great in low light.

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        4.0

        Solid compact quality lens

        By Peter Samuel

        from Frederick MD

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 20mm f/3.5 SL II N Aspherical Lens for Canon EF:

              excellent for photographing streetscapes, for example in historic areas.

              Quality lens, compact, well built. In a wide angle lens like this the lack of autofocus isn't a problem.

              It's expensive and I dropped it one start because of that.

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              5.0

              Best lens I own

              By Al in Texas

              from Center Point, TX

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 20mm f/3.5 SL II N Aspherical Lens for Canon EF:

                The clarity is amazing on my T3i. The depth of field is wide at F8 and the contrast is wonderful in B and W mode. The manual focus is smooth and I usually leave it on 10 ft with no worries.

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                5.0

                Key part of a day kit

                By kotic

                from Los Angeles, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 20mm f/3.5 SL II N Aspherical Lens for Canon EF:

                  I've been looking for a few good pancake lenses to make up a simple day kit, as part of my overall kit. I already have the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8, a Voightlander 28mm f/2.8, and recently added this lens to round out a nice range of focal lengths for various needs while out shooting for the day. I can take all three lenses, an extra battery, and one or two filters in a small case clipped to my belt and walk all day. The build is fantastic, similar to Zeiss ZE (they are made by the same company) but without the more interesting Zeiss details. It's all metal and glass, and rock solid. This isn't my first manual focus only lens, so I wasn't too worried about capturing sharp images. I'm getting the hang of it and it's becoming second nature. The focus ring moves smooth and has just the right amount of resistance. Full rotation is approximately 180 degrees allows a lot of micro adjustment. On a crop sensor camera it's not a super wide angle, but it's wide enough that almost everything is in focus with an aperture smaller than f/8. Wide open it's a little soft, but with a little practice I've been getting nice results. You can get some decent bokeh wide open and the minimum focal distance is amazingly close. However, I wouldn't expect great bokeh from a lens this wide with a maximum aperture of f/3.5 anyway. It's really crisp between f/5.6 and f/11, with the best results at f/8. Lately I've been leaving it set there, crank the focus ring to infinity, and get images I really like without much effort. Color rendition, contrast, and image quality are all better than my Canon EF 40mm f/2.8. Of course this lens is more expensive, but I think the difference shows. Right after I purchased this lens I rented the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8. I took it and the Voightlander 20mm f/3.5 to an interior architecture photo shoot and took almost all shots with both lenses under the same conditions, and actually liked what I got from the Voightlander better. It required far less post production. It's a little pricey, but I think totally worth it. This lens is a great addition to my day kit, it's a pleasure to use, looks awesome on my camera, and I would totally recommend it to anyone.

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                  1.0

                  Disappointing on full frame body

                  By Landscape photographer

                  from Australia

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Blurry Focus

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 20mm f/3.5 SL II N Aspherical Lens for Canon EF:

                    Even when stopped down to f8 the sharpness near the corners leaves a lot to be desired - not acceptable on a full frame body (which is why I returned it). Image quality away from the corners is good - it would be fine on a crop-factor body. It also reminded me how difficult it is to focus manual focus lenses on focussing screens designed for AF only.

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                    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great lightweight option

                    By CKJ000

                    from Sydney, Australia

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 20mm f/3.5 SL II N Aspherical Lens for Canon EF:

                      The best thing about this is the dimensions! It is optically very good but the weight is just wonderful compared with the big L series lenses! Due to its focal length it has a great depth of field and so stopping to manually focus is hardly necessary on a sunny day and even with my old eyes it's just so easy to use. I have carried it around on my daily camera for a few weeks now and it makes for a very portable kit.
                      The built quality is great and the pleasure of turning the focusing ring is half the fun of using a manual focus lens again

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                      5.0

                      Color Skopar 20mm f/3.5 SL-II Aspherical

                      By Roland 2

                      from NC

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 20mm f/3.5 SL II N Aspherical Lens for Canon EF:

                        Attached to the 60d the images are incredible sharp. Sharper than the L 17-40.

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                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Nice little lens

                        By RPS

                        from Boston, MA

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Great Picture Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 20mm f/3.5 SL II N Aspherical Lens for Canon EF:

                            Nice lens, super small, but a great wide angle image.

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                            (15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Valuable Gem for DSLRs

                            By Aephur

                            from Toronto, Canada

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Fast focus
                            • Lightweight
                            • Low distortion
                            • Manual focus only
                            • Sharp
                            • SmallCompact
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Manual focus only

                            Best Uses

                            • Event Photography
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Manual focus
                            • Street photography

                            Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 20mm f/3.5 SL II N Aspherical Lens for Canon EF:

                            This lens is a joy to use. The focus ring is tight and accurate. It's VERY sharp at its sweet spot (f/5.6 - 8). And it's TINY! It makes my 7D look like an oversized point and shoot. It's definitely much more discreet. It's perfect for street photography.

                            This lens is great for anyone who wants to learn proper manual focusing. The aperture and distance marks are clear and accurate on the lens, and shows you the different ranges of depth of field according to aperture size. This is how cameras were focused before autofocus, and in many cases may be faster than autofocus using zone focusing techniques.

                            The lens shines even more when used with an APS-C camera. The crop targets the sweet spot for sharpness and vignetting, and has focal lenght equivalent of 30/31mm. This is just a little bit wider than the classic 35mm. Again, perfect for street photography.

                            I bought this lens for doing street photography with my 7D. It complements the body perfectly, and makes it less threatening for candid shots. If I could say anything bad about it, it would be edge sharpness. It's not as good as the center, but it's not too soft either. Overally, you would have to pixel peep in order to find flaws in the sharpeness.

                            But you shouldn't pixel peep. It's a bad habit.
                            Friends don't let their friends pixel peep.

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                            5.0

                            outstanding

                            By joey joe joe

                            from brisbane

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Lightweight
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery

                              Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 20mm f/3.5 SL II N Aspherical Lens for Canon EF:

                              wow, amazing lens. i could not be any happier. image quality is outstanding and easily on par with my L series lenses. ive used voigtlander wide angles on both my leica m8 and 5d mkll and im always blown away with build and image quality.

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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              What a great little lens!

                              By Henry

                              from Philadelphia, PA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Lightweight
                              • Nice Bokeh
                              • Rugged
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 20mm f/3.5 SL II N Aspherical Lens for Canon EF:

                                  Portraits, landscapes and stitched panoramas. Amazing color, bokeh and sharpness. Very smooth movement, great construction and solid feel.

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                                  • Yes

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                                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Incredible lens, beautiful color and dep

                                  By Henry

                                  from Philly, PA

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Durable
                                  • Nice Bokeh
                                  • Rugged
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery

                                    Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 20mm f/3.5 SL II N Aspherical Lens for Canon EF:

                                    Landscape panorams photos and people, the lens has wonderful depth giving 3-D quality to images, it does fall off at the edges but that suits my images perfectly. The build and solidity are first rate, the focus is silky smooth, buy it, you won't regret it. I bought it for total manual control in a digital world and have not looked back.

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                                    • Yes

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                                    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    must have lens for travelling

                                    By Jon

                                    from Brazil, Sao Paulo

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • CREATIVE AND LANDSCAPE

                                        Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 20mm f/3.5 SL II N Aspherical Lens for Canon EF:

                                        Great lens for travelling.
                                        Awesome for landscape and creative pictures.
                                        Can take sharp pictures up to f/4.0.
                                        Looks a little dark at viewfinder with focusing screen EG-S but you get in used to it.
                                        Have a very smooth focus ring and is very compact.
                                        Worth every cent.

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                                        5.0

                                        Awesome and very practical on 5DMKII

                                        By Barrels Oh Fun

                                        from Albuquerque, NM

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easily Interchangeable
                                        • Hyper-Focal Markings
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Manual Focus
                                        • Size
                                        • Smooth Focus
                                        • Strong Construction

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • ArtisticCreative Angles
                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • Tight spaces
                                          • Video

                                          Comments about Voigtlander Color-Skopar 20mm f/3.5 SL II N Aspherical Lens for Canon EF:

                                          Using this lens on my Canon 5D Mark II as a companion to the Voigtlander Ultron 40mm f2.0 makes a perfect ultra light power house combination.

                                          Best use is a great landscape photo/video lens that also works well for getting interesting perspectives for tight situations. Smooth and quiet focusing works so well for video that I only prefer to shoot video on the Voigtlander lenses over Canon lenses. The lens can also focus real close (8") and provides many new possibilities that my other lenses couldn't do. I have a 24-105mm and find the 20mm to be of enough of a difference to use with my other lenses and not replace for wide angle shots.

                                          This is very practical lens for me as it does not give a fish-eye type distortion. There is noticeable barrel distortion at the corners and is exaggerated when objects get closer. The corners are very soft at f3.5 but sharpen at f5.6 and smaller.

                                          I find the DOF marks on the lens are far better to use for finding hyper-focal distances than other brand lenses. Manual focus is my preference and I am glad that there is no auto-focus as this makes me compose my shots much more accurately.

                                          I would buy this lens over again with no hesitation. Price point is great considering the build quality is beyond Canon's L line. IQ is on par or better in my opinion for lenses with similar specs. Size is what makes this lens a permanent addition in my bag.

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