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Voigtlander Heliar Ultra Wide-Angle 12mm f/5.6 Lens

You Pay: $749.00
Product Highlights
  • Ultra Wide-Angle 12mm Lens
  • 121° Angle of View
  • Leica M Bayonet Mount

The Voigtlander Heliar Ultra Wide-Angle 12mm f/5.6 Lens is the widest rectilinear (non-fisheye) lens available for 35mm photography, with an angle of view of 121°. Despite this, it has minimal distortion for such a wide angle, and can focus to 11.8" from the lens. It has an M mount. Voigtlander recommends the use of a level for distortion-free photos.

Ultra wde-angle 12mm lens
121° angle of view
M mount
Focal Length 12 mm
Maximum Aperture F5.6
Minimum Aperture F22
Picture Angle 121°
Number of Aperture Blades 9
Minimum Focus Distance 11.8" (0.3 m)
Filter 67mm
Diameter 50.5mm
Length 38.2mm
Weight 5.71 oz (162 g)
Mount M bayonet mount
Viewfinder Available separately
Type of lens: Reverse Galileo Viewfinder
Lens construction: 4 groups, 4 elements
Magnification: 0.36
Finder diopter: -1.0 D
Weight: 2.39 oz (68g)
Voigtlander Heliar Ultra Wide-Angle 12mm f/5.6 Lens
  • Lens Hood
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    VoigtlanderHeliar Ultra Wide-Angle 12mm f/5.6 Lens
     
    4.4

    (based on 9 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (7)
    • Strong construction (6)
    • Consistent output (5)
    • Durable (3)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (3), Pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    3.0

    Super wide and sharp

    By paulcolor

    from Anchorage Alaska

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction
    • Works As Delivered

    Cons

    • Center Heavy Exposure

    Best Uses

    • Interior
    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Voigtlander Heliar Ultra Wide-Angle 12mm f/5.6 Lens:

    Great lens for exsterior and interior work
    Super Wide at about 121 degree on the Leica M9
    Center heavy on the exposure which is to be exspected from a lense like this.

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    4.0

    Works great on the Sony A7s

    By Geordy

    from Kirkland, WA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Sharp
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Vinetting

    Best Uses

    • Architecture

    Comments about Voigtlander Heliar Ultra Wide-Angle 12mm f/5.6 Lens:

    I purchased this lens mostly for shooting real estate pictures on my new A7s. I believe it to be the widest reticular lens available for almost any camera. It's very well made. The sharp edges on the hood make it feel like a weapon but don't worry you won't cut yourself on it. Here's the pros and cons.Pros:* 12mm is incredibly wide. Truly phenominal field of view.* Extremely well made.* Very compact, expecially considering the field of view.* Solid and responsive aperature ring* You don't need to focus it. Set it at f8/ infinite and start shooting!* SharpCons:* I would have preferred something a little faster than f5.6 but doesn't matter at all on the A7s.* Lots of vinetting but also doesn't matter much on A7s because of the dynamic range.* Focus ring seems unresponsive. Using the focus peaking, I've found it hard to see the difference between min focus and infinite. Pictures have been sharp though so who cares?

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    5.0

    great little lens!

    By andrea brizzi

    from Honolulu

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Voigtlander Heliar Ultra Wide-Angle 12mm f/5.6 Lens:

      I shoot interiors. A godsend

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      (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Voigtlander 12

      By JPinSC

      from Easley, SC

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Voigtlander Heliar Ultra Wide-Angle 12mm f/5.6 Lens:

        Awesome lens!

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        (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great Lens, Great Price!

        By Ben K.

        from Tattooine

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Indoors
        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Voigtlander Heliar Ultra Wide-Angle 12mm f/5.6 Lens:

        I'm using the lens on a Fuji X-Pro 1 which has an aps-c size sensor. I've been using it a lot lately while i've been traveling, and I really have no complaints except that it is slow. Not a problem in most cases, but most recently I was in a forest that had some beautiful stuff going on around magic hour, and I had to bust out the tripod in a hurry to catch some shots I wanted. Lens is awesome, produces great images, haven't noticed any vignetting, color aberration, or unacceptable softness as I read in other reviews. It's not perfect, but its the only one this wide out there with an m mount.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Super lens

        By TxRetire

        from Texas

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Slight fringing on NEX 7

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Voigtlander Heliar Ultra Wide-Angle 12mm f/5.6 Lens:

        Very sharp central area. Very nice contrast. On the Sony NEX 7, there is some purple fringing on the outer areas, fixable in post processing.
        Small, easy to focus, whenever focus is needed, which is seldom. I use a 67mm B&W XS-Pro clear filter over the bulb-like lens. I worried that there wasn't enough room for a filter above this lens, but the thin XS Pro does not vignette and protects the lens.
        It is the equivalent of an 18mm on my camera, and I like the effect.

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        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Quality Lens

        By Ross

        from St. Louis, MO

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Voigtlander Heliar Ultra Wide-Angle 12mm f/5.6 Lens:

        Well made and sharp as a tack. Some people complain about a Magenta cast but I can't see it. I was worried about manual focussing but the depth of field is so great that I don't see any issues arising. Does vignette in the corners, perhaps from my filter. Will have to try it without the filter to verify.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love this lens

        By voigtlanderr2

        from Little Rock, AR

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Creative option

        Comments about Voigtlander Heliar Ultra Wide-Angle 12mm f/5.6 Lens:

        yes it vignettes and it is a little slow (f 5.6) but I knew both things when I bought it. I can clean up the vignetting in light room and I don't use it in situations where I need a faster lens. It's a lens that give me options for a creative departure when a more standard lens will just look......standard.

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        5.0

        nice lens

        By Bo

        from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Light
        • Wide

        Cons

        • Doesnt come with VF
        • Not as solid as Leica's

        Best Uses

        • landscape
        • Portrait

        Comments about Voigtlander Heliar Ultra Wide-Angle 12mm f/5.6 Lens:

        i use the lens on my M6, and sometimes on my nex5, the images are excellent with M6 and also great on nex5.

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