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Voigtlander40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II Aspherical Lens for Canon
 
4.9

(based on 11 reviews)

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Pros

  • Strong construction (10)
  • Durable (9)
  • Rugged (9)
  • Consistent output (7)
  • Nice bokeh (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (9)
  • Low light (8)
  • Night photography (6)
  • Video (5)
  • Weddings (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (5), Semi-pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
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5.0

Excellent performer

By JPJ

from Mexico City, Mexico

About Me Pro Photographer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II Aspherical Lens for Canon:

    This is an amazing lens in an all metal body. It is super sharp wide open with beautiful color rendition and very pleasing bokeh. The build quality is on par with my Zeiss 85 planar, all metal. It is also great for street photography when you dont want to haul a big Canon zoom around. The focus ring is perfectly dampened and is incredibly precise. All in all, a great deal bur not for everyone, the lack of autofocus is a deal breaker for many, but if you dont mind that this is a great little lens.

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    5.0

    Remarkable bang for the buck

    By TRP

    from Portland, OR

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II Aspherical Lens for Canon:

      Firstly, the build quality of this lens is superb. Solid with a buttery smooth focus dampening. On a Canon body, I can actually fit this combo in a large coat pocket which is pretty nuts. I've owned this lens for over 5 years now, and it still looks and shoots like the first day I got it.

      Image quality wise, this lens is consistent with Voigtländer's reputation for quality. It is sharp in the center wide open, and I'd say very sharp across the frame from f/4. It has the signature rendering with the more cinematic and contrasty tones that I've seen from other Voigts, and definitely has a uniqueness, easily enabling me to tell which shots from a group were shot with this lens.

      The included close up filter is cool, but I've only used it a couple times. From memory, it seems to be fine, and really just a fun bonus.

      I do wish that the EF mount version also had a manual aperture ring with the ability to switch to an Auto aperture mode on the lens, but otherwise I don't have anything remotely negative to say.

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      5.0

      Beautiful!

      By Astra65

      from Santa Clarita, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video

        Comments about Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II Aspherical Lens for Canon:

        Outstanding build quality and excellent optics! The long focus ring makes it ideal for video.

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        5.0

        Great pancake lens

        By Popcornbrain

        from Mexico City

        Comments about Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II Aspherical Lens for Canon:

        The build is incredible, the focus ring creamy smooth and the design is wonderfully classical. The lens is manual focus only, the aperture digital. The objective comes with a macro screw on lens that works fine, but deteriorates the sharpness and bokeh a bit. One of my favorite all-round lenses.

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        4.0

        Nice for Artistic Photography

        By Damian Buonamico

        from Bs As Argentina

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II Aspherical Lens for Canon:

        This lens are very nice to use. I love taking photos with it. The manual focus is not hard to use at short distance but if you want to shoot from 15 meters away an try to focus on the person it will be really hard.

        The lens is small in size but pretty heavy! all metal. very good quality construction.

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        5.0

        UNBELIEVABLE FOR VIDEO

        By davidjewels

        from Miami, FL

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fantastic For Video
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • NONE

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Night Photography
        • Reduces Camera Profile
        • Video

        Comments about Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II Aspherical Lens for Canon:

        So I wanted a lens that helped me reduce the overall size of the Canon 1Dx and decided to choose a pancake lens: namely the Voightlander 40mm f2.0 Ultron.
        Normally for video I usually take along at least 5 of my Canon primes and I'm forced to use a backpack. Not with the Voightlander! This lens is so amazing, that after a few test videos, where I stood at varying distances from my subject, I realized that it was able to fill the needs of all my other lenses and there was ABSOLUTELY NO DISTORTION even when I got real up and close to the subject.
        The focus ring is pure heaven to use. And the sharpness is TACK SHARP, so sharp that you might cut your eyes after seeing the video you have shot!!!
        For stills, just like some of the other reviewers have mentioned, after a little practice you get the hang of it. The lens has focus confirmation blips that light up to confirm focus anyways, and if you magnify the image with the camera you can dial in the PRECISE focus and then take the shot.
        Obviously it's not going to be as fast as an autofocus lens, but you will get the hang of it eventually: I bought it for video.
        The construction of the lens is SOLID. It's a very beautiful jewel of a lens to look and hold too.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Lens

        By Mark from Indonesia

        from Jakarta, Indonesia

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II Aspherical Lens for Canon:

          The service from B and H was excellent. This lens is really nice on my Canon EOS Mark III. I had the Canon EF 50 1.4 and the pictures from the 40mm Voigtlander are so much better. It doesn't take long to get used to the manual focus. The only pictures I see compared to this lens are on a Full Frame Leica. If you have a choice buy from B and H.

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          5.0

          Love this lens

          By mscherlacher

          from Albuquerque, NM

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Small And Unobtrusive
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Night Photography
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II Aspherical Lens for Canon:

            This has become my favorite lens very quickly. Great optics (very sharp), fairly fast and so small. Focus ring is very smooth and well damped. Love the size, perfect for travel, street and hiking probalbly going to buy the 20mm too,checking it out this week as a loner. If the image quality is good, for me these two may be all I need for 99% of my work.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Sweet.

            By mscherlacher

            from Albuquerque, NM

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Night Photography
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II Aspherical Lens for Canon:

              Using a manuel focus prime is my favorite way to shoot, keeps you thinking and moving. This lens is very sharp, love it. Can't wait to get the 20mm.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Small lens, big performer

              By O.Lamalice

              from Quebec, Canada

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography
                • Street photography

                Comments about Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II Aspherical Lens for Canon:

                Being a manual pancake lens, I was worried it could be difficult to use. It turns out to be a wonderful lens, very easy to use and focus on my 5D mark II (with an appropriate focusing screen). The image quality is amazing, on par with the Zeiss (18mm and 85mm) and Canon L (50mm, 135mm and 24-70mm) lenses I use.

                I appreciate the light weight, especially for long photo walks in the city.

                The build quality is amazing, just like Zeiss lenses. After all, they all come from the same place. The focusing ring is smooooooth and very easy to use. I love how it's unobstrusive, even on a DSLR like the 5D.

                I highly recommend this lens if you're into manual focusing.

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                5.0

                Voigtlander 40mm f2

                By Srg

                from Elk Grove, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Photography
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Voigtlander 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II Aspherical Lens for Canon:

                  Sharp, solid build, smooth focus and compact. Ideal for video use. All positives so far seem's to be made to last.

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