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Voigtlander28mm f/2.8 Color Skopar SL II Lens for Canon
 
4.9

(based on 7 reviews)

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Pros

  • Rugged (7)
  • Strong construction (7)
  • Durable (5)
  • Consistent output (4)
  • Easily interchangeable (4)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (7)
  • Night photography (3)
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5.0

Excellent manual focus lens

By Brant

from Seattle

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Pros

  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color Skopar SL II Lens for Canon:

    Well made and very compact.

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    5.0

    Great compact wide angle lens for Canon

    By Ronzo

    from Minneapolis, MN

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color Skopar SL II Lens for Canon:

      This is a great compact manual focus wide angle lens for Canon DSLR's.
      Sharp lens, easy to focus with visual/audible focus confirmation.
      The compact size is a huge plus.

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      5.0

      Wow! Compact beautiful color & contrast

      By wildplaces

      from New York, NY

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      Pros

      • Color Rendition
      • Contrast
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Rugged
      • Sharp
      • Small profile
      • Smooth focus ring
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Manual Focus

      Best Uses

      • Candids
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • social events
      • Street photography

      Comments about Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color Skopar SL II Lens for Canon:

      I bought this lens for use with a Canon 70D APS-C DSLR as a walk around standard lens (45mm equivalent) Due to the short focal length, manual focus is never a problem, and this lens has a wonderfully smooth, damped focus ring when needed. Superior build and construction, all metal. Takes 52mm filters. F/2.8 is plenty fast with the new sensors. Pleased with lens sharpness (fine stopped down, really sharp from f/5.6) contrast and color rendition, minimal chromatic aberration even into the sun. Small and unobtrusive, my 70D DSLR becomes almost as convenient as my S100 pocketable compact! Love this lens! I'm taking the camera along when I used to keep it at home, so taking more photos again.

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      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Neat walk-around lens for streetscapes

      By PSam

      from Frederick MD

      About Me Casual Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color Skopar SL II Lens for Canon:

      This is a solidly built wide angle lens that's ideal for photographing streetscapes and houses. It's narrow or 'pancake' dimensions on a Rebel SL1 makes a DSLR body-lens combination compact enough to carried in the pocket of coat jacket or a handbag. I don't find the lack of autofocus an issue with a lens as wide as this. My major reservation is its price. It's quite expensive. And for its size it's quite heavy.

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      (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great City Lens for a Crop Sensor

      By kotic

      from Los Angeles, CA

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color Skopar SL II Lens for Canon:

        I was worried at first that a pancake lens and manual focus would be a combination of compromised optics and blurry images. But I've been totally overwhelmed by this lens. The manual focus was a little tricky at first, but I quickly got the hang of. I rarely miss the right focal length unless the subject is moving a lot and I'm shooting wide open with a shallow depth of field. Autofocus would be better in that situation, but I've been using this lens primarily for shots in the city where my subjects are typically stationary objects.Although it's labeled Voightlander, it's made by Cosina. The same company that makes the Nikon and Canon mount Zeiss lenses. I don't think this one is as good - I own a Zeiss 50/1.4 and 85/1.4 - but it's pretty darn close. Color rendition is very similar. As is build quality. There's only metal and glass. The focus ring is equally smooth and easy to use. I bought this to go along with my Voightlander 20/3.5 as part of a day kit within my larger kit, but I find I use this one far more often. It produces slightly better images. On a crop sensor camera the equivalent focal length is between 42 and 45, depending on your camera. For me, this is a great length for walking around the city snapping images. Recently I've been setting the camera to aperture priority mode, aperture at 8, ISO at 200, crank the focus ring to the hard infinity stop, and snap away without worrying about whether the images will be in focus, they usually are. It's such an easy set up, that I've been doing some days where I turn off the display and just shoot without looking to see how the image came out. It's been very liberating.

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        5.0

        Another great manual focus lens

        By CKJ111

        from Melbourne Australia

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        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lightweight
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Everyday Use
          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color Skopar SL II Lens for Canon:

          The great thing about this lens is that it is so versatile! It must be one of the most compact of all DSLR lenses and the built quality gives a great feeling of solid durable engineering that will outlast most of my other gear. The fact that it is a wide angle lens means that it is in focus most of the time without too much bother (provided you are not trying to take macro shots!) The lens is as sharp as most of my L series glass and whilst the lack of auto focus is a challenge in low light it is more than compensated by the light weight and versatility

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          5.0

          Best walk-around lens

          By Tulse

          from Chicago

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography
            • Street
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color Skopar SL II Lens for Canon:

            I bought Canon's 40mm pancake for use with my 5DII a while ago on a hiking trip - turns out I love it's size/weight so much that I've rarely removed it from my camera since then. I'm a believer in pancake lenses for general walk-around use. The 40 is great, but I wanted something wider and found this Voigtlander 28mm pancake. What I love (besides the obvious size/weight):- Build quality is really strong. It's all metal and feels like it could take a beating. Much better than the 40, better than some of my L glass, and nearly on par with Zeiss ZE lenses.- For me, the focus ring resistance and throw length is perfect. It's a lot more free and quick than Zeiss ZE lenses, and more solid and smooth than Canon's focus rings. - The images look great. There's really no sacrifice here regarding IQ. Colors and contrast are excellent, and it's super sharp everywhere except extreme corners when wide open. - It's size makes it easy to hand hold at relatively slow shutter speeds.- Didn't notice any CA problems.- The price is right.But:- I wish it were autofocus- I wish for f2.0.- I wish the corners didn't get ugly wide open, but it's really not that bad.

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