Voigtlander VM 40mm f/2.8 Heliar Lens for Sony E-Mount

Voigtlander VM 40mm f/2.8 Heliar Lens for Sony E-Mount

Voigtlander VM 40mm f/2.8 Heliar Lens for Sony E-Mount

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Product Highlights

  • Voigtlander M Mount Lens
  • Fits Sony E-Mount with VM to E Adapter
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to 22
  • 19.7" Close Focus with Sony E Adapter
  • Collapsible Design for Compact Form
  • Manual Focus
  • Solid Metal Build
  • Includes Lens Hood and Dome
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Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 overview

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The VM 40mm f/2.8 Heliar Lens for Sony E-Mount from Voigtlander is an M mount lens however it is designed to work as a close focus lens with full frame and APS-C Sony E-mount cameras in conjunction with the separately sold Voigtlander VM-E Close Focus Adapter for VM-Mount Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera. The lens itself does not have a focusing helicoid so cannot be focused without the adapter and with the adapter it provides a minimum focus distance of 19.7".

The lens itself has a collapsible design which maintains the compact form of Sony E-mount cameras. When collapsed, the lens measures a 0.5" and when extended for shooting it is 0.84" long. An all-metal build provides a solid feel and durability to this manual focus lens. Its optical design includes 5 elements in 3 groups and a 10-blade diaphragm. Its filter thread has a 37mm diameter and included with the lens is a dome and dedicated lens hood.

VM mount lens designed for Sony E mount lenses in conjunction with the VM to E-Mount Close-Up Adapter.
A 40mm focal length on full frame cameras provides versatile approach between wide-angle and standard length perspectives. On an APS-C camera it offers a 35mm focal length equivalent of 60mm.
A collapsible design reduces the length of the lens to 0.5" when not in use.
An all-metal build and compact design provide durability and smooth, precise manual focus.
In the Box
Voigtlander VM 40mm f/2.8 Heliar Lens for Sony E-Mount
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Dome
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 specs

    Focal Length 40mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Leica M mount
    Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
    Sony NEX (APS-C)
    Angle of View 57°
    Optical Design 5 Elements in 3 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 10
    Image Stabilization No
    Autofocus No
    Tripod Collar No
    Filter Thread Front: 37 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 2.05 x 0.84" / 52 x 21.4 mm
    Weight 4.66 oz / 132 g
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    Package Weight 0.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.2 x 4.5 x 4.5"

    Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 reviews

    VM 40mm f/2.8 Heliar Lens for Sony E-Mount is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 7.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very special superb lens This lens now lives on my Sony a7. This quality of this lens is simply amazing. I have been using Leica's for 60 years and this lens is as sharp and the rendering is as beautifully defined as my older Summicron. Actually, it reminds me of the excellent 50mm Elmar lenses. I use this lens with the voigtlander close focus adapter-which is needed to focus the lens. I also have set up my Sony to use The Clear zoom. I have found that the introduction of pixels into the image with this lens - when pushed to 80mm is also amazingly excellent. Much has been made about the lack of hyper focal distance marks on this lens. Just focus it. I do not consider this lens slow to use because I preset my aperture on the lens and the shutter on the camera. Then just enjoy!
    Date published: 2015-07-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Recently been given a Voigtlaender Vitomatic I so I could take some pictures for a trip, found it so good that I got more of their current products, with this lens being the last. It is a fantastic little lens for the Sony Alpha 7 and their amazing sensitivity. With the required adapter it is not cheap, but if You have one other M-mount lens optimized for digital, like a number of Voigtlaender VM Lenses than it makes a lot of sense. It seems completely void of distortion, chromatic aberration or vignetting. In my experience, lenses designed for a small opening are always better than a high speed lens stopped down to the same stop. Also this lens disciplines the process of taking pictures.
    Date published: 2017-04-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic lens This lens is super sharp and well made. I refer you to my B&H review of the Voigtlander VM-E Close Focus Adapter (which must be purchased to use this lens) for my additional comments. I'll repeat what I said, buy this lens before Voigtlander stops making it!
    Date published: 2016-02-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sharp, compact, beautifully constructed lens A spectacularly sharp lens, even wide open, with a wonderfully dimensional effect in its rendering. Reminds me of the best offerings from Leica. Ability to collapse makes for an extremely compact and portable package, although the screw-in lens cap on the dome hood is a nuisance if you tend to keep your cap on in dusty conditions (use the conventional hood with the push-on cap at these times). The 40mm focal length makes this a great walking around lens when you don't want to carry more than one lens. Construction is old-school: solid, precise, all metal, and mates perfectly with the Voigtlander focusing adapter. No bells, no whistles; if you are the sort who prefers manual control of your camera and tend to work methodically, this lens will suit you well.
    Date published: 2017-04-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sharpest lens in my kit This is one of my least expensive lenses. It might be my least expensive lens. Yet, at mid-range aperture, it is objectively the sharpest lens I have. I mean it is sharp clear and sharp. Other than it's design and it's clarity, there is nothing really special about the colors or the rendering. It's just sharp as a razor. I get better results in general using manual focus rangefinder lenses on my a7rii than any of the crazy huge autofocus lenses. I rarely even attach an auto lens to my camera anymore.
    Date published: 2017-05-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly good. The only downside to this lens is that automatic zoom in for manual focus is not activated with adapter. You have to customize your settings on your camera and put a button (I use C1 on the A7rIII because right by the button to take a pic). At first my pictures were slightly off focus even with peaking, but then when I figured out this trick, they are razor sharp and interesting. Definitely some vignetting here and has a different look, but a great lens. Love the size and it's fun to play with. If you have an adapter already, go for it. If you have to buy and adapter and this lens together, probably the Voigtlander 40 mm 1.2 is actually a better lens I think and not much more and auto magnify for manual focus is automatic on that lens. Overall, very happy with the lens though.
    Date published: 2018-05-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from don't let the small size fool you clear and sharp, this lens never ceases to amaze me
    Date published: 2018-01-22
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    Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 accessories

    Designed for use with:

    • Sony NEX-EA50M
    • Sony PXW-FS5
    • Sony PXW-FS7
    • Sony PXW-FS7M2
    • Sony Alpha A5000
    • Sony Alpha A5100
    • Sony Alpha A6000
    • Sony Alpha A6300
    • Sony Alpha A6500
    • Sony Alpha A7
    • Sony Alpha A7 II
    • Sony Alpha A7 III
    • Sony Alpha A7R
    • Sony Alpha A7R II
    • Sony Alpha A7R III
    • Sony Alpha A7S
    • Sony Alpha A7S II
    • Sony Alpha A9
    • Sony A7R III
    • Sony NEX-EA50M
    • Sony NEX-EA50UH
    • Sony NEX-FS700R
    • Sony NEX-VG30
    • Sony NEX-VG900
    • Sony PXW-FS5
    • Sony PXW-FS5M2
    • Sony PXW-FS7
    • Sony PXW-FS7M2
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