Voigtlander Heliar 50mm f/3.5 Lens

Voigtlander Heliar 50mm f/3.5 Lens

Voigtlander Heliar 50mm f/3.5 Lens

B&H # VO5035MLS MFR # BA341A
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Product Highlights

  • Leica M-Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/22
  • Classic Heliar Optical Design
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 2.3'
  • Filter Thread: 27mm
  • De-Clicked Manual Aperture Ring
  • 10-Blade Diaphragm
  • Screw-In Lens Hood Included
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Paying homage to the classic designs of some of Voigtlander's earliest lenses, the Heliar 50mm f/3.5 is a unique normal-length prime intended to provide a vintage image quality, complete with rich color saturation and high sharpness. Compatible with 35mm film and full-frame M-mount rangefinder cameras, this lens uses a traditional Heliar optical design and features a durable all-metal exterior with an engraving of the five-elements-in-three-groups optical layout. Smooth manual focus operation permits working with subjects as close as 2.3' away, and a de-clicked manual aperture ring permits making smooth, silent aperture transitions to benefit both stills and video applications. Additionally, a 10-blade diaphragm is featured to contribute to a smooth bokeh quality.

Simple five elements, three groups Heliar optical design is used to offer a classic image quality with strong color reproduction and fine sharpness.
Exterior of the lens is designed to match some of the earliest Voigtlander lenses from the 19th century, and features an all-metal build for durability as well as an engraved rendition of the Heliar design.
Manual focus design permits working with subjects as close as 2.3' away, and the lens will couple to rangefinder mechanisms for focusing accuracy.
De-clicked manual aperture ring permits smooth, seamless aperture adjustments, and a 10-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.
A screw-in type lens hood is included to protect the front element from stray light while shooting, and a dedicated metal front lens cap is also provided to guard the lens while not in use.
In the Box
Voigtlander Heliar 50mm f/3.5 Lens
  • Metal Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Cap
  • Screw-In Lens Hood
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Voigtlander BA341A specs

    Focal Length 50mm
    Maximum Aperture f/22
    Minimum Aperture f/3.5
    Camera Mount Type Leica M
    Angle of View 46°
    Minimum Focus Distance 2.3' / 70 cm
    Optical Design 5 Elements in 3 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 10
    Filter Thread 27mm
    Dimensions ø: 2.0 x L: 1.7" / ø: 52.0 x L: 43.2 mm
    Weight 7.4 oz / 209.0 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.75 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.2 x 4.4 x 4.4"

    Voigtlander BA341A reviews

    Heliar 50mm f/3.5 Lens is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A superb lens I used to use a Nikon Rangefinder mount version of this lens and I currently use a Leica screw mount (LTM) version of this lens. This is one fine lens. It is without distortion and performs impeccably through the aperture range from f4 to 16. Don't be deterred by the slow f3.5 max setting. You will be paid back by flawless performance in an extremely compact unit. I am delighted to see it back in production.
    Date published: 2016-12-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Photos and Bokeh This lens was purchased after reading a review from a user who uses this lens on a Leica SL (Steve Huff). I then set out to do a couple of comparisons between this lens and some other 50mm lenses (Summicron, Nikon f/1.4 and 1.8 AI-s lens), all on the SL. The Voigtlander 50mm Heliar was a standout from a rendering and bokeh standpoint. The attached Heliar photo of the bird of paradise at f/3.5 and roughly 3 to 4 ft distance shows how the background fades away in a very creamy fashion. If you like this type of background rendering, this is a great lens at a fantastic price!! It's by far my favorite 50mm on the SL.
    Date published: 2018-09-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from VM 50 mm / F3,5 Heliar This lens is one of the best in the world for Leica!
    Date published: 2018-01-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow This thing is better built than my Leica Summarit, and it's SHARP. Wonderful character and terrific color rendition. For $529 this lens is a no-brainer. To reiterate what another reviewer said, don't sweat it "only" being a 3.5. It's a stunner with outstandingly smooth bokeh.
    Date published: 2018-07-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Heliar made even better by Voigt Wow. I bought a copy of the S-mount Heliar for my Nikon SP. The results stopped down past 5.6 are incredible. Crisp. dynamic values. 3-Dimensional rendering. I'll have to get a second body for 28mm, cause this lens won't be unmounted from my SP...
    Date published: 2018-09-16
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