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Voigtlander Heliar 50mm f/3.5 Lens

BH #VO5035MLS • MFR #BA341A
Voigtlander
Voigtlander Heliar 50mm f/3.5 Lens
Key Features
  • Leica M-Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/22
  • Classic Heliar Optical Design
  • Manual Focus Design
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.
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Voigtlander Heliar 50mm f/3.5 Overview

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.

Voigtlander Heliar 50mm f/3.5 Specs

Focal Length50mm
Maximum Aperturef/3.5
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountLeica M
Angle of View46°
Minimum Focus Distance2.3' / 70 cm
Optical Design5 Elements in 3 Groups
Diaphragm Blades10
Focus TypeManual Focus
Filter Size27 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2 x 1.7" / 52 x 43.2 mm
Weight7.4 oz / 209 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.71 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)5.3 x 4.6 x 4.45"

Voigtlander Heliar 50mm f/3.5 Reviews

Wonderful!

By Frederic
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-01-09

Extremely sharp, lightweight on the Leica M10, beautiful retro look, 3D effect really visible! 3.5 not very fast: for outdoor only. A real pleasure to use. Thank you B&H!

Great Photos and Bokeh

By Gerald
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-09-23

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.

Classic Heliar made even better by Voigt

By Christopher
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-09-16

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...

Wow

By Mike
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-07-05

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.

VM 50 mm / F3,5 Heliar

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-01-20

This lens is one of the best in the world for Leica!

A superb lens

By Jon
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-12-24

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.

The Hype Was Right!

By Craig
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-07-09

Very happy with the lens... I bought it for film duties on my M bodies and I've yet to print anything but the negatives look great and I'm eager to put this glass to use. Nicely made and I'll become accustomed to the odd cosmetics of the lens as it doesn't look like anything I recall over the years.

Light, solid and sharp

By Javier
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-06-04

I heard this lens had won awards for how sharp it is. That and the fact that it’s formula  goes back 100 years, piqued my interest enough to buy one. I shoot B&W film and I have been very happy with the results. The lens is solidly built, light and produces sharp, beautifully balanced pictures even with cheep-o film.  Some have commented disparagingly on the click-less aperture ring. I don’t have problems with it because I set my aperture before I focus. My camera doesn’t have an internal light meter so I use a handheld. This means I take my reading (when necessary), set my aperture, then focus and shoot. The attached picture was shot with Arista EDU Ultra 100 film and developed in D-76 (1+3) for 17 minutes

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