Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm f/2 Aspherical Lens for Sony E

Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm f/2 Aspherical Lens for Sony E

Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm f/2 Aspherical Lens for Sony E

Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm f/2 Aspherical Lens for Sony E

Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm f/2 Aspherical Lens for Sony E

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Product Highlights

  • Sony E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/22
  • 1:2 Magnification Ratio
  • Apochromatic Optical Design
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 12.2"
  • Manual Aperture Ring
  • 10-Blade Diaphragm
  • Contacts Transfer Exif Data
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Voigtlander 65mm f/2.0 overview

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With an apochromatic design, the MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm f/2 Aspherical Lens from Voigtlander will be able to deliver crisp, aberration-free imagery, even with the high resolutions of modern digital sensors. This lens is designed to work with full-frame Sony E-mount cameras where it offers users the ability to get close to their subjects thanks to the 1:2 magnification ratio afforded by the 12.2" minimum focus distance. It also boasts outstanding sharpness, helped in part by an aspherical element, meaning users will be able to resolve the finest details in their subjects. On top of this, the lens features a relatively fast f/2 aperture, which will enable the creation of images with a shallow depth of field as well as in low-light conditions.

The all-metal construction is designed to last and offers full manual operation for tactile control during shooting. This includes a manual focus ring and a manual aperture ring with 1/3 click stops. A 10-blade diaphragm is also present for smooth bokeh while electronic contacts will automatically transmit data to the camera for use of advanced functions, including in-body image stabilization. Additionally, it comes with a lens hood to block stray light from entering the lens.

Designed for full-frame E-mount cameras, this 65mm lens is also compatible with APS-C format systems where it provides an equivalent focal length of 97.5mm.
The lens' apochromatic design practically eliminates longitudinal chromatic aberrations, making this lens a high-performing option for demanding digital image sensors.
One aspherical element is featured in the optical design to control spherical aberrations and improve clarity, sharpness, and resolution.
Manual focus design permits smooth, refined control along with a minimum focusing distance of 12.2", which grants macro capabilities with a magnification ratio of 1:2.
The manual aperture ring uses traditional 1/3-stop clicks for more intuitive tactile control over exposure settings.
Ten-blade diaphragm contributes to a smooth quality of bokeh.
Included lens hood guards the front lens element and also helps to control lens flare and ghosting.
Contacts transfer all Exif data between the camera and lens in order to permit full use of camera functions, including focus magnification, image stabilization, and lens corrections.
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Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm f/2 Aspherical Lens for Sony E
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Voigtlander 65mm f/2.0 specs

    Focal Length 65mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/2
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Sony E
    Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
    Angle of View 38°
    Minimum Focus Distance 12.20" (31 cm)
    Magnification 0.5x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:2
    Elements/Groups 10 / 8
    Diaphragm Blades 10
    Image Stabilization No
    Autofocus No
    Tripod Collar No
    Filter Thread Front: 67 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.07 x 3.59" (78 x 91.3 mm)
    Weight 1.38 lb (625 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.6 x 4.6 x 4.6"

    Voigtlander 65mm f/2.0 reviews

    MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm f/2 Aspherical Lens for Sony E is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 12.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A few sample images This is an addendum to my earlier review. Frankly, my respect for this lens only grows. It is really a fabulous lens. Here are a couple of sample images I have taken with this lens.... too bad I could only upload two. I have bunches. It is a great lens--good for bugs, flowers, landscapes, etc.
    Date published: 2017-09-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing all purpose lens This lens is one of the finest lenses I have used. It is as sharp as any of my other glass near its focal length including the Zeiss Loxia 85, Leica 75/2 apo, Sony GM 85/1.4, FE 55/1.8, and Loxia 50/2. It is also remarkably sharp corner to corner from wide open--the Loxia 50 takes until F5.6 to be able to compete. It is better corrected for CA than any of the above lenses. It is as color neutral as any lens I have and delivers beautiful 10 pointed sun stars with its 10 blade aperture. It is a 1:2 macro lens, and it does macro beautifully, but don't think of it as a macro lens, think of it as an all-round lens for landscape, portrait, macro, flowers, etc. It is well constructed and a pleasure to use. Negatives? There are few and all are nitpicks. It may not have quite as much 3D in its rendering as the Loxia lenses, but that is an extremely subtle point and subjective. Its flare resistance is okay, but not great. Its bokeh is normally very good, but at certain distances and with certain backgrounds, it can be a bit busy. It is also a bit large and heavy for its focal length. I will upload some samples later, but if manual focus does not put you off, and if the focal length works for you, you will not regret buying this lens. It is a terrific value and a first rate optic.
    Date published: 2017-08-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Forget your 50mm and step it up a notch... I love this lens. It has a solid metal build, impeccable color rendition, excellent microcontrast, superb bokeh, and overall superlative image quality... It also renders equally good as a portrait lens or as a 1:2 macro lens, which enables you to have a great deal of flexibility regarding choosing your focal distance. �Those who have the patience to use this manual focus lens will rejoice over the quality this lens delivers.
    Date published: 2018-02-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simply the Best! I've owned and used a great many lenses over the last 25 years, and if I could have only one lens for general purpose use, this would be the one. It's not a light lens, or a small lens, but then again I consider this lens as almost two-in-one. The focal length is exactly how I see the world, so this lens makes it easy to realise my vision, and translate it go a final print. What I mean is that the relationship between foreground and background, and the co pression is an almost verbatim copy of how our eyes see. No, it doesn't have the 24mm odd FOV of our eyes, but for landsapes with large objects in the background, such as a mountain, a 35mm, say, will shrink the mountain. This may make the mountain underwhelming, but the 65mm will reproduce that mountain just as you saw it. It also is a macro lens of sorts, and whilst I am not a macro shooter, it works well for me taking detail shots of clients products. No protection filter required (if that is normally your thing), or hood as the front element is deeply recessed. The barrel extends quite a bit if you start focusing closely, but at moderate distances, the lens length is fairly consistent.� The long focus throw feels superb, and makes for super accurate manual focusing. This lens, being what I consider high end, despite the moderate price tag, has all the goodies a high end lens should have - depth of field scale, distance scale, manual aperture ring, and electronic contacts for EXIF passing to camera. It does also come with a lens hood, which i do use, but it is hardly required. I figure it just adds a little more protection.� Lastly, we talk about sharpness. There is not much to say here. The lemns is perfectly useable wide open, producing better results than other high end lenses of a similar focal length can produce stopped down a stop or two.� This is simply the sharpest lens I have used, and as its name suggests, chromatic aberration is non virgually existent. The boke is smooth and doesn't distract, maybe not best in class, but certainly hard to criticise.� This could just be the perfect desert island lens.
    Date published: 2017-12-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb! As all reviews say, this is a superb and flawless lens.� Incredibly sharp and easy to focus (on my A7rII).� A tad bulky, but not overly so.� Highly and enthusiastically recommended!� For more information go to FredMiranda.com where you will find a dedicated forum on that lens.
    Date published: 2017-12-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent IQ; very sharp. I'm an avid close-up photographer and after reading on-line reviews, I decided to take a chance and purchase the Voigtlander 65mm f/2 macro lens. However, if you must have a lens with a 1:1 reproduction ratio with auto aperture and autofocus, stay with, or get, the Sony FE 90mm. The highest reproduction ration is 1:2; it lets in plenty of light; and the f stop is set manually using an old-fashioned, but very smoothly working aperture ring. F stops are 1/3 ev apart from f/2 to f/22 and click into place securely. The ring cannot be de-clicked. The lens is built like a tank and with it's single helicoid extension and deeply inset front lens, is kinda like a jacked up Pentax SMC -A 50mm macro I used to use in the 1980's. At about 625 gm, It's slightly heavier than the Sony FE 90mm. Focus throw is about 270 deg and very smooth, but there is no barrel creep. I prefer to set the reproduction ratio and move the camera back and forth into focus. The lens has a chip so all exif data is passed to the camera and Sony focus assist and magnification is available as is Sony's 5-axis IBIS. Handheld closeup and 1:2 macro-photography is a breeze with far less throwaways than I get with the Sony FE 90mm. At the time of writing, there is no lens profile for Adobe PS and LR, but you almost really don't need one. Chromatic aberration and distortion are practically non existent and the images are sharp corner to corner from wide open to f/16 where diffraction starts to become an issue. By my observation, optimal sharpness/depth of field is between f/8 and f/11, but f/16 is still very, very good. The 65mm focal length, not quite short telephoto and slightly longer than standard, may bother some folks, but it makes a very good general photography lens too. Bokeh is very good, IMO, but the 10 straight aperture blades result in decagonal specular highlights. Not a problem for me. I have to say that overall, this is perhaps one of the best macro lens es that I have ever owned.
    Date published: 2017-10-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good as it gets Excellent build quality, marvelous bokeh for closeups.� A good portrait lens if you like the focal length.� Many pro reviewers have already written about it. Competes with lenses 4x the cost.
    Date published: 2018-01-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So sharp I had to get stitches! I got the Voightlander 65mm yesterday. The learning curve for focus with this lens was much easier than I thought. I have had other manual focus lenses but this has been the easiest to focus with on the Sony A6000 with peaking. The lens is about the same weight as the Sony 90mm macro but shorter which I found better to balance with. The sharpness and micro detail is better than any lens I have ever used. The travel on the focus ring is a little long but it's accurate. Colors are outstanding. F2 is amazingly sharp across the image and no vignetting that I could see. Focusing at infinity with any manual focus lens is something I have had to get used to but it has been easier with this lens. The lens hood is nice but the front element is recessed enough to almost make it unnecessary.� Can't wait to use it on full frame.
    Date published: 2018-02-23
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