A sophisticated wide-angle prime, the E-mount APO-LANTHAR 35mm f/2 Aspherical from Voigtlander holds the elite distinction of being part of the APO-LANTHAR series of optically refined, apochromatic lenses. A series of anomalous partial dispersion and aspherical elements help to suppress virtually all aberrations for especially high sharpness and color accuracy, and a floating elements system maintains consistent performance throughout the focusing range. A manual focus design is employed, along with a high precision helicoid, for refined focusing control and a Selective Aperture Control System allows the manual aperture ring to be de-clicked for smooth, silent exposure adjustment to suit filmmaking applications. Additionally, a 12-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality. This lens is compatible with E-mount camera features, including Exif data transfer, manual focus assist, auto lens correction, and image stabilization (3-axis).
- E-Mount/Full-Frame Format
- Aperture Range: f/2 to f/16
- Two Aspherical Elements
- Five Partial Dispersion Elements
Voigtlander 35mm f/2 APO-Lanthar Aspherical Overview
Voigtlander 35mm f/2 APO-Lanthar Aspherical Specs
|Maximum Aperture||f/2 to 16|
|Minimum Aperture||f/16 to 2|
|Lens Mount||Sony E|
|Lens Format Coverage||Full-Frame|
|Angle of View||62.2°|
|Tilt-Shift||Not Specified by Manufacturer|
|Minimum Focus Distance||13.8" / 35 cm|
|Optical Design||11 Elements in 9 Groups|
|Focus Type||Manual Focus|
|Filter Size||49 mm (Front)|
|Dimensions (ø x L)||2.5 x 2.6" / 62.6 x 67.3 mm|
|Weight||12.4 oz / 352 g|
|Package Weight||1.185 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||7.8 x 4.5 x 4.5"|
Voigtlander 35mm f/2 APO-Lanthar Aspherical Reviews
This isn't the place for a long and extensive review. There are a couple of sophisticated sources, but let me say a few things: This lens is a very well made lens, mechanically and optically it totally convinces me. Mechanically it reminds me on the older Zeiss Classic series. Focus and aperture rings are moving absolutely smooth. There is no play in either direction. The lens mounts perfectly to the camera's (Z9) bayonet. Due to its electronic contacts it communicates with the camera which is especially advantageous for focus confirmation and EXIF data. Optically, i.e. resolution and rendering, I see it on Outs level. I couldn't detect any CA up to now. Only flaw is vignetting wide open which disappears from f/4 onwards. Its rendering is very similar to that of Zeiss Classic lenses. This lens and its 50mm brethren are all I need for 80% of my photography. Very well done COSINA!
I own the 65mm f/2 APO and 35mm f/2 APO paired with sony a7rIII. Mostly shot in the harsh desert sun, with some magic golden hours. The lens is really sharp (when you nail the focus). I end up stitching a lot of panaramo photos to make landscape photo with both lens and have enjoyed the end results. My only negative is the 35mm has a funky looking lens flare, when I shoot into the sun at the right angle with a higher f-stop. I can get green honeycomb flare that looks... meh... But amazing lens, don't really take off my camera unless its for the 65mm. I had the lens hood on, decided I dont like it. I prefer the smaller profile
You'll Hold On To This
I am not an optical engineer so I don't often understand the complexities that go into creating these works of art, but there is something about Voigtlander's APO-LANTHAR line of lenses that steal your heart. This one, the 35mm f/2 (E-Mount) was the first CV that I purchased and going back over 40 years this is without a doubt the best lens that I've ever owned. Remarkably sharp from f/2 up through the range, compact and easy to use, buttery smooth focusing, slight vignetting at f/2 (but it clears right up at f/2.8), no detectable CA, beautiful sunstars, 9/10 for build quality (no weather sealing), it communicates very well and it is perfectly matched with with my 42mp Sony a7r iii, the aperture ring is up front and easy to find without taking your eye off the EVF. Coupled with peak-focusing this lens is just a joy to shoot and your keeper rate will improve. In a photo-world where there are a number of new'ish 35mm lenses on the market this lens easily is at the top of the heap. Cosina Voigtlander has created a new world order with its APO-LANTHAR offerings - the 50mm, 65mm and 110mm and this 35mm (I've not tried the 50mm but I've read that it may be the best of the group). The elephant in the room with all of these lenses is that they are all manual focusing only. If you can't get past MF then most other options are going to be AF with their generally larger bodies. This lens, as all MF lenses will make you more deliberate in your approach. The results though will amaze you. Voigtlander's APO-LANTHAR offerings convinced me, one at a time, to sell my Zeiss Milvus lenses and purchase the 35mm, 65mm and 110mm. My camera bag now weighs 1/2 what it once weighed. Every now and then a person finds something that is close to perfect and the CV 35mm is one of those decisions.
Optically & Ergonomically Stunning
It's wildly sharp, reasonably quick, yet decently compact. Out of all the lenses I own, my favorite leave-on-the-camera lens; it just feels right in the hand, the size, the smoothness of the rings, everything. I found the size to be more pleasant in the hand than the 40 & 50mm Noktons due to the narrower body, even if some may find their bokeh rendering, speed, and narrower FOV more interesting. I have five Voigtlander E-mount lenses from 21mm to 65mm and the feel is very consistent; all are ergonomically perfect to me (aside from the 'backwards' focus coming from Nikons!). Optically? It's absurd. What chromatic aberration? What edge softening? Sharp corner to corner at nearly any stop, flat focal plane, almost no distortion to speak of; my humble A7SII struggles to even remotely challenge the resolving power of this lens, and I bet you'd have to go well past 50 MP to change that. Get the focus right and the only thing you can possibly mess up is composition. Basically, get this if you are allergic to chromatic aberration, love shooting manual, require very sharp, low-distortion imagery straight out of the camera, and f/2 is fast enough for your tastes/needs. As always, the Philip Reeve review (look it up!) is worth reading for more thoughts and test shots galore, but here are a few casual, humble shots from a few weeks of use.
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