Voigtlander Color-Skopar 25mm f/4 P Lens

Voigtlander Color-Skopar 25mm f/4 P Lens

Voigtlander Color-Skopar 25mm f/4 P Lens

B&H # VO2540M MFR # BA214P
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Product Highlights

  • Leica M-Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
  • Pancake Lens Form Factor
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1.6'
  • Filter Thread: 39mm
  • 10-Blade Diaphragm
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Voigtlander BA214P overview

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Distinguished by its slim stature, the Color-Skopar 25mm f/4 P from Voigtlander is a wide-angle prime designed for M-mount rangefinder cameras. Its pancake profile makes it ideal for everyday walk-around use, and wide field of view is well-suited to landscape, reportage, and street photography applications. Its manual focus design permits working with subjects as close as 1.6' away, and a removable lens hood is included to shield the front lens element to minimize flare and ghosting.

Slim, 1"-thick pancake profile makes this lens especially inconspicuous and portable.
Manual focus design enables a minimum focusing distance of 1.6', and it is rangefinder coupled for accurate focusing to 2.3'.
Removable lens hood helps to prevent lens flare and ghosting for increased contrast and color fidelity when working in strongly lit conditions.
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Voigtlander Color-Skopar 25mm f/4 P Lens
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Voigtlander BA214P specs

    Focal Length 25mm
    Maximum Aperture f/22
    Minimum Aperture f/4
    Camera Mount Type Leica M
    Angle of View 82°
    Minimum Focus Distance 1.6' / 50 cm
    Optical Design 7 Elements in 5 Groups
    Filter Thread 39mm
    Dimensions : 2.2 x L: 1.2" / : 55.0 x L: 30.3 mm
    Weight 5.1 oz / 144.0 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 3.465 x 3.228 x 2.284"

    Voigtlander BA214P reviews

    Color-Skopar 25mm f/4 P Lens is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 9.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than I expected! I bought the lens for a specific purpose - to see how well the 24/25mm focal length works on an M8 for a person with glasses. Still not 100% sure about this, but am tending to think it's OK. The lens has a slightly soft corner at f4, but this goes away at f5.6. I meant just to try it & later buy a better lens if I liked the focal length. But I've come to (regard it as a 'keeper' because it's less contrasty than current Leica & Zeiss lenses. Good rendering of both shadows & highlights in bright/sunny light (when f5.6 & 8 are its best apertures). For M8, use UV/IR filter & CornerFix software to correct cyan drift in corners.
    Date published: 2008-04-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lens for Street Photography I use this lens on an M6. I normally shoot with a 28mm and moving to a 25mm wasn't a big of a stretch as I first thought. Instead of shooting at 2m, I shoot at 1.5. I like the images that this field of view produces. It's wide, but not so wide that the lens becomes the focal point of the image. The lens is small, unobtrusive, well built, and most importantly, cheap, particularly when you consider the offerings by Leica (24mm) and Zeiss (25mm). I did not find the f/4 limiting, as I normally don't shoot with this lens when the sun goes down. If I do, the double benefit of a cloth shutter and a significant depth of field make the f/4 not that big of a weakness as it may sound on paper. The only thing I wish it had were the DOF preset clicks that the screwmount version of this lens possessed.
    Date published: 2013-06-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Small and sharp Very small and very sharp. Mine needs closing a stop to get good performance out of the bottom right corner but this is hardly ever visible. Very, very sharp lens but beware of sample variation. Great for zone focused street work.
    Date published: 2011-03-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for use with a Leica M8 I was looking for a cheap wide angle, either 24mm, 25mm or 28mm, to use with a Leica M8 as a backup camera. I primarily shoot with a Monochrom and 35mm Cron. The lens is great, lower contrast than modern lenses, but I prefer less contrast generally. Works flawlessly on the M8 and I don't have any issues seeing the 24mm framelines. Given the M8's framelines are accurate at 0.7m, the slightly tighter 25mm lens are actually better than a 24mm lens when focusing at 2+ metres. I don't find the f4 limiting at all, I suppose if you mostly shot at night - well if you mostly shot at night you probably wouldn't own an M8, or you would be focused on using f1.4 lenses. I can easily use this camera and lens set up at dusk and dawn and at night with artificial lighting (street lighting, etc) without any drama. The 33mm fov isn't to bad, the 37mm fov of a 28mm lens might be a little nicer, but the difference isn't a deal killer and it really is quite close to 35mm. If your after a cheap, simple lens for the M8, this is a great option for general street/doco/reportage work. Can't recommend it enough!
    Date published: 2014-04-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Like the old days very small and light....got it to use on M8 or Voigtlander film body... very sharp .. easy to use. probably not good choice for M9
    Date published: 2010-10-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great lens working good with Leica M8, sharp, this lens is a very good alternative to expensive Leica lenses
    Date published: 2008-04-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from light, small and sharp but On a Lecia M9 or M typ240 it does give a lot of color shift so unfortunately I had to return. Very sad about this.
    Date published: 2013-12-17
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from A little too 'cheap' I bought this lens as a companion to the Fuji X-T1, since love the 35mm eqv FOV and I wanted a more discreet and lightweight camera setup for my travels (Fuji's 23mm offering is gigantic). Unfortunately, f/4 combined with the 0.7m minimum focusing distance means out-of-focus backgrounds are tough to achieve. Moreover, the aperture dial rotates a bit too freely, which, coupled with the tiny size of the lens, meant I often ended up bumping aperture instead of adjusting focus. Aside from the aperture ring though, the lens had a solid build quality to it, and focused smoothly (once I got my hands on the right ring). But it's just not right for my needs. I ended up returning it and getting the 35mm f/2.5 color skopar instead, slightly larger and narrower FOV, but more solid where it counts and a much nicer bokeh when you need it.
    Date published: 2015-04-13
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