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Voigtlander21mm f/1.8 Ultron M-Mount Lens
 
4.5

(based on 11 reviews)

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    (3)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (8)
  • Durable (7)
  • Nice bokeh (7)
  • Consistent output (5)
  • Rugged (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (7)
  • Low light (7)
  • Night photography (7)
  • Weddings (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (5), Photo enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

THE lowlight ultrawide.

I jumped on this lens before the A7 even came out. The idea was to get a low light ultrawide for the upcoming A7. After some extensive browsing on-line, this lens seemed to...Read complete review

I jumped on this lens before the A7 even came out. The idea was to get a low light ultrawide for the upcoming A7. After some extensive browsing on-line, this lens seemed to be THE rangefinder ultrawide with the least corner smearing and color shift, except for the Leica WATE, then that one is a f4 lens and a very expensive one at that. Also, I gave up on the rare Olympus OM 21 f2 due to its nervous bokeh and CA caused by its dated design.Luckily my educated guess was correct. This lens is now my go to lens on the A7 and A7r bodies.The lens is built like a tank, with silky smooth focus and precise aperture clicks that would pleasantly surprise anyone coming from a DSLR.Optically it also excels. In the center, it is sharp right from f1.8, though with some visible CA and purple-fringing that need to be stopped down to f2.8 to get rid of. The mid sections are also quite fine, unlike some other rangefinder wide angles which start to get the smearing quite early on. The outer image ring is smeary, becoming usable at f4 on the A7 and f5.6 on the A7r, sharp at f8. The lens has no visible color-shift on the A7 unless shot at infinity into blue skies, where the corners would start to show a slight hue. On the A7r it always color-shifts, except in photos taken at the night sky, where the color-shifts would be hid by the darkness. Compared to my Nikon ais 28mm f2.8 which was a celebrated dslr wide angle, the Voigtlander has better resolution and less color CA in the corners.There's an interesting but not very discussed character of this lens, that's its beautiful sunstars, which start to pop out on strong light sources even at f2.8.The downside is that this lens is rather big and heavy for a rangefinder lens, but that's normal for a 21mm f1.8 made out of metal and glass.More importantly, the built-in non-removable lens hood might be a real pain for those who are used to slide-in filters as it is practically impossible unless you grind the metal lens hood off. I also wish the lens had weather-sealings to go with the A7 and A7r, but then no Leica M to E adapter is weather-sealed yet and the lens still performed flawlessly in icy rains and snow storms during my trip to the South Patagonian Ice Field. Conclusion, at the moment, this is one of the best lowlight ultrawide for the Sony A7 series cameras, maybe even for the Leica M.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great on center, not at the edges

I bought this for the Sony a7r, which is particularly tough with wide angle lenses. Great build, good focus ring and aperture ring feel. It is exceptional in the center even wide...Read complete review

I bought this for the Sony a7r, which is particularly tough with wide angle lenses. Great build, good focus ring and aperture ring feel. It is exceptional in the center even wide open, but it gets dramatically worse out towards the corners. Those corners don't clean up until f/8.

It probably does much better on film or on the Leica M. It is still one of the better wide options for the a7r. The Leica WATE is much better but at 4x the price.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I love this lens so much.

By Xopher

from New York

Verified Buyer

Comments about Voigtlander 21mm f/1.8 Ultron M-Mount Lens:

I shoot with this and an A7. It handles like it was made for this camera body. For people shots, f/1.8 is highly usable and in the context of street photography it's sharp enough for low-light work. Its distortion is negligible and I feel comfortable using it for interior architecture as well. It's not a perfect 5 because it does have a pretty strong vignette until it's stopped down f/8 and sometimes displays color fringing. Both of these are easy to correct in post or by using the Lens Correction App in camera, but it's an extra step either way. It makes up for this in its rich and contrasty color rendition. Also, because this is a rangefinder lens, it bears note that the extreme corners are not as sharp on an A7 body due to the thicker filter stack. But, honestly, unless your primary use for this lens is fine art landscapes, you won't be disappointed.

It's a beautiful, compact, and sharp tool. I recommend using it with the Voigtlander Close Focus Adapter if you're using it on an A7 series camera.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Substantial Lens. Very Good Optics.

By Albert

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Voigtlander 21mm f/1.8 Ultron M-Mount Lens:

Although I already have a Voightlander 21mm f/4.0 lens purchased several years ago, the excellent review by Sean Reid (Reid Reviews) and my desire for a larger and faster lens prompted me to make this purchase ... that and a sale going on at the time!

The first thing I did was to set up my camera indoors on a tripod and compare their optics. The f/1.8 lens, while acceptably sharp fully open, improves at f/2.8 and especially at the same f/4.0 aperture as the smaller lens. I believe, however, that at f/4.0 the edges are sharper with the larger lens. Color and contrast with both are very good. Focus is maintained with change of aperture from its f/1.8 maximum, allowing sharp focus wide open then stopping down for desired depth of field.

This is a very substantial lens, much larger and heavier compared with the 15mm f/4.5 and 35mm f/1.7 Voightlander lenses also now in my collection. I don't mind that, because it fits my large hands better than the smaller lens, with control rings more distinct and more widely separated than those crowded in the f/4.0 lens. The aperture ring's half-stops are more positive and the focusing ring is broad and operates smoothly, I also much prefer the abbreviated built-in lens hood, as opposed to a screw-on or clamp-on hood that takes up more room.

The question to be answered is whether its increased bulk, weight and additional cost can be justified in light of the very good optics of the smaller 21mm f/4.0 lens. For low light conditions and street shooting the more precise focusing and faster shutter speed favor the larger lens. With the 1.5 crop factor of my Fujiflm X Pro2 with M-adapter, this lens' 35mm equivalence is 33mm, which means it will be used often. For me, all of the above factors make the choice of the f/1.8 very sensible and preferred over its smaller sibling. For others, the smaller size and cost might lead them to choose otherwise. The good thing is that there is no wrong choice here.

I gave this lens a 5 star rating for its very good optics, top notch construction and excellent control ring function.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Superb lens

By Nick Kemp

from UK

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography

    Comments about Voigtlander 21mm f/1.8 Ultron M-Mount Lens:

    I use this lend with my Leica M for street photography. Its absolutely perfect for this and I used it with great effect recently in New York. B and H is the go to place for all such gear and the staff are highly knowledgeable and great to deal with

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    • No

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love this glass

    By otho

    from Poznan, Poland

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography

      Comments about Voigtlander 21mm f/1.8 Ultron M-Mount Lens:

      Perfect match witch my A7R via Novoflex for night photo, street, landscape, architecture, etc.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Good Lens

      By Hector Ruiz

      from Buenos Aires, Argentina

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

      • Weak Casing

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Video

      Comments about Voigtlander 21mm f/1.8 Ultron M-Mount Lens:

      I like this lens a lot because if goes to f/1.8 and also it goes very nice with my A7sII

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nothing Else Compares

      By Mitch

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Voigtlander 21mm f/1.8 Ultron M-Mount Lens:

        Let me start off by saying I use this on a Sony A7R with a voigtlander close focus m to e adapter.

        This lens has blown away all expectations. I own a lot of premium glass like the Canon L glasses and Zeiss lenses and can easily say this lens blows them away because of the sharpness wide open.

        I've always had to stop my glass down to get desired results but not with the Voigtlander.

        I included my first shot taken with the glass, it was at night, shot wide open, handheld, Shutterspeed set to 50, ISO 1600, unedited and jpeg not raw. Camera set to Black and white and I used a yellow filter. Even with all of those things working against it, I was able to get a decent shot.

        The Bokeh is fantastic and the aperture blades give you a perfect starburst effect. It's incredible. Buy it now and never have to worry about owning another super wide range lens (for full frame).

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        • No

        (16 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Excellent on Sony A7R

        By Martin

        from NJ

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Lens Hood Design

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography

        Comments about Voigtlander 21mm f/1.8 Ultron M-Mount Lens:

        Bought the CV 21/1.8 Ultron as smaller wide angle rangefinder lens addition to be used on my full frame Sony A7R camera. The lens is well built, very sharp throughout the f-stops in the corners, no vignetting. Many other wide angle rangefinder lenses give issues on the A7R sensor - this lens doesn't. The lens is fast and allows to capture great photos even in dim light conditions. Only con for me is the fixed lens hood - unfortunately this makes it impossible to use square graduated ND filters.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (42 of 44 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        THE lowlight ultrawide.

        By byhyew

        from Buenos Aires, Argentina

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction
        • Sunstar

        Cons

        • A little Heavy
        • Corner Smearing
        • Non-removable Lens Hood
        • Unremovable Lens Hood

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Voigtlander 21mm f/1.8 Ultron M-Mount Lens:

        I jumped on this lens before the A7 even came out. The idea was to get a low light ultrawide for the upcoming A7. After some extensive browsing on-line, this lens seemed to be THE rangefinder ultrawide with the least corner smearing and color shift, except for the Leica WATE, then that one is a f4 lens and a very expensive one at that. Also, I gave up on the rare Olympus OM 21 f2 due to its nervous bokeh and CA caused by its dated design.Luckily my educated guess was correct. This lens is now my go to lens on the A7 and A7r bodies.The lens is built like a tank, with silky smooth focus and precise aperture clicks that would pleasantly surprise anyone coming from a DSLR.Optically it also excels. In the center, it is sharp right from f1.8, though with some visible CA and purple-fringing that need to be stopped down to f2.8 to get rid of. The mid sections are also quite fine, unlike some other rangefinder wide angles which start to get the smearing quite early on. The outer image ring is smeary, becoming usable at f4 on the A7 and f5.6 on the A7r, sharp at f8. The lens has no visible color-shift on the A7 unless shot at infinity into blue skies, where the corners would start to show a slight hue. On the A7r it always color-shifts, except in photos taken at the night sky, where the color-shifts would be hid by the darkness. Compared to my Nikon ais 28mm f2.8 which was a celebrated dslr wide angle, the Voigtlander has better resolution and less color CA in the corners.There's an interesting but not very discussed character of this lens, that's its beautiful sunstars, which start to pop out on strong light sources even at f2.8.The downside is that this lens is rather big and heavy for a rangefinder lens, but that's normal for a 21mm f1.8 made out of metal and glass.More importantly, the built-in non-removable lens hood might be a real pain for those who are used to slide-in filters as it is practically impossible unless you grind the metal lens hood off. I also wish the lens had weather-sealings to go with the A7 and A7r, but then no Leica M to E adapter is weather-sealed yet and the lens still performed flawlessly in icy rains and snow storms during my trip to the South Patagonian Ice Field. Conclusion, at the moment, this is one of the best lowlight ultrawide for the Sony A7 series cameras, maybe even for the Leica M.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great lens for the price

        By mikdo

        from Vancouver, BC

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography

        Comments about Voigtlander 21mm f/1.8 Ultron M-Mount Lens:

        paired with Sony A7R. it's built like a tank, very crisp in centre but loses a fair bit of sharpness near the edges when wide open.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Great on center, not at the edges

        By DChew

        from Northeast Ohio

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Weak Corners

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography

        Comments about Voigtlander 21mm f/1.8 Ultron M-Mount Lens:

        I bought this for the Sony a7r, which is particularly tough with wide angle lenses. Great build, good focus ring and aperture ring feel. It is exceptional in the center even wide open, but it gets dramatically worse out towards the corners. Those corners don't clean up until f/8.

        It probably does much better on film or on the Leica M. It is still one of the better wide options for the a7r. The Leica WATE is much better but at 4x the price.

        (13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        amazing lens

        By kptkarl

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Voigtlander 21mm f/1.8 Ultron M-Mount Lens:

          Using this on a NEX with Leica M adapter. Good glass makes or breaks a shot no matter the camera body. This lens does not disappoint. Very solid build, smooth focus, solid aperture clicks. Excellent in bright or low light. The RAW file output with this setup is usable for print with no post adjustments!

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          • No

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