Voigtländer 15mm f/4.5 Super Wide Heliar: A portrait of a lens

Sigfrid Lundberg's Stuff 2012-11-18

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Super-wide Heliar was the first M Mount lens I bought. I have used it extensively, in particular on my Olympus E-P2.

Ken Rockwell says Although wonderful on film, this lens is awful on the LEICA M9 because its rear nodal point is too close to the sensor. I cannot check this, because I don't own a M. There are quite a few people who use the lens on digital Leicas, and Ken is the only one that complains. The distance to the sensor must be the same on my cameras, but the problem might be less with smaller sensor.

When acquiring my current body, the Ricoh GXR M, it all of a sudden became more super wide than it used to. The reason for that is that the GXR has an APS-C sensor and the PEN a μ4/3.

This triggerd my decision to buy the Zeiss Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM, which made me has made me less inclined to mount my Heliar. Still, it is a much wider lens and the two have so different personalities. Here are my most interesting shots taken with Heliar. Find below a more personal sample.

P3255831.tif by Sigfrid Lundberg, on Flickr
R0014480.JPG by Sigfrid Lundberg, on Flickr
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PA262588_cropped.JPG by Sigfrid Lundberg, on Flickr
PC203490_bw.JPG by Sigfrid Lundberg, on Flickr
P4256929.tif by Sigfrid Lundberg, on Flickr
P7278952.tiff by Sigfrid Lundberg, on Flickr
P4277145.tif by Sigfrid Lundberg, on Flickr


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