The Voigtlander 75mm 1.8 lens is a genuine Heliar design featuring a glued doublet in the center instead of having a single element (with 6 elements within 3 groups) while the hood reverses on the lens for storage. The lens speed fits among the 75mm Leica Summicron and the 75mm Summilux.
The lens is beautifully made. Voigtlanders are usually well made but this one in
particular exceptionally good. it has a smooth focusing ring with click stops for the aperture. It feels robust although not overly heavy. The design is thin and medium length.
The wide-open implementation is pretty impressive although the sharpness isn't as good as from f/4 on, which creates excellent results, although its really good. There's also hardly any CA or purple fringing showing up on my copy.. This new lens produces very crisp photos set at the f/1.8 aperture.
It functions very well mounted on the M9 when used either at full aperture all
the way to f5.6 . It's striking at f/5.6 and excellent at f/2.8 & f/4. It
functions similar to other Voigtlander lenses I've shot with. There's a
remarkable sharpness including a real spiciness to the photos and with really
nice, although not great bokeh.
May 19, 2011
Leica M Mount
F/1.8 - F/16
10 Diaphragm Blades
6 elements in 3 Groups
Depth of Field Scale
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Max Format Size
Lens focal length
Aperture (lens diaphragm)
Largest aperture opening
Smallest aperture opening
Includes aperture ring
Total diaphragm blades
Number of Groups
Minimum focus distance
0.90 m (35.43")
Full time manual focus
Lens distance scale
Depth of field scale
427 g (0.94
58 mm (2.28")
74 mm (2.91")
Lens hood included
Tripod collar included
Voigtlander 75mm 1.8 lens
M Mount Adapters
The Leica M mount was introduced in 1954 at the same time as the Leica M3. It's been the mount of choice on every Leica M series thru the present day Leica M7 film camera and Leica M9 digital camera
The M Mount was also the mount used for Minolta's CLE rangefinder, on the Konica Hexar RF, on the later versions of the Voigtlander Bessa family
and Lenses, the mount for the Rollei 35RF, also quite recently on the newest Zeiss Ikon
Rangefinder and Lenses..
Benefits of Lens adapters is versatility, and saving money with the continued use of the preferred lenses you already own.
Drawbacks of lens adapters is the inconvenience, no electronic connection between the adapted lens and your camera body
A couple of factors are necessary for a lens adapter to work properly. First, the camera body "lens registration" space or the expanse between the mount of the lens to the sensor or film surface. Two, the "throat size" of the mount or the mount diameter. An adapter flanked by the body of the camera and a lens from different brands, this registration distance of the adapted lens must be larger than the registration distance on the body; plus the lenses throat-size must be less than the throat size on the body mount.
M lenses can be adapted to Canon EOS, Nikon, Micro Four
Thirds, and Sony Nex Cameras.
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