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Voigtlander 15mm f/4.5 Heliar II for Leica
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The Voigtlander 15mm f/4.5 Heliar II for Leica
The Voigtlander 15mm f/4.5 Super Heliar II is quite the unique little lens. There you have the first part: it's the only possible way to shoot ultra-wide on an M series camera with a physically small lens (two inches and six ounces as compared to the fairly huge Zeiss 15mm f/2.8). The only real downside is that it's f/4.5, but it is quite sharp wide open, so that’s not an issue except in low lighting.
I find this a very practical lens for those of us who don’t shoot ultra-wide very often. It’s small and light, particularly compared to the Zeiss 15mm or the Leica Tri-Elmar, but still feels smooth and well made. At f/5.6 it's nice and sharp with good contrast, and at f/8 it's just superb. It does vignette a bit wide open, but nothing that isn’t easily fixed in post process if you wish. Obviously it's not a wide-aperture lens, but at these focal lengths long exposures aren’t too troublesome. But at this price and size, it allows me to have access to an ultra-wide “just in case,” which I think is completely worthwhile.
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