I loved loved loved the trio of Voigtländer Noktons [B&H | Amazon] I tested on Panasonic’s GH4 [B&H | Amazon], but in the end – a bit wistfully because I couldn't get them in e-Mount – I bought into Sony instead. I’ve found wonderful alternatives to the Noktons at other focal lengths (I'm amazed by the little Sony 28mm f/2.0 [B&H | Amazon] and Sony 50mm f/1.8 [B&H | Amazon], but didn’t have a very wide solution for e-mount – until now with these just-announced Voigtländer Wide-Heliars.
I’m giddy like a school boy. Voigtländer is bringing three very wide, manual focus, full-frame lenses to Sony via native e-mount.
Although at least one these lenses has been available to Sony fans via Leica M to e-mount adapters, the verdict has been mixed, with a number of reviews noting heavy vignetting and color shifts – even though sharpness is generally reported as breathtaking (and at least one bud of mine loves the look of the lens, vignetting and all – he, like other pros, considers these very same attributes to be what give a lens character and personality).
If Voigtländer’s Sony implementation addresses these first two concerns, I know my first port of call for my next wide angle.
My only other concerns? These lenses are not expected to be available until Spring 2016, and back in October of last year Voigtländer announced a Nokton 10.5mm f/0.95 in m43 mount which it never delivered.
[Correction: the 10.5mm finally DID ship this summer, 2015. We apologize for the error.]
Voigtlander to Launch Video Friendly Trio of Ultra-Wide Sony E-Mount Lenses
Committed to highest quality—Lenses, that support latest camera technologies with high precision mechanics: the brand new Voigtländer lenses.
In Spring 2016 Voigtländer will release a brand new, much-anticipated line of Sony-E-Mount lenses, that can be used on Sony E-Mount cameras without an adapter.
According to the tradition of Voigtländer the first three lenses of this new lines are covering an extreme wide angle range and are perfect for landscape and architecture photographers:
• 10 mm F 5,6 Hyper-Wide-Heliar
• 12 mm F 5,6 Ultra-Wide-Heliar
• 15 mm F 4,5 Super-Wide-Heliar
While the 12 mm and 15 mm lenses are already available with a VM-Mount the 10 mm focal length is completely new. As these extreme wide lenses are challenging a fast and smooth communication between lens, camera and photographer, which is extremely important.
If enabled the camera changes automatically in magnifying mode during focusing which allows highest accuracy. All lens-relevant data such as focal length, aperture and focal distance are transmitted to the camera. This data is shown in the view finder/display and used for metering and image stabilization.
The selective aperture control system for full frame is used for the first time in these lenses – a vital feature for film makers as it allows a stepless and soundless aperture control.
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