M-mount Classic Normal Lens
This is probably the most quirky currently-in-production lens for the M-mount, looking more like a mini Dalek from Dr. Who than a boring camera lens. The black and silver vintage design is reminiscent of famous Voigtländer classics from the 19th century but apparently is a modern lens design.
This is first look at the specs, the exterior and the initial impression of the lens. Stay tuned for a more detailed review and sample pictures taken with this lens!
This normal lens consists of 5 lenses in 3 groups and has a minimum focusing distance of 0.7m. The maximum aperture is f3.5 (yes you read that correctly, not 1.5 but 3.5!) which means the lens is not very fast nor will generate a lot of bokeh in typical situations.
However, with its 10 aperture blades, Voigtländer claims it can deliver exceptionally smooth bokeh. Well, we shall certainly find out, though it may be a challenge to find a situation where we can experience that bokeh!
The lens also comes with a small black metal hood (with a matching black metal lens cap with the Voigtländer logo printed on it) which if anything adds to the quirky experience. The filter size is 27mm which is extremely unusual but I doubt most owners will ever want to attach a filter to this lens
Although designed to be used by M-mount rangefinder cameras such as the Leica M series, the lens can also be used on many current digital camera models using adapters.
|Focal Length||50 mm|
|Minimum Aperture||F 22|
|Lens Construction||5 elements in 3 groups|
|Angle of View||46°|
|Minimum Focus||0.7 m|
|Maximum Diameter||52 mm|
|Filter Size||27 mm|
|Color||black & silver|
|Others||“screw-in”-type lens hood, clickless aperture, rotating front element, rangefinder can be combined|
Unboxing and Closeup Photos
The lens comes in a standard Voigtländer packaging, with a small manual.
Lens mounted on a Leica M10
There is no doubt this is beautiful looking lens and looks really unique mounted on any body. On the Leica M10 it create a look that is both retro and futuristic at the same time, with a hint of steampunk.
The aperture control is continuous and has a tendency to be accidentally moved when adjusting focus. After a while, I was used to it. Also the entire lens barrel (along with the aperture ring) rotates when the focus ring is moved.