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The Voigtlander 50 1.2 M Mount Lens on the Sony A7RIII. First look and images! – Steve Huff Photo

The Voigtlander 50 1.2 M Mount Lens on the Sony A7RIII. First look and images! – Steve Huff Photo

The Voigtlander 50 1.2 M Mount Lens on the Sony A7RIII. First look and pictures!

By Steve Huff

First batch of this lens has SOLD OUT. Second batch arrives in October and could be pre ordered from CameraQuest HERE. 

So one other quick 50mm lens has arrived for me to check, and this time it’s a 50 f/1.2 from Voigtlander (first batch is already bought out)!! Phew, I simply reviewed a quick 50 f.1.2 a number of weeks again HERE however this lens right here is totally different from that lens. In contrast to the Canon 50 1.2 EF, this lens is guide focus solely and for Leica M mount. So this implies you possibly can shoot it on a Leica M, Leica SL (with adapter) or perhaps a Sony A7 or A9 collection physique (with adapter). This can be a full body lens and to take full benefit of the lens it ought to be shot on a full body digital camera. In fact you may as well shoot this on any M mount movie digital camera ever made so that is one in every of the most versatile 50’s ever made (together with many others prefer it). It’s small, it’s quick and it may be used on many our bodies.

The 50 f1.2 has the similar design as most Voigtlander lenses. A knurled focus ring, jewel like construct, small measurement and a pleasant strong aperture ring. BEAUTIFUL! 


This lens is available in at $1059 and options the following:

f/1.2 to f/22

12 blade aperture for clean lovely bokeh

Eight parts in six teams

four aspherical lens surfaces

1 excessive index glass aspect

Rangefinder coupled to .7 meter

Weight 344 grams

Measurement 63.3mm x 49mm

Filter measurement 52mm

Bayonet mount new bigger LH-10 vented lens hood or LH-Eight

Adaptable to any digital mirrorless digital camera by way of the correct adapter

Shut focus on Sony Alpha our bodies 41.7 cm with Voigtlander M to FE shut up adapter

This lens was despatched to me by CameraQuest.com to check out and check for a few weeks. Often once they ship me a lens to check I find yourself shopping for it! These lenses have a method of emptying my pockets out however I’ll attempt my greatest to have restraint right here. I’ve a slew of lenses on this focal size and actually don’t want extra. Even so, this one might be enjoyable to check over the subsequent couple of weeks. I can already inform you, the rendering of this lens is a spitting picture of the Voigtlander 40 f/1.2. It’s virtually as whether it is the similar lens, simply 10mm longer in focal size. Because of this the high quality is excessive and it provides up little to much more unique lenses. 

Pretty colour, and Bokeh rendering right here IMO. Virtually Seems to be like a portray. Shot broad open at f1.2. 

In the previous I’ve shot with and reviewed many Voigtlander lenses on this class. Evaluations are linked under…

The Voigtlander 40 f1.2 for Sony E mount and for Leica M mount. I’ve reviewed the 50 f/three.5 Heliar on a Leica SL and on a Sony A9. I’ve reviewed the 50 Nokton Basic f1.5 on a Leica M 240 and  even the now previous 50 f/1.1 way back as one among the early critiques on this web site. I’ve shot with many different quick 50’s from Leica, Sony, Nikon and Canon and even previous RF mount lenses from Canon in addition to these superior M mount Zeiss ZM 50’s like the Planar and the Sonnar. It doesn’t finish there, as I’ve additionally reviewed tremendous classic lenses on this focal size, like the Canon Dream lens and so many different 50mm lenses like the Meyer Optik (RIP) 50 Nocturnus.. How about the Voigtlander 58 1.four II or The Leica 50 APO on the SL and on the M240. I can go on and on and on. Oh, how about the Sony 50 1.four or the 50 Leica Summilux or the Zeiss Loxia 50 f/2? 

The 50 1.2 broad open. 

There are various extra 50mm lenses (or close to that focal size) that I’ve reviewed over the years on these pages. MANY extra.

Lengthy story brief, I do know my 50mm lenses. It’s my favourite focal size. I’ve my faves and I’ve these I dislike as properly. So now I’ll write my very first ideas on this new lens, and consider, this isn’t a assessment however a primary look, palms on with the lens after solely 2 days of use with the Sony A7RIII. I’ll have extra to return quickly.

Dramatic Magnificence. The new Voigtlander 50 1.2 Extensive open, f1.2, Sony a7RIII. Click on for bigger. 

Lots of you studying are in all probability asking “why do we need another Leica M mount 50 mm f1.2 lens”? Properly, WE DON’T actually however the cool factor is every one provides up a unique character in shade, bokeh, sharpness, construct and really feel and the means they render a picture. Principally all are good, some are nice and a choose few are legends. So we have now an enormous selection in relation to this focal size, or close to it (40mm f1.2) and selection is all the time good. Voigtlander simply appears to get higher and higher yearly now and this lens proves these phrases true.

I just lately re-visited the Voigtlander 35 f1.2 II on the Leica SL (which continues to be my #1 fave mirrorless physique now and of all time as of this writing Sep 2018) and really feel these lenses are MADE for capturing on both a Leica M digital camera or the SL.

For that purpose I will probably be doing TWO reviews on this lens. 

Sony A7RIII and the 50 f1.2 M mount utilizing the Voigtlander shut focus adapter. 

This report goes to be my very 1st look and all pictures right here have been taken on a Sony A7RIII as I used to be touring and didn’t deliver the SL with me, so I shot these on a Sony. I really feel that once I do my second report, the lens will carry out even higher than you see right here as a result of in the previous, these lenses have all the time had one thing particular about them when shot on the SL or an M digital camera. For instance, see the assessment of the 50 f/three.5 Heliar on the SL HERE and then on the Sony A9 HERE. For me, the colours and depth simply pop on the SL extra so than the Sony. See the 40 1.2 on the Leica M and then the Sony. Yep, for me the Leica colours simply have one thing nicer about them. I’ve all the time felt like this although. In fact, we should always anticipate this as a Leica SL, physique solely is $5995. Although Ken Hansen can in all probability get you a deal on one ; )

Shot vast open at f1.2 which is the place I all the time check quick primes. If it performs properly vast open, then it does even higher stopped down. To me, this lens appears nice extensive open with regard to paint, element and rendering. Once more, shot on a Sony A7RIII. Click on the picture for a greater look. 

The Construct and Really feel of the 50 1.2

This lens appears, feels and performs simply as you’d anticipate. It’s the similar in development and fashion as the earlier 40mm f1.2 lens and to be trustworthy, the rendering is similar to that lens. In the event you beloved the 40mm however wished it was a 50, then this could possibly be for you. With so many 50mm lenses on the market lately I feel I MAY want the 40mm to this one, simply because it’s totally different than a 50. You’ll get the similar efficiency from the 40 as this 50 however in fact you may be 10mm wider. I really like the 40mm merely because of the undeniable fact that it’s small, mild, and performs unimaginable for an f1.2 lens. This 50 f1.2 is not any exception because it appears to be like a bigger twin to the 40. Just a little bigger and a bit of longer in attain however with the similar rendering and fashion.

So for construct, Voigtlander has all the time been prime notch in my ebook. I’ve had a few Leica lenses disintegrate on me over the years however by no means a Voigtlander. In fact, your mileage might differ as all lenses from any make can disintegrate on account of numerous points however simply letting you already know of my expertise.

Who says you want 20FPS and quick AF to seize motion? One shot, guide focus on the A7RIII. Click on them for bigger.

The Expertise 

With a lens resembling this your capturing expertise is a lot totally different than if you go together with a modern-day full auto focus quick 50. Wen utilizing this lens on a Sony physique, the digital camera feels so good in the hand on account of the small measurement and heft of the lens. Sure, this lens feels strong and makes the Sony really feel like a brand new beast. It’s balanced and the focus ring is silky clean. The guide aperture dial can also be a deal with, and this one has strong clicks that keep in place whenever you transfer it to the place you need to be. One lens I’ve examined (different model) lately have had a a lot looser aperture dial and would change whereas in use. This one is strong and stays put. Most of you who purchase it will have it glued to f/1.2 anyway I really feel ; ) The excellent news is that when you do, it’ll stay there.

If you shoot with a guide lens resembling this, and you nail a photograph large open (simpler stated than accomplished btw) it does offer you a way of accomplishment. Such as you MADE the photograph as an alternative of the digital camera. Whenever you frequently shoot guide, you begin to get a way for what the picture will look like earlier than you even body it. You body together with your thoughts, see a scene or shot and snap it. I’ve all the time stated on these pages that capturing guide is a good way to not solely take pleasure in images extra however to study from it as nicely. I discover when capturing in full auto all the time that the digital camera is doing all the work, and it makes me lazy. I raise and snap and stroll away. Once I shoot a lens like this, even on a Sony physique, I take my time, discover the shot, body and focus, hearth one click on of the shutter and away I’m going. See, when shot like this I DID the work, and not the digital camera.

So capturing guide is all the time good, and that is one cause why I’m like one in every of three who applauded Nikon for his or her upcoming 50 zero.95 lens being guide focus. I LOVE guide focus which, to be trustworthy, is partly why I really like the Leica SL. To this present day, over three years after its launch it nonetheless has the greatest EVF you will get in any digital digital camera. It has the greatest construct and an easy to make use of consumer interface and controls. It was launched earlier than its time I feel and too many judged it on its measurement with native glass. The secret of the SL is capturing it with lenses like this (which is why my half 2 might be with the SL) and then it’s certainly one of the most pleasant, if not the most gratifying, guide focus digital cameras ever.

No, this isn’t an article about the SL however somewhat about having fun with images and utilizing lenses that assist you do exactly that, and the lens in focus right here is the new Voigtlander 50 f1.2. Utilizing it on the Sony was a deal with, and the outcomes are simply as I assumed they might be. You’ll not see me doing scientific testing with this lens right here (by no means have in 10+ years of writing critiques) as I’m not a fan of pixel peeping or taking photographs of newsprint. Nor am I a fan of capturing ISO checks with studio mild (defeats the entire function of excessive ISO). I shoot and check in actual world environments. I exploit the cameras and lenses how they have been designed for use, by taking snaps and pictures with them, and ENJOYING them!

Many on the market do pixel peeper exams however I really feel that has nothing to do with images or making photographs. To me it’s about the enjoyable, the ardour, the pleasure and I get all of that so removed from this lens. The first batch of this lens has bought out, and shortly. Many are beginning to acknowledge Voigtlander lenses as the actual deal. 5-Eight years in the past I heard loads of moaning and groaning about Voigtlander however I’ve all the time beloved their lenses not just for there picture high quality (which has all the time been distinctive) however their design, magnificence and construct.

Is that this the greatest 50mm lens ever made? Nicely, what’s “the best”? There isn’t a greatest for everybody. What could also be “best” to me could also be the “worst” to you. There are various 50mm lenses to select from for all makes of cameras. Mirrorless or DSLR that is one focal size that there has by no means been a scarcity of, and right here we now have yet one more. Is it good? YES, I feel it’s fantastic because it  provides us yet one more choice on this crowded area of lenses to precise our minds, creativeness and imaginative and prescient with.

My subsequent report may have this lens getting used with the Leica SL, and I’ll have quite a lot of photographs with it. I may also have a video quickly as properly displaying the lens. So keep tuned and examine again!

You possibly can pre order this lens from CameraQuest HERE with a $100 deposit. The subsequent batch arrives in October. 

Need a Sony? My suggestion in the Sony lineup is now the A7RIII because it presents the better of all worlds. Velocity, decision and incredible video capabilities.

Need a Leica? Contact Mr. Ken Hansen at his e-mail HERE. He has been my primary Leica vendor for 10 years. Additionally, take a look at PopFlash.com for Leica as nicely. 


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