The New Voigtlander 40mm f2 SL II S Was Designed With Nostalgia In Mind

Photographers who like the look of Voigtlander as well the the functionality of their lenses will be pleased to know that a new Voigtlander 40mm f2 SL II S was recently announced. The predecessor to this lens was a very small pancake optic that could easily fit onto most DSLRs and even was offered with adapters for Sony cameras. But the new one takes a different classical design. You can liken its exterior appearance to old school Nikkor primes that one would get bundled with a camera. In fact, Cosina states that this was their intent–a nostalgic look.

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The 7 Best 35mm Lenses for Portrait Photography

While the 35mm focal length isn’t always considered to be prime (pun not intended) for portraiture, it’s still fairly popular and a very versatile focal length. In fact, because it’s got a field of view that is the way that so many photographers see, it’s bound to be a favorite focal length. Luckily, over the years a number of those lenses have improved to simply just become better. So if you’re looking for a 35mm lens for portraiture, look no further than our favorites in this list.

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NY Diary: The City in Glorious, Raw, Gritty Black and White

All images by Federico Chiesa. Used with Creative Commons Permission.

When you think about a lot of the more famous photos of NYC, it’s easy to bring to mind the grit that you’ve known about it. That’s what Federico Chiesa seems to be conveying in his series, NY Diary. While toting along his Leica M9 and a Voigtlander 25mm lens, he documented a lot of happenings in the city while on a trip here.

Many of his images convey the emotions of people and are a play on various factors within a scene. These factors and elements are only brought together better using black and white.

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7 Gorgeous 35mm Lenses Worth Drooling Over

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 35mm f2 IS product images (4 of 7)ISO 2001-60 sec at f - 2.8

Arguably, the 35mm focal length is a lens that renders the human perspective when it comes to the full frame 35mm format. They’re excellent general purposes lenses. The 35mm lens is often wide enough to photograph most subjects and if you need something more narrow and focused then you simply just step forward. The even better news is that there are loads of great options for anyone that is interested in obtaining one of these gems.

Here are seven excellent 35mm lenses from The Phoblographer’s reviews index along with sample images.

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Voigtlander Announces Three New Sony FE Mount Lenses


Sony’s FE mount camera system just became even better supported; and this time by one of the legendary German lens/camera manufacturers. Though earlier this year, Voigtlander discontinued some of their film rangefinder cameras they are announcing three lenses for the Sony FE mount.

Essentially, they are some of the same lenses that are available for the VM mount (Leica M mount with Voigtlander’s own moniker) but converted to natively work with the Sony FE mount according to the information available. The three lenses are:

• 10 mm F 5,6 Hyper-Wide-Heliar
• 12 mm F 5,6 Ultra-Wide-Heliar
• 15 mm F 4,5 Super-Wide-Heliar

These lenses also have electronic contacts that transmit lens data, focusing data, etc. so that the camera can switch to the magnifying mode when manual focus is used (and providing you have that setting enables.) Like many other modern Voigtlander lenses, modifications were made that allow the user to have stepless aperture when shooting video. If you want, you can switch back to the good old clicked aperture setting that us photographers love. Voigtlander also says that these are the first three in the series–which means that we’re going to see more.

The three lenses are slated to come out in Spring 2016, no word on pricing details have been released but don’t expect them to be more expensive than the Zeiss lenses currently available for Sony FE mount (full frame E mount like the Sony A7 series of cameras). However, do expect them to be pricy.

Recommended Lenses for the 40MP Multi Shot on the Olympus EM5 Mk II

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM5 Mk II first impressions product photos (8 of 10)ISO 1001-30 sec at f - 4.5

With the release of the Olympus EM5 Mk II, many folks were thrilled for the 40MP image feature that pretty much does a special stitching effect. But when we asked Olympus what lenses would work best at delivering the highest image quality, they stated “The Pro and Premium lenses.” Indeed, Olympus has specific designations for these lenses, but those are for just their own glass.

The other big player in the Micro Four Thirds world, Panasonic, also offers some beautiful lenses–as does Voigtlander and other brands.

Here are some lenses that we’ve found that will do the feature justice. There indeed may be more and some of them we haven’t tested, but we have faith in our choices.

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Voigtländer Introduces the Wide and Fast Nokton 10.5mm f0.95 MFT Lens


Image courtesy of ePhotoZine

Voigtländer has announced a new Nokton 10.5mm f0.95 lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras. In terms of full frame equivalency the lens offers a nice and wide 21mm equivalent focal length. What’s more–users will be able to get up close with their subject at 17-centimeters (about 6-inches) taking full advantage of all the bokeh that f0.95 lens creates; though we’re still sure that it won’t be very much.

ePhotoZine got a chance to play with the lens and it was thoroughly impressed with the lens’ sharpness and straight lines despite being a wide-angle prime. With the lens being made up of 13 elements in 10 groups, there are undoubtedly more than a few aspherical lenses to help reduce distortion.

The lens is reportedly due to be released sometime in 2015, however, Voigtländer has yet to announce a price. We can’t wait to get this lens in for a full review and until then check past the break for more specs on the Voigtländer Nokton 10.5mm f0.95.

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