Voigtlän­der 12mm f/5.6 Ul­tra-Wide-Heliar III ASPH lens

The Photographer's Mail - - Product Spotlight -

Voigtlän­der may have with­drawn its much-loved film rangefind­ers, but the brand lives on — with three new lenses weigh­ing in on Sony’s huge pop­u­lar­ity within the full-frame mir­ror­less mar­ket.

Voigtlän­der’s new­est re­leases are fully com­pat­i­ble with Sony E-Mount full-frame cam­eras, and come in 10mm, 12mm, and 15mm fo­cal lengths. Its mid­dle child, the Ul­traWide-Heliar 12mm f/5.6, is a man­ual-fo­cus lens that’s ideal for cap­tur­ing the sweep­ing vistas of dra­matic land­scapes, and the strik­ing lines of ur­ban ar­chi­tec­tural shots.

With a 121-de­gree an­gle of view, not only is the 12mm f/5.6 suit­ably wide, but it’s also de­signed with func­tion­al­ity in mind. It sup­ports Sony’s A7 cam­eras with­out the need for an adapter, trans­mit­ting data to aid man­ual fo­cus as­sist, five-axis sen­sor sta­bi­liza­tion, and to sup­port the cam­era’s mag­ni­fy­ing fea­ture dur­ing fo­cus­ing.

As a rec­ti­lin­ear lens, the 12mm f/5.6 is ex­empt from the plagu­ings of bar­rel dis­tor­tion, while its 12-el­e­ments-in-10groups op­ti­cal de­sign en­sures that flare and ghost­ing are con­trolled for sharp, high­con­trast images. Man­u­fac­tured by Cosina in Ja­pan, the same com­pany that pro­duces Zeiss lenses, it’s a bril­liant piece of glass — prov­ing that good things cer­tainly do come in small pack­ages.

The Voigtlän­der 12mm f/5.6 Ul­tra-Wide-Heliar III ASPH is avail­able at Pro­gear in store and on­line. For more in­for­ma­tion, and to pur­chase, visit pro­gear.co.nz.

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