Voigtländer 12mm f/5.6 Ultra-Wide-Heliar III ASPH lens
Voigtländer may have withdrawn its much-loved film rangefinders, but the brand lives on — with three new lenses weighing in on Sony’s huge popularity within the full-frame mirrorless market.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.