If there is one thing that impresses me about me about Cosina and it's Voigtlander brand, its being able to design and make lenses that nobody else has dared to design, and all at a reasonable price.
Take the brand new M mount 21mm f1.8. That's a seriously fast wide angle, and only Sigma has done something similar with the SLR based 20mm f1.8. Certainly nothing like this has been seen on a rangefinder before.
It's also worth looking at some of their other lenses:
- 12mm f5.6 - world's widest rangefinder lens, and equal widest 35mm lens (together with the Sigma 12-24mm)
- 50mm f1.1 Nokton - a very cheap Leica Noctilux- ie 1/10th the price and similar quality
- 35mm f1.2 - as far as I know, the fastest 35mm lens ever made for full frame.
- 17.5mm f0.95 and 25mm f0.95 for Micro four thirds cameras - incredible speed, and very unusual
None of these are that expensive, the most being about $1,600; and all are built in the old school high quality all metal manual focus lens way.
I have 3 Voigtlander lenses, the 35mm f1.4 Nokton in Single Coating, the 21mm f4 Color Skopar and the 154mm f4.5 Super Wide Heliar. All are excellent lenses, with great build quality and optics, particularly the two ultra wide lenses.
If you think you might want one, you won't be disappointed.
|Sony NEX5n with Voigtlander 15mm f4.5 Super Wide Heliar|