Snapshot Voyager is about my own personal photography journey. I am always looking to try something new, inquisitive as to how it works, and to the end results I might achieve.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

The 35mm f1.4 Size comparison - Sigma 35mm f1.4 vs Voigtlander 35mm f1.4

One thing that has always amazed me is the tiny size of the Voigtlander 35mm f1.4 and the similar M mount Leica 35mm Summilux.  These lenses, for how much light they let in, are physically very small.  Compared to my Sigma 35mm f1.4 it is probably less than one third the size.

I have a theory that a large distance from lens flange to sensor / film plane to accommodate a mirror box leads to both a loss it light levels, and also of image quality.   If you consider the reverse application, a projector, image quality and light levels do deteriorate the further away the place of projection.
In this case, as the Sigma is a much more modern design, image quality is significantly better than the Voigtlander; though I would be interested to see how it compares to the expensive Leica 35mm Summilux ASPH.

Here's a comparison between the two lenses.


  1. I wander, if the two lenses actually pass the same amount of light. would be interesting to measure the shutter speed at f1.4 for each lens.

    1. Good question and hard for me to measure correctly as I don't have a FF digital body that accepts M mount. I will try on a crop body (D90 vs NEX 5n) to see if there is a difference that way.