Voigtlander 15mm MK III Wide Angle Lens Review. I wanted a new ultra, wide-angled lens to add to my camera bag and as I already owned a Voigtlander 58mm 1/4 thought about getting the Voigtlander 15mm MK III. Voigtlander lenses are extremely well made and dare I say; some are up to Leica standards! My other choice would be the Sony FE 16-35.
I was still undecided to choose either the Sony FE 16-35 or Voigtlander 15mm MK III. As I already had the Sony FE 35mm 2/8 and considering the Voigtlander 15mm was slightly wider, a prime lens, and smaller, I decided this would be my best option for my Sony A7r. It was also, almost half the price of the Sony FE 16–35 and more suited for travelling light!
Voigtlander 15mm MK III Wide Angle Lens Review – Image Quality
This lens is already sharp at F4/5 but when you stop down to F/8 or F/11 the images are tack sharp from corner to corner. This lens has a slower aperture of F4.5, but as I mostly shoot landscape on a tripod, this worked well for me.
As with the Zeiss line up of lenses, Voigtlander lens are made by Cosina, so you’re guaranteed rich colours with that 3D look. Distortion is very well-controlled making this lens suitable for architecture and any other subjects with straight lines.
Unlike the MK1 and MKII versions there is no colour shift, magenta colour cast, or corner smearing. The MK III has been improved and optimised for digital cameras and works perfect on the Sony A7R series. Quite simply, this lens renders beautiful images especially at it’s sweet spot f/11.
Bright light sources are turned into beautiful 10 pointed start bursts when stopped down due to it’s 10 blade aperture diaphragm.
Voigtlander 15mm MK III Wide Angle Lens Review – Hawk’s Adapter
The Voigtlander 15mm MK III comes with a Leica M mount, so you’ll need an adapter for your Sony A7R series camera. I chose the Hawks adapter as I was able to shoot wide angle and close up shots. Because I could calibrate to infinity focus, I can shoot day or night without worrying about critical focus! My lens now became an all round point and shooter and all I need to think about is composition!
For under $800, this Voigtlander 15mm 4.5 Heliar III is cheaper than any other comparable, small, ultra wide angle lens.
Voigtlander 15mm MK III Wide Angle Lens Review – What I don’t like!
Unfortunately the hood on the front of the lens is fixed! I can add a circular filter but should I want to use any of my Lee filters they cannot be fitted. Voigtlander – why did you do this!
Voigtlander 15mm MK III Tech. Specs.
Focal Length – 15mm
Aperture – f/4.5 to f/22
Angle of View 110°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.6′ / 50 cm
Optical Design 11 elements in 9 groups
Focus – Manual
Filter Thread – 58 mm
Weight 8.7 oz
Camera Mount Type – Voigtlander VM bayonet compatible with M mount cameras
All images were shot on the Sony a7RII and processed through Adobe Photoshop with sharpening, luminosity masking, and saved for web in RGB 80% quality jpegs.
As there are already sites with test charts, I prefer a more hands on review with a selection of images taken from this lens. I am not sponsored in any way for this review and do not request any kind of donation. I have a passion for photography and simply want to share my experiences in the hope of helping others.