Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f/4.5 VM III (2014) lens pictures

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Voigtlander recently released pictures of their new Super Wide Heliar 15mm f/4.5 VM lens (called also model "III" or "2014" version) that was announced last month at Photokina (no pictures were available at that time):

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For comparison, here is the previous Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f/4.5 lens:

Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar Aspherical II 15mm f:4.5
And here is the new lens mounted on a Leica M rangefinder:

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Update: a reader contacted Voigtlander and sent me this information:

Q: Is the new VM 15 mm / F 4,5 Super Wide Heliar 2014 with color shift correction designed to work better with full frame digital cameras like the Sony A7 series? Is the purpose of this lens to eliminate the magenta and green color fringing that occurs when the original model is used on digital cameras? Also will the new model's angle of light be improved so the blur and smearing caused by the micro lenses on a digital sensor be eliminated?

A: Thank you for your email. As how you have mentioned, exactly those are the reasons for Voigtländer to build a new 15 mm lens. It will have a complete new design, but please – to keep serious – we have shown a prototype at Photokina in Cologne. Delivery start for this lens is planned for spring 2015. Then we can give more details. We hope we have been able to help you with this information.

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  • Bernard Giroux

    I had no idea something this wide even existed on the mount.

  • Jeremy Allen

    I hope it solves some of the major vignetting issues of the past 12 and 15mm lenses on digital sensors.

    • Neopulse

      Was wondering the same thing also. Remember seeing a review on Digitalrev about the corners looking weird on the Sony A7/R cameras which meant depending heavily on corner fix software.

      • fjfjjj

        The A7R is the wrong camera for non-retrofocus wide angle lenses. The Leica is the right camera for them.

        • Tan

          Apparently these new updates for Voigtlander is updated for digital sensor and for cameras like the A7 in mind. I saw some early shots by those who tested it and early report shows there’s no longer colored edges, but there’s still smearing.

          It remains to be seen if Zeiss manages to improve the Loxia 35mm Biogon edges before it comes to the market at the very end of the year.

          • Clint

            Vignetting I can live with (easily corrected), it’s the smeared corners that bother me.

          • Jorma

            I’ve got the 2nd version on M240 and there’s very little smearing in corners. Actually it’s a really sharp lens, the main issue on the M is the color fringing

          • Pengkui

            Ver.III only corrects colored fringing on digital sensors, not corner smearing on A7. Corner smearing is caused by (1) thick cover glass on A7 sensor, and (2) short exit pupil distance of most wide angle RF lenses. To get rid of smearing on A7 series, you have to replace its sensor cover glass with a thinner one (i.e., as thin as the one used on M240), and re-calibrate the focal plane accordingly.

  • HK

    Any released sample pictures?

    • I could not find any.

      • lhomas

        any update? 2014 is nearly over and still no info on their website 🙂

        • nordattack .

          I contacted Voigtlander and this is my question and their reply:

          Q: Is the new VM 15 mm / F 4,5 Super Wide Heliar 2014 with color shift correction designed to work better with full frame digital cameras like the Sony A7 series? Is the purpose of this lens to eliminate the magenta and green color fringing that occurs when the original model is used on digital cameras? Also will the new model’s angle of light be improved so the blur and smearing caused by the micro lenses on a digital sensor be eliminated?

          A: Thank you for your email.
          As how you have mentioned, exactly those are the reasons for Voigtländer to build a new 15 mm lens. It will have a complete new design, but please – to keep serious – we have shown a prototype at Photokina in Cologne.
          Delivery start for this lens is planned for spring 2015. Then we can give more details.
          We hope we have been able to help you with this information.

  • Avi

    where can you buy this?

  • Photoberger Håkon Berger

    I cant see no prize. The mk II version is in a prize range that suits my wallet. But i recon the new one will be much more expensive than the old one

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