Pricing announced for the Voigtlander HELIAR Vintage Line 50mm f/3.5 VM lens for Leica M mount

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The price of the Voigtlander HELIAR Vintage Line 50mm f/3.5 VM lens for Leica M mount was announced today:

Sample photos can now be downloaded here. Additional information:

Paying homage to the classic designs of some of Voigtlander's earliest lenses, the Heliar 50mm f/3.5 is a unique normal-length prime intended to provide a vintage image quality, complete with rich color saturation and high sharpness. Compatible with 35mm film and full-frame M-mount rangefinder cameras, this lens uses a traditional Heliar optical design and features a durable all-metal exterior with an engraving of the five-elements-in-three-groups optical layout. Smooth manual focus operation permits working with subjects as close as 2.3' away, and a de-clicked manual aperture ring permits making smooth, silent aperture transitions to benefit both stills and video applications. Additionally, a 10-blade diaphragm is featured to contribute to a smooth bokeh quality.

  • Normal-length 50mm f/3.5 prime lens is compatible with full-frame digital and 35mm film M-mount rangefinder cameras.
  • Simple five elements, three groups Heliar optical design is used to offer a classic image quality with strong color reproduction and fine sharpness.
  • Exterior of the lens is designed to match some of the earliest Voigtlander lenses from the 19th century, and features an all-metal build for durability as well as an engraved rendition of the Heliar design.
  • Manual focus design permits working with subjects as close as 2.3' away, and the lens will couple to rangefinder mechanisms for focusing accuracy.
  • De-clicked manual aperture ring permits smooth, seamless aperture adjustments, and a 10-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.
  • A screw-in type lens hood is included to protect the front element from stray light while shooting, and a dedicated metal front lens cap is also provided to guard the lens while not in use.
Focal Length 50mm
Aperture f/3.5 to f/22
Camera Mount Type Voigtlander VM bayonet; compatible with all M-mount cameras and adapters
Angle of View 46°
Minimum Focus Distance 2.3' / 70 cm
Optical Design 5 elements in 3 groups
Focus Manual
Diaphragm Blades 10
Filter Thread 27 mm
Dimensions 2.0 x 1.7" / 52.0 x 43.2 mm
Weight 7.4 oz / 209 g
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  • Timothy Rule

    Sample images taken _with_ the lens:

    • David V. Kutaliya

      My sincere respect for optical engineers of this lens and photographer!

    • thanks, I updated my post

  • David V. Kutaliya

    Beautiful lens …

  • Brennan McKissick

    Waiting on Leica to release their 50/3.5 Elmar remake for a cool $2500.

    • Brennan McKissick

      (This Voigtlander lens is appropriately priced and I’m a fan.)

    • TomV

      I’m sure your comment was somewhat in jest, but seriously it would be fun for Leica to take a modern approach to some of the Triplet and Triplet derived designs like the 3 element Elmar-M 90mm (3/3), an M non-Viso version of the Elmar 65 Visoflex (4/3), and the DOA never issued Elmar-C 40mm (4/3) with the supposed naughty bits fixed. (and of course the 3.5cm and 5cm SMs)

      • Brennan McKissick

        I mean, I’d love to see those. It’s just the problem is what they would price them at. I’d rather just buy a old 35mm or 50mm Elmar in mint condition for like, $350 than buy a remake for $2500. If these throwback lenses were around $1500 they would be so awesome.

  • CHD

    It’s a decent price if it performs…but man is that ugly.

    • David V. Kutaliya

      When construction of Eiffel Tower began in July 1887, a group of around 300 artists, sculptors and architects sent a petition to the commissioner of the Paris exhibition demanding that he halt construction of the “ridiculous tower”. 🙂

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