Announced: Voigtlander APO-LANTHAR 50mm f/2 Aspherical VM lens for Leica M-mount


The previously rumored Voigtlander APO-LANTHAR 50mm f/2 Aspherical VM lens for Leica M-mount is now officially announced – check pricing and availability (not yet available). Additional information (translated):



“A lens optimized for a full-size M-mount sensor, based on the Sony E-mount dedicated lens that was launched on the market as the highest-performance standard lens in the history of Voigtlander. The apochromat design, which makes the on-axis chromatic aberration of RGB, which constitutes the three primary colors of light, as close to zero as possible, realizes performance that completely changes the values ​​of standard lenses. With a tight style, it also has good handling when using a rangefinder camera.

Main features:

● Apochromat design
We thoroughly eliminate various aberrations such as axial chromatic aberration, and pursue the ultimate performance in terms of resolution and contrast reproducibility.

● Of the optical glass that derives high performance and
the lens configuration of 10 elements in 8 groups of the mechanical part , 2 abnormally dispersed glass and 2 double-sided aspherical lenses are used, and a floating mechanism is also equipped.

● compact style
reduces the vignetting of the range finder in putting together a full-length short. It weighs 288g (excluding accessories) and realizes light handling.

● 12 diaphragms
that allow you to enjoy the expression of bokeh The diaphragm blades, which consist of 12 diaphragms, adopt a special shape that makes a circle not only in F2 but also in F2.8 and F5.6. It is possible to draw using “ball blur” such as a point light source.

● Optional bayonet hood
offers a beautiful metal bayonet hood LH-13 which is rich in durable option.

● Manual focus for reliable focus operation
By adopting an all-metal helicoid unit processed and adjusted with high precision and high-quality grease that produces an appropriate torque, focusing with a smooth operation feeling is realized. Allows for delicate focus adjustment.

● bayonet VM mount
adopt the VM mount Leica M mount compatible to the lens mount. Not only can it be used with rangefinder-linked cameras, but it also has an excellent design balance when attached to a mirrorless digital camera via a mount adapter.

● Equipped with a distance meter interlocking system The
high-precision rangefinder interlocking mechanism enables severe focusing near the maximum aperture.

● Full-size
image circle We have secured a generous image circle that supports full-frame 35mm format.”

Main lens specifications:

Focal length 50mm
Caliber ratio 1: 2
Minimum aperture F16
Lens configuration 10 elements in 8 groups
Angle of view 46.2 °
Number of diaphragm blades 12 sheets (open F2, F2.8, F5.6 with circular aperture
Shortest shooting distance 0.7m
Rangefinder interlocking range ∞ ~ 0.7m (depending on the camera)
Maximum diameter x total length φ55.6 × 53.0mm
Filter size φ49mm
weight 288g
Lens hood LH-13 (sold separately)

Suggested retail price (excluding tax): ¥120,000, scheduled to be released in January 2021. Lens hood LH-13 (sold separately): ¥ 10,000, scheduled to be released in January 2021.

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