The first Voigtlander APO-LANTHAR 35mm f/2 Aspherical VM lens reviews are in (Leica M-mount)

The first reviews of the new Voigtlander APO-LANTHAR 35mm f/2 Aspherical VM lens are already available online – here is the feedback from Jack Takahashi (read the full review here):


  • Image quality
  • Build quality
  • Price


  • Size
  • Messy background bokeh in some situations

Check out also the Voigtlander APO-LANTHAR 35mm f/2 Aspherical VM lens review at Fred Miranda:


  • Superb resolution from wide open across the field. The lens is optimal at f/2.8-4 showing only a slight improvement in resolution and contrast compared to wide open.
  • New 12-blade mechanism provides round bokeh balls with clean inner structure at f/2, f/2.8, f/5.6 and f/16. (Unnoticeable onion ring pattern)
  • Outstanding Minimal Focus Distance performance: The floating group design delivers stunning images at all distances from MFD to infinity.
  • Very well corrected for axial CA. The best I’ve seen for a 35mm lens. However, there are still traces of green/magenta color error under extreme conditions. Negligible lateral CA.
  • Compact and light (355g, measured).
  • Very easy and convenient aperture de-clicking for video.
  • Great build quality with tight tolerance construction.
  • Distance encoder provides 5-axis IBIS.
  • Well corrected for distortion (negligible).
  • Negligible focus shift.
  • Neglegible Field Curvature. It’s a flat-field lens.
  • Well defined 12-pointed sunstars starting at f/10-11.
  • Precise manual focus and well damped focusing rotation.
  • Flare resistance is well above average for a 35mm FL lens.


  • Optical vignetting renders “cats’eye” bokeh balls towards the corners.
  • Traces of onion ring pattern in specular highlights.
  • Structured rendering wide open. (Improves at f/2.8)

More video reviews of the Voigtlander APO-LANTHAR 35mm f/2 Aspherical VM lens:

The Voigtlander APO-LANTHAR 35mm f/2 Aspherical VM lens is now in stock at:

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