Top positive review
Jedi Mind Tricks Aside, This Is The Lens You Are Looking for....
October 30, 2014
The build quality is definitely better than most lenses save for maybe a Zeiss or Leica. Now I have zero experience with Leica but I am familiar with Zeiss, and the Voigtlander is fitting company. I purchased this lens primarily for video, so the ability to have a de-clicked aperture ring is a welcome feature. Every turn of the ring is solid, and the focus is smooth. The lens screams quality when you hold it, and the weight of it lets you know it is.
I bought it for the 0.95 F-stop which translate to T-stop for video. The glass in this thing is choice. If you are looking into this you know what it is, and if you have one you know what you got. So I'm not going to re-hash what others have already said in their reviews. I'm just writing this to confirm its aplomb.
I recently walked into a high-end video store, you know the kind that has a receptionist, leather couches, and bottled water. I felt like I was about negotiate a multi-million dollar movie deal, not browse the product displays of equipment I can barely afford (lets be honest, can't afford).
Point being, they had this lens displayed, attached to a Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera on a video rig that cost more than the camera and lens together. It's like those ads where they put a Ducati next to a Ferrari and you don't know which the ad is for but they are somehow associated with caviar and a G5 luxury passenger jet...
All I'm really saying is this lens is Top Notch with few peers. My only issue, and I feel is a realistic one, is why does it not come with it's own padded case.
I bought a Sigma prime lens for under two hundred dollars, and a zoom lens for less than the Voigtlander, and both came with a case. a nice one too, not anything remotely cheap in quality. I have This Voightlander 25mm and the 17.5mm and neither one came with a case. I want to remove a star so badly for that --- "These are the lenses you were looking for..."
If you are looking to use this lens for video, there might be a slight challenge in regards to using a follow focus system. The focus barrel has enough space for the focus markings, the grip ring which is wide, and then a narrow gap that ends at the Aperture ring. Well if you are attaching that focus ring guide to the barrel just know that the grip ring of the voigtlander has thumb size gaps between ridges. Those gaps are also slightly concave (image a donut with bites spaced apart around the whole edge of the donut).
Note: Lens and hood are metal, filter size is 52mm for the lens and 67mm for the hood. Also comes with rear cap and lens caps for both lens and hood...