Voigtlander 65mm f/2 APO-Lanther Macro Lens - Sony E Mount

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Voigtlander 65mm f/2 APO-Lanther Macro Lens - Sony E Mount

The Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F2 Aspherical is a Sony E-mount macro lens for full frame sensors. The APO-LANTHAR designation is given to especially high performance lenses in the Voigtlander lens lineup. The legendary APO-LANTHAR lens that continues to enthral photographers with its outstanding imaging performance and beautiful rendering was born in 1954, but its origins can be traced back around 120 years.

A need for apochromatic optical designs that reduce the longitudinal chromatic aberrations of the three primary colours (RGB) of light to practically zero arose with the increasing popularity of colour film. Now, with the current range of high-resolution digitals sensors, this need for extremely high-level control of chromatic aberrations is even more pertinent than when film changed from monochrome to colour. So rather than just being for already solved old technologies, apochromatic optical designs are indeed a subject requiring serious consideration in the digital age.

The Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F2 Aspherical, which inherits the designation “APO-LANTHAR”, is a high performance manual focus macro lens optimised for the imaging sensors of Sony mirrorless cameras.

The optical performance of this lens, which provides an image circle capable of covering a full frame sensor, rates as one of the finest in the history of Voigtlander. Sharp imaging performance is obtained from maximum aperture where you can enjoy blurring the background, and by utilising Floating Elements this lens delivers outstanding image quality for subjects from the minimum focusing distance of 31cm (reproduction ratio of 1:2) through to infinity. This lens is a manual focus and manual aperture design, but also features electrical contacts that enable the lens settings at image capture to be included in the Exif information of the image data. Furthermore, the lens is installed with a distance encoder to enable support for 5-axis image stabilisation on bodies with this feature, for example by providing distance to subject information used in X,Y shift compensation. Focus peaking while manual focusing is also supported.

Main features

  • Full frame Sony E-mount with electrical contacts
  • Apochromatic optical design that eliminates chromatic aberrations
  • Enhanced high performance utilising aspherical lens surfaces
  • Optical design optimised for digital imaging sensors
  • Extremely solid and durable all-metal barrel
  • Manual focus for precise focusing
  • Maximum reproduction ratio of 1:2 at a minimum focus distance of 31 cm

See also Scott's blog post about these new lenses

Voigtlander 65mm F2 Macro sample full size jpegs: Sony A7RII (beware - large files)

Voigtlander 65mm F2
Voigtlander 65mm F2
Voigtlander 65mm F2
Shot at F2, focus on old power pole Shot at F5.6, focus on rightmost aircon unit Scott's watch F2, focus on "Citizen" Scott's watch F16, focus on "Citizen"

 Unedited Lightroom jpeg conversion from RAW (except for a strategic patch of blur on our neighbourhood tradie)

Lens Elements Lens Hood
Lens elements Lens Hood

Specifications

  • Focal Length: 65mm
  • Aperture Ratio: 1:2
  • Minimum Aperture: F22
  • Lens Construction: 8 Groups 10 Elements
  • Angle of View: 38°
  • Aperture Blade: 10
  • Minimum Focus: 0.31m
  • Macro Ratio: 1:2
  • Filter size: Φ67mm
  • Diameter x Length: Φ78.0mm x 91.3mm
  • Weight: 625g
  • Electrical Contact: Available
  • Manual Focus Assist: Available
  • Exif Data: Available
  • Auto Lens Correction: Possible with camera body with 5-Axis Image Stabilisation
  • Supplied Accessory: Front Cap, Rear Cap, Lens Hood

Please note all Voigtlander products are not available for international sale!

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