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Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar VM Review

  
 
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You must have pressed hard because my B+W 39mm "clear" filter didn't fit inside the hood. This was one of the first things I tried when I got this lens.


It loosely falls inside the hood and I just gave it a firm squeeze and it snapped in. Takes some force to remove it, but going to just leave it.



Jun 14, 2024 at 11:22 AM
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M_Wales wrote:
It loosely falls inside the hood and I just gave it a firm squeeze and it snapped in. Takes some force to remove it, but going to just leave it.


Interesting. My 39mm version does not go in at all. Do you mean, stays on the very top of the hood?



Jun 14, 2024 at 11:34 AM
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Interesting. My 39mm version does not go in at all. Do you mean, stays on the very top of the hood?


When I place it in the hood it falls about half the thickness of the brass ring inside the end. Then I just squeeze it and it pops in.

I'll post a picture




Jun 14, 2024 at 11:41 AM
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Jun 14, 2024 at 11:53 AM
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That's what I thought you were doing after reading your latest description. Thanks for the image! However, my 39mm filter is different. It's the slim version and perhaps slightly larger in diameter.


Jun 14, 2024 at 11:57 AM
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p.17 #6 · p.17 #6 · Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar VM Review


I just found out that my favorite filter (EINS) makes a 34mm filter. It's only 1mm thick and I will use it without the hood. I just ordered it from Buyee Japan. Here is the number for reference. I think it was $25.







Jun 14, 2024 at 02:16 PM
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Do you have a link Fred?


Jun 14, 2024 at 02:53 PM
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M_Wales wrote:
Do you have a link Fred?


Here is the store I bought it from:
https://buyee.jp/item/yahoo/shopping/shasinyasan_4907822096203



Jun 14, 2024 at 04:55 PM
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Here is the store I bought it from:
https://buyee.jp/item/yahoo/shopping/shasinyasan_4907822096203


Thank you



Jun 14, 2024 at 08:45 PM
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How would this 40mm f2.8 Heliar compare (rendering-wise) to a Sigma 45/2.8 i-series (on a Sony camera, of course)? After reading all these 17 pages of this thread I am very tempted to buy one (assuming I would bite the bullet for an A7cr despite its EVF), but not sure it makes sense since the Sigma is also quite small (maybe I would save 1-1.5cm in lenght). But I do like MF lenses, still not sure I will be happy manual focusing any lens on the A7cr camera.....


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catacore wrote:
How would this 40mm f2.8 Heliar compare (rendering-wise) to a Sigma 45/2.8 i-series (on a Sony camera, of course)? After reading all these 17 pages of this thread I am very tempted to buy one (assuming I would bite the bullet for an A7cr despite its EVF), but not sure it makes sense since the Sigma is also quite small (maybe I would save 1-1.5cm in lenght). But I do like MF lenses, still not sure I will be happy manual focusing any lens on the A7cr camera.....


You can always pickup a used one here. They do have a 30 day return policy of used gear and 1 year on new.

https://shop.cameraquest.com/voigtlander-leica-mount-lenses/voigtlander-40mm-f/2.8-vm-silver-used/



Jun 16, 2024 at 03:07 PM
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M_Wales wrote:
You can always pickup a used one here. They do have a 30 day return policy of used gear and 1 year on new.

https://shop.cameraquest.com/voigtlander-leica-mount-lenses/voigtlander-40mm-f/2.8-vm-silver-used/


I would love to, but the simple fact that I live the other side of the pond makes this a bit more difficult.



Jun 16, 2024 at 03:23 PM
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catacore wrote:
I would love to, but the simple fact that I live the other side of the pond makes this a bit more difficult.


Ahh I didn't notice that. It is a very nice lens, but I don't use sony.



Jun 16, 2024 at 03:55 PM
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catacore wrote:
How would this 40mm f2.8 Heliar compare (rendering-wise) to a Sigma 45/2.8 i-series (on a Sony camera, of course)? After reading all these 17 pages of this thread I am very tempted to buy one (assuming I would bite the bullet for an A7cr despite its EVF), but not sure it makes sense since the Sigma is also quite small (maybe I would save 1-1.5cm in lenght). But I do like MF lenses, still not sure I will be happy manual focusing any lens on the A7cr camera.....


Completely different rendering. The Sigma is known for its ultra-smooth rendering, aided by uncorrected spherical aberration (SA), making it nearly perfect technically. On the other hand, the Voigtlander has more character in its rendering with distinctive outlining. It really depends on your taste for rendering.



Jun 16, 2024 at 06:08 PM
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Completely different rendering. The Sigma is known for its ultra-smooth rendering, aided by uncorrected spherical aberration (SA), making it nearly perfect technically. On the other hand, the Voigtlander has more character in its rendering with distinctive outlining. It really depends on your taste for rendering.


So, they might simply complement each-other. I do like the images Sigma 45i produces, I like that smoothness, but I also liked quite a few images that I have seen on the web, produced with this 40mm Heliar lens. I hope nothing wrong with liking both styles of rendering, otherwise I am guilty.



Jun 16, 2024 at 06:37 PM
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I think the one thing that I like about this lens is the colours it produces. Very "vivid"/saturated, but different from the "Zeiss look"....


Jun 16, 2024 at 11:25 PM
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Can someone confirm the first version of this Heliar 40mm lens (the one without helicoid) has clickless aperture ring? I vaguely got this info from the web...


Jun 17, 2024 at 08:12 PM
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catacore wrote:
Can someone confirm the first version of this Heliar 40mm lens (the one without helicoid) has clickless aperture ring? I vaguely got this info from the web...


Yes, I had that lens for the E-mount. It's clickless.



Jun 17, 2024 at 08:44 PM
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Yes, I had that lens for the E-mount. It's clickless.


Thanks for confirming. Then I'm only interested in the second version.



Jun 17, 2024 at 08:53 PM
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catacore wrote:
Thanks for confirming. Then I'm only interested in the second version.


The CV 40/2.8 Heliar M-mount has click stops, but the aperture is linked to the focusing ring. So, you need to set the aperture first, then focus.



Jun 17, 2024 at 08:57 PM
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