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Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar VM Review

  
 
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p.3 #1 · p.3 #1 · Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar VM Review


Scene 5: At 1.7m distance




  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar VM lens    40mm    f/2.8    1/60s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  







Focused area at 100% magnification







OOF center area at 100% magnification







OOF corner area at 100% magnification




Apr 04, 2022 at 05:17 PM
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p.3 #2 · p.3 #2 · Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar VM Review


Scene 6: At 2m distance




  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar VM lens    40mm    f/2.8    1/60s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  







Focused area at 100% magnification







OOF center area at 100% magnification







OOF corner area at 100% magnification




Apr 04, 2022 at 05:19 PM
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p.3 #3 · p.3 #3 · Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar VM Review


Scene 7: At 1.7m distance




  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar VM lens    40mm    f/3.4    1/60s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  







Focused area at 100% magnfication







OOF center area at 100% magnification







OOF corner area at 100% magnification




Apr 04, 2022 at 05:20 PM
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p.3 #4 · p.3 #4 · Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar VM Review


Scene 8: At 1.5m distance




  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar VM lens    40mm    f/2.8    1/60s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  







Focused area at 100% magnfication







OOF center area at 100% magnification







OOF corner area at 100% magnification




Apr 04, 2022 at 05:21 PM
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p.3 #5 · p.3 #5 · Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar VM Review


very charming and attractive images


Apr 04, 2022 at 05:22 PM
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p.3 #6 · p.3 #6 · Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar VM Review


Scene 9: At 3m distance




  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar VM lens    40mm    f/2.8    1/45s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  







Focused area at 100% magnfication







OOF corner area at 100% magnification




Apr 04, 2022 at 05:23 PM
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p.3 #7 · p.3 #7 · Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar VM Review


Scene 10: At 1.2m distance




  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar VM lens    40mm    f/4.0    1/60s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  







Focused area at 100% magnfication







OOF center area at 100% magnification







OOF corner area at 100% magnification




Apr 04, 2022 at 05:24 PM
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p.3 #8 · p.3 #8 · Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar VM Review


Impressive sharpness, and lovely color rendition, and nice bokeh.


Apr 04, 2022 at 05:26 PM
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p.3 #9 · p.3 #9 · Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar VM Review


Scene 11: At 1.5m distance




  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar VM lens    40mm    f/3.4    1/60s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  







Focused area at 100% magnification







OOF corner area at 100% magnification




Apr 04, 2022 at 05:28 PM
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p.3 #10 · p.3 #10 · Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar VM Review


Scene 12: At 2.5m distance




  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar VM lens    40mm    f/2.8    1/350s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  







Focused area at 100% magnification







OOF corner area at 100% magnification




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p.3 #11 · p.3 #11 · Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar VM Review


Scene 13: At 0.9m distance




  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar VM lens    40mm    f/2.8    1/60s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  







Focused area at 100% magnification







OOF corner area at 100% magnification




Apr 04, 2022 at 05:31 PM
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p.3 #12 · p.3 #12 · Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar VM Review


Scene 14: At 1.5m distance




  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar VM lens    40mm    f/3.4    1/180s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  







Focused area at 100% magnification







OOF center area at 100% magnification







OOF corner area at 100% magnification




Apr 04, 2022 at 05:32 PM
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p.3 #13 · p.3 #13 · Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar VM Review


Wonderfully done - dreamy and pleasant color rendition


Apr 04, 2022 at 06:06 PM
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p.3 #14 · p.3 #14 · Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar VM Review


Fred, I admire your methodological testing prowess. I could never have the patience to be so thorough!

In other news, I wonder why Leica doesn't introduce a 40mm lens. Their old Summicron was/is excellent.




Apr 04, 2022 at 07:35 PM
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p.3 #15 · p.3 #15 · Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar VM Review


I've been giving the usage of this lens some thought. While I have been using it on my MP, that, along with cameras like the M5, M6, M6TTL are pretty much the absolute worst case usage scenario for this lens.
Why? Because those cameras are manual metering only cameras, which means if you set the aperture before you focus you are then limited to only changing the shutter speed with camera to eye unless you want to refocus with any aperture change you make.
A Leica M7 would be much better as it is has AE exposure - so set the aperture before you focus to what seems appropriate and the camera's AE mode will do fine tuning/heavy lifting (depending on how good you are at estimating exposure).
An unmetered M like an M3, M-A, M4 etc would be as good if not better as you set the exposure before you bring the camera to eye, so by the time you are focusing you've got all that other stuff already taken care of.

But really the best body for this lens would be a digital M, as you can use the Auto ISO function to take care of your aperture and shutter combinations. Will I still use this lens on my MP? Of course! Because logic never got in the way of my film photography before..



Apr 05, 2022 at 12:34 AM
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p.3 #16 · p.3 #16 · Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar VM Review


Thnx for sharing. These images remind me of my own experience with the original heliar 40. Only sold cause it was ackward to use (focus adapter). Probably my bad. Surely this lens will find a way into my bag somewhere along the Line 😄


Apr 05, 2022 at 12:57 AM
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p.3 #17 · p.3 #17 · Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar VM Review




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Samples






  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar lens    40mm    f/3.4    1/125s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar lens    50mm    f/2.8    1/1000s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar lens    40mm    f/3.4    1/90s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar lens    40mm    f/2.8    1/500s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar lens    40mm    f/2.8    1/2000s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar lens    40mm    f/2.8    1/1500s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar lens    40mm    f/2.8    1/4000s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar lens    40mm    f/2.8    1/750s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar lens    50mm    f/2.8    1/3000s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar lens    40mm    f/3.4    1/1000s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar lens    40mm    f/4.0    1/2000s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  




Apr 05, 2022 at 02:45 PM
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p.3 #18 · p.3 #18 · Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar VM Review


Gorgeous classic color and nice micro-contrast


Apr 05, 2022 at 02:52 PM
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p.3 #19 · p.3 #19 · Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar VM Review


In bright light this lens can really take the colour out of a scene:






Apr 05, 2022 at 02:54 PM
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p.3 #20 · p.3 #20 · Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar VM Review




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f/2.8

  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar lens    40mm    f/2.8    1/350s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






f/2.8

  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar lens    40mm    f/4.0    1/3000s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






f/2.8 (heavy crop)

  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar lens    50mm    f/2.8    1/1500s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






f/2.8

  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar lens    40mm    f/2.8    1/1500s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






f/2.8

  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar lens    40mm    f/1.4    1/45s    400 ISO    +1.0 EV  




Apr 05, 2022 at 07:21 PM
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