Voigtlander 40mm f/2 Ultron SL II

Voigtlander 40mm f/2 Ultron SL II

Lens Summary

Brand: Voigtlander

Also Known As: Voigtlander 40mm f/2

Lens Type: Prime Lens

Format: Full Frame / FX

Focus: Manual Focus

Lens Mount: Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K

Release Date: 2007-11-02

MSRP Price: $499

Made in: Germany

Production Status: In Production

Lens Description: The 40mm f/2.0 Ultron SL II Aspherical Lens for Canon from Voigtlander is an ultra-sharp manual focus lens for use on Canon full frame DSLRs and SLRs. When mounted on a camera with an APS-C size sensor the focal length translates to 60mm. The lens\' manual focus action is very smooth and precise and its aspherical, multi-coated optics create sharp images with minimal aberration. Metering and exposure information is passed between lens and camera thanks to the lens\' CPU which provides auto-functions with virtually every compatible Canon 35mm and digital SLR.

Voigtlander 40mm f/2 Ultron SL II Specifications

Lens Specifications
Lens TypePrime Lens
Focal Length40mm
Mount TypeCanon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K
FormatFull Frame / FX
Compatible Format(s)35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Compatible with TeleconvertersNo
Maximum Reproduction Ratio1:7
Image StabilizationNo
Aperture Information
Aperture RingYes
Maximim Aperturef/2
Minimum Aperturef/22
Maximum Angle of View (Full frame or larger format)57°
Optical Information
Lens Elements6
Lens Groups5
Diaphragm Blades9
Extra-Low Dispersion Glass Elements1
Aspherical Elements1 high refraction glass element
Focus Information
FocusManual Focus
Built-in Focus MotorNo
Minimum Focus Distance0.38m
Distance InformationYes
Filter Information
Filter Size52mm
Accepts Filter TypeScrew-on
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingNo
Mount MaterialMetal
Dimensions63 x 25mm
Other Information
Available in ColorsBlack

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Airy Magnien

Very good allround lens, esp. in combination with the assorted close-up lens.
There are still some downsides:
– night shots: halos around will develop point light sources at large apertures.
– bokeh on bright spots: at f/2, the highlights have an “atoll” shape (central point + ring)
– sharpness wide open is adequate, but no more
– geometric distortion is conspicuous.
So there’s a price to be paid for having a near-pancake size and weight, but the price of compactness is moderate. Overall, it is one of my favourites.

Jason Bennett

Although a manual focus, this lens is probably the most used in my bag. You’ll not find a lens sharper than this one. Bokeh is nice. Fantastic portrait lenth lens.

Larry Miller

All I can say is that this lens is an excellent lens and then some (Along with the Voigt 28mm/F2.8 Skopar). Better than my Nikkors!