Nikon D800E and Voigtlander SL II lenses

Nikon D800E Voigtlander 20 mm F3.5 Color Skopar SL II
Nikon D800E Voigtlander 20 mm F3.5 Color Skopar SL II

After a morning of yet more terrible weather I got a couple of hours of warm sunshine yesterday afernoon before the clouds descended again. It was very quiet out since a high % of the UK seemed intent on watching Andy Murray do his plucky loser impression (yet again!). More importantly to me Wiggo is still in the yellow jersey!!

The spell of workable weather allowed me to try out my two Voigtlander SL II lenses with the D800E

Nikon D800E Voigtlander 20 mm F3.5 Color Skopar SL II

Nikon D800E Voigtlander 20 mm F3.5 Color Skopar SL II

Nikon D800E Voigtlander 20 mm F3.5 Color Skopar SL II

Nikon D800E Voigtlander 20 mm F3.5 Color Skopar SL II

Nikon D800E Voigtlander 20 mm F3.5 Color Skopar SL II

I used this lens mostly at f/11 and the hyperfocal distance scale on the lens for maximum depth-of-field. There was a comment on google+ about the Nikon 14-24mm and whether I had considered trying it. The answer is yes, but at 1000g, its heavier than the D800!. Yesterday involved a long walk and I'm just not interested in carrying that kind of weight. Plus I really like the 20mm. It allows me to stitch images together if I need something wider (The lake and stately home pictures above were done this way) Its very sharp when stopped down, plus its 205g as apposed to 1000g.

Nikon D800E Voigtlander90 mm F3.5 SL II APO-Lanthar

Nikon D800E Voigtlander90 mm F3.5 SL II APO-Lanthar

Nikon D800E Voigtlander90 mm F3.5 SL II APO-Lanthar

Nikon D800E Voigtlander90 mm F3.5 SL II APO-Lanthar

Nikon D800E Voigtlander90 mm F3.5 SL II APO-Lanthar

This is the lens that arrived Saturday and its a gem. VERY sharp and really a delight to use. I never really know how I'm going to get on with a lens until I go out and use it. However yesterday showed me that this is indeed a lovely lens.

I think I'm probably going to have to try very hard to resist buying all the Nikon fit Voigtlander SL II lenses. The 28mm f/2.8, though not available yet, is tiny and 180g. There is also a 75mm f/1.8 announced. I can't say often enough how beautifully made these are. They are incidentally made in the same factory as Zeiss lenses, as Cosina make these for Carl Zeiss in Japan. Zeiss lenses are more expensive but from my experience no better either optically, mechanically or in their quality of manufacture.

Voigtlander is pretty much my favourite lens brand. Since taking over the name Hirofumi Kobayashi, the CEO of Cosina and Leica enthusiast, his staff and engineers have done a great job. Their m-mount lenses, these SLR lenses and now the two fast m4/3 primes are all examples of the best photographic traditions. 


I know its easy to say and not so easy to do, but if you get the chance do try to have a look at these lenses. I know not many people sell them, and in the UK as far as I'm aware only Ffordes in Scotland and Robert White in Dorset ever have them in stock. However if you're like me and you value high quality, well made primes and you have no problem using manual focus, then you'll probably like these. The bonus of course is that because there is no AF motor they are very small and light, though still have that wonderful metallic feel. Putting one of them on any of my CSC's always makes the camera feel a lot classier, I feel. Plus they make my D800 and D800E a lot more managable. 


Nikon D800E Voigtlander90 mm F3.5 SL II APO-Lanthar Voigtlander 20 mm F3.5 Color Skopar SL II

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