Voigtlander Ultra Wide-Heliar 12mm f/5.6 Aspherical M Mount Lens for Leica M - Black

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About Voigtlander 12mm F/5.6 M Mount

One of the widest 35mm full frame lens in the world. In fact, it is the widest M mount lens to date. The Voigtlander Ultra-Wide Heliar 12mm/f5.6 with 121 degrees picture angle, yield minimal distortion. With it's rectilinear lens design, it delivers the higest picture quality with the widest angle unmatched by any rangefinder lenses today. An affordable, high quality lens, popular among the Leica M9 users, which yield an approximate 16mm focal length with 1.33x sensor crop factor with the M8.

An indispensible tool for photographers who want to create a wide space perspective.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Pro photographer (3)

Voigtlander 12mm F/5.6 M Mount Features

  • Rangefinder Coupled Focusing

Voigtlander 12mm F/5.6 M Mount Specifications

F stop range
8 Groups/ 10 Elements
Aperture blades
Angle of view
Closest Focusing Distance
Rangefinder Close Focus: 27.5" / 0.7m
Scale focusing from .5m to .7m
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
1.7" x 2.9" / 42.5mm x 74.6mm
8.1 oz / 230grams

Voigtlander 12mm F/5.6 M Mount Reviews

Reviewed by 3 customers


sharp, wide, built like a tank.


from Tampa Florida  -  Pro Photographer

The first thing I noticed the incredible sturdiness and heavy weight in a compact package that would even suggest to drive nails in the wall with it without hurting the lens. No other modern lens can compare. But using it as a fine optical tool will call for much more; a wonderful journey to traditional simplicity and quality. All metal/glass construction, here is no electronic contacts to worry about that also increases reliability. The focusing ring turn tight and smooth, aparture ring is the same with sure clicks I can only dream about on my Fuji lenses. The integrated sun shade is clever, beautiful and works not like the cheap bulky, ugly and shabby plastic fall offs. And the looks!!! This glass is an attention maker, I received many compliments,this looks like a lens from another World. The first use on architectural objects indoor and outdoors, and later landscapes gave me even more confidence. I used successfully on two cameras, a Leica M8 and the Fujifilm x-e2 where it worked nearly as a 16mm lens and the results did never disappointed me. Very little post processing resulted great images. I shoot 95% from camera B&W and the contrast, sharpness, depth of field had never been less than my expectation. It might work differently on different and full frame cameras but for my purpose just did the right thing, and I produced some breathtaking arcitectural fine art images with it. I'd buy it again.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


great lens, not for digital


from Provo, UT  -  Pro Photographer

Great lens, really sharp and really wide, its not for digital however. The rear nodal point is far to close to the sensor/film. This isn't a problem for film, but for digital it creates weird color fringes. Use on a full frame film camera, not for digital.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Ultra Wide used on Sony NEX-7


from Atlanta, GA  -  Pro Photographer

This is the widest lens I can put on my Sony NEX-7 when I use an M-mount adapter. It is sharp, has an amazing depth of field, and is built like a tank. The only compllaint is that I need to use CornerFix software to correct for the color cast and vignetting it creates on the digital sensor. This isn't a big deal, but it is one more step toward the finished image.


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Fred C  Is this lens compatible with the Sony full frame cameras?
STEVEN P  I haven't tried combination. It works beautifully with the NEX-5 and NEX-6 (and presumaby their successor the A6000). It doesn't work well with the NEX-7. I would be 95% sure that it would have dark magenta corners with the full-frame. Perhaps you could correct it in software with Cornerfix but it almost certainly would not work out of the camera.
Shopper  What camera does this lense fit?
RON W  As the ad states it fits the Leica M and any other cameras with the correct adapter -Nex series, 4/3 micro, etc.
Ag C  Can I focus on objects via this lens without its viewfinder? My camera body is leica m9 and will I need corner fix. I use lightroom. And do I need an adaptor for the lens?????
CARLOS C  The frame lines of the Leica M9 viewfinder cover up to 28mm. I am not sure if the lens couples to the Leica ragefinder , but your hyperfocal distance at f/5.6 is less than one foot to infinity, so basically everything is in focus. To frame the photo you should use the shoe-mount matching viewfinder. Its an M mount so you don't need an adaptor for the Leica. Vignetting will be more apparent wide open at f/5.6. Lightroom can correct lens and perspective distortion.
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