For years, I have used a single lens: a 35mm Summicron (v3) for my all of my photography. I added the Skopar Pan II as a back-up for my M-series rangefinders, and as a lens I could use with my 'walk-around' camera; a Leica CL. The cost is reasonable for an m-mount lens. It's a diminutive sized lens, and the designers used a focusing tab along with extensions on the aperture ring to make the controls easy to use. The build quality is very good. It's an all metal lens body, with a chromed filter ring. It accepts 39mm filters, and a bayonet style vented lens shade. (Here's where I have a quibble with 'photographers' who unfairly compare Voigtlander lenses with Leica lenses. They complain about the build quality, etc. They seem to indicate that they're jumping out of helicopters and sprinting across hot LZ's, and the Voigtlander's will somehow crumble into shattered glass and bent metal after moderate use. Nonsense.) The focus travel from infinity to 2.5 ft. is less than a 1/4 turn. It's light-weight, and measures from the front of the camera body to the edge of the chrome filter ring (at infinity) is a mere 1 inch. You can use this lens for available light, hand-held photography. All perfect? No. The f/stop index is a tiny black line against the chrome ring. Hard to see. I would like to see the focusing scale for feet to be in white instead of red. The lubricant used does stiffen up in cold to below freezing temperatures. The plastic lens cap is cheap, and expensive to replace. These is some lens distortions that some may find unacceptable, I find the minor distortions refreshing. They are not going to look like images produced by a lens optimized for digital use. The lens produces a contrasty negative. I control the contrast by exposure/processing. The negatives are sharp, and the glass renders fine detail. I've both enlarged negatives in my darkroom and scanned them via a flatbed scanner, and the results have been good. I would recommend this lens. It's a nice all-around performer. Good for travel, compact photo kit.
I will start by explaining I am not using this lens on a Bessa or Leica, but as many new buyers are, I am using it on a sony (nex-7). So, keep this in mind. My first impressions were: Impressive build quality, like the half stops on the aperture ring, small, heavy (in a good way), sharp when stopped down to f3.5 or more. I find the focus ring awkward to use because the lens is so compact. Im getting used to it though. Things that keep this lens from a higher rating: Pretty heavy C/A wide open (not sure if it being mounted on the sony exacerbates this issue) and rather long minimum focus distance(my main complaint) of over 2 feet. Today's modern lenses in this range nearly all have minimums under one foot, and on most digital cameras it's now down to a few inches. It really limits this lens being so long, and close quarters photos arnt going to happen. Overall its a decent lens, and you cant beat it's size, but for over $600 I was hoping for a little more lens.
awesome little guy. best feel and ergonomics hands down. so small that i manual focus and shoot all with one hand.
It is nice reasonably sharp (but not clinically sharp) lens with some barrel distortions which kind of add to a classic look. I like it a lot for street shooting and casual / family everyday moments shots.
This is a very nice little lens, but expect no surprises with it. It's cheap and there are lots of sharper M mount lenses out there. You get exactly what you pay for. The ideal uses for this lens are low light handheld shots, people shots (where you want to smooth the skin), and special effects of old photos. This lens is really fun to use. It's constructed well, and if you know what to expect from it then it'll deliver as needed. At such a cheap price, this is a no brainer.
Affordable. Beautiful creamy images. Feels well-made.
Excellent lens for the price. Much less expensive then the Leica equivalent, but still delivers excellent image quality in a very compact, well-built package.
this is a well made lens for the money but it just can't compare to my 35mm f/2 SUMMICRON-M ASPH. I know this isn't a fair comparison but the summiron is so amazing I suggest saving a bit more, perhaps trying to find a used one. It's really in a different class and if you want the best results it's worth it. If you're just using a Bessa, well maybe it's fine.
A good lense at a good price. The lense is actually too small, if that is possible. Getting my big, thick fingers around the focus knob is tricky. The lense is not as sharp as I had hoped.