Voigtlander Vintage 28mm lens available for Leica M mount

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The Voigtlander Ultron Vintage Line 28mm f/2 Aspherical VM lens for Leica M-mount is now available for preorder, giving Leica M users a wide angle option one fifth of the price of the Leica alternative! It looks just as stylish as the Leica lens and is available in three different color versions. 

Although priced at $899 / £740 / AU$1,195, the Voigtlander Ultron Vintage Line 28mm f/2 Aspherical VM boasts a similar specification to Leica’s own Summicron M 28mm f2 ASPH lens (minus the metal lens hood), and won’t set you back the same princely sum of $4,995 / £3,700 / AU$6,888.

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The lens is designed for use on digital M-series cameras such as the Leica M10 and Leica M-E rangefinder mirrorless bodies, but is also compatible with older Leica M film cameras.

The redesigned compact Ultron lens features improved aspherical optical performance using 10 lens elements in seven groups, which features one aspherical element and two abnormal partial dispersion elements for corner to corner sharpness and realistic color rendering. 

The Voigtlander 28mm f/2 lens features a minimum focusing distance of 0.5m or 0.7m when rangefinder coupled. It has a filter thread of 39mm and weighs 189g (6.7oz). It also features a focusing knob in addition to the distance ring, which is ideal for taking snapshots.

The lens uses a VM mount, which is compatible with Leica M mount cameras. Not only can it be used with rangefinder-linked cameras, it easily adapts to other popular mirrorless lens mounts via Voigtländer’s close focus VM-mount adapters to Sony E, Fujifilm X and Nikon Z-mount APS-C cameras, giving a 35mm equivalent of 42mm.

It will be available in two versions and three colors – a retro black and chrome (type I) and black and silver versions with a brass lens barrel (type II).

Though released on 10 June according to Leica Rumors, retailers such as PopFlash Photo suggest pre-orders will be delivered in late May.

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Laurence McJannet

Laurence is an NCTJ-trained journalist with nearly 20 years' editorial experience gained on a wide range of publications, from The Beirut Times in Lebanon to The Sunday Times, and including recent freelance engagements with Future's cycling and automotive portfolios, Outdoor Fitness, and The English Home. He has recently been undertaking a sports broadcast journalism MA at Southampton Solent, gaining valuable TV and radio experience, and am currently videographer for Frome Town FC soccer team. He is the author of Bikepacking (Wild Things Publishing, 2016).