Voigtländer 15mm f/4.5 Super Wide-Heliar Z Aspherical review

The Voigtländer 15mm f/4.5 Super Wide-Heliar Aspherical for Nikon Z cameras looks and feels an absolute classic. No autofocus? No problem.

Voigtländer 15mm f/4.5 Super Wide-Heliar Z Aspherical
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Surely there’s some kind of optical wizardry going on here. If you’re accustomed to 14-24mm ultra-wide-angle zooms from the likes of Nikon and Sigma, you’ll know they’re big, chunky lenses. By contrast, this Voigtländer shoehorns an immense field of view into an unfeasibly small, lightweight package. Although it has electronic communication with Nikon Z system camera bodies, it’s a manual focus lens. That’s not really a problem, as the huge depth of field generally takes focusing out of the equation. It’s beautifully built and delivers excellent image quality, all at a highly competitive price.


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    Compact and lightweight

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    Lovely handling characteristics

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    It’s a thing of retro beauty


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    Manual focus and aperture control

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    Hood isn’t easy to remove

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    Not weather-sealed

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The Voigtländer 15mm f/4.5 Super Wide-Heliar Z Aspherical is a new lens from a manufacturer that’s been around for as long as photography itself, kicking off with the legendary Petzval lens, versions of which resurfaced a few years ago backed by a crowdfunding project. The Voigtländer brand has been owned by Cosina since the turn of the century and this 15mm Super-Wide-Heliar for Nikon Z system cameras has a pretty long heritage itself, following in the footsteps of three generations of 15mm primes for Leica and Sony cameras.

(Image credit: Matthew Richards)

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.