This lens is a delightful addition to the m-mount system. Its sharpness is commendable, especially at f2.8, although it still holds up well even at f1.5. In very bright lighting, you may notice some ghosting at the fastest aperture, and occasionally there may be some flaring with a noticeable arc. Nonetheless, the bokeh is beautifully vibrant with a touch of swirl in the foreground and only slight chatter and swirl at the edges in the background. This telephoto lens stands out due to its stunning color and contrast, and the overall character it creates at f1.5 and f2 is truly enchanting. While it's not a flawless lens, Voigtlander's 7-element design gives it a unique and classic look with a captivating bokeh.
The Zeiss Planar 50mm f2 lens is a true gem in the world of photography. It has earned its reputation as the standard lens for the ZM system and for good reason. This lens offers exceptional image quality, with incredibly sharp details and a consistent rendering that is hard to match. Its T* anti-reflective coating ensures that even in difficult lighting conditions, the lens produces images with minimal flare and ghosting.
The Voigtlander 35mm f2 Ultron is a very compact full-frame manual lens for the Leica M mount. The lens includes one aspherical element which helps improve the corner-to-corner image quality making this lens great for casual photographers looking for a good low-profile walkaround lens. While the image quality is surprisingly good for a lens this size, the rendering characteristics are sometimes a little unpleasant at times.
The Sony 50mm f1.8 is one of their cheapest lenses, meant to give shooters a taste of what it's like to shoot with a fast prime on a lighter budget with a very classic style of rendering. This lens has a cheap plastic construction and a clunky autofocus system but it is very small and very lightweight making it a great walk-around lens. There are a lot of technical issues but with the 6 element design, the lens produces some absolutely wonderful images with a more retro vibe.
The TTArtisan 50mm f1.2 is a fairly compact, all manual APS-C lens for those seeking a good but affordable 50mm that doesn't sacrifice performance for a bright f1.2 aperture. We haven't really had a lot of great options in this price range with this fast of an aperture until now. With great performance and a lot of Pros but only a few Cons, this lens ends up being one of the better options in the under $150 price range.
After doing tons of reviews and articles on how I like these cheaper Chinese lenses for day-to-day shooting and for fun, I thought it would be important to do a write up about what your expectations should really be when comparing cheap lenses to higher-end or more expensive lenses like a Samyang or Rokinon. Because there are some big differences.