I recently picked up the Voigtlander 15mm Heliar III to use with my Sony A7r and the Fuji X-T1. I’m not going to go too deep into the ins and outs of this lens, I’ll save that for my full review.
But in the meantime here is a quick shot taken with it on the Fuji X-T1. I have to say, I was not expecting this at all. The lens is amazing, especially with the APS-C sensor on the Fuji X-T1. And the best part about it is it also works great on my Sony A7r. With adapters of course.
Fuji X-T1 + Voigtlander 15mm Heliar III F4.5
I took this shot in downtown Los Angeles. It actually took me awhile to find this bridge. I checked out the other three you can see in this photo while passing rows and rows of homeless people in their tents, but those views weren’t as good. Of course when I got here, there was about seventy other photographers hanging out as part of a meetup. Just my luck. 🙂 But eventually they left and I had the whole area to myself.
A Little About The Lens
The Voigtlander 15mm Heliar III lens is actually a Leica M mount lens. I used the Fujifilm Leica M to Fuji X adapter and it works great. I think it gives about a 22mm (35mm equiv) field of view.
The reason I got this lens was because I still use my Sony A7r and wanted to start buying lenses I can use for both. Leica M mount just makes sense because the lenses are all fully mechanical.
I’m working on a complete review now. I think I might do two different reviews, one for Sony E-Mount and one for Fuji X Mount but I haven’t completely decided. The characteristics of the lens on a full frame sensor are very different.
Camera: Fuji X-T1
Lens: Voigtlander 15mm Heliar III f4.5
ISO 200, f8 (I think), 15sec