Review: Voigtländer Ultra Wide-Heliar 12mm F5.6 Aspherical III for Sony E-mount

By Takashi Shikano (photographer and contributor to CAPA)

With a quality performance and design, it will satisfy your desire

This month Voigtländer, which has been producing VM-mount lenses for years, is releasing a new E-mount lens with an updated optical system. Although it created 10mm and 15mm E-mount lenses in the past, they were not good enough: While the former is hard to master, the latter is only 1mm wider than the minimum focal distance of a wide angle zoom lens. Set between 10mm and 15mm, then, 12mm may be a handy focal distance for many α users.

Capture the world the naked eye can’t see

I tested the new lens and found no distortion despite its ultra wide angle of 121 degrees. What’s more, it focuses into an image around the periphery of it. The minimum shooting distance is only 30cm, which is disappointingly longer than the focal distance. But close-up shots are fine. The look is classic, but it involves electronic contacts. The metal barrel is quality, too. This is the one that will satisfy your desire.

Deformation effects make the photo impressive


Focal length: 12mm
Aperture ratio: 1: 5.6
Minimum aperture: F22
Structure: 12 elements in 10 groups
Minimum shooting distance: 0.3m
Aperture blade: 10
Filter: Unavailable
Size (mm): 67.4 (exterior)x 68.3 (total length)
Weight: 350g
Price: JPY135,000 (suggested retail price / tax not included)
Release Schedule: 7th September 2016

For more information
Voigtlander English Page

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