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Voigtlander Apo Lanthar 50 mm f/2 E

15 July 2021
Maciej Latałło

11. Summary



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Pros:

  • very solid, metal casing,
  • sensational image quality in the frame centre,
  • excellent image quality on the edge of the APS-C sensor,
  • very good image quality on the edge of full frame,
  • negligible longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • slight lateral chromatic aberration,
  • lack of problems with spherical aberration,
  • practically zero distortion,
  • excellent coma correction,
  • very low astigmatism,
  • original appearance of circles in blurry areas,
  • decent performance against bright light.

Cons:

  • too high vignetting on full frame.
The Voigtlander Apo Lanthar 35 mm f/2 Aspherical, tested by us not so long ago, was an outstanding lens. At that time it was difficult to imagine a better performance. Its 50 mm brother, though, showed clearly that it is completely possible to fare even better – it managed to achieve an excellent or outstanding result practically in every testing category, apart from vignetting.

Even the Voigtlander's Apo Lanthar 2/50 high price tag, amounting to about $1050, is not able to change our favourable assessment of this lens; in this case we feel such a high quality is worth paying for. When a lens comes with a long list of assets and is practically devoid of flaws we always grant it our 'Editors' Choice' badge. We feel the Voigtlander fully deserves it.

Voigtlander Apo Lanthar 50 mm f/2 E - Summary