My journey with Voigtlander 10mm Hyperwide lens started recently. However, I have been shooting Ultra wide since long. I find this creative challenge quite interesting. One one side framing and the other side composition. But once you master this lens you can create art!
Earlier I shot with Nikon 10-24 on a D90 body and then came Sony A7iii and I was happy with the native lenses. But after a while I felt something missing in my arsenal of lenses and then I came across this super genius lens.
The Voigtlander Heliar Hyper wide 10mm with an E mount which fits smoothly into the A7iii. The Voigtländer 10mm 5.6 Hyper Wide Heliar E aspherical E-Mount lens by Voigtlander (manufactured by Cosina Japan) is the widest rectilinear lens available currently. Not only it is light weight 375 grams for such a super wide lens but it also holds 13 lenses in 10 groups inside a finely-built full-metal body. While the minimum focusing distance is 30 cm the ten aperture blades form a round opening, resulting in a decent bouquet. The focussing ring is smooth , the aperture clicks at half stops with a range from 5.6 to 22. This lens is also available in Leica M mount and both the lenses are optimized for Full Frame Sensors.
I am not a pixel peeper or a graphic analyst but an artist with a lens. I have also used all aberrations (if any) like flares and Coma to my advantage. The only disadvantage is you cannot use a filter unless you go for those costly setup like filter holders and inserts. The only thing I miss is a Circular Polarizer – it would have really helped to have one.
I didn’t find anything bad about this lens. Minimal vignetting , excellent Flare handling, No visible Coma or Chromatic Aberration and you can shoot the sun directly resulting in brilliant sunstars !
Shooting with the Voigtlander Hyper wide 10mm is fun. I shoot handheld , but I would suggest using a tripod as for some the 10mm may be a bit overwhelming. Even for those who have used 12mm or 16mm the 10mm is a totally different experience. Take your time with this lens and first shoot random. Focussing is easy , only set you camera to manual focus and if needed use the focus magnifier and the peaking function. I normally set the peaking colour to red unless I am shooting flowers. Also levelling the camera or the plane is important. Even if you cannot get a full frame you can always crop on post. Be careful while shooting up close the foreground can get distorted. Most other distortions can be corrected in Post.
Below are the first few shots taken with this lens which are test shots.
Overall I can recommend this lens for those who want to try their hand in the Ultra wide domain. The current price is approx US$ 999=00 at Amazon Link. The only disadvantage is the close focus distance and the lack of filter. However I hope Nisi and others will come up soon with a solution for this special lens.