The Voigtlander 50mm f3.5 S Heliar isn’t an exciting lens. It’s not long or wide or fast, it’s not even a zoom.

As Nikon, Sony, Fuji and Canon fight for market share, their focus is on ever-more expensive and innovative optics. Many photographers assume that newer is better. In some cases this may be true, often, however, it isn't.
It’s important to remember that lens designers will inevitably sacrifice optical quality when building lenses wider, longer or faster.
This little Voigtlander Heliar will out-perform almost every pro. spec lens on the market. In fact, Popular Photography claimed it to be the sharpest lens they’d ever tested!
Not bad for a lens costing a quarter of the price of most others!

Jonathan Harris

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