Traditional lens specialist Voigtländer has announced a new 65mm f/2 macro lens to fit full-frame Sony E-mount cameras.
The Voigtländer Macro APO-LANTHAR 65mm f/2 Aspherical uses an apochromatic (APO) optical design to reduces longitudinal chromatic aberration, even more important with today’s high-resolution digital sensors than it was when it was first developed back in the days of film.
The APO-LANTHAR designation is given to especially high performance lenses in the Voigtländer line up. This model uses a floating focus element to provide sharp images from infinity to its minimum focus distance of 31cm, though this is gives a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:2, which is half life size, rather than the 1:1 ratio of a ‘true’ macro lens.
The Voigtländer Macro APO-LANTHAR 65mm f/2 Aspherical is manual focus only and has no image stabilisation – though the second generation Sony E-mount bodies have sensor-based image stabilisation built in.
The new lens offers apertures from f/2 to f/22 in 1/3 stop increments, with a length 91.3mm and a weight of 625g.
Voigtländer is one of the oldest names in the photographic industry. It’s headquartered in Germany but partnered with Cosina in Japan. It produces traditionally styled specialist optics for Sony mirrorless cameras, Micro Four Thirds cameras, Leica bodies and other brands via adaptors.