Voigtlander 50mm f/2.0 APO-LANTHAR FE Announced


Employs an apochromatic design that reduces the axial chromatic aberration of RGB, which constitutes the three primary colors of light, to zero as much as possible. The 60 years since Cosina was founded, the technology cultivated 20 years after the launch of the Vogtlender lens was put together to pursue ultimate performance. It combines performance as the best standard lens in the history of Vogtlender, and is compact and easy to handle.

Main features:
● Sony E mount compatible.
Equipped with electronic contacts, the lens usage is reflected in the Exif information of the shooting data. The built-in distance encoder supports 5-axis image stabilization on the camera body side. You can also enlarge the viewfinder by operating the focus ring.

● Optimized
optical design. Optimized optical design for Sony E mount sensor while ensuring full size image circle. High resolution is maintained up to the periphery of the screen, and phenomena such as color coverage are also suppressed.

● apochromatic design
to correspond to digital sensors with high pixel current, and thoroughly suppress longitudinal chromatic aberration and lateral chromatic aberration.

● 12 sheets squeezed to enjoy the ball blur representation
aperture blades adopted a special shape to be circular even F2.8 not only F2 open. You can draw using “ball bokeh” such as point light source.

● Manual focus for
precise focusing. Smooth metal-focusing is achieved by adopting a high-precision grease that produces moderate torque and all-metal helicoid units that are processed and adjusted with high accuracy. Subtle focus adjustment is possible.

* APO-LANTHAR is an award given to particularly high-performance products in Vogtlender lenses. APO-LANTHAR was born in 1954, a legendary lens that has fascinated photographers with its outstanding imaging performance and descriptive beauty. Its origin dates back 120 years.

Main specifications:

Focal length 50mm
Aperture ratio 1: 2
Minimum aperture F16
Lens configuration 10 elements in 8 groups (open aperture F2, F2.8 circular aperture)
Angle of view 46.5 °
Number of diaphragm blades 12 sheets
Minimum shooting distance 0.45m
Maximum shooting magnification 1: 6.46
Maximum diameter x total length φ62.6 × 61.3mm
Filter size φ49mm
weight 364g
Lens hood Attached
Electronic contacts Yes
  Focus expansion function Correspondence
  Exif information: Correspondence
  Lens correction selection Possible
  5-axis body shake Compatible (limited to 5-axis compatible bodies)
 Other: With aperture switching mechanism

Suggested retail price (tax not included): ¥ 120,000 JAN 4530076 233119
Scheduled to be released in December 2019


Press Release:
“Co-Cina Co., Ltd. will release the APO-LANTHAR 50mm F2 Aspherical E-mount MF lens for Sony E-mount in December. The suggested retail price is 120,000 yen excluding tax.

MF lens incorporates an apochromatic design aimed at suppressing the axial chromatic aberration and various aberrations in the lens design. It is said that it has been optimized for the image sensor of the Sony E-mount camera, and appeals for its high resolution and contrast reproducibility.

The lens configuration is 10 elements in 8 groups (5 anomalous partial dispersion glasses and 2 double-sided aspheric lenses).

It employs a floating mechanism that maintains high image quality from close range to long range.

There are 12 diaphragm blades, and it adopts a special shape that keeps a circular shape not only at F2 when it is open but also at F2.8, and it is said that it can also create works that take advantage of the blurred shape of the point light source.

The company says it is a lens that aims to achieve both ultimate optical performance and compactness, and the figures in the MTF diagram are actually measured values ​​based on mass-produced products, not design values.

It has electronic contacts and supports recording of shooting data using Exif information. Further, and as also corresponds to the camera shake correction operation in the models are equipped with camera shake compensation by a built-in distance encoder. In addition, it is also possible to enlarge the display by operating the focus ring.

In addition, an aperture switching mechanism is mounted, and the aperture ring can be made stepless. As a result, it can handle video recording.

The E mount lenses that bear the APO like this lens include the macro lenses “MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F2 Aspherical E-mount” and “MACRO APO-LANTHAR 110mm F2.5”.

2019 marks the milestone of 60 years since 1959, when the company was established as a lens processing plant (Nikko Corporation), and the 20th year since the launch of the Vogtlender brand products (1999). “APO-LANTHAR 50mm F2 Aspherical E-mount” is also positioned as a commemoration of this anniversary. The 50th anniversary product was NOKTON 50mm F1.1 (VM mount).

via Voigtlander

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