The Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f4.5 (that’s a long name!!) is a wonderful super wide angle lens for the Leica M system. Extremely small size and great image quality in a affordable price (the other wide alternatives such as the Leica Elmar 18mm or 16-18-21 are very expensive).
I got it for the Leica M8 in order to have a wide angle 21mm focal length but I often use it on film where the 15mm focal length allows for some very special images. It requires the use of an external viewfinder (15mm for film and 21mm for the M8). It’s rangefinder coupled and can take filters which is very important for me. Focusing is easy and the vast depth of field pretty much means that everything is constantly in focus.
I am not going to get into technical details (I am not good at that), but I can say that it’s a fantastic wide angle for both film and digital M system.
All images below are shot with a Leica M7 using the 15mm (and black and white film of course!!)
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