Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Going ultra-wide

Ever since I picked up my 28mm Summicron ASPH, my Voigtlander 28mm Ultrons have been sitting in their boxes. I was keeping them around as "backup," waiting on someone to offer the right price. But what good are lenses sitting in boxes hidden in the closet?

I traded the Ultron f2 a few months ago for a cool vintage Leica 50mm f2 collapsible that's now living on my M3. Then last night I finally traded the Ultron f1.9 for a lens I'd been debating for a while -- an ultra-wide.

Someday I'll own a 21mm Summilux or a WATE, but for now I'll be experimenting with the Voigtlander 15mm Super Wide Heliar f4.5.

Voigtlander 15mm Super Wide-Heliar f4.5

This lens is wide. In fact, I think this may be the widest lens ever made for Leica rangefinders.

This lens is so wide that I keep catching my fingers in the shots when I don't keep them flat against the camera.

I snapped a quick test shot in the Starbucks.


You get almost a full 180 degree view of a room.


I'm very excited to use this lens for two things. One is taking photos on the sailboat. Even with the 28mm on a full frame sensor, when you're on a boat, you can't really back up to get more of the action into the photo. This lens should give some dramatic shots from the cockpit that include the mast and sails.

Nothing ahead but sky

We're also heading north again for Christmas, so I'll have a chance to capture the night sky in wide angle glory. Look for a new timelapse coming soon.