New Voigtlander Color Skopar 28mm f/2.8 (Canon Mount) Starts Shipping Tomorrow (Sep. 13th)

That’s right: The new Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 starts shipping on September 13th. Price is $625.00/€549.00 and B&H is accepting orders (click here). Nice little pancake lens with high optical quality and no Auto-Focus.

Focal Length 28mm
Aperture Ratio 1:2.8
Smallest Aperture F 22
Lens Construction 6 groups,
7 elements
Picture Angle 74.8°
Aperture Blades 9
Nearest Distance 0,22m
Macro 1:5
Diameter 63.3mm Nikon AI-S
70.0mm Canon EOS
Length 24.5mm Nikon AI-S
27.0mm Canon EOS
Weight 180g Nikon AI-S
230g Canon EOS
Filter Size 52 mm
Colour black
Mount AI-S (CPU intergrated)
Canon EOS
Item Number 19650 Nikon AI-S
19651 Canon EOS
Recommended Retail Price 529,- Euro Nikon
549,- Euro Canon
Optional, not included LH 28N Lenshood

Voigtländer 28 mm f/2.8 ColorSkopar SL II N Comes With EF Mount

Voigtländer added a new lens to its SL II line-up, the 28 mm f/2.8 ColorSkopar SL II N (machine translated). The lens comes with a Canon EF mount too (the other is for Nikon) and has manual focus. The price will be around €550/$673.

Focal length 28 mm
Aperture ratio 1:2,8
Minimum aperture F 22
Lens construction 7 elements in
6 groups
Angle 74.8 °
Diaphragm Blades 9
Shortest Distance setting 0.22 m
Macro area 1:5
Max diameter 63.3 mm Nikon AI-S
70.0 mm Canon EOS
Length 24.5 mm Nikon AI-S
27.0 mm Canon EOS
Weight 180 g Nikon AI-S
Canon EOS 230 g
Filter Size 52 mm
Color black
Connection AI-S (CPU integrated)
Canon EOS
Model 19 650 Nikon AI-S
19 651 Canon EOS
Retail price 529, – € Nikon 
549, – € Canon
Optional Accessories LH sunvisor 28N

[Review] Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM vs Voigtländer 40mm f/2 SL-II

The new Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM ($199, click here) is getting very good reviews, so it’s time to compare it to other lenses, in our case to the Voigtländer 40mm f/2 SL-II ($499, click here) lens. The comparison was done by Photo Pensieve.The Voigtlander is a manual focus lens, has faster aperture, better build quality and costs $300 more. Nevertheless, I think the comparison is interesting. The little Canon pancake doesn’t fall short when it comes to positive surprises (as seen in previous reviews, here and here). The review/comparison is fairly exhaustive, with lots of sample images and technical details. From the conclusion:

 […] I did not expect that it beats the sharpness of already excellent Voigtlander 40mm F2.0, but it did. It is also showed more resistance to flare. […]The canon is much cheaper than the Voigtlander, but its built quality is not in the same league as the Voigtlander’s. Although the Canon is built very well, and at least considerably better than the 50mm F1.8 and 35mm F2.0. The only shortcoming that I can see with the Canon is that it does not focus fast, like the Canon 85mm f1.8, for example. But if you compare the autofocus speed on the Canon with “your” manual focus speed with the Voigtlander, it’s a no-brainer.[…]
So all in all, if you need f2.0, shallower depth of field, love the metallic lenses, and are ok with focusing manually, the Voigtlander is the choice. Otherwise, the Canon is a tiny bit Sharper (specifically in the corner, wide open), more resistant to flare, punchier, slightly wider, considerably cheaper and lighter, and it does AUTOFOCUS.[…]
Sounds good, doesn’t it? No wonder the little Canon pancake is selling that good.
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM availability and price check: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA
Voigtlander 40mm f/2 SL-II availability and price check: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA