Voigtlander APO-Lanthar 125mm f/2.5 SL - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Canon EOS (APS-C)

Sample Images

The snow fox shot was kindly provided by Martin Miels!
The EOS 1Ds samples kindly provided by Andrew Lim!

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Make Canon
Model Canon EOS-1DS
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 125.0mm
Exposure Data: f/5.6 @ 1/125s
Size 4064x2704
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 125.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.5 @ 1/2000s
Size 3471x2311
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 125.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.5 @ 1/800s
Size 2311x3471
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 125.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.5 @ 1/3200s
Size 2311x3471
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 125.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.5 @ 1/1600s
Size 2311x3471
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 125.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.5 @ 1/320s
Size 3471x2311
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 125.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.5 @ 1/800s
Size 3471x2311
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 125.0mm
Exposure Data: f/4.0 @ 1/500s
Size 3471x2311
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 125.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.5 @ 1/2000s
Size 3471x2311
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 125.0mm
Exposure Data: f/13.0 @ 1/400s
Size 3456x2304

Verdict

The Voigtlander APo-Lanthar 125mm f/2.5 SL is certainly not a lens for the masses simply because it lacks AF. If you don't mind manual focusing it represents an excellent offer (at around 600€/US$) because it has basically no weaknesses. The resolution figures are excellent straight from f/2.5 and neither CAs nor vignetting and distortions are something to worry about. The bokeh (out of focus blur) is exceptional as you may have noticed from the sample images above. According to the owner of the lens it is somewhat prone to flare though. On top of its optical qualities the Voigtlander offers macro capabilities down to a max. object magnification of 1:1. The build quality of the lens is great - also a side effect of the manual focus design which allows tighter tolerances. Highly recommended! If you're interested in this lens it may be a little difficult to find a dealer outside of Japan though.

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Price/Performance:discontinued ... bummer
      
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