Voigtlander Color Heliar 75mm f/2.5 (on Sony NEX) - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Sony Alpha/NEX (APS-C)

Sample Images

Here're some RAW-converted images taken with the NEX-5. Sorry for the rather mediocre lighting conditions but autumn has visited Germany with a vengeance...
Please note that there's no valid EXIF data due to the lack of electronic coupling. Most images were either taken at f/2.5 or f/6.7 so you may roughly conclude the aperture settings from the depth-of-field.

Click on a thumbnail to view the original file (opens in a separate window). Please note that the originals are FULL SIZE samples (=several megabytes) thus requiring a significant amount of bandwidth so please take care of the limited resources here.

Make SONY
Model NEX-5
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length
Aperture: f/1.0
Exposure 1/800s
Make SONY
Model NEX-5
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length
Aperture: f/1.0
Exposure 1/800s
Make SONY
Model NEX-5
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length
Aperture: f/1.0
Exposure 1/800s
Make SONY
Model NEX-5
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length
Aperture: f/1.0
Exposure 1/1600s
Make SONY
Model NEX-5
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length
Aperture: f/1.0
Exposure 1/640s
Make SONY
Model NEX-5
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length
Aperture: f/1.0
Exposure 1/320s
Make SONY
Model NEX-5
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length
Aperture: f/1.0
Exposure 1/320s
Make SONY
Model NEX-5
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length
Aperture: f/1.0
Exposure 1/3200s
Make SONY
Model NEX-5
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length
Aperture: f/1.0
Exposure 1/1600s
Make SONY
Model NEX-5
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length
Aperture: f/1.0
Exposure 1/1600s

Verdict

The Voigtläander Color Heliar 75mm f/2.5 isn't the very sharpest lens that we've tested but it is generally a decent performer. The resolution is pretty good at f/2.5 and very high when stopped down a little. Vignetting, CAs as well as distortions are very well controlled and not an issue from a real world perspective. The bokeh (out-of-focus blur) is pretty smooth and buttery so it's certainly qualified for portrait photography and other applications requiring a shallow depth-of-field. However, you may spot some bokeh fringing (LoCA) at times and the lens shows a certain tendency of producing purple fringing at extreme contrast transitions. Typical for Voigtländer lenses the build quality is on a very high level thanks to a tightly assembled metal body. The Color Heliar doesn't cost an arm and a leg and if you're looking for an affordable medium tele prime lens it is certainly worth a look.

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