Cosina Voigtländer

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Cosina Voigtländer refers to photographic products manufactured by Cosina under the Voigtländer name since 1999. Cosina leases rights to the Voigtländer name from Ringfoto. Cosina Voigtländer products have included 35mm film SLR and rangefinder camera bodies, and lenses for the M39 lens mount (Leica screw mount), M42 lens mount, Leica M mount, and other lens mounts.

Ringphoto Voigtländer in Germany also produces some budget-priced items under the Voigtländer name, unrelated to Cosina.


35mm Rangefinder[edit]

Main article: 35mm Bessa

Medium format rangefinder[edit]

35mm SLR[edit]


Cosina started producing cameras and lenses under the Voigtländer brand in 1999, when it introduced a new M39 mount body and lenses. It has since produced a prodigious variety of these lenses in M39x26, Leica M mount, Nikon S rangefinder mount (some fully usable with Contax RF bodies), and SLR mounts including M42 and Nikon F. Cosina produces hoods and accessory viewfinders for many of the lenses. Note that while the lenses feature familiar Voigtländer names, the optical formulas are all new, with the exception of the limited-edition collapsible Heliar.

LTM rangefinder lenses[edit]

Not rangefinder coupled[edit]

  • 12mm f/5.6 aspherical Ultra-Wide Heliar — included metal viewfinder and Armalite hood, black or chrome
  • 15mm f/4.5 aspherical Super-Wide Heliar — integrated partial hood (no filter thread) and included plastic viewfinder, black or chrome
  • 25mm f/4 Snapshot Skopar — included plastic viewfinder and hood, black or chrome

Rangefinder coupled[edit]

  • 21mm f/4 Color Skopar † — included plastic viewfinder
  • 28mm f/1.9 aspherical Ultron — Armalite hood, black or chrome
  • 28mm f/3.5 Color Skopar †
  • 35mm f/1.7 aspherical Ultron †
  • 35mm f/2.5 Color Skopar — two barrel styles: "C" (†) and "P" (black only)
  • 50mm f/1.5 aspherical Nokton †
  • 50mm f/2.5 Color Skopar †
  • 50mm f/3.5 collapsible Heliar †
  • 75mm f/2.5 Color Heliar †
  • 90mm f/3.5 APO Lanthar †
With hood, black or chrome

M-mount rangefinder lenses[edit]

All of these are rangefinder coupled.

  • 12mm f/5.6 aspherical Ultra-Wide Heliar — included metal viewfinder and Armalite hood, black or chrome
  • 15mm f/4.5 aspherical Super-Wide Heliar
  • 21mm f/4 Color Skopar P
  • 25mm f/4 Color Skopar P
  • 35mm f/2.5 Color Skopar PII
  • 35mm f/1.2 Nokton
  • 35mm f/1.4 Nokton (in two versions: single-coated and multicoated)
  • 40mm f/1.4 Nokton (in two versions: single-coated and multicoated)
  • 50mm f/2 collapsible Heliar Classic (only available with a Bessa R2M or R3M)
  • 50mm f/1.1 Nokton
  • 50mm f/1.5 Nokton

Nikon S–mount rangefinder lenses[edit]

SC-series wide-angle lenses were available in the old Contax rangefinder and Nikon S mounts. The longer S-series lenses were available only in a Nikon version (however in practice they are usable with a Contax when stopped down or used at longer distances).

All are rangefinder-coupled.

SC lenses[edit]

  • 21mm f/4 SC-Skopar
  • 25mm f/4 SC-Skopar (rangefinder coupled, unlike the screwmount equivalent)
  • 28mm f/3.5 SC-Skopar
  • 35mm f/2.5 SC-Skopar

S lenses[edit]

  • 50mm f/3.5 S-Heliar (only available as a set with a Bessa R2S with special paint)
  • 50mm f/2.5 S-Skopar
  • 50mm f/1.5 S-Nokton
  • 85mm f/3.5 S-APO Lanthar

Lenses for 35mm SLR[edit]

SL series[edit]

Voigtländer SL lenses are manual-focus designs. They were sold in a variety of mounts: Nikon AI-S, Canon FD, Pentax K, M42, Minolta SR, Contax/Yashica MM, and Olympus OM. Some lenses were also available in Canon EF- and Minolta A-mount, although without autofocus. They were produced for a short time, and discontinued when Cosina introduced its Carl Zeiss "Z" series lenses. Some SL lenses are now sought after as collector's items.

  • Ultra Wide-Heliar 12mm f/5.6 SL Aspherical †
  • Super Wide-Heliar 15mm f/4.5 SL Aspherical †
  • Ultron 40mm f/2 SL
  • Nokton 58mm f/1.4 SL
  • Color-Heliar 75mm f/2.5 SL
  • Apo-Lanthar 90mm f/3.5 SL Close Focus
  • Macro Apo-Lanthar 125mm f/2.5 SL
  • Apo-Lanthar 180mm f/4 SL
Nikon F-mount version of the LTM version. Requires true MLU body (Nikon F, F2, Nikkormat). A viewfinder mount, which replaces the prism on F and F2 bodies, was also made to complement these two lenses.

SL Ⅱ series[edit]

Voigtländer SL Ⅱ lenses are CPU-enabled manual-focus designs available in Nikon AI-P (AI-S with Program), Pentax K-A and Canon EF mounts. The Nikon term for such a design is AI-P, although these lenses are not designated as such. The CPU of SL II lenses enables full compatibility (except for autofocus) with the full range of AF Nikon SLR cameras.

  • Color Skopar 20mm f/3.5 SL Ⅱ Aspherical
  • Color Skopar 28mm f/2.8 SL Ⅱ N Aspherical
  • Ultron 40mm f/2 SL Ⅱ Aspherical — includes step-down hood (52mm to 39.5mm) and close-up lens for 39.9mm thread which gives a 1:4 magnification ratio
  • Nokton 58mm f/1.4 SL Ⅱ — not available in Canon EF mount
  • Heliar 75mm f/1.8 SL Ⅱ N Classic
  • Apo-Lanthar 90mm f/3.5 SL Ⅱ Close Focus — includes a close up lens which gives a 1:1.8 magnification ratio

The Nikon AI-P versions enable full compatibility (except for autofocus) with all Nikon AF SLRs, similar to the AI-P manual-focus lenses Nikon has produced in the past. All metering patterns in 2-D mode, all program modes, and viewfinder focus indicators are available.

Micro 4/3 Lenses[edit]

On August 26, 2010, Cosina Voigtländer joined the Micro Four Thirds Standard Group[1] and introduced the following lenses:[2]

  • Nokton 25mm f/0.95[3]

25mm is a normal lens in the micro Four Thirds format. Version II of this lens is optically the same, but it adds Selective Aperture Control System favored by videographers.

A slightly-wide lens in m43.

  • Nokton 42.5mm f/0.95[6]

A medium telephoto portrait lens in m43.


  1. ^ "COSINA CO., Ltd. Joins the Micro Four Thirds System Standard Group". Olympus Corporation. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Voigtländer MFT Mount Lenses". Cosina. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Voigtländer Nokton 0,95/25 mm MFT". Photoscala. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Voigtlander Nokton 17.5mm f0.95 Review". Filmmaking Etc. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Review: Voigtlander Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 Micro Four Thirds Lens". Daisuki Photo. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Voigtlander Nokton 42.5 mm f/0.95". Retrieved 13 September 2014. 

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