I have a chance to play around with the Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95 MFT, which has a mixed feedback from everywhere. This lens is attractive to me because it has F1.9's depth of view in 35mm format, it makes my OMD become the closest thing to a full frame camera; that's why I'm so happy to try it out.
First of all, it has excellent finishing; it is a bit bulky compare to other MFT lens, but the weight is good weight. You feel solid and fine when you hold it (of course it looks really cool with the OMD). Since it is a F/0.95 lens, I took most of the shots at 0.95.
Eye Contact @ 0.95
At 0.95 you have freedom to create more stylish and moody scene
|Waiting at the bus stop|
So boring to wait at the bus stop, just keep shooting.
People mostly complained it is not sharp at 0.95, from my experience, it is pretty cool at the center, below is the sample (no post production except white balance in Adobe Camera Raw):
If you nail down the focus, it is sharp even wide open. I don't talk about the corners because I expect it will become out of focus due to the shallow depth of view.
It also provides you a platform to open up your artistic mind
|Bridge in impression|
You can shoot at extreme low light situation
|Flower in very low light|
It is not a easy lens to use, but the Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95 gives you some magical touch that others lens don't. To me, manual focus is not a issue because I do miss focus with my Olympus 45mm 1.8 in low light situation. The good thing of MF lens is it provides you a depth of view chart, I just preset my focus distance at 2m and shoot. If you are in experience to estimate the distance between the subject, the hit or miss chances compare to AF is not really far behind.
As a result, it is such a wonderful lens to me.
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