Voigtlander 15mm f/4.5 III vs Sony Zeiss FE 16-35mm f/4 - Part 2

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Lenses' started by Amin Sabet, Aug 28, 2015.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Aug 6, 2011
    This is Part 2 of an f/8 battle between the Voigtlander Super-Wide Heliar at 15mm and Sony Zeiss Vario-Tessar at 16mm.

    In Part 1 of this shootout, I focused on a relatively far target, thus causing the foreground corners to be less than sharp. Today I set out to repeat the test with a nearer target.

    Test scene, resized, Voigtlander:

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    by Amin Sabet, on Flickr


    Test scene, resized, Sony Zeiss:

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    by Amin Sabet, on Flickr


    In all of the crops below, the Voigtlander is on the left, the Sony Zeiss on the right.

    Here is the point of focus:

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    Additional crops:

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    Raw files for download: 15-16-2.zip


    With a nearer target, both lenses show similarly sharp foreground corners, whereas the Voigtlander shows greater sharpness in the distance, particularly at the edges/corners.

    Keeping in mind that these are 100% crops from a 42MP sensor and that both files could use additional sharpening, I'd say the Sony has put in a solid performance here, but the Voigtlander prime is a notch above at least when it comes to sharpness.
     
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  2. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    No surprise I guess, but I still wouldn't throw the Sony out the window. And honestly, with that performance I'd take the Sony on vacation over the Voigtlander if I had both. ;)
     
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