A Review of the Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm f/2 Aspherical Lens

Voigtlander is known for making lenses with rugged build quality and great image quality, and the MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm f/2 Aspherical lens is no different. This fantastic image review takes a look at this interesting lens and the sort of image quality and performance you can expect from it in practice. 

Coming to you from Christopher Frost, this great video review takes a look at the Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm f/2 Aspherical lens. Voigtlander is known for very well-constructed manual focus lenses with lots of sharpness and contrast, and it looks like the 65mm f/2 is no exception. It comes with a variety of great features, including:

  • 1:2 macro magnification with 12.2-inch minimum focusing distance
  • 10-blade diaphragm for smoother bokeh 
  • Electronic contacts for transmitting data to the camera and leverage in-body image stabilization
  • Apochromatic design for reduced longitudinal chromatic aberrations
  • One aspherical element for reduced spherical aberrations and increased sharpness
  • Manual aperture ring 

I used to have the 10mm f/5.6 for several years, and I always loved the image quality I got from it, plus the all-metal construction and thoughtful design made it a real joy to use. Check out the video above for Frost's full thoughts on the lens. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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I just got this Voigtlander apo 65mm f/2.0 macro yesterday. Today I shot live music photography and videography with it . And man is this fella sharp . But it has a nice roll off into the out of focus areas . The bokeh in my photos looks nice . I’ve seen many pictures with harsh or hard bokeh . I think it’s how the photos were composed and their backgrounds, ect ect . Many variables.