Cosina has revealed the release date and specifications for its new Voigtlander Heliar Classic 50mm F1.5 lens for its VM mount.
The lens’ optical design consists of six elements in three groups. Cosina says the lens, which has a single coating, has been specifically designed to showcase ‘classical reflections that are not found in modern lenses and dares to express various aberrations.’
It features an aperture range of F1.5 through F16, uses a ten-blade aperture diaphragm and has a minimum focusing distance of 50cm (20″), despite the on-lens focus markings only going down to 70cm (27.6″) for the interlocking system when used with rangefinders. Cosina says the manual focus system uses an all-metal helicons unit that ‘produces moderate torque’ and offers ‘smooth focusing.’
Below is a small gallery of black-and-white sample images, provided by Cosina:
The lens measures 56.5mm (2.2″) in diameter by 41.9 (1.65″) long and weighs 255g (9oz). Cosina says the Voigtlander Heliar Classic 50mm F1.5 lens will start shipping in September 2021 for ¥90,000 (~$825).