Voigtlander 35mm f2.5 Review (35mm Color Skopar VM lens)
Do you need a super compact walkabout lens? I wanted a tiny lens for travel and 35mm is perfect as a normal lens. This might be the lens for you!
I have used the Voigtlander Color Skopar 35mm f2.5 lens extensively on my Leica cameras and I rate it very highly. Sample photos and more detail below.
Voigtlander Color Skopar 35mm f2.5 lens
Here I review my second smallest camera lens that is still made today – the Voigtlander Color Skopar 35mm f2.5. (My smallest modern lens is the Voigtlander Color Skopar 21mm f4 – review to follow soon).
The 35mm Color Skopar can do it all!
After owning the Voigtlander Color Skopar 35mm f2.5 for quite a few years now I have used it extensively. I have used the 35mm Color Skopar lens for model photography, wedding photography, street photography, travel photography, family photos, everything! I’ve used the lens on my digital Leica M240, Leica CL, Leica M9 and Leica film cameras like my Leica M2 and Leica M4-P.
The 35mm Color Skopar gives such a pure shooting experience on a Leica M2 with the big clear 35mm frame lines of the M2 and this tiny lens. A great setup to shoot film!
One Camera One Lens
When my Leica M240 rangefinder needed recalibrating but I didn’t have time to send it off to Germany I used the Voigtlander 35mm Color Skopar exclusively for a period. The lens provided sufficient depth for photos to be in focus without me needing to fix the camera. You can read my 9 months with one camera one lens experience (Leica M240 + Voigtlander Color Skopar 35mm f2.5).
Voigtlander 35mm Color Skopar vs Nokton 35mm
I own 3 Voigtlander 35mm Lenses. As the speed increases so does the size of the lens. When I don’t need a fast lens the Voigtlander Color Skopar 35mm offers the best portable solution. The 35mm Color Skopar is also the cheapest of the 3 listed Voigtlander 35mm lenses (see link at end of this post).
Voigtlander 35mm Color Skopar vs Nokton Size Comparison!
- Voigtlander Color Skopar 35mm f2.5
- Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f1.4 MC
- Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2 ASPH II
I also have a small vintage 35mm Leica lens if you want to compare the Leica 35mm photos vs the Voigtlander 35mm images.
Voigtlander Color Skopar 35mm Portraits (Digital)
Now in October 2018 seeing these Voigtlander Color Skopar 35mm photos shot at f4 (many at f4) from a few years ago (many from when using one camera one lens!) makes me want to use the lens in the same way again! So sharp compared to shooting lenses at f1.0, f1.2, f1.4!
Film Photography with Leica M cameras and the 35mm Color Skopar lens
35mm Color Skopar Street Photography (Digital)
Voigtlander 35mm Wedding Photography
Great Value Lens!
I bought all 3 of my Voigtlander 35mm lenses before most of my Leica lenses as they cost less. What has impressed me is the cost of the Voigtlander primes has not really changed at all since I bought mine and if anything the cost has gone up. This is common of Leica glass but not many other brands I think. Well done Voigtlander for making great optics.
You may also like… What Gear I Use for Portraits!
It is less easy to make interesting portraits with a 35mm slow lens so I often relied on lighting to make the photos interesting for my taste. See the links below for the flash and gear I use to light my portraits.
- See full details of my portrait photography lighting kit (2018) – HERE
- See full details of my portrait photography equipment kit (2018) – HERE