Voigtlander 35mm f2.5 Review (35mm Color Skopar VM lens)

Voigtlander 35mm f2.5 Review (35mm Color Skopar VM lens) + YouTube video

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.

Leica M 240 Selfie

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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).

Voigtlander Color Skopar 35mm f2.5 review - Photo of lens on a Leica M4P
Voigtlander Color Skopar 35mm f2.5 lens on my Leica M4-P film camera

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!

Mr Leica - Poland

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).

Leica M9 Colours

Leica M 240 in Colour

Go Green!

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 35mm Color Skopar vs Noktov 1.4 vs Nokton 1.2 lens size
Left: Voigtlander Color Skopar 35mm f2.5 – Middle: Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f1.4 – Right: 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!

Leica Fashion


Leica M Typ 240 B&W

Leica B&W Portrait


Hotel photoshoot

Killer Smile

Ukraine Girls

Leica Fashion - M240

Window Light Portrait

Leica M240

Film Photography with Leica M cameras and the 35mm Color Skopar lens

B&W Film Dynamic Range

Cinestill 800T Halation

Kodak Ektar Fashion

Voigtlander Color Skopar 35mm f2.5

35mm Color Skopar Street Photography (Digital)

Leica Street Photography

Vintage London Street Black and White

Voigtlander 35mm Wedding Photography

Fazeley Studios Wedding

The Saxon Mill Wedding Venue Coventry

Great Value Lens!

If you want to treat yourself to the great value Voigtlander Color Skopar 35mm f2.5 lens check out Amazon for the latest prices! (UK) / (US)

Robert White Discount Code – Use “MRLEICA” to get 5% off Voigtlander lenses – https://www.robertwhite.co.uk/

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.

YouTube: Voigtlander Color Skopar 35mm f2.5

See the 35mm Skopar against other tiny lenses!

Fast Voigtlander 35mm – Nokton 35mm f1.2 ASPH

Smaller Fast 35mm – Nokton 35mm f1.4 Classic

Sharper 35mm lens? Voigtlander Ultron 35mm f1.7

Sharpest 35mm lens? Voigtlander 35mm f2 APO

Best 35mm lens?

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 – HERE
  • See full details of my portrait photography equipment kit – HERE

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Author: matthewosbornephotography

Coventry, UK studio based Model and Wedding Photographer offering both Medium Format Film and Digital Images. 1-2-1 Photography and Lighting Tuition also available.

10 thoughts on “Voigtlander 35mm f2.5 Review (35mm Color Skopar VM lens)”

    1. Thanks Graham, yes the 35mm Skopar is a bit of a hidden gem. I love it’s size but it’s a great performer too

  1. Hey Matt, which 35mm lens would you recommend to take as the only one? To shoot everything.

    1. Hi Maxim, it depends what you want it for. If it was merely the ‘best images’ for me I would take the 35/1.2 but if I wanted stopped down photos and small size 35/2.5. 35/1.4 goes inbetween. 35/3.5 more of a fun lens. Hope that helps! Matt

  2. Thanks for the article. I was split up between 35/2.5 and 35/1.4. Ended up going with the Skopar. This will be my main travel and street camera. Eventually I will get a nice fast 50mm so I didn’t care for my 35mm to meet that criteria. I rarely shoot wide open, too.

    1. Thanks LG, happy to be of some help. The 35 Skopar is an awesome little lens for travel.. if you like wide I highly recommend the 21 Skopar to pair up with it and then as you say a fast 50 (though for travel I usually go for the 50/2.5 Summarit due to the size (or the old 50/2.8 Elmar). Enjoy!

  3. You da man, Osborne! Bought my first Leica (IIIF) last year. Came with a hazy/horrible Elmar 50mm (which STILL takes great photos), and your review of this Voightlander convinced me to order one from Japan. Yup…wonderful, light, and the screwmount version really looks fine on my IiiF. Love your videos, love the gorgeous models, love the Leica vibes….

    1. Thanks Tony! 🙂 Yes the Voigtlander 21/25/28/35 are all tiny and look great on the Barnacks 🙂

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