Yesterday, I received my Voigtlander 15mm (e mount) lens. This with my recently added Sony 55mm should finally complete my lens kit for the foreseeable future. To celebrate I created a lens focal length comparison of all my lenses in my admittedly unexciting backyard. Note that this on a full frame camera (a7ii), but the relative differences would be same for a crop sensor camera. The results and full list of lenses are below:
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- Voigtlander 15mm f4.5 iii
- Canon nFD 20mm f2.8
- Canon nFD 24mm f2
- Sony Zeiss 35mm f2.8
- Canon nFD 50mm f1.4
- Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8
- Canon nFD 85mm f1.8
- Minolta MC 100mm f2.5
- Minolta MD 135mm f2.8
- Sony 55-210mm f4.5-6.3 (rear baffle removed)
The Cannon 50mm will be sold now that I have the Sony 55mm, but I was curious just how much that 5mm changed the field of view. I’ll likely sell the Cannon 20mm too as I haven’t been very impressed with it and adding Voigtlander 15mm removes its one advantage of being my widest lens. The Minolta 135mm is also potentially on the chopping block as noticeably inferior to the Minolta 100mm.
I rarely use longer lenses and already owned the Sony zoom from my NEX days, so the easy hack of removing the rear baffle to get better sensor coverage worked well for me. Due to vignetting from this hack I basically consider this a 210mm prime for the few times I need more reach. One day I may pick up the Sony 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 to replace this if I start needing longer lens more often.