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Voigtlander was a historic company in optics and photography established originally in Austria in 1756. It ceased operations in the 1970s, and since 1999 Voigtlander exists as a brand of lenses and accessories manufactured by the Japanese optics and camera company Cosina.

History

Originally founded in Vienna in 1756, Voigtlander manufactured precision mechanical products and optical instruments. In 1797, Voigtlander received a "national commercial license" that granted it the prestige to display the imperial eagle of the Habsburg monarchy and the right to establish branch offices in all major cities of the empire.
From 1840, Voigtlander began manufacturing objective optics for cameras. They were the first mathematically calculated precision objectives in the history of photography. Early products included the world's fastest lens at the time and the world's first all-metal daguerreotype camera. Voigtlander also manufactured photographic plate cameras.
In 1849, Voigtlander relocated to Braunschweig, Germany, and the Vienna business was closed in 1868.
In the decades that followed, Voigtlander remained a leader in photography, introducing the world's first zoom lens for 35mm still photography in 1959.

Current Lineup

The Japanese optics company Cosina currently licenses the Voigtlander brand to manufacture a series of manual-focus prime lenses, primarily for Leica M-mount and Sony E-mount.

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Thumbnail of product Voigtlander 21mm F1.8 Ultron Full-Frame Lens (2012)

Voigtlander 21mm F1.8 Ultron Full-Frame Lens (2012)

Voigtlander 21mm F1.8 Ultron is a manual-focus ultra wide-angle prime lens for Leica M-mount. It covers the full-frame image circle. Introduced by Voigtlander in 2012, it has 13 elements in 11 groups. Manual focus may be limiting to some, but purists w...
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Thumbnail of product Voigtlander Nokton 58mm F1.4 SL II Full-Frame Lens (2007)

Voigtlander Nokton 58mm F1.4 SL II Full-Frame Lens (2007)

Voigtlander Nokton 58mm F1.4 SL II is a large-aperture manual-focus normal prime lens for Nikon F-mount and Pentax K-mount. It covers the full-frame image circle. Introduced by Voigtlander in 2007, it has 7 elements in 6 groups. Manual focus may be lim...
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Thumbnail of product Voigtlander 40mm F2 Ultron SL II Full-Frame Lens (2007)

Voigtlander 40mm F2 Ultron SL II Full-Frame Lens (2007)

Voigtlander 40mm F2 Ultron SL II is a manual-focus normal prime lens for Canon EF-mount, Nikon F-mount, and Pentax K-mount. It covers the full-frame image circle. Introduced by Voigtlander in 2007, it has 6 elements in 5 groups. Manual focus may be lim...
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Thumbnail of product Voigtlander 28mm F2.8 Color Skopar SL II Full-Frame Lens (2012)

Voigtlander 28mm F2.8 Color Skopar SL II Full-Frame Lens (2012)

Voigtlander 28mm F2.8 Color Skopar SL II is a manual-focus wide-angle prime lens for Canon EF-mount and Nikon F-mount. It covers the full-frame image circle. Introduced by Voigtlander in 2012, it has 7 elements in 6 groups. Manual focus may be limiting...
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Thumbnail of product Voigtlander Nokton 42.5mm F0.95 MFT Lens (2013)

Voigtlander Nokton 42.5mm F0.95 MFT Lens (2013)

Voigtlander Nokton 42.5mm F0.95 is a large-aperture manual-focus short telephoto prime lens for Micro Four Thirds-mount. It covers the MFT image circle. Introduced by Voigtlander in 2013, it has 11 elements in 8 groups. Manual focus may be limiting to ...
Neoscore 88%
Thumbnail of product Voigtlander Nokton 25mm F0.95 II MFT Lens (2014)

Voigtlander Nokton 25mm F0.95 II MFT Lens (2014)

Voigtlander Nokton 25mm F0.95 II is a large-aperture manual-focus normal prime lens for Micro Four Thirds-mount. It covers the MFT image circle. Introduced by Voigtlander in 2014, it has 11 elements in 8 groups. Manual focus may be limiting to some, bu...
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