Voigtländer 28mm f/2.8 Color Skopar SLII lens specs

The Voigtländer 28mm f/2.8 Color Skopar SLII lens was announced few months ago with almost no additional info. Now the company decided to update their website with the detailed specs and the price of the new lens. The US price for the Nikon mount version is $599 (529 Euro):

Focal Length 28mm
Aperture Ratio 1:2.8
Smallest Aperture F 22
Lens Construction 6 groups,
7 elements
Picture Angle 74.8°
Aperture Blades 9
Nearest Distance 0,22m
Macro 1:5
Diameter 63.3mm Nikon AI-S
70.0mm Canon EOS
Length 24.5mm Nikon AI-S
27.0mm Canon EOS
Weight 180g Nikon AI-S
230g Canon EOS
Filter Size 52 mm
Colour black
Mount AI-S (CPU intergrated)
Canon EOS
Item Number 19650 Nikon AI-S
19651 Canon EOS
Recommended Retail Price 529,- Euro Nikon
549,- Euro Canon
Optional, not included LH 28N Lenshood

Two months after Voigtländer announced this lens, Nikon followed with their own Nikkor 28mm f/1.8G version.

Some sample images taken with this lens and a Nikon D800 can be seen here.

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  • Wow that lens is tiny, just like their 20mm f/3.5. I wonder if Voigtlander (aka Cosina) is making these because Nikon will finally come out with the FM3D or a digital F3HP…granted all their lenses are MF, but still it’s nice to dream and hope…

    • Boy, the greatest lens announcement so far this year! The 20 Skopar is the lens I use 90 percent of the time on the D7000. Who needs AF for a wide angle lens anyways?

      • agree, perfect lens for DX.

        • Anon

          And for FX too.

          • not for me, it is too wide and too slow.
            for fx i would much rather have 35/2 pancake

      • Worminator

        I have an AIS 20/3.5. Same function, half the expenditure.

        It’s a bit of a problem with many of the Voigtlander lenses. There isn’t too much reason to pay the premium over second hand Nikkors. 28mm especially, with the excellent 28/2.8 AIS commonly available.

        Maybe the “chip” electronic coupling I suppose, but if you have a D7000 and up with AI coupling you aren’t missing much.

        • Eric

          Agreed, i keep wanting to buy a voight or Zeiss lens, then realize nikon used AIS primes are very sharp, extremely well built and are dirt cheap. My AIS 24mm 2.8 is great and only a bit bigger and only cost me 100 bucks mint condition in the box.

  • Greg

    Hardly looks like enough space for 7 lens elements…

    • Sky

      4 of them are stored in 5th dimension.

  • CC

    This is really what Nikon should be dropping on us. But I’ll wait and see what the price of this 28mm is a few months after it’s intro, it could be a really nice lens.

  • Got the 20mm and 40mm, absolutely love them.

    • alex

      But I would love Nikon to do a 40mm af-s pancake as Canon did recently

      • nuno santacana

        Better still a new 35 f/2

        • alex

          whatever… as long as it is pancake and at least f2.8, but 40mm is an amazing focal length to me

          • Global

            Since they have a 35mm, a 40mm pancake would make sense. But I would strongly prefer a 30mm. T0 me, 30mm on a full frame is wonderful — and a pancake would be very differentiated from the 28/1.8 beast.

            • Agree !

              30mm f2
              pancake = i buy it today.

      • Jens

        Nikon already had a 40mm pancake lens. It’s MF though.

        • Adam Maas

          Nikon’s made two variants of a 45/2.8 Pancake, both based on the same Tessar formula.

          Nikon has not done a 40mm.

  • Max


    • alex


  • SK

    I own the Skopar 20mm and Ultron 40mm and like them very much. 28mm is a reasonable addition. But I’ll certainly wait ’til the price drops to a reasonable level.

  • F

    Hoping a 24mm 1.8G will be next from Nikon.. $700 is a great price, compared to that of the 1.4G

    • FG


      • Joaquim Prado

        Tou already have a 28mm 1.8G ! Nikon need a 18mm 2.8 with very low distortion instead of another 24mm.

  • Pablo Ricasso

    I wish all my under 85 mm primes were that size or less.
    Never had one of that label, but if that thing can best my 28 f2 then…

    • Shy

      Pablo go for it. I have the 20mm, 40mm, 58mm and 95mm absolutely enjoyable all of them. If you like the greatest bokeh for the least money don’t miss Voigtlander. The 20mm is a different lens by the way, no need for bokeh on a 20mm lens, its main properties are the highest flare resistance I´ve ever seen (and I´ve seen a lot of lenses) for a 20mm lens, for IR purposes is just awesome, small compared to rest lenses, big monsters, sharp in the center and middle part and slightly less on the corners, some CA; if you have a DX camera no problem, if you have a FX camera just take into account borders. Shot your composition not too tight on the sides and everything will be ok. Actually I´ll go for the 28mm Voigt instead of the 28 1.8 g Nikon, doubtlessly.

  • metalorange

    The nearest distance of 0,22m sounds interesting. I wonder how image quality compares to the 28mm/2,8 Ais Nikkor there. I do not expect great quality because it does not have close range correction like the Nikkor. I also own the CV 20mm Color Skopar and I am not happy about the corner performance at nearest distance on this lens.

  • MuttonPuncher

    Man, I wish Nikon would come out with a whole set of primes from ultra wide angle – standard focal lengths with aperture rings and distance scales such as this beauty Voigtländer.

  • John

    Very interested, but I’ll wait for the reviews – corner performance stopped down needs to be superb and pretty good wide open on FX. This lens along with my 20/2.8D and 50/1.8G would make an excellent light weight hiking/climbing kit on my D800.

  • I don’t have any of the f-mount lenses from Voigtlander, however, my experience with my Voigtlander R3A with the 40mm Nokton f1.4 tells me that the lenses are probably very nice, and I want one. The manual focus is not a problem for me.

    I already own an old Nikkor 28mm f2.8, so I’ll get one in a different focal length. I am thinking of replacing my beat up old 50mm, possibly with the 58 f1.4, but then again, the Nikkor 50mm are pretty amazing too…

  • If this lens intrigues you I highly recommend Nikon’s 20mm 2.8 AF-D.

    Average focusing speed, but very clear (min distortion) on FX and awesome as 30mm on DX

    Just over double the size of this guy. Which is hot if you do not mind focusing.

    • Magnus

      I agree it’s a quite nice small lens. But minimal distortion? No way I agree with that. It’s rather pronounced IMO, and also very difficult to correct in post as it’s moustache-shaped as well. It’s a pain in the *** if you shoot landscapes and want a straight horizon. The list price is also way too high compared to the small size of the lens, and second-hand value is rather poor. But focusing speed and the overall image quality is great, and I loved the small size of it. However I sold it when I bought the 14-24/2,8.

  • John

    Just got an e-mail back from Stephen Grandy at Cameraquest.com and he says late July for availability in the US and still unknown US price.

  • T.I.M

    28mm f/2.8 manual focusing for $640, sure….

    • pooh

      Won’t complain when you are actually holding one.

      The newer CV SLR lenses are built equally to the Zeiss ones.

      • John

        Yes the build quality of these lenses is simply outstanding.

        • alex

          You will spend so much time time playing with the focus ring as it is so enjoyable. truuuuue.

        • jeffharris

          Voigtländer lenses are just things of beauty and objects of lust! Excellent build, creamy smooth focus, the works. They’re sheer pleasure to use!

          I’ve got the Nokton Classic 35mm f1.4 (Leica M mount), 75mm f2.5 Color Heliar (Leica L39 screwmount) and Nokton 25mm f0.95 (Micro Four Thirds). I use them and several Nikon AI-S lenses on a Panasonic M4/3 GH2.

      • T.I.M

        Mine is not a Zeiss but my wife never complain when she is holding it….

        • matt

          Micro/pancake huh?

          • T.I.M

            Lol !
            With a x2 converter that should do it.

  • danei

    Take my money please…
    For those complain no AF/price, voigtlander’s lens is always as good as a zeiss. Take that for a cheap & compact zeiss lens an you will be fine

  • Chris Lilley

    The link to “their website” is wrong – that is the German distributor. The company website is of course in Japan. But it has als been updated (including an optical diagram, which shows more of a family resemblance to the Ultron 40/2 than to the Skopar 20/3.5)


  • Brock Kentwell

    Is this lens made in Red China or Japan?

    • T.I.M

      Must be made in Japan because the hood does not come with the lens, they figure that people who are willing to pay $640 for that crap won’t mind spending $60 extra for a hood !

  • Peter


    Any word on when the new 75/1.8 SL II will be released?

    • No, I looked but could not find any info on that lens.

  • LarryC

    No disrespect to those that love these lens, but I just don;t get it. We spend $1000’s to get the best cameras with the most advanced AF systems, look down our noses at cameras with a couple fewer AF points, bitch endlessly if ONE of 51 AF points doesn’t get it spot on, refuse to even acknowledge a rumored new camera if it doesn’t have a AF screw drive, then get excited over a lens that don’t even allow AF? Huh? I get there are times manual focus might be necessary, but wouldn’t it make more sense to buy a lens that could AF but that allows MF?

    • joey


      • those are different people bitching about different things

    • Sahaja

      Maybe Cosina or Zeiss should build an F-mount manual focus full frame digital camera along the lines of the Nikon FM series. They already have most of the lenses people would want for such a system.

      • Max


        Give me a RAW-machine, no screen, no JPG-engine, just a sensor to replace the good old film. Small and simple. Thanks!

    • umeshrw

      Not everybody needs ALL the features of advanced camera. Sports and wedding people bitch about low fps and high mp count whereas a lndscape tabletop photographer has no qualms about these features. Also its nice to have af but these mf lenses have very high quality and durability. Not to mention superb feel. A landscape or tabletop photographer doesn’t need af . Infact manual focus is more accurate for them. Also build quality is better in case of rough use. Also with practice you can focus really fast manually too.

      • Agree with every single word here, bro!

        Also, it would be nice to look at some samples made with this Voigt.

    • MuttonPuncher

      AF just isn’t that critical on a 28mm wide angle lens. Just look at the distance scales, when stopped down to f/8 everything from about 10ft out to infinity would be in focus. Perfect for landscapers wanting objects in the foreground to be as sharp as the background. By f/11 practically anything in front of the lens would be in focus. Lets face it if what your after is a sharp subject standing out from a creamy bokeh, you wouldn’t be using a wide angle lens.

    • Distanted

      I drive a Honda Accord with automatic transmission because it’s one less thing to worry about when driving…that doesn’t mean I don’t lust after high performance cars, even the one’s with manual transmissions.

    • John

      “We” does not include me.

      Sometimes I value compactness and light weight over AF and sometimes IQ.
      If the IQ of this lens is excellent then it will be a winner with me.

    • alex

      The point :
      • Pancake lens => when size&weight matters (those 20, 28, 40 fit in your pocket, I wish they did some real flat rear&front caps though. Does anybody know where to get some ? never found)
      • IQ but no autofocus => If you have time to focus for what / the way your shooting, that is good enough => Hobby or no real need for results etc.
      • If size does not matter or autofocus required => forget about voightlander, which is like 9o% of the time when I am working …

    • Joaquim Prado

      Modern cameras confirm MF focus, these lens also have CPU which allows metering, and bla bla bla… all the rest is about the same compared to other lens, expect for VR systems. I bet this lens is sharper than the nikkor 28mm 1.8 at 2.8, also the built quality it’s way better. But the no AF fact is no excuse to hate this lens, personally I prefer manual primes and this come to everyones taste and way to shot.

      My zeiss 35mm it’s a mile better compare to the nikkor classes I use, it renders color beautifuli and it’s really sharp at 1.4. This suits my needs. I just this some Zeiss lens are too big and heavy, but their build quality is nothing liked.

  • Pablo Ricasso

    Maybe when the price of making a digital camera comes down enough somebody like this company can start making full frame manual focus cameras in various mounts, including obsolete ones that have big viewfinders with microprisms for focusing. I doubt that there will be any changes in the proprietary information needed to work with the lenses that are already out there.

    • pooh

      Cosina IS making “full frame manual focus cameras”: The Bessas and Zeiss Ikon. Not to mention the GF670/Bessa III. And they used to come with various mounts not long ago, including a Bessaflex that “have big viewfinders with microprisms for focusing”.

      Well it’s a known fact that Mr. Kobayashi hates digital, and Cosina produces mostly niche products. Even for the R-D1 Cosina offered only body design, and it was Epson who stuck the D70 sensor into that Bessa R2 shell. It’ll never be the next SoniFujiRicon the Savior that’ll bring over our dream digital cameras.

  • Dave Stewart

    Some sample photos taken with a D800 (Japanese website)

    • Thanks, I will update the post with this link.

  • Mohawk51

    I picked up the Voigt 28/2.8 and the 40/2 not too long ago. Just got back from a 3,250+mile roadtrip. From the pics I’ve seen, I am more than impressed with those lenses. I’m not so sure about the 20/3.5 Voigt. I’ve read some not so great comments about it. Particularly the corners of that lens. I think I’ll just rely on my Nikkor 20/2.8 AIS manual lens to cover that focal length.

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