Voigtlander 28mm Ultron M vs Summicron M 28mm Aspherical 6 Bit

I recently purchased a Summicron 28mm Aspherical 6 Bit and will be comparing it to the Voigtlander 28mm Ultron M (I’ve had for a few months) On my reviews we like to compare sharpness, color and ergonomics. There are much more aspects like type of Bokeh, Flare Resistance, Color Cast, etc…  But I usually compare the first mentioned. The Voigtlander 28mm Ultron M, specially at f/4 and beyond has been good to me. At f/2 it is soft, but a bit of sharpen mask usually renders good results. But  after looking at what the Summicron can do at f/2 I may have gotten a new respect for the cron.

Voigtlander vs Summicron 28mm

Voigtlander vs Summicron 28mm

Voigtlander vs Summicron 28mm

Voigtlander vs Summicron 28mm

Voigtlander vs Summicron 28mm After Sharpen Mask

Voigtlander vs Summicron 28mm After Sharpen Mask

Voigtlander vs Summicron 28mm

Voigtlander vs Summicron 28mm

Voigtlander vs Summicron 28mm Bokeh at edges.

Voigtlander vs Summicron 28mm Bokeh at edges.

Voigtlander vs Summicron 28mm Sharpness Comparison

Voigtlander vs Summicron 28mm Sharpness Comparison

Voigtlander vs Summicron 28mm

Voigtlander vs Summicron 28mm

Bokeh renders softer from Summicron at same distance, focus and aperture.

Bokeh renders softer from Summicron at same distance, focus and aperture.

Sharpness very similar at close distances. Summicron is sharper by a bit.

Sharpness very similar at close distances. Summicron is sharper by a bit only where extreme detail isn’t necessary.

Sharpen Mask applied to Voigtlander rendering almost the same look to the summicron.

Sharpen Mask applied to Voigtlander rendering almost the same look to the summicron.

In the left section I add Sharpen Mask to both images from each lens. If I add it only to the Voigtlander then we get close to the unprocessed straight DNG file from the Summicron but as soon as we add a bit of sharpening to the Summicron file, you can see the clear winner.

Voigtlander vs Summicron Sharpen Mask added to the Voigtlander and now to the Summicron

Voigtlander vs Summicron Sharpen Mask added to the Voigtlander and now to the Summicron

Voigtlander vs Summicron Sharpen Mask added to the Voigtlander

Voigtlander vs Summicron Sharpen Mask added to the Voigtlander

Voigtlander vs Summicron Straight DNG

Voigtlander vs Summicron Straight DNG

Voigtlander 28mm Ultron M

Voigtlander 28mm Ultron M at f/5.6

Voigtlander 28mm Ultron M

Voigtlander 28mm Ultron M at f/5.6

Voigtlander 28mm Ultron M

Voigtlander 35mm Color Skopar II M at f2.5

Voigtlander 28mm Ultron M

Voigtlander 28mm Ultron M at 1/15sec and f/2

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5 thoughts on “Voigtlander 28mm Ultron M vs Summicron M 28mm Aspherical 6 Bit

  1. I’ve found that the Voigtländer lenses can be a very affordable alternative to Leica glass, and actually out-perform them in a number of cases. Voigtländer can easy out-perform older Leica lenses, but the competition becomes neck-and-neck when it’s the latest models from both companies.

      • Yep. Granted, in the ‘Cron examples you posted, the Leica glass is a bit sharper and the bokeh is a little nicer — but at what cost and weight difference?

        It just depends on what matters to you with your photography.

        For me, it’s all about bokeh; and I search and search for the best bokeh results, regardless of the brand, weight, or price. Sharpness is not as important to me, as most lenses now are sharp enough for my needs.

      • Price difference depends on new vs used, the current price for the voigtlander is $600 new and the Summicron about $4000. Anyone could make great images with both lenses but the Cron will draw a nicer look. Weight and size is almost identical.

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