Sony a7s Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f/4.5 M Mount Aspherical III Night Photography

How I got this shot:

Arches National Park with a Sony a7s and a Voigtlander 15mm

A 15mm lens is very useful when doing landscape and interiors. Great for commercial work, wedding work and the milky way!

In my travels to Arches National Park, armed with the Sony a7s (pictured below) I stopped on the side of the road to get an awesome shot of this rock with the milky way on the horizon. Set a tripod and a 30 second exposure with the lens wide open.

Arches National Park is so dark at night, it really helps you see many many many stars even with the naked eye.

Sony a7s with a Voigtlander 15mm Lens + Lens TAAB
My travel setup of the Sony a7s

(Above) You see two of my Leica M lenses, a Fotasy LM-A7II adapter and a B+W polarizer.

Sony a7s + Summilux M 50mm Asph

I love the Leica color and sharpness I can achieve with my Leica lenses but there are times when I just want less noise at high ISO and the Sony a7s does the trick, this camera is almost like a night vision artifact. I’ve compared it to the files I get on my Nikon D4 and are very similar, but the drawback on my Nikon D4 is that I cannot use my Leica M lenses so thats why the Sony a7s shines!


Sony a7s with a Fotasy LM-a7II adapter + Summicron 90mm
Leica M + Voigtlander 15mm III 

The Sony files compared to the Leica files are close, but even after editing and color correcting to match files in Lightroom, I still prefer the pop of the Leica M. Seems the micro contrast always wins, it creates a 3D look to the files that seems no other Digital 35mm system can.

Another reason why I still prefer the Leica lenses besides its sharpness and 3D pop is their size, so compact and easy for travel. I am not a brand purist at all, I use many many camera manufacturers and other formats like the Olympus one, Fuji etc. but I always return to my preferred 35mm system with the Leica M.

But, one important thing to notice is that even with the Leica M being awesome at what it does, it cannot get me these kind of photos easily like the Sony a7s can:

Arches National Park  •  Sony a7s + Voigtlander 15mm III

Here is a list of the gear I used with links to Amazon so you can do your research and find the best prices:

Sony a7s:

Voigtlander Heliar 15mm f/4.5 M Mount Asph III:

Fotasy LM-A7II:

Manfrotto Tripod:

Leica Summilux 50mm Asph:

B+W Polarizer Filter:

If you noticed, I attached a lens TAAB on the Voigtlander lens, it helps with focusing, you can get yours at:

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