The Voigtlander 90mm f/3.5 APO Lanthar is a tiny but high performance lens especially well suited to anyone looking for exceptional quality in a very compact package.
The lens is manual focus (not an issue for many types of shooting), and a huge plus in terms of its silky-smooth focusing helicoid.
The relatively slow f/3.5 maximum aperture limits versatility compared to, say, an f/2 lens. But since top image quality begins wide open, this is easily forgiven, and the 90/3.5 can easily fit into a small pocket.
The lens hood is a two part affair which either mounts the remainder of the lens hood or the close-up lens. The included close-up lens gets you to 1:1, though I confess that I have no interest in carrying an extra close-up lens. Still some users will like this added versatility very much.
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