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Voigtlander 50mm f/2 APO-Lanthar

Vignetting for Voigtlander 50mm f/2 APO-Lanthar Aspherical

Voigtlander does not publish vignetting graphs for its lenses AFAIK. This page shows what to expect for vignetting at infinity focus.

For the series below, a translucent Nikon white lens cap was taped over the lens hood, then a white garage door was shot at close range with focus at infinity. There might be probably better diffusers, but this method is quite good and far superior to shooting a cloudy sky.

Checking the color in the corners in Lab mode in Photoshop, there is a 2-3 point shift to blue in the extreme corners, with no tint change (neutral on the magenta/green axis). This blue shift into the corners is the norm, less so on modern designed-for-mirrorless lenses, but only a few lenses have no shift at all. It is very low in comparison, for example, to the color shift over the entire frame with some f/1.4 lenses from f/1.4 to f/2 which can be 6 or even 8 points; see color balance by aperture.

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