First test Panasonic AF-100 & Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95 Lens

My Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95 lens arrived last week after much anticipation, and I immediately shot some test footage. And, it did not disappoint! I was amazed at the footage. Very clean lens and very sharp.

Here’s a short clip of the footage I shot on my Panasonic AF-100 camera:

The above footage was shot in 1080p 24fps, film gamma (F6) and slightly color corrected.

Here’s my “first look” review of the Voigtlander lens:

  1. The lens movement as you focus is incredibly smooth and tight. Very nice movement! It spins cleanly and consistently. Feels very solid.
  2. I was a bit surprised at how small the lens was. For some reason, I expected a bigger lens, but the smallness is actually quite nice.
  3. The focus range is interesting. From close up to about 3 feet, there’s lot of room for focus. The lens seems to slide so far around. But, once you get past 3 or 4 feet, you have very little range, it seems. For close shots on video, rack focus is pretty easy to hit, but for longer shots, the focus is a bit harder to hit. I know it’s not a cinema lens, but it’s something to keep in mind when using this lens for video.
  4. The depth of field is super, super shallow at f/0.95, but that’s what you’d expect. And, I love the bokeh! It’s a beautiful soft blurring effect. Very nice!
  5. The f-stop ring works well. It has lots of notches and sub-notches so there’s a good range of stops you can hit.

Overall, I’m very pleased with the lens! I’m planning to use it this weekend on a big production project where we’ll be shooting a live concert in the evening. I’m looking forward to see how the lens performs.

I do have one complaint about the lens: it’s the only one they have for Micro Four Thirds (MFT) mount! That stinks! I want a whole family of these lenses. How about a 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 100mm, 135mm and a 200mm?

Maybe some day!

In the meantime, I came across this video on how the lens is manufactured. Very cool.


  1. clyde brooks says

    for the money we paid there should be more of how to use the lens tech wise

    until cb

  2. I just bought this very same set up. I’ve never been so excited about anything since I knew I was getting a BMX back in the 1980s haha – thanks for the film – great stuff and was a big help in justifying the spend :0)

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