I recently got myself Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar 15mm/4.5 lens, which I enjoy shooting a lot. It has built-in lens hood with filter threads and manual says it's fitted with 52mm filter threads.

I want to use it with ND filter and when I got to the store I wasn't able to screw in a single filter because filter body seem to be too "wide" and diameter of the hood too narrow. I've also tried step-down rings and I had exactly the same problem, as rings were hitting the hood.

Should I looks for some kind of special filters to fit this lens?

Lens photo for the reference (you can see threads inside the hood):

Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar 15mm/4.5

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    They are notoriously hard to fit filters to, unfortunately. Jul 18, 2014 at 15:06
  • What camera are you putting this on? Someone on dpreview said they use a step-down 52->46 ring on NEX; since the sensor's APS-C, the vignetting doesn't show.
    – inkista
    Jul 18, 2014 at 17:14
  • @inkista Sony A7 it's FF sensor and this lens vignettes pretty bad already.
    – Andrew
    Jul 18, 2014 at 20:22
  • 'fraid that was it. Maybe it's time to contemplate the FE 16-35/4 ZA instead?
    – inkista
    Jul 18, 2014 at 20:47
  • @inkista if only it'll perform better than 24-70/4. Honestly, I'm so disappointed with lens lineup made by sony, it was a year since camera release and they still didn't covered most of the focal lengths with a good glass.
    – Andrew
    Jul 19, 2014 at 9:16

3 Answers 3


Ken Rockwell talks a bit about your threading issue here.

He seems to think this is the standard 52mm thread, which Canon/Nikon fans would be familiar with, but Leica fans would think was quite unique.

Ken is usually right about these things.

  • It's 52mm thread indeed, but very few filters seem to be able to fit it because hood is so narrow. I still struggle to find ND filter which will fit.
    – Andrew
    Aug 12, 2014 at 21:50
  • Ah, an ND filter. I thought you just wanted a UV Have filter (protective filter). That may not be possible with the hood, yeah. It is a wonderful lens, but that will be a problem. Aug 13, 2014 at 0:16

You can use the Bombo100v15 holder, which can fit all filters of size 100mm (Cokin Z).

Please visit here for solution: Holder for all Voigtlander version II & III using filter 100mm : http://bombophoto.com/shop/bombo-holder/bombo-holder-100mm/av15-iii/


You can use Adapter AV15-III or AV15-II for Voigtlander 15mm f4, it fit on Bombo holder name Laser100

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    Apr 30, 2016 at 15:09

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