Voigtlander Snapshot Skopar 25mm f4.0
The Voigtlander Snapshot Skopar 25mm f4.0 is a real gem of a lens. It is a small and lightweight lens that packs a big punch. There is no rangefinder coupling, so in order to use it, you must scale focus the lens based off the distance guides on the lens. However, being that it is a 25mm lens, even at f/5.6 the depth of field is so large that it is very hard to miss.
If you do have absolutely wretched depth perception, there is the 25mm Skopar P version of the lens which is rangefinder coupled. The trade off is that it costs a bit more and doesn’t come with the nice, bright external viewfinder.
The Snapshot Skopar puts the Snap back in Snapshot.
There probably couldn’t be a more perfect name for this lens. Once the working distance is set, and I have the lighting conditions all figured out, the speed in which I can use it to make a photo is phenomenal. There is so much margin of error with the depth of field that focusing isn’t an issue. Plus, I find the external viewfinder far easier to get to my eye then the built-in viewfinders on a Leica.
Snapshot Skopar: Great at Parties!
My most favorite thing to do with my Snapshot Skopar is to take it to weddings and parties. With it I hold a large flash in my left hand and get in real close to inebriated people having fun. This technique of shooting has led to some of my most favorite photos I’ve taken in the past five years.