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Michael Erlewine

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In Praise of the Voigtlanders
« on: February 12, 2020, 05:22:11 pm »

Over time, in day-to-day and actual use, I continue to be impressed by Voigtlander lenses. And I keep acquiring more and more of these Cosina/Voigtlander beauties, now made in Japan. That simple fact is they hold up in several ways, and I find myself reaching for them more of the time.

They are wonderfully made, many are very well corrected, even worth calling APO, sharp, and aside from classics like the 125nn APO-Lanther f/2.5, are relatively inexpensive. Each one is kind of a precious package. I donít have all of them because some are not lenses I use a lot for my work, but here are some of the ones I actually use, and the ones I use the most are marked with an asterisk.


125 ** Voigtlander  125 F/2.5 Macro APO-Lanthar   
010 ** Voigtlander Heliar-Hyper Wide 10mm f/5.6 Aspherical Lens for Sony E
090 ** Voigtlander  APO_Lanthar 90mm f/3.5 SL
021   Voigtlander Nokton 21mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Sony E
040    Voigtlander  40mm Ultron f/2.0 SL II       
050 ** Voigtlander APO-LANTHAR 50mm f/2 Aspherical Lens for Sony E
058    Voigtlander  58mm f/1.4 Nokton       
065 ** Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm f/2 Aspherical Lens for Sony E
090    Voigtlander  90mm f/3.5 SL II with Close-Up Lens
110 ** Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 110mm f/2.5 Lens for Sony-E
180 ** Voigtlander 180mm  APO f/4     

Photo taken today using the Nikon Z7 with the Voigtlander 110mmMacro APO-Lanthar f/2 and the TechArt TZE-01 adapter
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Re: In Praise of the Voigtlanders
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2020, 11:16:42 am »

In addition to the Voigtlander optics, Sony a7 owners ought to seriously consider the adapter for Leica M optics.   See https://www.amazon.com/Voigtlander-Adapter-VM-Mount-Mount-Camera/dp/B00I4BD3WO .  The adapter stays on my Sony permanently.  All of the optics I use are Leica M mount, and they are available from a number of different, high quality manufacturers.

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Re: In Praise of the Voigtlanders
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2020, 05:20:09 pm »

I feel the same way about these lenses and am surprised at the lack of buzz about the CV's other than over on FM. I only have the 65/2 but plan to build around it, the 21/1.4, 40/2 and 110/2.5 lenses in particular.
Lovely image Michael,
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Re: In Praise of the Voigtlanders
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2020, 05:53:07 pm »

Amen to Michael:  125 and the 65 are really good lenses.
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Re: In Praise of the Voigtlanders
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2020, 06:12:04 pm »

I love my 125mm f2.5.

It happily replaced both a Zeiss 100mm f2.2 and Zeiss 135mm f2.0.

The story being that Voigtlander (Cosina) had to stop manufacturing the 125mm due to agreements with Zeiss, knowing that the Zeiss high end lenses (including the Otus) are manufactured by Cosine in the very same factory where the best Voigtlander glass is manufactured.

Cheers,
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Re: In Praise of the Voigtlanders
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2020, 07:05:47 pm »

Photo taken today using the Nikon Z7 with the Voigtlander 65mmMacro APO-Lanthar f/2 and the TechArt TZE-01 adapter

Outstanding image.

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Re: In Praise of the Voigtlanders
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2020, 04:05:50 pm »

I sold my Sony system, but kept my Voigtlander APO lenses.  Can't bring myself to sell them.
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Re: In Praise of the Voigtlanders
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2020, 07:36:50 pm »

I sold my Sony system, but kept my Voigtlander APO lenses.  Can't bring myself to sell them.

If I may, what did you sell your Sonys for?

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Re: In Praise of the Voigtlanders
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2020, 07:41:37 pm »

I sold my Sony system, but kept my Voigtlander APO lenses.  Can't bring myself to sell them.

They work perfectly on the Nikon Z systems, given a ultra-thin TechArt TZE-01 adapter.
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Re: In Praise of the Voigtlanders
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2020, 12:03:25 pm »

They work perfectly on the Nikon Z systems, given a ultra-thin TechArt TZE-01 adapter.

Yup, that might be my plan for the long term.

Bernard, see the thread you started about Sony colors.  :)
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