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10/5.6 M 2 0.34%
12/5.6 VM III 2 0.34%
12/5.6 VM II 3 0.50%
12/5.6 LTM 15 2.51%
15/4.5 VM III 26 4.36%
15/4.5 VM II 27 4.52%
15/4.5 LTM 61 10.22%
21/1.8 M 19 3.18%
21/4 M 45 7.54%
21/4 LTM 94 15.75%
25/4 M 19 3.18%
25/4 LTM 44 7.37%
28/1.9 LTM 33 5.53%
28/2 M 42 7.04%
28/3.5 LTM 62 10.39%
35/1.2 II 46 7.71%
35/1.2 I 41 6.87%
35/1.4 MC 37 6.20%
35/1.4 SC 33 5.53%
35/1.7 M 15 2.51%
35/1.7 LTM 48 8.04%
35/2.5 M 53 8.88%
35/2.5 LTM 83 13.90%
40/1.4 MC 36 6.03%
40/1.4 SC 35 5.86%
50/1.1 M 31 5.19%
50/1.5 M 70 11.73%
50/1.5 LTM 61 10.22%
50/2 M 19 3.18%
50/2 LTM 10 1.68%
50/2.5 LTM 49 8.21%
50/3.5 LTM 29 4.86%
75/1.8 M 35 5.86%
75/2.5 LTM 57 9.55%
90/3.5 LTM 24 4.02%
NEW 40/1.2 ASPH 3 0.50%
NEW 50/1.2 ASPH 7 1.17%
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Old 12-04-2018   #121
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Yes, Helen, I agree with you about the Color Skopar 50mm f/2.5.

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Old 12-04-2018   #122
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I shoot with the following lenses on my M6 and M10:

21mm f/1.4 Leitz
35mm f/1.4 Zeiss
90mm f/2 Leitz

I do not need another lens. These three are all I really need.

However, if I were forced to replace the three lenses I already own with Voigtländer lenses, I would buy:

21/1.8 M
35/1.4
75/1.8 M

On the other hand, if I were forced to add a Voigtländer to the three M lenses I already own, I would probably add the 50mm f/1.1 lens.
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Old 05-28-2019   #123
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Narsuitus, this is a good question!

"If I were forced to replace the three lenses I already own with Voigtländer lenses, I would buy"



I would buy: 50mm f/2.5 LTM black, 35mm f/1.7 LTM black and 50mm f/1.1 M.

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Old 05-28-2019   #124
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I have, Skopar 50/2.5, LTM and M Nokton 50/1.5, Skopar 21/4 VM, and LTM Heliar 50/3.5
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Old 05-29-2019   #125
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My favorite voigtlander lens designs are:
1. 50/3.5
2. 21/4
3. 15/4.5

Just phenomenal optics for the price.
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Old 06-27-2019   #126
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Recently I've got a black collapsible Heliar 50mm f/2. It is one of my favorites now. It has a remarkable 'sudden' passage from sharp to unsharp wich produces a 3D effect.

Leica MP, Heliar 50mm f/2 collapsible, 400-2TMY, printed on Adox MCC 110.

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Old 06-27-2019   #127
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I have too many lenses. But of my Voigtländer lenses, the Color Skopar 28mm f/3.5 and the new HyperWide 10mm f/5.6 are the two that I find myself reaching for most of the time recently, the latter in particular. The 10mm is a superb match to the Leica CL for ultra-wide shooting.

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Old 06-27-2019   #128
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in the Past it was the Nokton ... 50 1.1 and ltm 50 1.5

Now It's the Color Skopar...
not just for its size & ergonomics but Lovely rendering
Even though I shoot film I no longer lust for speed


Miss 50 2.5 Color Skopar is Pure Magic


I have been eyeing this lens, Helen. I agree with the special rendering!


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Old 06-28-2019   #129
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I have:
21/4 LTM
25/4 LTM
28/3.5 LTM
35/2.5 LTM
40/1.4 M

I can't speak for the ones I don't have, but I'm very happy with the performance of the ones I do own. I'd rather the 25/4 be rangefinder coupled, but the scale focusing works out fine in actual practice. I don't really have a favorite, but the 28/3.5 and 35/2.5 have been my most used.
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Old 06-28-2019   #130
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I have:
21/4 LTM
25/4 LTM
28/3.5 LTM
35/2.5 LTM
40/1.4 M

I can't speak for the ones I don't have, but I'm very happy with the performance of the ones I do own. I'd rather the 25/4 be rangefinder coupled, but the scale focusing works out fine in actual practice. I don't really have a favorite, but the 28/3.5 and 35/2.5 have been my most used.
The Color-Skopar 28mm f/3.5 performs way above its price point. It's one superb little lens.

Great with film in particular. It's not so good a match to FF digital sensors, showing some color shifting with most of them. But with APS-C digital sensors, it's nearly flawless.

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Old 07-20-2019   #131
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The Color-Skopar 28mm f/3.5 performs way above its price point. It's one superb little lens.

Great with film in particular. It's not so good a match to FF digital sensors, showing some color shifting with most of them. But with APS-C digital sensors, it's nearly flawless.

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It is the perfect match with any Leica Monochrom, rendering wonderfully subtle gray tones. Also the smallest M lens I own, body-cap sized only bested in that characteristic alone, by the MS Optics 28/2.
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Not mentioned but the new 21/3.5 is now living on my R-D1
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Old 07-20-2019   #133
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Not mentioned but the new 21/3.5 is now living on my R-D1
Poll started before it was introduced
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Old 09-06-2019   #134
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Old 09-26-2019   #135
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I'm going to add the 35mm f1.4 SC Version ll to my list. I like the first results.
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Old 10-31-2019   #136
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Poll started before it was introduced
This being RFF, do you mean the 21/3.5 or the R-D1? ��
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Old 11-01-2019   #137
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- 21/4 LTM: very good on film.
- 21 / 1.8 M: excellent also on digital, no color shift problem. I use it with great satisfaction on the Leica M9 and Nikon Z6. It has a rendering very similar to the classic Leica m lenses.
- 40 / 1.4 M: very good on film but never satisfied me on digit.
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Old 11-03-2019   #138
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I currently own the
28mm F2 Ultron and
35mm F1.4 Nokton MC II

Out of these two I gravitate to the 28 F2 the most especially as my walk around street photography lens. For portraits I'm trying to warm up to using the 35 Nokton since I recenlty purchased it and also because 35mm is my go to on my Sony A7RIII camera.
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Old 11-10-2019   #139
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Have a 3,5/28 LTM on my Monochrom when 28 is called for. Great tonality and the tiniest lens I own.
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Old 12-21-2019   #140
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The 40/1.2 became my fav allrounder.

Extremely versatile field of view, I shoot it as a tight 35 with a shallower depth of field and it just works beautifully. For framelines, I haven't filed the bayonet, instead I've macguyvered a way to keep the framelines preview lever on the 35/135 position.

It's a rather compact lens, even with the vented hood it's still so well balanced on an M body.

having the close focusing down to 50cm is pretty handy. For closer shots I just turn on live view, close it down to 2.8 and it works great.

I just love this lens and although I do still have a faint fetish for a ZM 35/1.4 Distagon I know it wouldn't beat some of the above aspects to my taste/use.
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... I do still have a faint fetish for a ZM 35/1.4 Distagon I know it wouldn't beat some of the above aspects to my taste/use.
I own it and it's one of the sharpest lenses in my bag. It's bigger than most M-mount alternatives, but you quickly get used to it (and, of course, it's well worth it). One of my favorite 35mm lenses of all time! (and that comes straight from a total Leica freak like me). I got rid of a 35mm Asph Summicron in favor of it!

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Recently I've got a black collapsible Heliar 50mm f/2. It is one of my favorites now. It has a remarkable 'sudden' passage from sharp to unsharp wich produces a 3D effect.

Leica MP, Heliar 50mm f/2 collapsible, 400-2TMY, printed on Adox MCC 110.

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Hi Erik,

I have the first edition Heliar 50/2. How is it different from your collapsible Heliar?
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Hi Erik,
I have the first edition Heliar 50/2. How is it different from your collapsible Heliar?
Raid I think it has to be the same, as there was only one early collapsible edition.

Then the later one was introduced 2009, commemorating 50 years of Cosina and 10 years of Cosina/Voigtlander 1999-2009, total production 600 lenses. This edition was nickel finish and screw mount, non-collapsible.

I have both the nickel lens and an earlier black lens. Here are my notes on the early one...

Discontinued limited production, in silver or black finish, introduced Mar 22 2006, matched with a run of specially-marked Bessa R2M and R3M bodies commemorating 250 years of Voigtlander 1756-2006, total production 2500 cameras... and presumably 2500 lenses... 1700 of them black. USA importers later in 2006 split the kits and sold bodies and lenses separately.

Herbert Keppler's column in the Dec 2006 PopPhoto praises the lens: "The Heliar turned out to be incredibly good, comparable at all apertures to the 50mm f/2 Leica Summicron-M we'd tested in 1996." Cosina did it with "Newly developed super high-index glass (that) reduces all aberrations." This is quite a breakthrough, as the Heliar was historically not suited to small-format use, its qualities not including the necessary acutance or desired speed. As essentially a Tessar with another element cemented-in to make a front doublet, it's amazing it could exceed f/2.8. Fastest Heliar ever made. Having only 6 air-to-glass surfaces, it's extremely flare resistant and contrasty.

It collapses only about 1cm, and then projects into the camera body only about 1mm. Beautifully crafted, as the first new Voigtlander-branded lens to emerge after Cosina began producing Carl Zeiss lenses. Probably the only multi-coated collapsible lens ever made in either Leica thread or bayonet mount. Focusing tab of prototype not included in production lenses.

Sean Reid says that if he owned this lens he would not bother to have it 6-bit coded for the M8. It is softer wide open, esp in the corners (likely due to field curvature), than either the Summicron or Planar, and more subject to veiling flare for a "classic" rendition. Improved noticeably at f/2.4, but evidence of a focus shift at mid apertures.

I sent mine to DAG for 6-bit coding to 010111 (as an earlier Summicron) and adjust to best focus. Seems about right on wide open and I suspect a slightly concave field of focus. Not crisp wide open but pretty good at f/2.8 and up. Maybe a slight tendency to front-focus a bit at f/4. Lovely smooth bokeh with very slight tendency to doubling in near-bokeh so perhaps undercorrected spherical aberration.
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I'm sorry Raid, I've missed your question, but be comforted by this wonderful answer from Doug.

It is indeed a very sharp lens, and as far as I know the only collapsible Leica lens in black.

The picture above is at full aperture or at f/2.8 (I forgot) and it is nice to have the background out of focus because this creates dept.

The lens can be safely collapsed on the M5 and looks in fact great on an M5 because it is in black. The M5 was esthetically designed to have black lenses.

I got the lens very cheap because it was tampered with. The barrel was loose, so the front was wobbling. It was difficult to repair it, like a Chinese puzzle.

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Leica MP, Heliar 50mm f/2 black, 400-2TMY/AdoxMCC110.

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Thank you, Doug, for your detailed response, and thank you, Erik too.
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Like any American consumerist snob I was smitten (and still am) with what Leica meant and means (though means largely because it meant). My favorite lens is still the Summicron Rigid V.2, but the Nokton 1.5/50 renders like aforementioned Summicron at f/2 and f/2.8. I have the chromed brass version. The focus ring is too sharp and gnarled. I covered it with a thin layer of black gaffer tape. Now it is silky smooth and balances perfectly on my M4. I rarely use the f/1.5; but it's nice to have it.
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The 21/4 is perhaps the best value + performance in M-mount lenses in general. Pretty outstanding.
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I only have the collapsible 50mm f3.5 Heliar, but I haven't been able to look at any results yet as I don't have any time right now for shooting or developing. I've got one roll of expired color film down with this lens, but have to send it out to get developed.

I am looking to get the 35mm Color-Skopar f2.5 to be my everything lens instead. Excited to get my hands on that Skopar, it seems like a really tiny and fun to use lens.
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I've been absolutely loving my Nokton 40mm 1.4. What a stellar lens is such a small package.
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Just purchased a M mount 21 4.0 Color-Skopar from member wpb. The 21 joins a 35 2.0 Ultron ASPH VM and a 250 Anniversary collapsable 50 2.0 Heliar Classic. Now I have a nice three lens set for my M4.
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The 35 1.4 Nokton SC has won me over. I love the rendering and color on the M8. It's been seeing much more action than my c-biogon.
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