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Old 04-05-2018   #121
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A Hologon draws all the straight lines straight. You can place a ruler on them.

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A Hologon is hard to beat for lack of distortion, but I believe that standing sideways or holding the camera at an angle may result in some appreance of distortion that a non-Hologon lens may not actually have (so bad).
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Awesome, such beautiful bokeh.
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I always like your style Mike, in this excellent series I'm much impressed by these two pictures, very powerful. Well done.
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Akiva, Robert,
Thank you very much for your kind remarks, they are sincerely appreciated.

Funny thing about the Voigtlander 50mm f3.5 Heliar LTM lens is that when I first acquired it as part of the Voigtlander Bessa-T 101th Heliar Anniversary set I was totally enamored with the camera and thought that the collapsable lens was something that I could do without. The lens sat on the shelf for quite awhile before the day came when I decided to give it a try. Man! Was I surprised with the results. I went from thinking about selling it to thinking about trying to find another one as a spare. Anyway, Iím glad I used it and have since completely changed my mind on thinking that fast lenses were the be-all and end-all.

By-the-way, this lens is pretty damn sharp too!



But, itís the beautiful bokeh that really grabs me.



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great shots. it is a fantastic lens and I am glad I kept mine too. Now that I am shooting digital I'll play around with it more. Glad to see people still using it
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Anybody using the f/2 version on a M9? How do you like it? Any examples?
i have. Great results, but like a fool I sold the M9. So now it lives on my CV R3M.
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^ Doug, the colors are so vivid, they really pop! Texture is right up there too! Well done.

Iím surprised this lens isnít more popular.

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Mike thanks, these and your samples really show the excellence of this strange little lens! Mine is among the final 100 of the 600 samples made in nickel finish after an earlier run of chrome ones... Then there was another small production of odd-looking non-collapsible versions IIRC for Nikon RF mount. So, several opportunities to get popular, but overall in modest quantities.
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I picked up a nickel LTM 50/3.5 Heliar because I prefer it to the M-mount version currently in production. The LTM is collapsible, which I like for size convenience, it has aperture click stops, and its aperture and focus rings rotate separately.

Now I'm looking at the 50/2 Heliar Classic and I was favoring the M-mount collapsible version, even if it's not a huge size difference. However, the M-mount version has 11 aperture blades, while the CameraQuest shop listing for the nickel LTM 50/2 says it has 10. Can anyone verify that? I think I'd prefer the defined sunstars of 10 aperture blades rather than 22-pointed stars from the M-mount Heliar.
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Okay, now I am waiting for my M3 to come back from CLA. I really want the M3 to mate with my Voigtlander 50mm f3.5 Heliar LTM lens (101th Limited Edition)
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...Now I'm looking at the 50/2 Heliar Classic and I was favoring the M-mount collapsible version, even if it's not a huge size difference. However, the M-mount version has 11 aperture blades, while the CameraQuest shop listing for the nickel LTM 50/2 says it has 10. Can anyone verify that? I think I'd prefer the defined sunstars of 10 aperture blades rather than 22-pointed stars from the M-mount Heliar.
Well, I have both the 50/2 Heliars and I've counted the aperture blades several times and keep coming up with the number 11 for both.
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I picked up a nickel LTM 50/3.5 Heliar because I prefer it to the M-mount version currently in production. The LTM is collapsible, which I like for size convenience, it has aperture click stops, and its aperture and focus rings rotate separately.

Now I'm looking at the 50/2 Heliar Classic and I was favoring the M-mount collapsible version, even if it's not a huge size difference. However, the M-mount version has 11 aperture blades, while the CameraQuest shop listing for the nickel LTM 50/2 says it has 10. Can anyone verify that? I think I'd prefer the defined sunstars of 10 aperture blades rather than 22-pointed stars from the M-mount Heliar.
I returned mine because I hated the way the aperture ring rattled.
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Well, I have both the 50/2 Heliars and I've counted the aperture blades several times and keep coming up with the number 11 for both.
Thank you, I was suspicious that may be the case. CameraQuest simply has the wrong info on their website. I actually emailed Stephen last week and he sent me a six-word reply reaffirming the nickel CV 10th Anniversary Heliar 50/2 has only ten aperture leaves, but I figured he was too busy running a business to actually check the lens, so I decided to repeat my question here. Not only is the info wrong on the shop listing I linked above, but also on the Voigtlander lens info page if you scroll down 3/4 of the way.

I guess this means I'll be going for a 250th Anniversary collapsible then for its smaller form factor, hopefully in silver chrome if I can find one
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I returned mine because I hated the way the aperture ring rattled.
Just bought the Nikon RF version.
Was that a current M-mount or older LTM 50/3.5 with a rattling aperture ring?

I've been very happy with my nickel 10th Anniversary LTM version which has aperture click stops, albeit not super-firm ones. I used it this evening to photograph a tutoring center where I volunteer (I can't share photos because the students are minors), and even though it is only f/3.5, I had no trouble using it indoors after dark with bad fluorescent lighting on a Sony a7R3. The only little annoyance I've come across is that while the lens does lock when extended, it doesn't lock when retracted and can fully rotate, but there's sufficient resistance that it doesn't move unless pushed.
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I thought I would add a few samples to the collection, in case they are of interest. They were taken with the latest version of the 50mm 3.5 Heliar:





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No, when a line is straight, a lens should draw it straight, regardless the angle to it.

The line between the tiles at the bottom of the picture is curved on the picture. I presume that the line in reality is straight, so the lens must draw it straight, but it draws it curved. That is wrong in my eyes.

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If you put a straight edge to the top line of tiles you'll see the barrel distortion clearly.

So you agree my opinion that the Heliar 50mm f/3.5 distorts? On one of the pictures of EastNeuk this is visible too.


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Was that a current M-mount or older LTM 50/3.5 with a rattling aperture ring?

I've been very happy with my nickel 10th Anniversary LTM version which has aperture click stops, albeit not super-firm ones. I used it this evening to photograph a tutoring center where I volunteer (I can't share photos because the students are minors), and even though it is only f/3.5, I had no trouble using it indoors after dark with bad fluorescent lighting on a Sony a7R3. The only little annoyance I've come across is that while the lens does lock when extended, it doesn't lock when retracted and can fully rotate, but there's sufficient resistance that it doesn't move unless pushed.
It was the LTM version. Stephen/Cameraquest told me they all do that and is an acquired taste. The current version does not.
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I have the first version 50/2 and 50/3.5. I use these lenses. I am not too picky about smaller issues. Rattling aperture ring? Small amount of edge distortion? Stuff like that. I know that some are perfectionists here, but I am just a mortal photographer.
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I have the first version 50/2 and 50/3.5. I use these lenses. I am not too picky about smaller issues. Rattling aperture ring? Small amount of edge distortion? Stuff like that. I know that some are perfectionists here, but I am just a mortal photographer.
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I returned mine because I hated the way the aperture ring rattled
I guess you didnt know..
That lens doubles..
As a maraca...
Not very musical...are we?...lol...
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I have the first version 50/2 and 50/3.5. I use these lenses. I am not too picky about smaller issues. Rattling aperture ring? Small amount of edge distortion? Stuff like that. I know that some are perfectionists here, but I am just a mortal photographer.
Take it easy.
I can't get the aperture ring on my 50/3.5 to rattle no matter how hard I shake it. Maybe if I used it more it would start but I've been on an Elmar 50 kick lately so it has had to spend some time on the shelf.

Poor thing. Maybe I need another Barnack body to keep it company.
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