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Old 12-06-2017   #81
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It is true retro, LTM lens for focus throw. Just like Elmar 50 3.5 or Industar 22/50 3.5. Very usable on the street and quick to focus between infinity and two meters. Then, starting from two meters to one this is where it gets very long.
On M mount bodies 50mm lenses like these at one meter will have focus tab up and close to VF window. Usually it is not an issue for common street photography. Only if you are after Gulden/Cohen close ups. But 50mm is not for it anyway.
Thanks KoFe, thatís what I assumed looking at pictures. The focus throw looked exactly like the old Elmars.

With a fifty in the streets Iím mostly at 2 meters all the time anyway.
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I'll be getting my new cone head version today. Will see how it checks out.



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That's 1 fugly lookin lens Huss..
I want one...!
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Old 12-06-2017   #84
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It is certainly a unique look!!
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This one is closer to ELC. Egg Latterned Canadian.
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I'll be getting my new cone head version today. Will see how it checks out.



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It came in and looks much better in hand. Still quirky..
Comparing it (to memory) to the limited edition (I think nickel plated) collapsible one I had, the cone head version has incredibly silky smooth and perfectly damped focus and aperture rings. Just on the right side of heavy.
Interestingly the aperture ring is now clickless, but the weighting of it means it will never accidentally move. The old rattly aperture ring is long gone!

The fly in the ointment? I bought this used and I noticed there is a small bit of something dead center in the lens behind the front element. It will not effect pics but B&H never disclosed that..
I'll take a closer look to see what it is (I'm assuming a dust particle) and decide a course of action.
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B&H freakin' sent me a lens (rated 9+) with either a dead bug or fungus in the middle. This pic is the best I can do with my phone, but using a loop it is one or the other..


I requested an RMA.
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B&H freakin' sent me a lens (rated 9+) with either a dead bug or fungus in the middle. ...
my Heliar has also let dust inside, way too easily as its been rarely used, and never in dusty environments.
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Fungus or bug is very unlikely for recently made lens like this. But even classic bubble is not for 9+ lens these days.
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Just use it..and forget about the dust..after you get a % off from B&H..
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It provides character!



You need to use it more. That way the bugs don't have time to move in and lay eggs.
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Character would be fine if this lens was cheap. But for them to describe it as 9+ and not have it that much cheaper than new. Nope.

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Fungus or bug is very unlikely for recently made lens like this. But even classic bubble is not for 9+ lens these days.
And yet that's what they shipped to me. I can't tell if it's legs or filaments which is why it is either a bug or fungus.
Anyway, it's on its way back to them.
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And yet that's what they shipped to me. I can't tell if it's legs or filaments which is why it is either a bug or fungus.
Anyway, it's on its way back to them.
What is even more amusing, the optics of this lens claimed to be bugs free!
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It's a nyc..cocka..roach..
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It's obviously a fluke, and the mechanics of this lens are just superb. The smoothness of the focus ring is unreal. The couple of test pics I snapped (with bug!) did show really nice rendering so I may pony up and get a new one. I already ordered the goofy 27 mm UV filter before this happened..
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would they clean the lens for free?
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Huss doesnt like..bugs...
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would they clean the lens for free?

There was an option of the return form to clean/repair the item (but it was a generic return form so they have refused). Still seeing how much sloppy workmanship is out there, I'd prefer to pay the extra $$ and get a new one. Instead of having one possibly returned with damaged inner lenses etc.
This is/was pretty much a new lens!
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I just got a new nickel plated anniversary edition in the mail. To my own question about the focus throw, it’s definitely long.

KoFe was right though, on the streets the actual “working” focus throw is pretty quick. I shot a couple rolls yesterday and it’s pretty quick. I never felt like it was a problem.

Definitely a beautifully built lens. I don’t think the ergonomics are that funky. The aperture ring is easier than I expected based on what I read online. The fact that it rotates with focus is weird, but in a day of hard shooting I didn’t even notice it.

Haven’t seen the results yet, I’m out of town away from my dark room, but so far I’m pretty happy with it. A slower lens like this is definitely a bit of a challenge, but on M10/240 with high iso i would imagine it’s not too bad. I was making it Work last night with HP5 pushed to 800 and it was ok. Not easy, but I was still out there taking shots, so it’s not impossible.

Anyway, so far, definitely like this lens in use. Will try to come back and post some results when I Get in darkroom.
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Bringing an old thread back to life. I've had the S-mount version of the Voigtlander 50mm f3.5 Heliar for a couple of months now and really like it. Don't know about the hype, but the lens is super sharp wide open (on digital and film) and I love the OOF rendering. It's very light, aperture movement feels perfectly damped, and just works really well. Interesting thing I noticed when looking at images of the VM version, I thought both lenses were identical, with just the M mount and helical added to the VM version, but then I noticed the aperture ring turns the opposite direction on the VM version compared to the S-mount version, so I guess they might have entirely different internal construction.

Here's my S-mount version attached to my Z6.



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Using an Amedeo adapter, I put my Voigtlander 50mm f3.5 Heliar on an M-9 Monochrom to see just how sharp it was wide open on the Leica. Below are the results, both shot wide open. The first was shot with focus at minimum (about 1 meter):



This is 100% zoom crop, straight out of the camera with no sharpening:



The second was shot with focus near infinity, again wide open:



And again, this is 100% zoom crop, straight out of the camera with no sharpening:



It's a pretty sharp lens, even wide open.

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I think it’s a very nice lens but wide open at 3.5 is considered stopped
down for most other 50mm lenses. By that I mean the vast majority of 50mm lenses are sharp when stopped down to 3.5/4 and beyond.
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Heliar 50mm f/2 forgotten?

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

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Erik you could shoot through the bottom of a
coke bottle and make it look good!
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I think the Voigtlander 50mm f3.5 Heliar Vintage Line VM lens is a pretty damn good lens; I sure like it! Here are some shots I took today with mine.

Voigtlander 50mm f3.5 Heliar Vintage Line VM lens, Sony A7III
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coke bottle and make it look good!
Thank you Huss! But the Heliar 50mm f/2 is a good and very special lens. Incomprehensible that is was never a production lens.

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Voigtlander 50mm f3.5 Heliar Vintage Line VM lens, Sony A7III
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Dunno whether the lens is overhyped. I have two -- the conehead for Nikon and the nickel plated for Leica. The trick is that most of the milliondy-billion 50's out there perform superbly by f:3.5. By that point, most common aberrations have begun to moderate due to stopping down, depth of focus is covering small errors in focus, or issues related to focus-shift. I thought it was ballsy to produce the lens, given those facts. My 3.5 Heliar is just about the equal of Nikon 1.4 Millennium and a 50 1.4 Apo stopped down to about the same aperture. But I rarely choose either Heliar for a day out, because the 1.4's give me superb quality at f:3.5 and several extra stops if I want them. But it is good that it's out there if folks want them.
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Here are three pix taken on an older Olympus Pen with adapters. The first is a backlit scene of a coffee cup taken with a 50 Sumilux Apsh wide open. The second is a detail from that scene. The third is the same detail with the Heliar wide open.

Full scene:



Lux detail @1.4



Heliar detail @3.5



What this shows is that for my samples of these lenses, the Heliar is almost as sharp, and controls flare almost as well as the Lux, when both lenses are wide open. Pretty impressive given the disparity in price between the two. But owning both, there is no reason not to choose the Lux for a day out on the town.
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Voigtlander 50mm f3.5 Heliar Vintage Line VM lens, Sony A7III
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This and a couple of the others above show the sharpness an colors with this lens nicely!

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It's a another 50mm..lol...
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Mike,

This and a couple of the others above show the sharpness an colors with this lens nicely!

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Thank you, David. I think it's a great lens!

Voigtlander 50mm f3.5 Heliar Vintage Line VM lens, Sony A7II camera
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