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View Poll Results: What are your Favorite Voigtlander Leica mount lenses?
10/5.6 M 2 0.42%
12/5.6 VM III 2 0.42%
12/5.6 VM II 2 0.42%
12/5.6 LTM 15 3.16%
15/4.5 VM III 17 3.59%
15/4.5 VM II 20 4.22%
15/4.5 LTM 51 10.76%
21/1.8 M 11 2.32%
21/4 M 37 7.81%
21/4 LTM 77 16.24%
25/4 M 15 3.16%
25/4 LTM 38 8.02%
28/1.9 LTM 25 5.27%
28/2 M 29 6.12%
28/3.5 LTM 50 10.55%
35/1.2 II 31 6.54%
35/1.2 I 38 8.02%
35/1.4 MC 30 6.33%
35/1.4 SC 23 4.85%
35/1.7 M 13 2.74%
35/1.7 LTM 41 8.65%
35/2.5 M 43 9.07%
35/2.5 LTM 68 14.35%
40/1.4 MC 31 6.54%
40/1.4 SC 29 6.12%
50/1.1 M 25 5.27%
50/1.5 M 56 11.81%
50/1.5 LTM 50 10.55%
50/2 M 15 3.16%
50/2 LTM 10 2.11%
50/2.5 LTM 42 8.86%
50/3.5 LTM 23 4.85%
75/1.8 M 27 5.70%
75/2.5 LTM 48 10.13%
90/3.5 LTM 19 4.01%
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Old 04-20-2016   #81
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I have used the 40mm 1.4 quite a lot (it was my first M lens), it suits my preferred FOV and is convenient when things get dark.

Leica M6 - Nokton 40mm - Ilford Pan 400
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I also have the 35mm f2.5 in LTM but I hardly use it (not because it's a bad lens though).

Leica M6 - 35mm f2.5 - Tmax 100
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I bought a 50mm f1.5 in LTM but it was a bit big for my preferences and went from one extreme to the other and got an 50mm Elmar-m instead.

Leica M6 - Nokton 50mm f1.5 - Tri-x

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Old 04-21-2016   #82
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Why buy a CV lens when Leica lenses are still around.

Bought three when CV first issued. 25 is a decentered paperweight. 12 & 15 have mechanical issues I repaired myself and do not work well with digital.
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Old 04-21-2016   #83
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Why buy a CV lens when Leica lenses are still around.

Bought three when CV first issued. 25 is a decentered paperweight. 12 & 15 have mechanical issues I repaired myself and do not work well with digital.
I use the 21, 25, 25 snapshot, 28 ltm, 35 1.2 v2, 40 1.4 SC, 40 2 SLII, 50 2.5.
All are excellent with zero issues.

I also use Leica glass. That is pretty nice too. But I got all the above for the price of my 35 Asph Summicron. Sorta puts things into perspective.
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Old 04-21-2016   #84
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None of the ones I have had has been anything less than stellar, so I could vote for all of them:
15mm LTM X 2 -- love the view, don't use it much
21/4 M -- great lens, gets lots of use
25/4 LTM -- couldn't get along with the manual focus
28/1.9 X 2 -- love this one! Love, love, love
35/1.7 LTM -- a perfect lens, not my FL, though
50/1.1 Ultron -- this comes out when nothing else will work

But my absolute favorite of the bunch is the 28/1.9 used wide open.
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Old 06-22-2016   #85
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The 35 f2.5 PII, because it's the only one I have. So it's got to be my favorite, right?
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Old 07-13-2016   #86
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15/4.5 LTM - perfect on my Ricoh GXR as a general snapshot lens

25/4 M - a similar snapshot lens, and a great lightweight street combo with the Zeiss Ikon

35/1.7 LTM - I looooooved this lens on the M9, but unfortunately, my copy had backfocus, and couldn't be shimmed into calibration. I had to part with it. But I just loved the way it handled and rendered, there was just something about it on the M9 which made me want to shoot.

35/1.4 MC - great low light wide on the M9 and film bodies, and excellent fast 50 equivalent on the GXR, not to mention 70mm equivalent on the Panasonic GM1 and GH4.

50/3.5 LTM - this has the most 'round' organic rendering of any lens I have. It is wonderful for environmental portraits, especially on M9 and film.

I also have the 35/1.2 v1, which is an excellent lens but too large; the 12/5.6 M, which is also too large for my liking; and the 75/2.5 LTM, which is great but I prefer the Leica Summarit.
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Old 07-15-2016   #87
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The 35/2.5 II is just plain wonderfull: small, sharp ,light and fast to focus with the tab. Perfect match to especially the Bessa R2, but also to a leica or Ikon...

The wide angles: 21/4 and 15/4.5 (I and II) are just unique, as they are modern, sharp and really small (and really affordable) As a "speciality lens" i wouldn't buy something large and expensive!

In Generel the "tabbed" skopars are quite unsurpassed in usefullness and ergonomics and "grab-and-go" factor:
Super pleasant to use ergonomicaly, solid, optically superb and: its not a jewell you dont dare to use mindlesly.

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Old 08-19-2016   #88
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40mm Nokton Classic Single Coat.

I love its drama in black and white. It's one of my favorite lenses in any format.

The 35mm Nokton Classic Single Coat and 35mm C-S PII are up there too.

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Old 09-10-2016   #89
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I've used a number of these lenses successfully, but picking favorites is tough.

Of the ones I've had (nothing longer than 50mm), most have worked best on film and on the Ricoh GXR for digital. Only the Nokton 50/1.5 LTM has worked well on FF Leicas (the M9, M-P, M-D, and SL)—well meaning no vignetting or color shifting—and the Nokton 40/1.4 the same on the Sony A7.

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I've used a handful of CV lenses and the ones I've enjoyed most have been the ones I used on my RD1. The 28/2 Ultron and 15/4.5 Mk1. Unfortunately I was forced into selling them but have now replaced the RD and 28. May replace the 15mm again when cash allows.

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I voted for the ones I own, I own them because they are my favorites. So far.....
I have had the 25/4, the 35/2.5 ltm and the 35/1.2. None of which I particularly got along with.
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Old 09-23-2016   #92
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I thought a picture might be useful at this point.



I didn't expect the 21/4 LTM to be on top, and the 50/1.5 VM to be by far the most successful VM lens ...

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Old 09-24-2016   #93
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I thought a picture might be useful at this point.

I didn't expect the 21/4 LTM to be on top, and the 50/1.5 VM to be by far the most successful VM lens ...

Roland.
Thanks a lot!

Much more clear, time to get a 21mm f4, I guess!
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Old 09-25-2016   #94
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Had about 10-15 VL lenses and still have 5.
In the film era I liked the 15/4.5 (I) and 25/4 most. They were probably the sharpest VL lenses. Both the 21/4 and the 28/3.5 were later developments out of the 25/4 Snapshot Skopar.
The 15/4.5 (I) and the Bessa-L started a new photographic era for me, so I voted for the 15/4.5 (I).
I recently sold my 21/4, since I've got a Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8. Much bigger lens.
The 35/2.5 Pancake Biogon was a very sharp lens. I sold it too cheap, but don't miss it much, since the Summarit 35/2.5 is also very nice (sharper and not that much larger). Had the 35/1.7 for a long time, never liked it much (low contrast, strange ghosts in backlite).
Still like the solid brass 50/2.5.
And recently upgraded to the 15/4.5-III. Very sharp and nice to handle (SONY Version).
Sold the 10/5.6. Too wide for me.
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Old 09-26-2016   #95
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I am looking at the 21mm f4 as a M8 user, I assume this would be quite a common set up.
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Old 11-17-2016   #96
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I thought a picture might be useful at this point.

I didn't expect the 21/4 LTM to be on top, and the 50/1.5 VM to be by far the most successful VM lens ...

Roland.
I guess what we are seeing is the best value lens. I imagine the 21/4 will have the most votes because the most people have it and because it is good value for that focal length.

I've had 5 Voigtlander lenses but I couldn't vote for my favourite because I haven't used them all yet

Out of the ones that I have owned though, the 40mm would be my favourite for versatility and value for money
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Old 11-19-2016   #97
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I love my 25 f4 M.

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Great picture, DanskDynamit! But I can hardly believe it was shot with a 25mm lens.

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I love my 25 f4 M.
love LOVE love it !!
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Great picture, DanskDynamit! But I can hardly believe it was shot with a 25mm lens.

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thanks. it was the only lens I took with me that evening.

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it was the only lens I took with me that evening.
Is it only the central part of the negative? The perspective is not of a wide angle lens. Another thing: the dept of field is very small. With a 25mm lens everything, from the front to the background, should be sharply in focus.

The most important thing is that it is a great shot!

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Absolutely great shot DanskDynamit!
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Old 01-09-2017   #103
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I imagine the 21/4 will have the most votes because the most people have it and because it is good value for that focal length.
My thoughts as well. The results rather shows how many people HAVE a lens and not how good it is.

Anyway, interesting it is.

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Bought three when CV first issued. 25 is a decentered paperweight. 12 & 15 have mechanical issues I repaired myself and do not work well with digital.
Some bad luck on your side, so it seems.

All my CV lenses (4.5/15, 2.0/28 and 2.5/75) perform great and are mechanically a pleasure to use.
Just my 1.7/35 I didn't like that much. It was well built, but performancewise it didn't get to where the others are.
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I've owned quite a few CV lenses, but my favorite is the CV 35/1.2.

I used to own v1 and used it frequently with my RD1s. I now own v2 and use it with my A7R. Given the 2 different bodies, it's probably an apples-to-oranges comparison, but I prefer v2.
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Old 02-18-2017   #106
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I've definitely had my share of CV lenses but right now my hands down favorite is the 50 f/2.5 Color Skopar. It just is the perfect size / weight / balance on my M3 and the rendering isn't half-bad either! (In fact it sometimes feels so similar to my Elmar-M 50 which is my favorite 50mm lens).

I do currently have the 50 f/1.5 Nokton M and have owned the LTM in the past, also great lenses but I'm finding I don't need the speed very much.

I really enjoyed the 21mm Ultron but I just found it to be too large for me, which was a bummer because I thought the image quality was excellent. The same story can be said for the 35mm f/1.2 which I absolutely LOVED the rendering of but I just couldn't come to terms with the sheer size of the thing. I bet it would be great on an M5 though

Honestly though I'd re-buy that lens, it's really gorgeous.
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My vote was for the Color Skopar 28mm 3.5 its the only CV lens that I have sold, just to buy it later on. A fantastic lens.
The other lens that I regret to sell is the Heliar 50mm collapsible f/2.
I also like the Color Skopar 50 2.5 for its solid feel.
My worst CV was the 25mm M mount due to the poor construction of the copy I had.
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Leica III, Color-Skopar 50mm f/2.5, 400-2TMY.

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Thank you, Giulio!

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The 15/4.5 v1 was the first CV lens I bought in 2004 and still have it. should say something.
Now, I 've got the 21/4, and for $350, this value is unbeatable: used on film and digital, especially RD1s = 35mm FOV=great.

But the latest CV just last week is the LTM 351.7 since I have to sell my Leicas 35/1.4 Asph and PreAsph lenses. The sweet little secret about this CV lens is the IQ is often very difficult to tell apart from Leica Luxes IQ.
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It was fun to see that the 21/4 ltm I just bought has the highest popularity rating (77 at this moment)!
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