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10/5.6 M 1 0.22%
12/5.6 VM III 2 0.44%
12/5.6 VM II 2 0.44%
12/5.6 LTM 14 3.11%
15/4.5 VM III 16 3.56%
15/4.5 VM II 19 4.22%
15/4.5 LTM 50 11.11%
21/1.8 M 11 2.44%
21/4 M 34 7.56%
21/4 LTM 75 16.67%
25/4 M 15 3.33%
25/4 LTM 37 8.22%
28/1.9 LTM 24 5.33%
28/2 M 26 5.78%
28/3.5 LTM 50 11.11%
35/1.2 II 28 6.22%
35/1.2 I 36 8.00%
35/1.4 MC 30 6.67%
35/1.4 SC 21 4.67%
35/1.7 M 13 2.89%
35/1.7 LTM 39 8.67%
35/2.5 M 43 9.56%
35/2.5 LTM 65 14.44%
40/1.4 MC 30 6.67%
40/1.4 SC 28 6.22%
50/1.1 M 24 5.33%
50/1.5 M 55 12.22%
50/1.5 LTM 50 11.11%
50/2 M 15 3.33%
50/2 LTM 10 2.22%
50/2.5 LTM 39 8.67%
50/3.5 LTM 21 4.67%
75/1.8 M 26 5.78%
75/2.5 LTM 47 10.44%
90/3.5 LTM 19 4.22%
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Old 11-10-2015   #1
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What are your Favorite Voigtlander Leica Mount lenses?

Multiple Choice OK

you can only vote once,
so think out your choices


Some LTM and M Voigtlander lenses have the same formula. Those include the 12/5.6, 15/4.5, 21/4, 25/4, 35/2.5, 50/1.5, 50/2 LTM versions and the first versions of their M counterparts.

Some lenses were made in LTM only: 28/1.9, 28/1.9, 50/2.5, 50/3.5, 75/2.5, 90/3.5
Although they have their big fans today, all of these were discontinued due to relatively poor sales.

One was made in both LTM and M, both with completely different optical formulas: 35/1.7.

Some were made in M only: 35/1.4, 40/1.4

Recent M only versions have improved optical designs for digital sensors: 10/5.6 (not released yet), 12/5.6 III (not released yet), 15/4.5 III, 21/1.8 (M only), 35/1.2 (M only), 35/1.7 M (completely different optical formula compared to the LTM version).
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Old 11-10-2015   #2
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The Color-Skopar 50mm f/2.5 LTM is optically very good and is very handy and can be used on both screw mount and M-mount cameras. My favorite!

Leica M2, Color-Skopar 50mm f/2.5, Tmax400.

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The 15mm Super Wide Heliar, hands down.
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Old 11-10-2015   #4
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I like using my CV 50/1.5 LTM and CV 25/4 LTM. Both lenses are excellent overall, and their costs are very reasonable.
I also like using my CV Heliar 50/3.5 and 50/2.
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I have always thought the 28mm 3.5 and the 50mm 3.5 were unique lenses. And the 50mm 1.5 LTM was excellent for the price. The 50mm 1.5 M version looks like a winner too.
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Old 11-10-2015   #6
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Currently use the 75/2.5 LTM, the 35/1.4 MC, and the 15/4.5 LTM. Originally i purchased all three as temporary lens kit for my M9 until I could purchase Leica glass. I eventually did buy some leica glass but after 2 years I still see no need to sell my CV glass. The 75/2.5 LTM is magical at 2.5!
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I got the 21mm f4.0 when it first came out it was great with film, on my aps-c it's only a 35 but still a very good lens.

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Old 11-10-2015   #9
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Dig the 35 1.4s and the 28 1.9 AND the 35 2.5. Ya'll need a fast 24/25 though.
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Old 11-10-2015   #10
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Decided to pick only 2, and had to think hard for a moment: 28/2 and 75/1.8.

I currently have 28/3.5, 28/1.9, 35/2.5, 35/1.4 SC, 50/2.5, 50/1.5, 50/1.1, 75/2.5. Obviously, Voigtlander lenses are addictive.

They are all good, but the above two really rock on my 240.
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I like all the 50's but I really feel very settled on the color skopar f2.5/50mm.
It's the lens for film. At wide open it's perfect for portraits. Dof perfect. Rendering and contrast perfect. Ergonomics perfect..... That's a lot of perfects
It's a real gem and very, very inexpensive which is also great!

The ltm 50mm f1.5 nokton is also awesome. I would buy that one again if I needed the speed.
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Hard to choose - so many with such a great price/performance ratio. Voigtlander is what allowed me to enter the RF world.

I chose 15mm /4.5 LTM, 28/3.5 LTM, 50/2.5 LTM, 50/2M for reasons including field of view , rendering, form, and feel.

Also have 25/4 LTM, 28 1.9 LTM, 35 1.4 M, 40/1.4M, 50/3.5 LTM, 75/2.5 LTM.
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I like all that I have. My least used one is the 90/3.5. It's a great lens, though.
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Got the VL Ultron f/1.8 21mm recently and I am impressed. Using on the M8, but the lens would be a good reason to step up to the M9.
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I would have to go with 21mm F/4 LTM mount with Heliar 75mm 1.8 as a close second. The 21mm gets used much more, both with R4A and M8, but the Heliar is really a great, fast lens. Throw in a Summicron-C 40mm or CV 40mm 1.4 and a R3A or R3M and the set makes a great portable kit for most if not all occasions...
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The ones I still have are:

4.5/15 (LTM)
2.0/28 (M)
2.5/75 (LTM)

Complemented by my

Leica Cron 2/50 (IV) and
Leica Elmarit 2.8/90 (M)

that's a "perfect" set for me with my M6 and M8.
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I really enjoy the 38mm Ultron and 35mm Color Skopar (both M).

I also have the VM 50mm f1.5, but while it's technically great I just haven't fell in love with it...
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I went for just one choice - the Color Skopar 35/2.5 M - I just love it.

Have been waiting halfways to forever for a 35/1.4 SC on backorder - curious to see what it can do.
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Absolute favourites are my screw-mount 12mm f/5.6, 28mm f/3.5, and 50mm f/1.5; and M-mount 40mm f/1.4 SC.

The others (screw-mount 21mm f/4 and 25mm f/4) are fine lenses, but not getting as much love as they deserve. In fact the only VC lens I've owned that I didn't really like was the screw-mount 35mm f/2.5, and that was more to do with the focal length than any flaw with the lens itself.
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My favorite in the line-up is the Super Wide Heliar 4.5/15. I have the II version but will soon also buy the III version for use with my digital rangefinder cameras.
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The Color-Skopar 50mm f/2.5 LTM is optically very good and is very handy and can be used on both screw mount and M-mount cameras. My favorite!

Erik.
+1! A great little lens. I added the Color Skopar 28/3.5, which is also outstanding optically and has the same build quality as the Skopar 50.
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I used 35 2.5 LTM and M for at least two years and now in the process of getting my third Cosina Voigtlander 35mm lens.
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The only two Leica mount lenses I use nowadays are the 50/2.5 and the 28/3.5. I own the 50/1.5 LTM and 35/2.5 C but don't use them and have owned the 21/4 Ltm and the 25/4 Ltm. The first two are the best of the bunch IMHO.
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My favorites for the M Mount are the Nokton 50/1.1 and Color Skopar 50/2.5.

My favorites for LTM, and my overall favorites, are the Color Skopar 35/2.5, the Heliar 50/3.5 Collapsible and the Apo Lanthar 90/3.5.

Truthfully, they are all very nice lenses.
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Every one I have tried has been surprisingly good. Even the much maligned 50mm f1.1. Which in my view is unfairly criticised because it's compared with the 10x more expensive Leica Noctilux. My real favourite though, is probably the 40mm f1.4. It renders beautifully and has pretty nice bokeh. This shot was made with it mounted on a Panasonic GF1

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All the ones I've tried have been very good. I've never felt any need to "upgrade" to later models because they wouldn't make me a better photographer, and there are several where I have other lenses and feel no need for Voigtländer as well.

I sincerely wonder how many photographers have found that later "upgrades" (e.g. after the original 15/4.5) have turned them into better photographers or even given them better pictures unless they're into pixel peeping.

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All the ones I've tried have been very good. I've never felt any need to "upgrade" to later models because they wouldn't make me a better photographer, and there are several where I have other lenses and feel no need for Voigtländer as well.

I sincerely wonder how many photographers have found that later "upgrades" (e.g. after the original 15/4.5) have turned them into better photographers or even given them better pictures unless they're into pixel peeping.

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Most of the second versions were produced for practical reasons.
The 15mm for example became an M mount and included a filter thread and larger shade.
The 50mm f1.5 got a closer focusing mount M mount from it's previous ltm body.

Will the addition of a filter give better results? With the digital M's yes it will.
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My favourites: Ultron 28mm f1.9, Nokton SC 35mm f1.4, Color-Skopar 50mm f2.5, Nokton -M 50mm f1.5 and Color-Heliar 75mm f2.5.
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I owned the 75/2.5 LTM but sold it ... now I kind of wish I'd kept it.

Still have the 21/4 Skopar, and the 50/1.5 M-mount. Very pleased with the CV products overall.
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The 25/4 ltm when I was working... click and shoot!

35/2.5 ltm for my all around personal use.

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I like all the early LTM ones and the way they gave the old Barnacks a new life. I especially enjoyed the snap Skopars.
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I only own 1 Voightlander..the original 15mm ver. 1.0..I like the lens a lot for color..less for B&W..
Just a nice lil tiny 15...and I like the plastic finder too..came in handy in Nepal and India back in the day..film days that is..
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Like many I have a bunch.

The last I'd let go is this one:


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I chose just one, the 4.5/15 ltm. So compact, yet so good.
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Surprising to see just how good the LTM lenses are doing overall in this poll. Makes me feel less alone
Of the 10 with more than 10%, only one M mount (the 1.5/50) features.

Could it be that just more people have experience with the ltm as they've been in the field longer, or do people genuinely prefer them due to their size, mount versatility, or other characteristics?

Consider the 4/21, three times as many people prefer the ltm over the m mount. Same with the 1.7/35 and the 4.5/15's. Interesting.
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I don't think the 10/5.6M and 12/5.6M vIII have even been released yet. Perhaps the one voter for each has an early copy. Tom A?
I ticked all the LTM Skopars and ultra-wides. I just think they are marvellous little treasures, mechanically and optically.
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Have only really had a chance to play with 2 VC lenses, but 40mm f1.4 MC was my favorite and most successful one. Great combo when I had it on the M3 - sold both and regret it 'til this day.
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