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Voigtländer Ultron 21/1.8 21mm f/1.8 announced
Old 09-16-2012   #1
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Voigtländer Ultron 21/1.8 21mm f/1.8 announced

A new Voigtländer lens, the Ultron 1,8/21 mm, was announced today: Photoscala (German website)
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Old 09-16-2012   #2
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Holly s#@#!!

Great news, bit pricey at 1,149 euro but comparing to Leica prices still a bargain. Hoepfully the perfomance is good...
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The people who will get excited about this will be the RD-1 and M8 owners ... finally a fast wide that even with the crop factor of the two mentioned cameras offers new life to these digital antiques!
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Great to see something potentially very popular come out of CV.
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The people who will get excited about this will be the RD-1 and M8 owners ... finally a fast wide that even with the crop factor of the two mentioned cameras offers new life to these digital antiques!
It‘s too big to block the VF of RD1?
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It‘s too big to block the VF of RD1?

Checking the dimensions it doesn't seem that big ... certainly no bigger than my 35mm 1.2 and that's OK on the RD-1. It does intrude into the viewfinder a little but I haven't found it to be a problem.
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Old 09-17-2012   #7
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so I guess the new secret ZM will be 25/1.8
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are they coming out with any clinically sharp 50mm????? 1.5 is not produced anymore and is not dead sharp
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Stop it Keith... I'm suffering more R-D1 nostalgia...
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Old 09-17-2012   #10
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First new CV announcement that I'm seriously interested in, for a while. Great news!
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This is totally awesome for those of us who want a cheaper alternative to the Summilux. Can't wait to see some images.
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Stop it Keith... I'm suffering more R-D1 nostalgia...
Yeah, trust Keith to get the R-D1 juices flowing again. Cease and desist, pretty, pretty please?!

But a fast 21 would be nice on a regular M too. I use the 1.9 28mm Ultron on my M4-2 more or less 90% of the time, and could go wider.
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Who said is was a bad time for the RF camera user.....
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WOW. That looks like a seriously awesome lens.
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Hmmm... did we crash the photoscala website?
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nice one from CV! its been quiet for a while.
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Oh, Oh, I'm tempted.....
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I hope this lens is an absolute pearler and proves that you don't have to be fleeced to the tune of five grand or so for a decent optic!
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You'd think with all the excellent lenses from Zeiss and Voigtlander, it would keep prices low on Leica's glass...guess not!

But seriously, this could be a nice lens. However, if it's as big as it looks then I'm not really interested. The 35/1.2 was far too large for an RF IMO; it takes away the small, discrete nature of the RF, which for me is its raison d'etre!
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are they coming out with any clinically sharp 50mm????? 1.5 is not produced anymore and is not dead sharp
Try the heliar 3.5.
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Old 09-17-2012   #21
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It may be smaller than the 35mm 1.2 but its since I hven't handled once I compared it against the Canon 50mm 1.4 ltm (which strikes me as a larger lens while handling it).

VC 21mm 1.8
Diameter 69.0 mm
78.4 mm (with hood)

Canon 50mm 1.4
Diameter of ~55mm (lens)
Diameter of ~62mm (hood)
Length of 70mm (with hood)

The VC is a beast of a lens.
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<snip> digital antiques! </snip>
That would be any camera released in the year previous to the current one

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Hmm... a super fast 21mm M mount - I always wonder about that sort of lens. That is, the DOF is almost non-existent as one goes wider so maybe Keith has a point. A 28mm equivalent for M8 users. A "32mm" for Fuji or Epson users. But as an M-Mount lens (for, say, the M9 or film M7) unless you're shooting your day away in low light, I wonder how often one would use the wide open aperture.

At a minimum distance of 1.5 ft (0.5m) I don't know how useful this lens would be to me. That said, I'm sure there are a lot of folks who will like/want this and the mere fact that CV continues to produce lenses that are affordable and interesting is a good thing in my book.

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I foresee a flood of 21/2.8 Biogons on the used market... probably mine included.
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Early 2013, accoording to the Voigtländer site.

Btw: http://www.voigtlaender.de/cms/voigt...21mm_f1_8.html
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Pretty cool. Might be a nice companion to my Zeiss 21/4.5.
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A dream come true! Time to start saving!

Funny that just a day or two ago I was thinking that I'd be forced to compromise and get an SLR to get a fast 21
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This is great news! Just when I'm in the market for a new 21!
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looks good...just when i settled on the 25 as my wide of choice...
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That came out of the left field. Nice one Cosina, now show me my ZM 35/1.4!
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Is it confirmed if it's 35mm format lens or just half-frame?
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Is it confirmed if it's 35mm format lens or just half-frame?
Had there ever been a half frame lens with M-mount (visible in the picture)? THAT would be a bigger news.
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It is a M-mount lens - thus full frame. Size is the similar to the 35mm f1.2 - not small by any means, but then it is a f1.8 (smaller than the Summilux 21f1.4 - and 1/5 of the price). Front element is slightly larger than the 35f1.2 - (58 mm versus 52 mm). It has been in the works for about 15 month.
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any sample images tom?
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Ach mein liebe...awesome-looking set of specs.

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I wished for a 21/2 some time ago, but I was thinking more in line of the Zuiko 21/2, which is almost half the weight (250g vs 412g) of this gargantuan.. Not entirely convinced by this Cosina effort, but I'll probably buy one anyways to try out..
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It would lot nicer lens if it was a size of zuiko 21 f2 .
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It is a M-mount lens - thus full frame. Size is the similar to the 35mm f1.2 - not small by any means, but then it is a f1.8 (smaller than the Summilux 21f1.4 - and 1/5 of the price). Front element is slightly larger than the 35f1.2 - (58 mm versus 52 mm). It has been in the works for about 15 month.
Tell us what you think of it Tom. We're sure you've been playing with it a bit at least.
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Early 2013, accoording to the Voigtländer site.

Btw: http://www.voigtlaender.de/cms/voigt...21mm_f1_8.html
Cool - just in time for my Birthday, hint hint....
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