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Old 11-22-2012   #1
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Voigtlander 50mm Color-Skopar

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So, i want a 50mm. The final lens for my R4A. I'm used to CV's Color-Skopar, and choose them cause they're tiny, and good enough. So, what about the 2.5/50 LTM. Is it good? The build quality is comparable to the current M mount 2.5/35 and 4/21? Is it a good choice, optically? Any samples? I know it's quite small.

Are there other small lenses options? I know there is the summarit, which is supposed to be pretty good. But also a lot more money involved.
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Old 11-22-2012   #2
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Definitely tiny and definitely good enough, though it has mixed reviews on the web. It is a higher contrast lens and a good pairing on the Bessa. It is a heavy/dense lens - really good to hold. A good J8 might be a good alternative, but different rendering and not as well built. Perhaps the later Canon 50/1.8 is a better comparison - similar size, weight, wider aperture.
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Its a great little lens with quite a character and quite a following. Take a look below for starters:-

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Color Skopar 50mm f2.5. Arista 400 Premium. M2 and developed in a modified Stoeckler split developer.
The 50f2.5 is a very good, compact 50 - looks and feels disconcertingly like a version 1 Summicron 35!!! Very well built - pretty well flare proof. One of the "un-sung" heroes in the VC lens line up.
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check out my flickr set for the 2.5...
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Sold mine... Lotsa people singing about it here... Don't think I'll ever can afford one again...

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Definitely tiny and definitely good enough, though it has mixed reviews on the web. It is a higher contrast lens and a good pairing on the Bessa. It is a heavy/dense lens - really good to hold. A good J8 might be a good alternative, but different rendering and not as well built. Perhaps the later Canon 50/1.8 is a better comparison - similar size, weight, wider aperture.
The canon is small? Will it have a focusing TAB? I Like It. The shots from the Skopar seem pretty nice.
I'm officially in search for the Skopar.(and hope for a nice price)
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So, i want a 50mm. The final lens for my R4A. I'm used to CV's Color-Skopar, and choose them cause they're tiny, and good enough. So, what about the 2.5/50 LTM. Is it good? The build quality is comparable to the current M mount 2.5/35 and 4/21? Is it a good choice, optically? Any samples? I know it's quite small.
I like the Color Skopar 50mm f/2.5 quite a lot. It's a compact, dense, very nicely made lens. It has lovely rendering qualities. Just a few snaps:










I've used it on the M4-2, M9, and GXR quite a lot. A great lens at a very reasonable price.

I like all the modern Voigtländer Skopars, actually. I have the 21, 28, 35 and 50 ... all of them do a terrific job for very reasonable money. Their rendering reminds me of a slightly modernized Leitz Elmar.

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Great pictures, Godfrey!

Here's a few snap-shots just to compare the size of the CV 50/2.5 and the Canon 50/1.8.





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Old 11-22-2012   #10
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Wow,


Super helpful! I see they're very close in size. One thing, is that the Skopar has the (small) hood on, right?

Thank you all! I guess I can't go wrong.
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You can't go wrong with this lens. If you can find one.

CV 50/2.5 on Ricoh GXR

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cameraquest has some left at 649...
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cameraquest has some left at 649...
Sheesh...

Luckily I bought new from BH this time last year - they were selling it at retail - $289.
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cameraquest has some left at 649...
Yes, prices have definitely risen. I bought mine a year ago (summer 2011) for about $430 (plus the LTM->M adapter) ...

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tried to sell my black copy twice here, and had no takers at lowest 419.-$ mint in box, now with the M9, it's a revelation and I'm glad I kept it as my supersmall 50, when I don't feel I need the extra stops of the summilux.

less than half the size of a summilux, same black paint finish as the black M9, with the same red enamel scale engraving, no corner falloff, ( not even on the 'picky' M9!) great modern rendering, nor too 'sonnar' nor too 'aspherical' either, somewhere in between, with beautiful perfectly round rings in the highlights, keeper
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I really like mine, its a perfect size and weight when I decide that a Summilux is just tooooo heavy... I found the results a little odd to start with but I'm glad that I stayed with it as I really like its rendering qualities now...


Stonehenge, England. August 2012 by Flat Twin, on Flickr
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Ignore the negative reviews of this lens on the web. It's a first rate performer, and its small size and sturdy build are plusses. Take a look at the images here:

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/foru...ad.php?t=79436
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HU: Currently $398 BIN 3 day sale, usual $428 by Matsuiyastore here
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Thank you for the headsup Funkydog! The lens will be in my hand in few days...I can hardly wait.

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