Go Back   Rangefinderforum.com > Cameras / Gear / Photography > Leicas and other Leica Mount Cameras > Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes

What lens have gone under the radar, sleepers
Old 02-09-2019   #1
lxmike
Barnack fan
 
lxmike's Avatar
 
lxmike is offline
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Co Durham NE England
Age: 53
Posts: 3,245
What lens have gone under the radar, sleepers

Some at the moment l am having some fun giving time to a small collection of ltm lenses, namely, Leitz Summar, Leitz 5cm Elmar, Leitz 3.5cm Summaron, CV Nokton 50mm 1.5, anon 50mm 1.5 Sonnar and an Industar 22. So out of the many ltm lenses out there what are the sleepers, the lenses that often remain unsung and under the radar.
__________________
Currently loaded: Leica IIIc. IIIg and Bronica ERTS.

Glass currently in regular use: Voigtlander 15mm 4.5 Helliar

Soon to arrive Leica MDa

myblog:lifefromawindow
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-09-2019   #2
Dralowid
Michael
 
Dralowid's Avatar
 
Dralowid is offline
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 2,572
90mm Elmar, probably the cheapest Leica lens around but can be very good.
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-09-2019   #3
benmacphoto
Registered User
 
benmacphoto's Avatar
 
benmacphoto is offline
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Philadelphia
Age: 32
Posts: 898
The Canon 35mm f2.0 LTM.
My opinion is it's the best 35mm for LTM.
Can be found for less then a 35mm Summaron f3.5 and performs better.
__________________
Instagram

Website
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-09-2019   #4
lxmike
Barnack fan
 
lxmike's Avatar
 
lxmike is offline
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Co Durham NE England
Age: 53
Posts: 3,245
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dralowid View Post
90mm Elmar, probably the cheapest Leica lens around but can be very good.
I must admit to my shame that l do not have a 90mm Elmar/9cm Elmar in my inventory
__________________
Currently loaded: Leica IIIc. IIIg and Bronica ERTS.

Glass currently in regular use: Voigtlander 15mm 4.5 Helliar

Soon to arrive Leica MDa

myblog:lifefromawindow
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-09-2019   #5
Larry Cloetta
Registered User
 
Larry Cloetta is offline
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Jackson, WY
Age: 69
Posts: 1,412
Orion-15...
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-09-2019   #6
lxmike
Barnack fan
 
lxmike's Avatar
 
lxmike is offline
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Co Durham NE England
Age: 53
Posts: 3,245
Quote:
Originally Posted by benmacphoto View Post
The Canon 35mm f2.0 LTM.
My opinion is it's the best 35mm for LTM.
Can be found for less then a 35mm Summaron f3.5 and performs better.
thanks for the recommendation, currently have a Summaron in my line up but always on the lookout for more glass
__________________
Currently loaded: Leica IIIc. IIIg and Bronica ERTS.

Glass currently in regular use: Voigtlander 15mm 4.5 Helliar

Soon to arrive Leica MDa

myblog:lifefromawindow
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-09-2019   #7
raid
Dad Photographer
 
raid's Avatar
 
raid is offline
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Florida
Posts: 30,360
I think that maybe all Canon ltm lenses are worthwhile thinking about and then using one at a time.
__________________
- Raid

________________
Top 12 Images;

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffg...n.php?cid=7007

http://raid.smugmug.com/
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-09-2019   #8
Bingley
Registered User
 
Bingley's Avatar
 
Bingley is offline
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Sacramento, California
Posts: 5,596
I still think that the Canon 50/1.8 is a terrific lens, in any of the versions. It’s probably undervalued bc so many were made and it’s pretty cheap. But it’s an outstanding performer.

I’m also a fan of the Summitar. It’s a much less expensive alternative to the collapsible Summicron and can often be found in better shape than the chron.
__________________
Steve

FS: Zeiss-ZM Planar 50 plus hood, Pentax MX, Voigtlander Ultron 40/2.0 SLII in Pentax K-mount, Takumar 100/2.8 and 35/3.5 lenses: See my ads in Classifieds

M3, M2, R2A, IIIc, IVSB2, & T, and assorted LTM & M lenses
Minolta XD11, Pentax ME Super, and assorted MD Rokkor and Takumar lenses, Rolleicord III, Rolleicord Vb, Rolleiflex Automat MX-EVS

My Flickr
My Gallery
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-09-2019   #9
Bingley
Registered User
 
Bingley's Avatar
 
Bingley is offline
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Sacramento, California
Posts: 5,596
Quote:
Originally Posted by lxmike View Post
thanks for the recommendation, currently have a Summaron in my line up but always on the lookout for more glass
I have both of these lenses. They’re both excellent. The Canon has a more modern look and is great with color as well as bw.
__________________
Steve

FS: Zeiss-ZM Planar 50 plus hood, Pentax MX, Voigtlander Ultron 40/2.0 SLII in Pentax K-mount, Takumar 100/2.8 and 35/3.5 lenses: See my ads in Classifieds

M3, M2, R2A, IIIc, IVSB2, & T, and assorted LTM & M lenses
Minolta XD11, Pentax ME Super, and assorted MD Rokkor and Takumar lenses, Rolleicord III, Rolleicord Vb, Rolleiflex Automat MX-EVS

My Flickr
My Gallery
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-09-2019   #10
raid
Dad Photographer
 
raid's Avatar
 
raid is offline
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Florida
Posts: 30,360
Yes, the Canon 50/1.8 is a highly undervalued lens. Just because it is cheap does not mean it is as good as an old Summicron.
__________________
- Raid

________________
Top 12 Images;

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffg...n.php?cid=7007

http://raid.smugmug.com/
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-09-2019   #11
xayraa33
rangefinder user and fancier
 
xayraa33's Avatar
 
xayraa33 is offline
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 5,845
The Topcor 3.5 cm f2.8 in LTM would be my choice of a sleeper lens.

Better sharpness and corner rendering than the Canon 35mm f2.8 and the Nikkor 3.5cm f2.5 lens

The rear element is huge, about the size of what is found on a 35mm f2 lens in RF lenses.

The only problem with this Topcor lens is that it is rather rare and not cheap in price these days.
__________________
My Gallery
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-09-2019   #12
lxmike
Barnack fan
 
lxmike's Avatar
 
lxmike is offline
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Co Durham NE England
Age: 53
Posts: 3,245
Quote:
Originally Posted by raid View Post
I think that maybe all Canon ltm lenses are worthwhile thinking about and then using one at a time.
I do like the build quality of the canon glass, solid sturdy lenses
__________________
Currently loaded: Leica IIIc. IIIg and Bronica ERTS.

Glass currently in regular use: Voigtlander 15mm 4.5 Helliar

Soon to arrive Leica MDa

myblog:lifefromawindow
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-09-2019   #13
lxmike
Barnack fan
 
lxmike's Avatar
 
lxmike is offline
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Co Durham NE England
Age: 53
Posts: 3,245
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bingley View Post
I still think that the Canon 50/1.8 is a terrific lens, in any of the versions. It’s probably undervalued bc so many were made and it’s pretty cheap. But it’s an outstanding performer.

I’m also a fan of the Summitar. It’s a much less expensive alternative to the collapsible Summicron and can often be found in better shape than the chron.
I have a lot of fifties, my favorite angle of view and/or focal length, never owned a 'Cron, briefly owned a Summitar and foolishly sold it
__________________
Currently loaded: Leica IIIc. IIIg and Bronica ERTS.

Glass currently in regular use: Voigtlander 15mm 4.5 Helliar

Soon to arrive Leica MDa

myblog:lifefromawindow
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-09-2019   #14
lxmike
Barnack fan
 
lxmike's Avatar
 
lxmike is offline
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Co Durham NE England
Age: 53
Posts: 3,245
Quote:
Originally Posted by xayraa33 View Post
The Topcor 3.5 cm f2.8 in LTM would be my choice of a sleeper lens.

Better sharpness and corner rendering than the Canon 35mm f2.8 and the Nikkor 3.5cm f2.5 lens

The rear element is huge, about the size of what is found on a 35mm f2 lens in RF lenses.

The only problem with this Topcor lens is that it is rather rare and not cheap in price these days.
another one to look out for many thanks
__________________
Currently loaded: Leica IIIc. IIIg and Bronica ERTS.

Glass currently in regular use: Voigtlander 15mm 4.5 Helliar

Soon to arrive Leica MDa

myblog:lifefromawindow
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-09-2019   #15
bayernfan
Registered User
 
bayernfan is offline
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 704
Most of the LTM lenses are classic lens designs and as such have unique image traits. One individual may find the "look" highly appealing, where the next individual might find it highly unappealing. Keep this in mind.

With that point made:

The Canon 50/1.8 is probably THE sleeper. The results I've seen from it are impressive.

The Summitar can still be had for nice money and it's one heck of a "character" lens.

The Summaron 35/3.5 was the 35mm sleeper, but it seems people have caught on as prices are rising.
__________________
M_V instagram
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-09-2019   #16
robbeiflex
Registered User
 
robbeiflex's Avatar
 
robbeiflex is offline
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Luxembourg
Posts: 1,028
I think in the internet age there is nothing left that hasn't been written about and hyped extensively by someone somewhere. That said, now that Voigtländer 15mm VM v3 exists, the original LTM Super Wide Heliar is under appreciated in the digital world but still fanstastic on film!
__________________
"They say, ‘If you use this digital camera, you can take a clear picture in the dark’. The dark should stay dark. You can’t really see that much, and you don’t really want to see that much anyway.” Nobuyoshi Araki 2006

My Flickr
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-09-2019   #17
splitimageview
Registered User
 
splitimageview is offline
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 1,928
The lowly Elmar 50/3.5.

Won’t surprise those who have used it, but it’s not sexy fast or the hot optical configuration with exotic glass...so might be considered a sleeper candidate
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-09-2019   #18
rodt16s
Registered User
 
rodt16s is offline
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Wiltshire UK
Posts: 640
Big Summitar fan here, has never let me down
The Canon 100/3.5, cheap, not a bad performer but can suffer from hazy glass
__________________
M's, & OM's
Just taking pics of stuff.
flickr
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-09-2019   #19
madNbad
Registered User
 
madNbad's Avatar
 
madNbad is offline
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 632
Chiyoko Super Rokkor 45mm 2.8
https://www.rangefinderforum.com/for...ad.php?t=34622
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-09-2019   #20
Timmyjoe
Registered User
 
Timmyjoe's Avatar
 
Timmyjoe is offline
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 2,918
I like the Canon 35mm f1.8 LTM and the Canon 28mm f2.8 LTM. I know they don't get much love around here, but even wide open the two I have are tack sharp in the center of the frame. They both need to be stopped down a couple stops to be dead sharp across the frame, but I can live with that.

Best,
-Tim
__________________
http://www.timcarrollphotography.com

New Photo Books
Sturgis Stories
& Scenes From Sturgis
now available
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-09-2019   #21
Doug
Moderator
 
Doug's Avatar
 
Doug is offline
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Pacific NW, USA
Posts: 12,932
Cosina/Voigtlander Heliar 50mm f/2, nickel ltm version of 2009, 600 made. Certainly obscure, so under the radar, and our host might still have a few...

Compared with the earlier 50/2, this one is screw mount, rigid/not collapsible, with an infinity-lock focus tab. Same 11 aperture blades, and lighter in weight at 191gr. The first nickel-plated LTM lenses since about 1938.

Herbert Keppler's column in the Dec 2006 PopPhoto praises the previous model: "The Heliar turned out to be incredibly good, comparable at all apertures to the 50mm f/2 Leica Summicron-M we'd tested in 1996." Cosina did it with "Newly developed super high-index glass (that) reduces all aberrations." This is quite a breakthrough, as the Heliar was historically not suited to small-format use, its qualities not including the necessary acutance or desired speed. As essentially a Tessar with another element cemented-in to make a front doublet, it's amazing it could exceed f/2.8. Fastest Heliar ever made. Having only 6 air-to-glass surfaces, it's extremely flare resistant and contrasty.

Positive/Negative Negative Negative/Positive 5-element sequence with cemented pairs front & rear and a free-standing negative at center next to the diaphragm. This in contrast to the symmetrical classic Planar with Positive element at front, then a Pos/Neg cemented pair, mirrored behind the diaphragm. Like the Planar, the symmetry helps close-up sharpness, and macro lenses often use this pattern.

The optics are the same as the previous collapsible M-mount model, so this should still apply: Sean Reid says that it is softer wide open, esp in the corners (likely due to field curvature), than either the Summicron or Planar, and more subject to veiling flare for a "classic" rendition. Improved noticeably at f/2.4, but evidence of a focus shift at mid apertures.

My observation: Focus about right-on wide open and I suspect a slightly concave field of focus. Not crisp wide open but pretty good at f/2.8 and up. Maybe a slight tendency to front-focus a bit at f/4. Lovely smooth bokeh with very slight doubling in near-bokeh so perhaps undercorrected spherical aberration.

__________________
Doug’s Gallery
RFF on Facebook
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-09-2019   #22
johannielscom
Ich bin ein Barnacker
 
johannielscom's Avatar
 
johannielscom is offline
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Universitas Terre Threntiae
Posts: 7,346
What Doug says. I love my nickel Heliar, it's a modern Rigid Summar!
__________________
Gegroet,
Johan Niels

I write vintage gear reviews on www.johanniels.com |

flickr | instagram |
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-09-2019   #23
Livesteamer
Registered User
 
Livesteamer is offline
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Winston Salem North Carolina
Posts: 1,409
Canon 28mm f3.5 . I got one with finder for $200 and it's a fine lens. Joe
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-09-2019   #24
Ko.Fe.
Kostya Fedot
 
Ko.Fe.'s Avatar
 
Ko.Fe. is offline
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: MiltON.ONtario
Posts: 7,109
I have tried almost every Leitz, Leica made 50 starting from Summar to v 4 Cron, except Lux and some odd exotics. Planar, Nokton as well. I prefer J-3 to all of them. Size, price, performance, aperture.
But it is not very popular lens outside of small FSU RF group. Even Lomography had short run of them.

Canon 50 1.8 has very smooth focus, btw. Nothing close to Crons, but funky lens for portraits.

Orion-15 is 1/20 of current Summaron 28, does the same, if not better.
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-09-2019   #25
David Murphy
Registered User
 
David Murphy's Avatar
 
David Murphy is offline
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: California
Age: 62
Posts: 2,450
For a bargain, in LTM, the I-22 collapsible 50/3.5 if you can find one with clean glass and good mechanics (and there are plenty).

The Avenon 28/3.5 in LTM is hard to beat for the price in the 28mm focal length and in LTM. One can probably best it, but only with a lot more money.
__________________
Canon L1, Leotax S, Bessa R2C, Konica Autoreflex, Canon FX, Pentax Spotmatic, Minolta SRT-101, Nikon F, Exakta VX, Miranda Automex II, Leotax K3, Yashica Mat LM, Leotax S, Pen FT, Rollei 35S, Ricoh Singlex TLS, Kowa Six, Pentax K1000, Canonflex, Praktina, Voigtlander R2C

http://legacycamera.wordpress.com
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-09-2019   #26
Peter Jennings
Registered User
 
Peter Jennings's Avatar
 
Peter Jennings is offline
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Seoul
Posts: 561
The Canon 50/1.8 doesn't get the respect it's due because there are so many dogs out there with bad inner elements. However, when you find a clean one, it performs as good as any of the other classic 50s.
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-09-2019   #27
Dralowid
Michael
 
Dralowid's Avatar
 
Dralowid is offline
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 2,572
Oh, thought we were restricted to Leitz lenses.

Anyway, a couple of thoughts:

1) the 50mm 3.5 Elmar is far from 'lowly' and don't forget later coated (and Red Scale) versions.

2) I seem to be the only person to mention a lens over 50mm. There are some great lenses in the 75-90mm range. 135mm requires patience in ltm.

3) Following on from the above the OP needs to venture into in the fabled Visoflex Wonderland...
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-10-2019   #28
Mr_Flibble
Registered User
 
Mr_Flibble's Avatar
 
Mr_Flibble is offline
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: The Lowlands
Age: 42
Posts: 4,051
Visoflex macro wonderland takes it the other way

Can't say there are many 'sleepers' left except for the 90 and 135mm lenses.
If we're talking about pricing at least.
__________________
Rick - In Tabulas Argenteas Refero
Loaded with film: Certo Super-Dollina

Latest Toys: Darkroom supplies
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-10-2019   #29
Matthew Runkel
Registered User
 
Matthew Runkel's Avatar
 
Matthew Runkel is offline
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 238
My late production, coated 3.5cm f/3.5 Elmar produces wonderful images, including, to my surprise, very “modern” color (M262).
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-10-2019   #30
raid
Dad Photographer
 
raid's Avatar
 
raid is offline
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Florida
Posts: 30,360
Quote:
Originally Posted by David Murphy View Post
The Avenon 28/3.5 in LTM is hard to beat for the price in the 28mm focal length and in LTM. One can probably best it, but only with a lot more money.
I agree with David here; the (identical) Kobalux 28/3.5 is a wonderful lens.
__________________
- Raid

________________
Top 12 Images;

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffg...n.php?cid=7007

http://raid.smugmug.com/
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-10-2019   #31
raid
Dad Photographer
 
raid's Avatar
 
raid is offline
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Florida
Posts: 30,360
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ko.Fe. View Post
I prefer J-3 to all of them. Size, price, performance, aperture.
But it is not very popular lens outside of small FSU RF group. Even Lomography had short run of them.
The J-3 is a duplicate of the Zeiss lens, and both lenses are great 50mm lenses. I have several examples of each.
__________________
- Raid

________________
Top 12 Images;

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffg...n.php?cid=7007

http://raid.smugmug.com/
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-10-2019   #32
raid
Dad Photographer
 
raid's Avatar
 
raid is offline
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Florida
Posts: 30,360
Quote:
Originally Posted by johannielscom View Post
What Doug says. I love my nickel Heliar, it's a modern Rigid Summar!
How is the nickel Heliar different from the past version Heliar 50/2?
__________________
- Raid

________________
Top 12 Images;

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffg...n.php?cid=7007

http://raid.smugmug.com/
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-10-2019   #33
aizan
Registered User
 
aizan's Avatar
 
aizan is offline
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Torrance, CA
Age: 37
Posts: 4,543
135mm lenses in general are sleepers, especially on rangefinders because you have to use an accessory viewfinder. It also seems odd to use such a long lens on one.

Doesn't mean they aren't fun!
__________________
Ugly Cameras
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-10-2019   #34
Timmyjoe
Registered User
 
Timmyjoe's Avatar
 
Timmyjoe is offline
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 2,918
I've had very good luck with a Nikkor 13.5cm lens in LTM on my M3. It brings up the proper frame lines and is pretty much tack sharp at f3.5, which is wide open.

Best,
-Tim
__________________
http://www.timcarrollphotography.com

New Photo Books
Sturgis Stories
& Scenes From Sturgis
now available
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-10-2019   #35
Doug
Moderator
 
Doug's Avatar
 
Doug is offline
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Pacific NW, USA
Posts: 12,932
Quote:
Originally Posted by raid View Post
How is the nickel Heliar different from the past version Heliar 50/2?
1.) Optically the same
2.) Nickel finish
3.) Not collapsible though it looks like it does
4.) Old-style locking focusing tab/button
5.) Production limited to 600 samples
6.) Screw mount, comes with adapter
7.) Serial numbers divided into 6 groups starting with H, E, L, I, A or R. Numbers range from 001 to 100.
8.) Weighs 191g vs 260g for the collapsible version
__________________
Doug’s Gallery
RFF on Facebook
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-10-2019   #36
johannielscom
Ich bin ein Barnacker
 
johannielscom's Avatar
 
johannielscom is offline
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Universitas Terre Threntiae
Posts: 7,346
I agree with Doug's very complete mini-review of the Heliar 50mm 2.0 and also with David's contribution of the Avenon 28mm 3.5. I own them both and dearly love them.

Also, the before mentioned Elmar 50mm 3.5 is a true gem. I own an uncoated nickel one and a chrome one with an even earlier serial number that was factory upgraded to a modern chrome and coated lens. Again, I can concur.

Two more lenses I'd like to add though.
First is a very early Jupiter-9 labelled 85mm 2.0 lens with Carl Zeiss Sonnar optical block. It has a minimum focusing distance of 1.8 meters and the index marks for distance and aperture do not line up, signalling that the lens is made from non-Russian parts. This is the second one I own and I'm constantly impressed by sharpness and rendering.
They are harder to find but aren't spotted by either collectors or sellers so can be had for reasonable prices if you invest time.


The second lens is a bit of a rangefinder equivalent of the now much appreciated Trioplan lenses, it's the early Topcor 50mm 2.0 LTM, the non-S model. It does swirly bokeh wide open, and is pretty sharp with still softer corners when stopped down. Once at 8.0 it's sharp overall.
These are the full-chrome early lenses, fully made from brass (around 225 grammes heavy) and have whiskey colored coating with a tinge of pink. They are probably single coated.

Several of the above mentioned lenses are featured in this article on my web site.
__________________
Gegroet,
Johan Niels

I write vintage gear reviews on www.johanniels.com |

flickr | instagram |
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-10-2019   #37
lxmike
Barnack fan
 
lxmike's Avatar
 
lxmike is offline
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Co Durham NE England
Age: 53
Posts: 3,245
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ko.Fe. View Post
I have tried almost every Leitz, Leica made 50 starting from Summar to v 4 Cron, except Lux and some odd exotics. Planar, Nokton as well. I prefer J-3 to all of them. Size, price, performance, aperture.
But it is not very popular lens outside of small FSU RF group. Even Lomography had short run of them.

Canon 50 1.8 has very smooth focus, btw. Nothing close to Crons, but funky lens for portraits.

Orion-15 is 1/20 of current Summaron 28, does the same, if not better.
Orion 15 sounds interesting
__________________
Currently loaded: Leica IIIc. IIIg and Bronica ERTS.

Glass currently in regular use: Voigtlander 15mm 4.5 Helliar

Soon to arrive Leica MDa

myblog:lifefromawindow
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-10-2019   #38
lxmike
Barnack fan
 
lxmike's Avatar
 
lxmike is offline
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Co Durham NE England
Age: 53
Posts: 3,245
Thanks for the replies everyone, although if my wife reads this thread she might divorce me because of the GAS attack that this thread has brought on
__________________
Currently loaded: Leica IIIc. IIIg and Bronica ERTS.

Glass currently in regular use: Voigtlander 15mm 4.5 Helliar

Soon to arrive Leica MDa

myblog:lifefromawindow
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-10-2019   #39
Larry Cloetta
Registered User
 
Larry Cloetta is offline
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Jackson, WY
Age: 69
Posts: 1,412
Quote:
Originally Posted by lxmike View Post
Orion 15 sounds interesting



Unlike Canon lenses or Elmars, and no denying those are nice, this lens really is under the radar.
The Orion-15, on the other hand, is more likely to elicit comments such as “the Oreo what?
The lens is sharp “wide open”, if f5.6 can be considered wide open, but is really, really sharp, closed down a bit. I added some vignetting to this shot, probably at f8, as it normally would not have much vignetting on its own.
They are not all equal. Get a very early one, or a pre-production one (they are out there). There is some information with test comparisons on the web.
It is a Topogon formula.
People balk at buying these because they go for more than the normal $30 Soviet lens. There is a reason for that. Ko.Fe is right. The closest relatives are the Leitz 28/5.6 Summaron and the ultra-rare, ultra spendy, Zeiss Contax 25/4 Topogon.
It does color well also. Still ultra cheap for what it is.
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-10-2019   #40
eckhardf
Registered User
 
eckhardf is offline
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 20
Isn't the Canon 25mm f3.5 also a topogon copy??..I have one of those.
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 09:11.


vBulletin skin developed by: eXtremepixels
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

All content on this site is Copyright Protected and owned by its respective owner. You may link to content on this site but you may not reproduce any of it in whole or part without written consent from its owner.