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Old 02-14-2010   #81
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I can't stand it any longer. I just ordered one from PhotoVillage. Now I have to decide what to sell...
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Old 03-04-2010   #82
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snappy shot, le vrai rdu. razor wire and tower building provide strange counterpoints to the grafitti cartoon ...
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the 50/2.5 is quite hefty, and looks so beautiful. I'm really gonna miss the classic look of the "ordinary" (not quite so fast) LTMs coming from VC in favor of the M mounts
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I like this lens too. Small but heavy due to the brass barrel.


Shot wide open at f/2.5 on Epson R-D1.

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love this lens
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love this lens
I can see why! That's excellent! I got a new one from PhotoVillage a couple of weeks ago, and hope to finish road testing it this afternoon.
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great, sure you will enjoy it

it is also so pocketable compared to a 50 f2 leica or zeiss
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I just bought one (new), but I think it has a backfocus issue. I have adressed this to the seller and am waiting to see if I can get it fixed...
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great, sure you will enjoy it

it is also so pocketable compared to a 50 f2 leica or zeiss
Right you are! I'm road testing it on my Leica IIIc. Makes a very compact kit.
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Old 04-01-2010   #90
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this was the first lens i got fo rmy iiia, and its worked like a charm. i usually use it aorund f 5.6 and 8
it does great stuff with velvia
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Did anyone notice that the price of this lens, new, at photovillage just went up by $100? I was saving my pennies for one, and this is a big setback.
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Did anyone notice that the price of this lens, new, at photovillage just went up by $100? I was saving my pennies for one, and this is a big setback.
The Nikon S-Mount version maintains the original price of US$199 at the site.

http://www.photovillage.com/product....5&cat=0&page=7

Looks like this lens made in to the top of the best seller list at photo village

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I just noticed that my chrome 50/2.5 Skopar has almost exactly the same external design and size as my Summaron 35/2.8, and comparable build/finish quality. Reall nice lens, a definite keeper.
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Well, after my initial posting here last year, I did manage to actually buy one. It was the last available in Sydney's Mainline photo shop - a silver version. I really love this lens for colour. With the Ektar 100, the results are simply wonderful. Now I am looking for the 35/2.5 and yesterday, I found one!
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Early-on, this lens developed a poor reputation, said to be "soft" (it's anything but, as Sean Reid's review reveals!). Seems to me it was a CVUG list member in Norway who was using one to do a PoW project, and his pics looked great to me.

So in 2004 when I had an opportunity to buy one LNIB from a Photo.net member for $175 including M-mount adapter, I took the chance to see for myself. And have not regretted it a bit. Further, over the past 6 years its reputation has improved!

It's mysterious to me why a modest-speed f/2.5 50mm would "need" seven elements, but surely that adds to the heft and feel of solidity. Only gripe I can come up with is its small amount of pincushion distortion.



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Well, after my initial posting here last year, I did manage to actually buy one. It was the last available in Sydney's Mainline photo shop - a silver version. I really love this lens for colour. With the Ektar 100, the results are simply wonderful. Now I am looking for the 35/2.5 and yesterday, I found one!
Good find! I managed to get Scott's last black one, several months ago now.
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This lens rocks on a Barnack...


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Hey guys...quick question. What is this "S" version of this CV 50/2.5 color skopar? You can see on the Cosina site that there are two 50/2.5 listed. And one is also for sale on mapcamera.com.

Anyone used the 'S' version?

EDIT: Aahh...I think for Nikon-S right?

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Hey guys...quick question. What is this "S" version of this CV 50/2.5 color skopar? You can see on the Cosina site that there are two 50/2.5 listed. And one is also for sale on mapcamera.com.

Anyone used the 'S' version?
One to fit Nikon/Contax cameras?
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yep, to fit nikon RF cameras
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One to fit Nikon/Contax cameras?
It will fit a Contax camera, but won't focus properly. That's why its an "S" lens (for Nikon S-mount only) rather than an "SC" lens(for both Nikon S-mount and Contax) like the 35/2.5 Skopar and wider.
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It's mysterious to me why a modest-speed f/2.5 50mm would "need" seven elements, but surely that adds to the heft and feel of solidity.
Stephen Gandy said it was added because of getting a more compact lens. Makes sense.

BTW i can see no difference in crispiness in my shots between my CZ C-Sonnar 1.5/50 and the Color-Skopar when shot at 2.8. At 5.6 i can see a small effort for the Skopar! An Amazing little lens!!
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Stephen Gandy said it was added because of getting a more compact lens. Makes sense.
Yes, that makes sense, as at 33mm long it's shorter than either the 50 Heliar Classic or the Planar or C-Sonnar for instance. And yet it's virtually identical in size to the new Leica 50/2.5 Summarit which has 6 elements in 4 groups.
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The square LH-2 shade is pretty nifty (I think the standard round shade is a bit too minimalist if you're actually shooting in bright sunlight).
But I discovered that I you remove the little round shade, a Leica 12585 or IROOA clips on nicely!
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Interesting, kermaier! I like the lens's looks with the little round shade, but I expect a rectangular shade would be more efficient.
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I think the LH2 hood is perfect, not to mention, it looks good. Here's a shot of mine attached to the 35/2.5 Color Skopar. The 50/2.5 is next to the camera.

Btw, there is a black 35/2.5 Color Skopar for sale over at MapCamera

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maybe good but the shade sold with the lens cannot be seen through the viewfinder , that's quite important imho
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it is maybe 1 or 2 mm longer than the 35

I have both + the 21 CV f4 LTM
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Really? That would make it quite small indeed! And yes, either the 21 or 28 would round out the wide end...

Don't suppose you have a picture of all three, lined up?
I don't use to make pictures of my gear but they have the same size +/- 2mm , Really small for a 50 mm

the 21 and 35 have the same barrel
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I don't use to make pictures of my gear but they have the same size +/- 2mm , Really small for a 50 mm

the 21 and 35 have the same barrel
yes, they're the same, and they are lovely

The 50 and 28 are small and heavy, though--in a good way.

The CV LTMs are beautiful lenses.
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Too bad they are not doing anymore LTM :/ (except special editions)
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I knew the 35 and 25 (21?) shared the same barrel which is great. Good to hear the 50 isn't much bigger as well. Thanks!
It's shorter than a fully extended Leica collapsible lens.
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I've been shooting BW landscapes w/ mine recently. Will turn to color this weekend.



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Great lens indeed.
This is my go-to-lens for iiif with the 28/3.5 skopar.

I have one in silver and one in black. I am keeping the silver one. If anyone interested in the black, please send me a pm.
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I'd always had my eyes set on a collapsible 50mm Elmar to use as a compact, daytime lens but the images and user reports on this CV lens have me thinking that this lens might be a better alternative. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find any examples for sale, even on eBay! Does anyone know how much I should be asking, approximately, for a silver version of this lens?
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I don't use to make pictures of my gear but they have the same size +/- 2mm , Really small for a 50 mm
You do pay for that with a slight amount of pincushion distortion, as it is effectively a tele lens.

I wasn't happy with mine at all, by the way, so I sent it back, and it turns out it really was a faulty sample.

Too bad, now I am without one again and they are becoming quite rare...
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Hell yeah...I was lucky with both my Skopars. I already have a 35/2.5 in silver but I am very tempted to go and grab that black version in a store in Shinjuku.

Anyway, for those who remain unconvinced by the 50/2.5, here are a couple of samples from when I was in Sydney:



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Well I WAS convinced, but mine was nothing like you are showing.
Sorry for raining on your parade, guys, I'll just shut up now...
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No trouble kossi, default can happen, and it is too bad you couldn't enjoy this lens
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A couple from yesterday, both w/ M2 & Reala:




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