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My Voigtlander Trio...
Old 09-29-2017   #1
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My Voigtlander Trio...

Did my Sunday morning walk around White Rock Lake in Dallas (9.2 miles) this past weekend with my Leica M262 and the three Voigtlander M mount lenses I own, the 21mm f1.8 Ultron, 35mm f1.7 Ultron and 75mm f1.8 Heliar Classic.

Wonderful set, and compared to what it would cost for me to upgrade my same Summicron/Super Elmar lenses to Summilux, a downright bargain for the performance level achieved. I personally think the 35/1.7 Ultron trumps the 35 Summicron ASPH (at least, the one I own) 7 ways to Sunday, the 21/1.8 Ultron from f4 is pretty much the equal of the 21 Super Elmar, with the extra speed when needed or wanted and the 75/1.8 Heliar definitely outperforms the Summicron against the light.

The 35/1.7 Ultron VM is a real champ against the light..





I can choose to stop it down (I believe f8 here) and capture everything sharp from near to far..



or, open it up with beautiful background blur..



I love being able to do this exact same thing with the 21/1.8 Ultron..





The 75mm f1.8, shot straight into the sun. This image is also cropped a little bit..



35/1.7, around f2 or so. I do not bother trying to find a "code" that works on these lenses. Just leave them uncoded and process to taste in Adobe Camera raw.



21/1.8, around f4 or so..





35/1.7..

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Old 09-29-2017   #2
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Great pictures! Second one is by far my favorite though.

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Great photos. You have picked what are probably VMs three best lenses. I have the Ultron 21mm (probably my favourite) and 35mm and could not be happier, I also liked the 75mm f/1.8 a lot I tested. The 3.5 50mm Heliar may be my next one.
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Wow. That 35 1.7 is awesome. Great photos!
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Old 09-29-2017   #5
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Great photos. You have picked what are probably VMs three best lenses. I have the Ultron 21mm (probably my favourite) and 35mm and could not be happier, I also liked the 75mm f/1.8 a lot I tested. The 3.5 50mm Heliar may be my next one.
I have a fourth on my radar, but it's at the ultra-wide end. Still deciding between the 15mm f4.5 III or the 12mm f5.6 III. Plan to have the choice in-hand in time to test before heading out to the canyon-lands of West Texas the first week of November.
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i live at whiterock lake. let me know the next time you go and we'll meet.
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i live at whiterock lake. let me know the next time you go and we'll meet.
Will do! I hit it often, out there most Saturday and Sunday mornings. Park at the dam and do the clock-wise trek. This summer I've worked on shooting a series of sunrises.







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Old 09-29-2017   #8
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i shoot nature, people and landscape there quite often. not really work i share, it's for personal pleasure. shoot me and PM and we'll organize something.
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Beautiful set of images - thank you for sharing
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They do make fantastic lenses
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Nice images and nice trio of lenses. Props to the M262 as well.
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I know everyone talks about the Leica magic but with the cost of a Leica lens, I've been able to build my own trio of fast lenses:

CV 28mm F2 Ultron
CV 35mm F1.2 (Version 1)
CV 50mm F1.5 LTM w/ M-mount adapter.

Gotta love the Voigtlander lenses.
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Old 09-29-2017   #13
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The spacing of these three lenses is close to ideal. It's too bad Cosina doesn't make a 135 - that would be the near-perfect three lens set. Love your work. Thanks.
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I have a fourth on my radar, but it's at the ultra-wide end. Still deciding between the 15mm f4.5 III or the 12mm f5.6 III. Plan to have the choice in-hand in time to test before heading out to the canyon-lands of West Texas the first week of November.
Well, the decision was made and tomorrow I should take delivery of a new 15mm f4.5 III. Should be an excellent four-lens combination to take with the M262 next week to Palo Duro and Caprock Canyons. May even toss in the M4 and 2-3 rolls of T-Max 400.
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Wow, this one is amazing!

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Will do! I hit it often, out there most Saturday and Sunday mornings. Park at the dam and do the clock-wise trek. This summer I've worked on shooting a series of sunrises.

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Old 10-25-2017   #16
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Thank you. That one was one of those "if you show up somewhere enough, eventually you get lucky" mornings.

I have a 24x36 metal print of that image from Bay Photo through Smugmug hanging on a wall in my office. They do beautiful printing.
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Who else built a 12mm for Nikon-RF?
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Old 10-25-2017   #18
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Outside the Cosina-made lenses, anyone else?

BTW, I also ordered the "II" version of the 15mm finder to use with this new 15mm Heliar-VM III and it is an incredible finder. There's a small bit of distortion, but it is really big and bright. Easy to see, even for someone wearing glasses like me. I will need to take care not to scratch my lenses or, eventually, add some sort of rubber bumper to the edge.
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Wow.....walked the block during the lunch hour and tried a few sample images with the 15mm SW Heliar III on my M262. This thing is sharp and really produces some nice files..

These are hyperlinks and takes you to the full-size images if you want to see the detail up closer. They are jpeg's from raw, processed in Adobe camera raw, and I did not use the profile built into ACR. Just winged it with what shading correction I did, and I probably could have done better on some.







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Great stuff.
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