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| p.5 #9 · p.5 #9 · Versions? Voigtlander 125mm APO Lanthar SL |
I owned and sold a CV 125mm in EOS
I owned and sold ZE50mm f2.0
I am currently selling a Leica 100mm APO
Own and keeping Canon 100mmL
Just received and deciding if I am keeping or not the Sigma 150mm OS
CV 125 has best bokeh bar none! Great APO performance - Sharpness is medium compared to Leica, colors are muted compared to Leica. If you are into artistic look, this is the best.
Leica - OK bokeh and great sharpness. Best color of the bunch. Best overall performance. If it had 1:1 and auto focus I would never part with it. My eyes just aren't up for manual focus on moving critters any more. Great lens on stationary objects off tripod. If that is your gig, buy one.
Zeiss 50mm Great micro contrast and nice color if you like blue. Darkest blue skies you will never see. May be sharpest look due to contrast. 50mm too short a focal length for me, but nice lens as is the Contax 60mm f2.8.
Canon L and Sigma OS are nearly identical in IQ. Both are nice for outdoor flowers and bugs, but may not be the best for fine art photography. Very hard to tell images apart (as tested on outdoor flowers with bees ). Color is OK. Color may be brighter than CV, but not as nice as Zeiss or Leica. Bokeh is OK to bad. The good news- Very sharp considering the lack of micro contrast on both lenses On Sigma, I like the 150mm focal length better, but the focus speed and the ability to hold focus in servo is poor. I have to decide if for flighty subjects like butterflies, it is worth keeping or not. Will be doing more testing in next few days if the rain will hold off.
Many may not agree with all my comments... but this is my view of the world through my 53 year old eyes, one of which has a Zeiss lens in it (cataract).