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FM Review: Voigtlander Color Skopar 21mm f/3.5 E-mount

  
 
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p.47 #1 · p.47 #1 · FM Review: Voigtlander Color Skopar 21mm f/3.5 E-mount


For me, 'consistency in delivery' and ease of getting the RAW file where I want it are very important. This is a very flexible and well-behaved little lens. Really, I couldn't want any more technically across a pretty wide focal distance range. And rather artistic, being a Vintage range lens, intimate colour and outstanding highlight handling - very important in the high places. It replaces the Contax 21/2.8D, which is perhaps a little better in places but gives a harder edge, less 'tonal' colour, less volume shaping and a more barren look that some Distagon's have. CV only used a 9/8 design, the D21 was a 15/13. That one is 650 grams w/- adapter, this one is 230 grams and 52mm filters -vs- 82mm. The D21 is very hard to keep the sun off the front element. All the little practicalities add up. Recommended.





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May 31, 2021 at 02:38 AM
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philip_pj wrote:
For me, 'consistency in delivery' and ease of getting the RAW file where I want it are very important. This is a very flexible and well-behaved little lens. Really, I couldn't want any more technically across a pretty wide focal distance range. And rather artistic, being a Vintage range lens, intimate colour and outstanding highlight handling - very important in the high places. It replaces the Contax 21/2.8D, which is perhaps a little better in places but gives a harder edge, less 'tonal' colour, less volume shaping and a more barren look that some Distagon's have. CV only used a
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You post excellent examples of this great little pocketable lens 👍
It’s biggest strength IMO is great sunstars from f4, shoot wide open at f3.5 if you don’t want them, or f4 if you do 😉

J



May 31, 2021 at 05:03 AM
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p.47 #3 · p.47 #3 · FM Review: Voigtlander Color Skopar 21mm f/3.5 E-mount


DSC00411 by Michael Törner, auf Flickr


Jun 19, 2021 at 02:43 PM
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p.47 #4 · p.47 #4 · FM Review: Voigtlander Color Skopar 21mm f/3.5 E-mount


I'll put these two lens-specific effects here, because they illustrate how well the 21's images respond to gross recovery at both ends, while retaining colour integrity. I had almost written them off at first, from looking at the RAWs. This one does fabulous 'extreme condition' highlights, for anyone needing that effect. (a7r sensor sure helps recovery too).





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Jun 21, 2021 at 07:19 PM
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A7R2+Voigtlander Color Skopar 21/3.5 FE



















Jun 22, 2021 at 03:32 AM
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Today cv21/3.5
floodplain-20 by Сергей Пашнин, on Flickr



Jul 03, 2021 at 03:58 PM
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floodplain-21 by Сергей Пашнин, on Flickr


Jul 18, 2021 at 03:18 AM
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Almost precisely 6 months after it was shipped back to the reseller it returned, fixed under warranty, in Japan as the reseller told me, via their provider & the EU importer. So presumably the same for all EU repairs.

"Replaced relay FPC. Checked resolution, infin focus, and each part's function/performance". Works very well, the slight regret is that I still don't know whether the failure was due to anything I did. It's the first electrical (or mechanical) issue of a new lens I've had since I started shooting in 2006. Anyway, it's not a one trick pony even if the below photos indicate I lack imagination, it is namely also very good at contrast and saturation : )

First is sunrise at a nature reserve that's mostly old pine forest and a couple of flooded iron ore mine shafts.
The sun is a star by Grynna, on Flickr

The following two are from this morning, sunrise at 04:52
Voigtländer! by Grynna, on Flickr

Tanacetum vulgare by Grynna, on Flickr



Aug 08, 2021 at 11:02 AM
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kaldur wrote:
Almost precisely 6 months after it was shipped back to the reseller it returned, fixed under warranty, in Japan as the reseller told me, via their provider & the EU importer. So presumably the same for all EU repairs.

"Replaced relay FPC. Checked resolution, infin focus, and each part's function/performance". Works very well, the slight regret is that I still don't know whether the failure was due to anything I did. It's the first electrical (or mechanical) issue of a new lens I've had since I started shooting in 2006. Anyway, it's not a one trick pony even if the
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Nice. Glad it's finally worked out for you!



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p.47 #10 · p.47 #10 · FM Review: Voigtlander Color Skopar 21mm f/3.5 E-mount


Good outcome Kaldur, and I hope you enjoy this most underrated and versatile lens - it's the little guy who can! I usually post in other threads but one for here this time.





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Aug 08, 2021 at 08:08 PM
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p.47 #11 · p.47 #11 · FM Review: Voigtlander Color Skopar 21mm f/3.5 E-mount


Here I go again...... Read this entire thread and just purchased this lens.....

My 50 APO arrived last Monday but have not had a chance to play around with it.

So now, I will have this 21/3.5, the 40 Nokton, and the 50 APO. I debated on the 50 since it's close in range to the 40 but again, it would be a nice addition to my MF kit.

Thank you to y'all for causing my bank account become depleted

I think I need to stop reading these threads and get back out shooting.

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Feb 18, 2022 at 12:29 PM
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It's not so bad. Cosina are past masters at making a host of 35/50 lenses for M cameras that are quite different from each other. But the big win is they are not expensive for what you get, and they can be bought and sold affordably here on the Buy and Sell forum. So it encourages users to try more than one of them and move on if they wish to look further for the lens that best matches their needs.

In your case, the 40/1.2 and the 50/2 are like chalk and cheese! And for both of them, it's hard to think of many other lenses their images resemble. Once you start with the 50/2 it will get you back out shooting, guaranteed.

Final note: no one should ever feel bad about buying different 'tools' (lenses). You never know when you will come across 'the one' that is near perfect for you. It also is a good idea to keep up with new release lenses, as they are changing fast these past few years. And your tastes change over time, plus your needs change too. The web is a strange place, but decades back we had to read paid for blurbs by 'journalists'. Now we have each other..



Feb 18, 2022 at 06:18 PM
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philip_pj wrote:
It's not so bad. Cosina are past masters at making a host of 35/50 lenses for M cameras that are quite different from each other. But the big win is they are not expensive for what you get, and they can be bought and sold affordably here on the Buy and Sell forum. So it encourages users to try more than one of them and move on if they wish to look further for the lens that best matches their needs.

In your case, the 40/1.2 and the 50/2 are like chalk and cheese! And for both of them, it's hard
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Hey Philip,

The images you posted with this lens are phenomenal, mine is due to arrive on this coming Monday and believe it or not, I am more excite about this one even with the 50 APO that just arrived this past Monday. I'm itching to do a road trip back down to the Big Bend region to recreate some images that I took back in 2020 and see how much I have grown as a photographer over the past two years. I've learned a lot from this page and want to put that knowledge to work when I do make it down back to that area.

Thanks for sharing all your works with us....



Feb 19, 2022 at 05:27 PM
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p.47 #14 · p.47 #14 · FM Review: Voigtlander Color Skopar 21mm f/3.5 E-mount


You're very welcome. We have a good community spirit here, just trying to help. TBH, the 21/3.5 is the most reliable of my Voigts. I was over the moon with the Zanskar images, some were shot in the worst of conditions. All the best with your photography and hope you do your trip, stay safe.


Feb 19, 2022 at 06:55 PM
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p.47 #15 · p.47 #15 · FM Review: Voigtlander Color Skopar 21mm f/3.5 E-mount


I don't think these made it into this specific thread. Originally posted last weekend.
The 21/3.5 is my go to light weight backpacking/climbing WA lens when weight/size are at a premium.

Mt. Rainier National Park
1.5 miles up the mountain from Paradise visitors center.

Not too cold, but super windy.




  ILCE-7C    Voigtlander COLOR-SKOPAR 21mm F3.5 Aspherical lens    21mm    f/8.0    1/640s    100 ISO    -1.0 EV  






  ILCE-7C    Voigtlander COLOR-SKOPAR 21mm F3.5 Aspherical lens    21mm    f/8.0    1/1000s    100 ISO    -1.0 EV  






  ILCE-7C    Voigtlander COLOR-SKOPAR 21mm F3.5 Aspherical lens    21mm    f/8.0    1/500s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-7C    Voigtlander COLOR-SKOPAR 21mm F3.5 Aspherical lens    21mm    f/3.5    1/2000s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-7C    Voigtlander COLOR-SKOPAR 21mm F3.5 Aspherical lens    21mm    f/5.0    1/1600s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-7C    Voigtlander COLOR-SKOPAR 21mm F3.5 Aspherical lens    21mm    f/5.6    1/1250s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-7C    Voigtlander COLOR-SKOPAR 21mm F3.5 Aspherical lens    21mm    f/5.6    1/1600s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  




Feb 20, 2022 at 02:34 PM
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p.47 #16 · p.47 #16 · FM Review: Voigtlander Color Skopar 21mm f/3.5 E-mount


How does this lens hold up today against some of the other small options in the 18-24 focal range.

Samyang 18
Sigma 24 3.4
Sony FE 24 2.8 G



Aug 12, 2022 at 01:56 PM
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p.47 #17 · p.47 #17 · FM Review: Voigtlander Color Skopar 21mm f/3.5 E-mount


I passed on a really good used deal a few months ago. Really regret it. Everything I've read from users suggest it's the perfect balance for it's small size and a pleasure to use. Nice sunstars and back lit performance.


Aug 12, 2022 at 03:23 PM
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p.47 #18 · p.47 #18 · FM Review: Voigtlander Color Skopar 21mm f/3.5 E-mount


The perfect tiny lens to throw in the bag with a 35mm, 50mm, or a 24-70. Or all by itself. Last weekend I put my small 21/3.5 on my a7r3 and took a short hike in the blazing heat of an Arizona summer to see what this lens could do in harsh sun. I was quite happy.




  ILCE-7RM3    21mm    f/11.0    1/100s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-7RM3    21mm    f/3.5    1/2000s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-7RM3    21mm    f/3.5    1/1000s    100 ISO    -0.7 EV  






  ILCE-7RM3    21mm    f/11.0    1/250s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-7RM3    21mm    f/11.0    1/80s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-7RM3    21mm    f/3.5    1/1250s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-7RM3    21mm    f/11.0    1/125s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-7RM3    21mm    f/3.5    1/1600s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-7RM3    21mm    f/3.5    1/1250s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-7RM3    21mm    f/3.5    1/2000s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  




Aug 12, 2022 at 04:29 PM
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