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FM Review: Voigtlander 35mm f/2 APO-Lanthar

  
 
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rscheffler wrote:
Difficult to tell how much sarcasm extends to your comment to cancel the 35 Cron APO deposit.

It's only my 2¢, but it's the internet, so I'll post anyway.

Based solely on images posted online, the Voigtlander is great when you don't care about wider aperture background rendering at medium distances and are fine with its size. Its physical design should be of no concern to anyone not using an M system given that it's already very compact compared to other 35mm mirrorless and DSLR lenses. But on an M camera, the VM is large, already larger than the 50
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I was being totally sarcastic about cancelling my 35 Cron APO order, Ron. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the strengths of the CV APO-Lanthar 35, which I know from personal experience is a wonderful lens, so much so that I have exempted it and its 50mm sibling from my deCosinafication program. But, as you point out, on a Leica M it’s just a little too large and I know from the samples I’ve seen that the 35 Cron APO will suit me perfectly well optically and—equally importantly from my perspective—its size and haptics make for what you correctly describe as a more harmonious M system experience.



May 02, 2022 at 08:15 PM
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p.42 #2 · p.42 #2 · FM Review: Voigtlander 35mm f/2 APO-Lanthar


DavidBM wrote:
I would restrict the caveat on the CV even further: wider aperture middle distance rendering with busy aspects in the periphery and backlighting. In that very narrow niche some other glass is slightly nicer to most tastes. Otherwise it’s by far the nicest manual 35 I know if you are good with the speed.

I say this not to be picky but to make a general point about gear discussion. How so often an legitimate complaint about one use case derails our understanding of something that might overall be the most useful tool in the kit (not saying this is true
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Because the lens is a bit long for a 35/2, optical vignetting is higher than average. The Leica 35/2 APO likely does better in this aspect.



May 27, 2022 at 12:25 PM
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genji wrote:
Wow! This is astonishingly well-organised. Flawless colour, very appealing medium distance bokeh, vibrant rendering at small (f/9) aperture, perfect colour tonal separation, much better than expected highlight handling, not a trace of blotchy bokeh, and an optimum amount of macro contrast.


hmm...here we go again: using sarcasm to make fun of philip's comments...



May 28, 2022 at 10:52 AM
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Always good when people are passionate about their gear. Most of us are disappointed with early release images, we have this long term problem with all anticipated lenses, no? It's worse with expensive lenses because highly partial reviewers wax lyrical about the LENS, not the images it makes. So you get a 'tell, don't show' situation when images should speak for themselves. But if someone calls me on an opinion, I'll give the reasons for it.


May 28, 2022 at 04:19 PM
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Petegh wrote:
hmm...here we go again: using sarcasm to make fun of philip's comments...


https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1755772/0#15938888



May 28, 2022 at 05:30 PM
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p.42 #6 · p.42 #6 · FM Review: Voigtlander 35mm f/2 APO-Lanthar


I've been trying to get a Leica 35/2 APO loan for more than a year now:
https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1695782/28#15594771

It would be great to compare it to the Voigtlander 35/2 APO-Lanthar. From the images I've seen online, I think the Voigtlander has slightly higher micro-contrast, better colors and less field curvature but it's hard to know without inspecting DNG files side by side. Perhaps one day.



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I've been trying to get a Leica 35/2 APO loan for more than a year now:
https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1695782/28#15594771

It would be great to compare it to the Voigtlander 35/2 APO-Lanthar. From the images I've seen online, I think the Voigtlander has slightly higher micro-contrast, better colors and less field curvature but it's hard to know without inspecting DNG files side by side. Perhaps one day.


Extremely enthusiastic response to that linked post in which you say: “If there is enough interest, I may pick up a Leica 35mm f/2 APO to compare to the Voigtlander.” I guess I may have to step up to the plate when my Cron 35 APO eventually arrives.



May 30, 2022 at 04:53 AM
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p.42 #8 · p.42 #8 · FM Review: Voigtlander 35mm f/2 APO-Lanthar


Though I am convinced by the quality of the Apo Lanthars, the resolving power with the A7R4 sometimes still comes as a surprise. To summit of the Teide volcano, Tenerife, there is cable car. On this picture, taken at sunset from 15 km distance, you may spot the cables.

Voigtländer 35/2 Apo Lanthar @ f/4.5

NP Cañadas del Teide, Tenerife by Albrecht Ziburski, auf Flickr



Jun 05, 2022 at 01:14 PM
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Fred Miranda wrote:
I've been trying to get a Leica 35/2 APO loan for more than a year now:
https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1695782/28#15594771

It would be great to compare it to the Voigtlander 35/2 APO-Lanthar. From the images I've seen online, I think the Voigtlander has slightly higher micro-contrast, better colors and less field curvature but it's hard to know without inspecting DNG files side by side. Perhaps one day.


With the degree of thoroughness and objectivity that your reviews have, I too would love to see this comparison (but would particularly like to see it done on a Leica M (not that that is meant as a hint to anyone else …. )).

I hope it’s not rude (absolutely not my intention, apologies if it is) to mention that Sean Reid has quite a long article on this very topic. What is interesting to me is that he included the ZM 2.8/35 in the comparison.

Andrew



Jun 16, 2022 at 02:57 AM
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p.42 #10 · p.42 #10 · FM Review: Voigtlander 35mm f/2 APO-Lanthar


Thanks to FM's review, this thread and Philips review, I just took delivery of this lens from B&H. My CY 35mm 2.8 is always soft in the corners on my Sony A7RIV. I'm going to Berlin for the first time next week and decided that I wanted to match my CV 65mm APO-Lanthar with it's little buddy. The lens is smaller than I thought it looked online. So far, my testing is all good.


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letchhausen wrote:
Thanks to FM's review, this thread and Philips review, I just took delivery of this lens from B&H. My CY 35mm 2.8 is always soft in the corners on my Sony A7RIV. I'm going to Berlin for the first time next week and decided that I wanted to match my CV 65mm APO-Lanthar with it's little buddy. The lens is smaller than I thought it looked online. So far, my testing is all good.


Congratulations on your new lens! Post some pictures whenever you can.



Jul 02, 2022 at 11:18 PM
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