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lucanus81
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Voigtlander users here?


Hi,
I recently attended a small photography conference and by chance I discovered Voigtlander manufactures lenses for m/43 with very wide apertures. I tried one 29mm Super Nokton f0,8 and a 60mm f0,95.
I was really surprised by the build quality and even wide open those 2 lenses were sharp, with a really “film look”. However in Internet there is really few reviews, samples available.
I would add that they are quite pricy so before buying one I wanted to know whether some of you currently uses Voigtlander lenses on m/43 and of course what are your impressions.



May 21, 2022 at 07:57 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Voigtlander users here?


I’ve used the Voigtlander 42.5mm f0.95 on Olympus cams for several years. I’ve been quite satisfied. Wide open, it’s quite glowy which can be fun. Stop it down a bit, sharp. It’ll also focus quite closely.
Check the Lensrentals blog for their review of m4/3’s lenses in this focal length.



May 21, 2022 at 09:00 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Voigtlander users here?


My impression of these lenses is that they are good performers, and often good wide open. The obvious disadvantages are they are MF, and have no electronic contacts. Then they are not cheap either. But if you want a 0.95 lens then they may work for you.


May 22, 2022 at 09:09 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Voigtlander users here?


I shoot families and kids and I guess I just wanted a portrait lens with that magic 0,95. At that aperture even my beloved 45mm f/1.2 cannot compete in “look”. I would use it only as a very specialised lens for static subjects.
So it seems like wide open the file is usable? Good to know. I guess probably -because of the 15% discount currently available- I might get one



May 22, 2022 at 11:40 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Voigtlander users here?


I used to own the 25mm and 45mm (or thereabouts) lenses in my early MFT days. I sold them because they were too heavy and large within the system and I found them very hard to focus, so in reality the wide apertures weren’t useful to me.

That’s years ago, so I don’t know if focusing would be easier now.



May 22, 2022 at 02:04 PM
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johnvanr wrote:
I used to own the 25mm and 45mm (or thereabouts) lenses in my early MFT days. I sold them because they were too heavy and large within the system and I found them very hard to focus, so in reality the wide apertures weren’t useful to me.

That’s years ago, so I don’t know if focusing would be easier now.

Interesting. When you say “hard to focus” are you referring to the fact that wide open focus peaking wasn’t accurate ?



May 22, 2022 at 03:18 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Voigtlander users here?


lucanus81 wrote:
Interesting. When you say “hard to focus” are you referring to the fact that wide open focus peaking wasn’t accurate ?


I find wide open focus peaking never accurate with those fast lenses, no matter which camera brand I use. So, yes.

I guess magnification works if the EVF is sharp enough, but that’s not my shooting style, certainly not with MFT.



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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Voigtlander users here?


In the end -thanks partially to GAS- I decided to pull the trigger and I ordered the 60mm (the 29mm is too expansive)


May 24, 2022 at 01:43 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Voigtlander users here?


Just saw this. I purchased the 60mm late last fall and was expecting it to be good though a bit soft wide open. Boy was I wrong. It was really sharp and full of micro contrast even wide open. I think it is my sharpest M4/3 lens. I already had the 10.5, 17.5 and 42.5 and really liked them, but all are a bit soft and dreamy at the max aperture - takes f2.0 to really begin to get the sharpness and contrast to "normal" and f4-f5 to get rid of all the "dreaminess". Let us know how you like it!!

Thanks for posting - wish I had seen this sooner.

Bill



May 24, 2022 at 02:07 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Voigtlander users here?


Thanks Bill!
What you’re saying is really exciting: I thought I needed at least f1.1-1.2 to have usable files, but it looks like I should be able to take portraits even at f/0.95
Just got confirmation next Monday it should be available! I will definitely post here my impressions: this is my first full manual lens.

Luca



May 24, 2022 at 02:35 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Voigtlander users here?


Voigtlander is one of my favorite lens manufacturers. My favorite FOV is 10.5/21 so I have the 10.5 for MFT and 21 for Sony FF. Excellent sunstars begin at f2. I also have the 17.5 for MFT. I have several for Sony, you won’t be disappointed.




  E-M5MarkIII    Voigtlander 10.5mm lens    11mm    f/1.0    1s    200 ISO    -0.3 EV  




May 25, 2022 at 08:46 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Voigtlander users here?


CameraQuest is a great place to buy Voigtlander lenses, Stephen is a great guy, great prices and fast shipping.


May 25, 2022 at 08:51 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Voigtlander users here?


A quick update. I picked it up at my local camera store yesterday and I was playing with it all day: mainly flowers and some portrait of my son. I exclusively used it at 0,95 (well, a couple of times I closed it at f2) and I am really amazed. Even at f/0,95 it is really sharp! Sure, stopped down a little (f/1.4-2) it is much sharper, but I can say that wide open files are perfectly usable, even for paid work.
I was expecting an heavy lens, but it is reallyyyy heavy. Nonetheless, I am extremely happy and I will keep it
Thanks to all of you for all your comments and suggestions!



May 29, 2022 at 12:41 PM







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