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Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar Review

  
 
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That would be nice, but I wouldn't hold my breath. Voigtlander seems to be completely uninterested in a full set of lenses even for Leica M and we hear from Juha who follows the Japanese market that the 21 f/1.4 seems to be a very slow seller. Historically CV seems to be interested in fast 35s and 50s. There new 50 f/1.0 seems in line with those preferences. I think a 35 f/1.0 is more likely than a 28 f/1.4, but CV is also very hard to predict, so I could easily be wrong. I just don't think a
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I wonder how the smaller 21 sells. The 21 Nokton is huge!



Aug 04, 2023 at 03:32 PM
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p.2 #2 · p.2 #2 · Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar Review


Girls are heading out to watch the Barbie movie, and even though they invited me along, I have to decline because I've got to write a review...

At mid-distance, the CV 28/2.8 lens exhibits exceptional sharpness, even when used wide open across the entire image field. I had to reduce the contrast quite a bit for this shot.




  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar lens    28mm    f/2.8    1/125s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  




Aug 04, 2023 at 04:11 PM
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Distortion

The Voigtlander 28mm f/2 Ultron II exhibits remarkably minimal distortion, and the latest Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar goes even further, requiring absolutely no correction in post-processing!

PS: Notice the higher vignetting for the Color-Skopar when both lenses set to f/5.6. The Color-Skopar's field a view is also slightly wider.




Color-Skopar with no distortion correction

  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar lens    28mm    f/4.8    1/180s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  




Aug 04, 2023 at 05:02 PM
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I have the smaller 21/3.5 and had the 21 Nokton.
I agree that the nokton is just massive, they should redesign the 21/1.8 or a 21/2 or such as a mid-way point.
The Nokton is an absolutely fantastic lens though, I miss its images but not the size.

highdesertmesa wrote:
I wonder how the smaller 21 sells. The 21 Nokton is huge!




Aug 04, 2023 at 05:03 PM
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Thanks Fred, that cinches it for me. I hate that little intense vignette in the corner, reminds me of the old OM 18mm. Even though it's correctable I hate it.

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Distortion

The Voigtlander 28mm f/2 Ultron II exhibits remarkably minimal distortion, and the latest Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar goes even further, requiring absolutely no correction in post-processing!

With the Ultron, only a slight "-2" pincushion correction effectively addresses any distortion while the Color-Skopar performs exceptionally well straight out of the camera, with no need for any post-processing correction.

PS: Notice the higher vignetting for the Color-Skopar when both lenses set to f/5.6. The Color-Skopar's field a view is also slightly wider.




Aug 04, 2023 at 05:05 PM
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Thanks for another great review. It really helps to see a new lens side by side with one users are familiar with. To see how the little 28 compares in both physics size and optical performance is almost surprising considering its cost.


Aug 04, 2023 at 05:15 PM
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thrice wrote:
Thanks Fred, that cinches it for me. I hate that little intense vignette in the corner, reminds me of the old OM 18mm. Even though it's correctable I hate it.


Certainly, achieving that incredible size with the Color-Skopar comes at the expense of higher vignetting.



Aug 04, 2023 at 05:17 PM
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thrice wrote:
Thanks Fred, that cinches it for me. I hate that little intense vignette in the corner, reminds me of the old OM 18mm. Even though it's correctable I hate it.



Are you talking about "dog ear" vignette that is just at the farthest corner? I can't tell if it just looks that way because the exposure is so high or what. The Canon 28-70 f/2 has that type of vignette at 28mm, and it's actually nearly impossible to remove without a custom radial mask (it has a normal vignette gradient that is addressed in post with the light falloff tool, but the dog ear part doesn't conform to the falloff, it's its own thing).



Aug 04, 2023 at 05:28 PM
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p.2 #9 · p.2 #9 · Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar Review



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Minimal Focus Distance performance

The Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar is a versatile lens capable of focusing as close as 0.5 meters, delivering impressive resolution and contrast even at minimum focus distance (MFD).

One of its notable qualities is its consistent sharpness throughout the aperture range. Whether shooting wide open at f/2.8 or stopping down to f/4 and f/5.6, there is little discernible difference in sharpness, which is quite impressive.

Overall, the lens performs exceptionally well, providing sharp, detailed images with vibrant colors due to high contrast.




Subject at 0.5m (MFD): f/2.8 (LEFT) | f/4 (RIGHT)






Subject at 0.5m (MFD): f/4 (LEFT) | f/5.6 (RIGHT)




Aug 04, 2023 at 05:51 PM
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p.2 #10 · p.2 #10 · Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar Review


Many thanks for the review!
It seems that, after only two pages, it is pretty clear I will get one.



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p.2 #11 · p.2 #11 · Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar Review


Many thanks for the review!





Aug 05, 2023 at 08:02 AM
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p.2 #12 · p.2 #12 · Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar Review


I’ll add my thanks for another excellent and timely review.

Looks like a great lens…
Standard Cosina.
Incredible quality, performance and price!



Aug 05, 2023 at 08:34 AM
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p.2 #13 · p.2 #13 · Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar Review



You able to try it on a Sony Fred?



Aug 05, 2023 at 09:03 AM
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p.2 #14 · p.2 #14 · Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar Review


Thanks for the review, Fred!

This lens is a real tiny beauty and I would like to see it's performance on a Sony body, if possible ...




Aug 05, 2023 at 09:27 AM
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p.2 #15 · p.2 #15 · Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar Review


I think the 'real' comparison for the new Color Skopar would be vs the Leica 28 2.8 Asph v2

Make it so!



Aug 05, 2023 at 12:15 PM
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p.2 #16 · p.2 #16 · Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar Review


Desmolicious wrote:
I think the 'real' comparison for the new Color Skopar would be vs the Leica 28 2.8 Asph v2

Make it so!


Yeah, exactly. +1 here!



Aug 05, 2023 at 12:36 PM
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p.2 #17 · p.2 #17 · Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar Review


Desmolicious wrote:
I think the 'real' comparison for the new Color Skopar would be vs the Leica 28 2.8 Asph v2

Make it so!


It's exactly the lens Cosina is targeting. List price for the 28 2.8 Elmarit M ASPH V2 is now $2795 usd. It's a great lens and the one to have if you're a dedicated 28 user but for something to pull out of the bag occasionally, the Voigtlander looks pretty good.



Aug 05, 2023 at 12:41 PM
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p.2 #18 · p.2 #18 · Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar Review



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Samples (High Contrast Light)




  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar lens    28mm    f/2.8    1/1500s    100 ISO    -0.7 EV  






  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar lens    28mm    f/2.4    1/1000s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar lens    28mm    f/2.0    1/1000s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar lens    28mm    f/2.8    1/3000s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar lens    28mm    f/2.8    1/180s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar lens    28mm    f/5.6    1/60s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar lens    28mm    f/2.4    1/250s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar lens    28mm    f/4.0    1/1500s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar lens    28mm    f/2.4    1/350s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  LEICA M10-R    Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar lens    28mm    f/4.0    1/750s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  




Aug 05, 2023 at 06:37 PM
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p.2 #19 · p.2 #19 · Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar Review


The images say that this may be a top pick as a 28mm for a certain style street shooting lens. So far I like what I see.Watching this thread closely.


Aug 05, 2023 at 08:33 PM
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p.2 #20 · p.2 #20 · Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar Review


Wow, Fred, the CV 28mm/2.8 is rocking! Taking into account its much smaller size and excellent performance, it may quickly become first choice over CV 28mm/2 for many shooting situations.
I'm also curious how will it behave adapted on Fuji X.



Aug 05, 2023 at 10:02 PM
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