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#1 Klaus

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 12:45 PM

The pricing has been announced ... 999EUR

 

I'm tempted nonetheless ...


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Posted 21 July 2017 - 10:25 PM

For testing or private stock?



#3 Klaus

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Posted 22 July 2017 - 01:15 AM

Not sure yet. So far I still consider myself to be a MFT user (privately).

Sony E has yet to come up with a decent, compact standard zoom lens.

 

Although I have to admit that the Batis lenses and the STF are pretty awesome ;-)


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Posted 22 July 2017 - 06:25 AM

I hope it's of good optical quality.
The design aesthetic looks great.

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Posted 22 July 2017 - 06:30 AM

I hope it's of good optical quality.
The design aesthetic looks great.
Talking of MFT, there is 10.5mm from the same brand which PZ left out.

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Posted 22 July 2017 - 09:03 AM

We will not test everything. Not based on the current revenue situation.


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#7 borisbg

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Posted 22 July 2017 - 09:53 PM

I was only wandering.

#8 Brightcolours

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Posted 26 July 2017 - 07:50 PM

Where to, borisbg?  ;)



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Posted 08 August 2017 - 10:35 PM

From DPR:

"Everything about how the 65mm handles screams precision and quality, from the all-metal housing to the drool-worthy matte black finish."

 

The images on their gallery look very good.



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Posted 17 September 2017 - 09:37 PM

https://phillipreeve...o-macro-review/

 

The Voigtlander Macro 65mm F2 APO-Lanthar shows excellent sharpness from f/2 across the frame. It also does the APO-label justice since its CA correction is close to perfect. Neither is there any distortion. Bokeh is smooth most of the time but cat-eyes can be a bit distracting as can be the straight aperture blades. Only vignetting is on the higher side but that is a small price to pay for this exceptional performance. In my eyes it is optically the best E-mount lens at the moment, together with the Batis 2.8/135.



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Posted 20 September 2017 - 10:19 AM

Come on, Klaus, it may just be another 5 star lens for your collection. :)



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Posted 20 September 2017 - 11:06 AM

5 stars for an 65mm f2 lens which has too small a back element so it has cats eye issues and strong vignetting? That is a bit too much I think.
And the non-macro background bokeh is not at all smooth, actually... More akin to my EF 35mm f2.

A nice looking lens, though. But I would not get one, because of its crappy bokeh which does not suit the reason for the lens.
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Posted 20 September 2017 - 01:27 PM

"Crappy bokeh"? Are we looking at the same images?
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Posted 20 September 2017 - 01:58 PM

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Just as smooth as my non-smooth Nikkor and Canon 55mm f1.2 lenses. But those are old, go to f1.2 and are not macro lenses.

 

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The "everything in the background is made out of small circles" crap my 35mm f2 produces too at such focus distances. Only my Nikkor 50mm f2 does worse?

For a macro lens i think it is kinda crappy. Nothing good about it, anyway.

Close up bokeh looks good, but the same with my 35mm f2. And my Nikkor 85mm f1.8, 135mm f2.8, who actually do very smooth close up bokeh, but get worse when you focus further out.



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Posted 21 September 2017 - 09:06 AM

the sun stars are nice, agree the Bokeh quality for distant object appears a little rough.



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Posted 21 September 2017 - 10:04 AM

Yeah, but distant objects are not the main targets for a macro lens, then. I also discovered a picture with massive cat's eye highlights, but it looked at least aesthetically interesting  ^_^



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Posted 21 September 2017 - 11:00 AM

Let's not mix up quantity and quality of blur. In the shots above, the quantity is limited because of the subjects.

The bokeh is a little rough and suffers from vignetting, which makes it look curly in some shots. Still, far from "crappy" in my eyes.

Admittedly, though, I was hoping for more. As probably anyone else knowing the SL 125 got too excited when they announced a new "APO Lanthar"...
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Posted 21 September 2017 - 11:10 AM

actually looking at the sample photos again I think I was being far too harsh saying the Bokeh was rough. Its actually pretty nice in the majority of the photos, just not perfect in a couple. I think we're being spoilt with the latest APD lenses



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Posted 22 September 2017 - 04:04 AM

      Voigtlander build nicely constructed lenses, only this ones not a bargain at it's price point.....

 

   ..it's ratio at 1:2 is disappointing and the bokeh in the above shot is average....however I don't worry too much about vignetting "à la Zeiss" and it does do nice star bursts and is F2.......

 

  most macro are sharp...so is it all about the build?






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