Leica Showcase Voigtländer 50 f/3.5 Heliar VM

mike3996

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This nice little lens is so cute and tiny. And the rendering is very good as well -- thanks to its slow maximum aperture, it's very easy to work with. And me being never a fifty guy and a 28/35 mm shooter for a long time, the jump into 50 was suspiciously smooth...

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rayvonn

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On the one hand I’ve always been programmed to think a 50mm should be fast. On the other hand (as I’ve discovered) that’s not really what a RF camera is all about and is way down on the list of priorities, as well demonstrated here.
 

mike3996

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Thank you for kind words. I don't tend to think when I shoot (as such, I everything I do right is pure fool's luck) but maybe during crop phase I subconsciously found the two-and-two-tone composition most aesthetic, and stripped everything else away.

This lens is going places. I've been shooting it wide open for some time now and the performance is just unreal.

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gordo

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Gordon
Thank you for kind words. I don't tend to think when I shoot (as such, I everything I do right is pure fool's luck) but maybe during crop phase I subconsciously found the two-and-two-tone composition most aesthetic, and stripped everything else away.

This lens is going places. I've been shooting it wide open for some time now and the performance is just unreal.

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The only time I've used mine other than wide open has been for landscapes. I really enjoy the lens' rendering, it's sharp, but smooth. (If that makes any sense to anyone other than me.) Another one of a couple of lenses I really need to shoot more.
 

mike3996

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Finland
Having shot this exclusively during this July I'm almost growing bored of the ultra contrasty presentation it puts out. Almost. From picture to picture, everything always shows in brutal detail. :) Will probably affect my future decisions about lenses -- for example, perhaps a vintage Leica instead of a sharp Zeiss.

For the sake of a showcase (show-off), here's one scene shot wide open and a blow-up of the center.

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mike3996

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Finland
Heliar rides again! Given its slow aperture I've been shooting other lenses meanwhile. It's been gorgeous out there today so I took mine for a stroll.

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The rendering is so wonderful, and this lens truly takes the aperture out of the equation. Leave it wide open and you'll get plenty of DOF shooting afar and pleasant blur when focused close.

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Narrow crop from another pic of the same scene.
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