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08-29-2011, 07:01 PM   #46
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QuoteOriginally posted by RayGunn Quote
Hi Daniel…

I just don’t get what your agenda is, Daniel.

Actually, there is no agenda, just your run-of-the-mill LBA coupled with a curiosity to try out this legendary beast and to pit it against some other macros I already own.

This is usually (in me) accompanied by an opposing voice (of reason or my wife's) saying that I don't really need this lens and all the other reasons not to buy it.

Is it just me?

My offer was genuine and it stands. I thought it was you who was pulling out, but this is fine - no hard feelings over this at all. You did say US shipping only.

I disagree that people who buy a lens like this must have money to burn. I have a modest wage, a mortgage and a large family to support. If I bought it, it would be in the hope that I could recover most of my money selling it on a year later or so.

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QuoteOriginally posted by DanielT74 Quote
... no hard feelings over this at all.
I agree, Daniel.
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Yes, the Leica is 1:2, but how often do we really need to get closer?
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you should ask that question to yeatzee.
I would just give up on macro photography if I was limited to 1:2

I present you with this (courtesy of orionmystery.blogspot)

To show the rather large jumps between different magnifications, as well as this (which directly corresponds with your "question")



Quite a large gap

*(macro 1:2 vs 1:1 - Canon Digital Photography Forums)
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Thanks, yeatzee. Of course it depends on what we shoot. I find that I hardly ever go closer than 1:2 but this is of course not true for everyone. Nice to have the illustration. Might be an interesting poll to see how many people who shoot macro go closer than 1:2.

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The fact is that Leica build is tested by time and Cosina Voigtlander isn't yet (to the same extent). It may well prove to be excellent I don't know. We shall see.
If it is properly looked after a takumar from the 1970s will be perfectly usable these days, and significant number of lenses from that era are perfectly usable on current DSLR cameras.The pentax FA limited and to some extent the DA limited lenses are all very well built and will last for decades. I have no reservations over the construction quality of Cosina/Voigtlander SLR lenses, they remind me of using some of the older classic glass I still use for personal projects. For instance the Cosina/Zeiss planar 50mm f/1.4 is significantly more robust and studier than the current Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G - the optical quality is quite comparable.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dcmsox2004 Quote
got me scratchin' my bald dome.... i'd love (kill) for the 125, but not for 2150 bucks... as an amateur shooter... it would beyond lba... it'd be outright lens lunacy...
when is too much, TOO much?? hope these new 125 owners get a lotta mileage to make these beauties a worthwhile investment....
2000 bucks is peanuts compared to this:

AU $3,050.00 is more than 3000 USD

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OMFG, $3000+ for an Apo Lanthar 125, buyers are going bonkers. That's well over double what I paid for mine late last year.
Daniel, If I were looking for one now I'd cap my prepared to pay price at around $1700 if mint, with hood and box. I'd no doubt be waiting a while but then value is in the eyes of the beholder.
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I'd like to have the Voigt 125, but at this price, I would prefer to get a Pentax 200mm f/4 macro.

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I would prefer to get a Pentax 200mm f/4 macro.
I have seen some of those sell for $3000 before - but I suppose you also get AF and [IF] optics to sweeten the deal.
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I think it's also the Apo-Lanthar name.. I once bought the much sought-after Bessa II folding 6x9 camera with Apo-Lanthar lens for EUR 250, and sold it for US$ 7,000 (that's not a typo).
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I think it's also the Apo-Lanthar name
Funny thing is the Lanthar is based on one of the oldest lens designs in history - the heliar. The Lanthar is a Drop-kick variant of the heliar design which can be adapted for use on SLR cameras - a symmetrical Heliar lens would have to be too close to the film/sensor to have sufficient clearance for the reflex mirror. The Bessa II with the 10.5,15,21 and 30cm APO-Lanthar lenses were designed in 1952 and released a few years later - and they are the first genuine Apochromatic lenses designed for medium format - though they are said to have an image circle capable of covering 4X5 format - sans movements.
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Btw, there is Voigtlander 75mm f2.5 Heliar lens for SLR, including Pentax.
Voigtländer Color-Heliar 2.5/75

There are samples in Voigtlander club here, looks good

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