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02-17-2010, 07:04 AM   #1
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Cosina releases Voigtländer Apo-Lanthar 90mm SL II

a re-release of the highly revered APO-Lanthar lens ... are re-do's of the others in store?
APO-LANTHAR 90mm F3.5 SLII Close Focus

compare the prices of
http://web.archive.org/web/20060216045547/http://cameraquest.com/Voigt+SL.htm to
http://www.dpreview.com/news/1002/10021701cosinaapolanther90mmslii.asp

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Thanks for the info.

I guess the VL 125/2.5 macro will gets a new SLII look very soon too?
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Thanks, Simon. Glad I got "version 1" while it was underrated.

QuoteOriginally posted by frank Quote
Thanks for the info.

I guess the VL 125/2.5 macro will gets a new SLII look very soon too?
And probably a price to match! Expect around $1200 if the 90mm increase is any indicator, which (oddly enough) should push the used price of "the classic" SLs down.
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I wonder how the new version will compare to the old one.

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is it an AF lens?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Pentaxor Quote
is it an AF lens?
no. i dont think so.
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is it an AF lens?
Sacrilege!
02-18-2010, 02:21 AM   #8
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I actually see this maybe pushing my SL I version of the 90mm up slightly.. LOL

I paid US$499 new for it 6 month ago, so the new one is priced at US$615 in Japan and I think the SL still has appeal as the build of the SL IIs are great but the SL I series are just fantastic.

Optically I guess they will be identical, they just changed the body design slightly (and dropped the chrome)..

As I said on DPR I am disappointed they didn't do the 75/2.5 instead or even the 180/4.. They are special too and more unique.. There are lots of good 90/100mm 'true' macro options out there that are also very good and I think they will find the 90 a tougher sell than the 180 or 75 which are a bit more unique in their focal length / price / apeture combinations..

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In Pentax, they are both PKA but in Nikon, the SLII is chipped. Might make a difference. They are easier to use.

Over at Cameraquest, the 'last' of the SLI version in Pentax mount are selling at 599 USD.
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Some data:


Voigtländer APO-LANTHAR 90mm F3.5 SL II Close Focus
APO-LANTHAR 90mm F3.5 SLII Close Focus


Specs:
Lens Construction: 5/6
Number of diaphragm blades: 9
Minimum focusing distance: 0.5m
Maximum shooting magnification: 1:3.5.
with dedicated close-up lens attached 1:1.8
Filter diameter: 52mm
Size and weight: 63 × 48.2 (length × diameter), 320g
It comes with a hood, has the A button, but no AF.
Release date: May



First images here:
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(smooth bokeh, nice.)




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The local Voigtlander distributor has told me to expect the same pricing as the Nokton 58mm for the Apo Lanthar 90. I'll assume that pricing will be global.
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I will sell my Sigma 180mm f/3.5 for the voigtlander SLII 125mm f/2.5 - I have been kicking myself for not getting it ever since it was discontinued (I only found out about it when it was discontinued) I want that lens!
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QuoteOriginally posted by blende8 Quote




It seems identical to the 90/3.5 SLI, except for the slightly different finish, the much more compact lenshood and the close-up lens. The all black finish should be an advantage in controlling the reflections under certain conditions (see my post in the other thread). I don't know whether the lenshood will be as efficient as the hood on the SLI version, but it's surely much less bulky! As for the close-up lens, I don't see the point (except if it's a well corrected multi-element lens).

Cheers!

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