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11-30-2012, 08:42 PM   #811
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QuoteOriginally posted by wanderography Quote
the above images details are off the charts, surprised more people don't shoot the SLii series on pentax cameras and do your rarely ever read about people using them. I was going to pick up the 58 or 90 but decided to just stay with the two pancakes and move on to some F series zooms as these two lenses seriously cover my needs for primes. Here's some more shots with my twins...














What do you guys recommend for outdoors/portraits ... Nokton 58/1.4 or the APO Lanthar 90/3.5 SLII ?
I've experienced "focus shift" with my Zeiss T-Planar 85/1.4 and although one has to get used to it, I am not !

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QuoteOriginally posted by jpzk Quote
What do you guys recommend for outdoors/portraits ... Nokton 58/1.4 or the APO Lanthar 90/3.5 SLII ?
I've experienced "focus shift" with my Zeiss T-Planar 85/1.4 and although one has to get used to it, I am not !

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I haven't tried either of those lenses I find I'm able to get everything I need done with the 20 and 40 which is a 30 and 60 on aps-c, a wide standard and a short portrait. On FF I could live with just the 40 and never change it...
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Few from Voigtlander Color Ultron 50/1.8 (m42). All wide open.







Some remarks.

The lens is sharp at f1.8, if focused properly. I did not tried it at other apertures, since it is 'auto' lens, and it requires some surgery to block the aperture pin. The bokeh is gaussian to my view, very smooth. Colors are natural.

The mechanical part of the lens is quite perfect, however. It is made in Singapore, and my copy has both rings very loose, especially the aperture one. I disassembled it -- it looks like a construction issue. If placed in a different body, it could be a killer lens, optics are just outstanding (e.g. the twin Carl Zeiss Ultron 50/1.8)
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QuoteOriginally posted by jpzk Quote
What do you guys recommend for outdoors/portraits ... Nokton 58/1.4 or the APO Lanthar 90/3.5 SLII ?

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I have them both. If I could only have one it'd be the Nokton, hands down. I use this lens more than any other for portraits and it's wonderful outdoors. The 90 is great, too. But I prefer the feel of the Nokton, it's a real pleasure to use. I just end up zooming with my feet as needed.

APO-Lanthar 90mm 3.5 SLII



Nokton 58mm 1.4 SLII




(like I said, I just use it more)

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Hi guys, I'm considering VL lens, my local shop has 40mm and 90mm in stock but only 1 piece of each and than none. I would love to buy both, but can afford only one. I have now: kit zoom, M 35/2,8 and Helios 58mm/2. I thing that 90mm would be better because I do not have such FL and it is macro that I'm missing also. 40mm would overlap my kit zoom and it is very close to M35 which is too long on digital when shooting indoors, but is is such a small glass and it might be good when travelling. I love MF and occasionally shot on film and it is hard to find lens that would appeal to me on both systems.
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Hi guys, I'm considering VL lens, my local shop has 40mm and 90mm in stock but only 1 piece of each and than none. I would love to buy both, but can afford only one. I have now: kit zoom, M 35/2,8 and Helios 58mm/2. I thing that 90mm would be better because I do not have such FL and it is macro that I'm missing also. 40mm would overlap my kit zoom and it is very close to M35 which is too long on digital when shooting indoors, but is is such a small glass and it might be good when travelling. I love MF and occasionally shot on film and it is hard to find lens that would appeal to me on both systems.
Your kit logic for buying the 90 sounds good to me, and I'll add that it is my favorite lens (or possibly tied with my Contax 28mm). It is the sharpest lens I own, gets close up, renders color beautifully, and is quite compact for a 90. You can't go wrong.

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So my APO Lathar is home! I did a few quick shots and they seems amazing. Vibrant colours and sharpness is at f3,5 absolutely amazing at the entire photo. The focusing ring is sooo nice to hold, it is like butter. Combined with O-ME53 magnifying eyecup focusing is a breeze.
I will post some pictures later!
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Here are some shots from today, I'm really enjoying it, the way it renders green colour is just amazing.
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Nice shots Ivan! The 90mm is a great tool, I may end up with one eventually.
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recently gotten my first VL 58/1.4

shot to show how lovely it is..
f1.4

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QuoteOriginally posted by jeffshaddix Quote
Nice shots Ivan! The 90mm is a great tool, I may end up with one eventually.
Thank you! The more I use it the more I love it, some pictures from recent days, mostly by me but my wife have also taken a few




My daughter:







I'm definitely into VL and saving for 40/2 ultron as it is still available new. Than I will buy 20/3,5 color skopar as I know one person who is willing to sell it. Not sure if I should also get Noktor, as MF with such a fast lens is not easy task, but I will see what my LBA dictates me

Edit: the only thing that I hate about it is the need to set manually focal length at each start of the camera, where is only 85mm to choose from, then I have to manually set correct exif info at home, which is REALLY boring

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Rotten by Ivan Moc, on Flickr
That shot is awesome.

QuoteOriginally posted by Ivan_M Quote
I'm definitely into VL and saving for 40/2 ultron as it is still available new. Than I will buy 20/3,5 color skopar as I know one person who is willing to sell it. Not sure if I should also get Noktor, as MF with such a fast lens is not easy task, but I will see what my LBA dictates me
I still lust after both the 40mm and the 20mm, but let me put in my vote for the Nokton. It is by far my most used lens and my favorite for portraits.




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Just picked up my second VL, a 58 1.4. Had a 40mm but did not use that focal length that much. Got the Nokton mostly for shooting my grandkids in difficult light situations. So far I love it.


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QuoteOriginally posted by dunerunner Quote
Just picked up my second VL, a 58 1.4. Had a 40mm but did not use that focal length that much. Got the Nokton mostly for shooting my grandkids in difficult light situations. So far I love it.
Congrats! It's a great lens. I like shooting @ f/2.2.
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