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Forum: Lens Clubs 4 Days Ago  
Voigtländer LBA - post your pics, notes and thoughts.
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CV 90 SLII/3.5 @f8:

Forum: Lens Clubs 11-12-2020, 10:21 AM  
Leica Lens Club
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Leica r 35-70 @ 35mm/f4:

Forum: Lens Clubs 11-09-2020, 10:38 AM  
Voigtländer LBA - post your pics, notes and thoughts.
Posted By les3547
Replies: 1,083
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Raisin in the sun. CV 75 f2.5 @ f2.5:

Forum: Lens Clubs 11-09-2020, 10:30 AM  
Contax Lens Club
Posted By les3547
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I owned the modern Zeiss 21 and was impressed with its resolution, but didn't care for it's razor sharp "digital" look. I picked up this Contax 21 hoping it would render detail without edginess and it has not disappointed.

Contax 21 F2.8 @ F5.6:

Forum: Lens Clubs 11-08-2020, 12:58 PM  
Voigtländer LBA - post your pics, notes and thoughts.
Posted By les3547
Replies: 1,083
Views: 224,015
CV 90/3.5 SLII @ f3.5:

Forum: Lens Clubs 11-08-2020, 12:28 PM  
Contax Lens Club
Posted By les3547
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Seems a shame to let this thread disappear. Contax lenses represent not only some of the best glass around, they are one of the best bargains given their quality. First among them in terms of IQ/price may be the Contax 28 f2.8:

Forum: Lens Clubs 11-08-2020, 10:25 AM  
Leica Lens Club
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Raisin sits on my wife's lap looking at her and purring. Leica R 50 Summicron @ f2.:

Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-08-2020, 03:23 PM  
Pets - Doggies with bubbles!
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I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-05-2020, 09:20 AM  
Jerusalem Cricket
Posted By les3547
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Views: 31
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-26-2020, 03:51 PM  
Voigtländer LBA - post your pics, notes and thoughts.
Posted By les3547
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Voigtlander 90 SLII @ f3.5:

Forum: Sold Items 07-29-2020, 01:20 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Voigtlander 125mm F2.5 Macro APO-Lanthar SL, Pentax Mount
Posted By les3547
Replies: 3
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PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Voigtlander 125mm F2.5 Macro APO-Lanthar SL

Asking Price
1,350.00 USD

Item Location
N. California (United States)

Item Description
I’m selling this rare lens because I don’t use it. I’m not going to say how great it is since there are so many reviews around that can do it better.

I’m offering it at a bargain price (relatively speaking) partly because its rarity has made the price ridiculous. I like to make it available to someone who really wants it, even if that means selling it for less than I paid for it.

It is in excellent shape, with some marks on the body and focus ring I’ve tried to show in the photos, the glass is perfect. Pentax mount, comes with original front lens cover.

Free USPS Priority shipping to CONUS, message me if you are out of the US.


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No

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Excellent

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Included in Price

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No Returns

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Forum: General Talk 07-14-2020, 10:17 AM  
My favourite word - "Lense" and possibly other typos
Posted By les3547
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For a time I tried to correct the following when friends misused them, but I've since given up all hope for a return to their original meaning (especially since Webster's has accepted one of them):

• When describing someone's strong point to pronounce forte "ˈfȯr-ˌtā" (to play music strongly) instead of " ˈfȯrt" (when I pronounced it properly people corrected me, so I no longer use the word)

• When something needs to be known, probed, asked about to say "it begs the question . . ." which is a logic fallacy meaning to assume the truth of a conclusion aka circular reasoning, e.g. Happiness is the highest good for a human being, since all other values are inferior to it.

• Substituting bring for take: "bring me to the doctor's office."
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-10-2020, 10:56 AM  
Voigtländer LBA - post your pics, notes and thoughts.
Posted By les3547
Replies: 1,083
Views: 224,015
This Acorn woody loves to perch atop this particular pole, he's occupied it for several years now. Sometimes his girlfriend joins him.

Voigtlander 125 @ f4.5:

Forum: Visitors' Center 06-10-2020, 10:10 AM  
DFA 85mm 1.4 July release
Posted By les3547
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Other features over the FA 85 one will get with the new lens will be more than twice the weight (550g vs 1255g), 54mm additional length, 16mm fatter needing 82mm filter vs 69mm, no aperture ring, well over twice the price . . . I love that focal length and am hoping the new lens is so much better that it warrants its cost and the hassle of lugging it around. Right now, since my interest in that FL is general purpose and not portraits, my 320g Voigtlander 90 SLii still holds the spot as my favorite lens.
Forum: General Talk 05-26-2020, 08:08 PM  
Zeiss Victory Binoculars
Posted By les3547
Replies: 16
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Actually, I liked the Monarch's rendering a little better than Zeiss because it gives you high resolution with a warmer feel (I have the same taste in lenses). If I didn't have more use for compacts I'd take the Monarch bins which are pretty compact anyway (I'm talking about the Monarch 7 HG, not the Monarch 7 ATB). The HGs fit the face and hands really well, much better than any compact.

There was one other thing I meant to compliment but forgot, which is how well both the Victory and the HG bins separated foreground objects from the background and so did a superb job of creating a 3D effect. The Monarchs were better at it (possibly due to its wider FOV) but both did it noticeably better than the older Monarchs and Zeiss Terra.
Forum: General Talk 05-26-2020, 07:08 PM  
Zeiss Victory Binoculars
Posted By les3547
Replies: 16
Views: 989
The Monarch HG bins were indeed more expensive, especially after I found an "open" box" of the Zeiss Victorys on Ebay for $673 (I think there is yet another pair there).

---------- Post added 05-26-20 at 07:09 PM ----------



Less than a lot of lenses however!

---------- Post added 05-26-20 at 07:16 PM ----------



I would just add that if you'd never tried the Zeiss you would be very impressed by the new Monarch HG bins. They lost the brightness contest by a very, very small amount, although contrast difference was a bit more noticeable between the two. The Monarchs gave a sort of soft, comforting image yet with lots of detail that made them really enjoyable (and relatively compact too). I wish I could afford both binoculars.
Forum: General Talk 05-26-2020, 04:30 PM  
Zeiss Victory Binoculars
Posted By les3547
Replies: 16
Views: 989
So, stuck at home, with nothing better to do (today anyway) . . . why not review new binoculars!

I’ve kept a pair of binoculars on hand for the last 45 years, from Bushnell and other mid to full size bins to $100 pocket Nikons. Living where lots of birds frequent inspired me a few years ago to upgrade to midsized Nikon Monarch 7 bins for myself, and Zeiss Terra Pocket binoculars for my wife. The mid-sized Monarchs were more comfortable to use, but I found myself often grabbing the Zeiss binoculars because of how easy it was to carry them. Another plus for the Zeiss was being slightly brighter and more contrasty than the Monarchs. Both binoculars are great, however.

The biggest problem I had with the Terras was the narrow field of view (357ft at 1000yds vs 420ft for the Monarchs); it felt like looking down a tube at times. Also, the way the Zeiss fit my eye sockets was less comfortable than the Monarchs whose eye cups were larger and immediately situated themselves for a full view, whereas the Terras require more careful positioning to avoid blacking out one’s view. Lastly, the location of the Zeiss focusing knob was awkward because my finger had to bend to use it (the knob was stiff too), which contributed to the Zeiss not feeling all that secure in my somewhat large hands.

When I decided to upgrade again, and after much research, the choice came down to Nikon and Zeiss once more, this time between the new Nikon Monarch HG 8x42 and the Zeiss Victory 8x25 pocket binoculars (wife wanted to keep her Terra bins). I bought both to try, the Monarch HG bins came first, and all I could say was “wow.” They had an even bigger FOV (430@1000yds), were incredibly comfortable in the hands, and their clarity made me feel I was right at the spot I was looking. Can’t recommend them enough.

However, when the Zeiss Victory bins came a few days later I was in for another “wow” moment. They’d improved their FOV to 390yds (remarkable for pocket binoculars)—just enough to make me feel like I wasn’t missing much using them instead of the HG’s impressive 430yds. Zeiss brightness and contrast were clearly upped from the Terras, but nearly as extraordinary as their improved FOV was how much more comfortably they fit in the hand than the Terras, or any pocket binoculars I’ve ever used. Zeiss has moved the focus knob to the left so that one’s finger can fully extend, and that in turn helps users grip the bins better overall (see pic), plus the focus knob is really easy to turn—all work together to make for true one-handed use without fatigue. The icing on the cake is how the new single hinge design allows for super compact folding.




So I returned the Monarch HGs and kept the Zeiss Victory pocket bins. If I had more discretionary income I’d definitely keep them both, but for those who must live with one pair and prefer compactness, the Victory’s great FOV, clarity and ease of use (not to mention all the high-end features you’d expect from the top Zeiss compact despite the eye cups, like all compact bins, still requiring careful placement) make the Victory binoculars an easy choice.

Specs

Exit Pupil Diameter - 3.1mm (0.12")
Twilight Factor - 14.1
Field of view at 1.000 yds - 390' (118.87m)
Apparent Field of View - 52 deg
Close Focus in FT - 6.2' (1.89m)
Diopter Adjustment Range - +3/-3 dpt
Exit Pupil Distance - 16.5mm (0.65")
Pupil Distance - 35 - 72mm (1.38 - 2.83")
Lens Type - FL
PrismSystem - Schmidt-Pechan
LotuTec /Nitrogen filling - Yes/Yes
Water Resistance - 100 mbar
Operating Temperature - 4 to +145 deg. F (-16 to 63 deg. C)
Length - 4.4" (11.18cm)
Interpupillary Distance Width - 4.5" (11.43cm)
Weight - 10.9 oz (309.01g)
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-23-2020, 11:16 AM  
Gold On White
Posted By les3547
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Forum: General Talk 05-20-2020, 09:54 AM  
Coronavirus
Posted By les3547
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I've been thinking about it a bit, though I've worked at home for years and not much changed for me on that front other than setting up my wife to work from home. To my mind pandemics are not the most serious threat, but rather what climate change is going to do to infrastructure and therefore to our ability to respond, work and stay supplied. Already flooding on top of the pandemic is adding to the misery, hurricane season is around the corner, and here where last year we had to flee our homes because of wildfires, and after this year's meager rainy season, again has us looking forward to the threat of being burned out of existence. So one of the biggest external shifts I can see is an increased dependence on mail order and shipping companies, and products that help people survive off the grid like generators, foods that are easy to produce and that keep, internet speed and reliability . . .

But the change I hope to see most is internal—that of understanding the power of unity between all human beings no matter what our beliefs, orientation, race, gender, etc. It's not like we haven't witnessed the benefit of this, such as when after Pearl Harbor people were more willing to forget their prejudices and chauvinism in order to pull together. Now many of the big companies are touting "we are all in this together," and of course if things get better they'll slide back "to every person for him/herself" in practice, but perhaps the relentless wave of destruction on the horizon will at last teach the survival-power-of-unity lesson once and for all.
Forum: Sold Items 04-29-2020, 11:40 AM  
For Sale - Sold: FA 100-300 Zoom F4.7-5.6
Posted By les3547
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Item for Sale
FA 100-300 Zoom F4.7-5.6

Asking Price
20.00 USD

Item Location
Sebastopol (United States)

Item Description
I'm basically giving it away for the price of shipping/handling. Picked up this lens for occasional telephoto use, but no longer need it. It's in great shape for its age, just a few scuffs on the body. The glass is pristine and its AF is really fast and accurate. Comes with original box and paperwork. The attached pics were shot at 300mm hand held to show how it renders at the FL that's not it's best, and with a little Lightroom help. The cat was 6' away, and the quail was 50' away.

I'll ship it USPS Priority mail.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
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Selling

Item Condition (Key)
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Excellent

Shipping Destinations
Continental U.S. Only

Shipping Charge
CA

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Return Policy & Additional Details
Pass it on if you decide you don't want it.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-13-2020, 10:39 PM  
Vintage landscape lens recommendations
Posted By les3547
Replies: 37
Views: 2,028
My all time favorite vintage wide angle lens is the Contax/Zeiss 28/2.8. I did a comparison to the FA 31 in this thread a few years ago, liked the Contax better. Because at the time I was still trying out every highly rated lens I could, I later sold it. But after I'd tried many dozens of lenses, and liked none better,I bought another and it now permanently resides in my 28mm slot (got the Contax 21 for my UWA, another beauty). You have to get a Leitax adapter for about $75, but mint Contax 28 lenses regularly sell on eBay for between $200 and $300 (make sure it is a MMJ version). Beautiful glass, classic all metal Zeiss quality, a real treasure and bargain. Here's a great review by Sirens.
Forum: General Talk 03-14-2020, 03:23 PM  
Coronavirus
Posted By les3547
Replies: 4,114
Views: 113,345
Growing up White, male, heterosexual . . . I missed out on being part of the main categories that attracted prejudice. Now that I'm 73yo, I am experiencing it for the first time, and that was even before the "okay Boomer" ageism tag that’s encouraging prejudice. Not everyone who ages gets more set in their ways, less curious, more opinionated, or is doomed to live with an evermore deficient immune system. I've called out prejudice all my life, so it's not just because I have finally achieved prejudice-attracting status that I say it's insulting to hear it directed toward an entire generation.

The statement “due to the cavalier approach by your generation to this pandemic” isn’t only insulting, in my opinion it misidentifies the problem's causes which means solutions for the problem will fail. The cavalier-ness you observe has nothing to do with the generation, it has to do with the overall ignorance of the US population, and the selfish ways that develop in certain people who get power and fail to use it to benefit the citizenry. Neither your generation, nor any generation, is immune to this. The ways a sizable majority of non-boomer younger people are behaving/eating/learning now will seriously hurt and impede them in old age. Every generation also has it’s more enlightened members of course, just as the boomers did, but unfortunately it isn’t the majority of any generation.

No doubt, however, that older citizens are more susceptible to viruses than younger ones, but why? Go to the grocery store and examine the shopping cart contents of old and young alike and it can be shocking if you yourself eat well. Young bodies better survive on all that empty-calorie, pesticide and preservative-laden food, but after a lifetime of nutritionless eating the body becomes depleted. And let’s not overlook the long-term effects of alcohol consumption which, again, is no less prevalent in the young—in fact more prevalent according to these statistics. The myth that a small amount of alcohol each day has health benefits was debunked by this study. Personally I found every drink I took set back my immune system. (For example, when as a young man I got sniffles, my body could fight it off. But if I had a beer assuming I was getting better, that act several times resulted in getting fully sick.)

Have you noticed that all the recommendations, and this is worldwide, for dealing with coronavirus has to do with avoidance, and not a peep about strengthening one's immune system? There's only one reason people die from covid19 and all other flu-type viruses, and that is one's immune system fails to handle things; similarly, there's mainly one reason some only get mild symptoms—one's immune system deals with it. When viruses can replicate faster than our system is able to produce antibodies, that’s when we lose the war.

Me, I live a simple vegetarian life, and have for going on 50 years. Whole grains, fruit, fresh carrot juice, vegetables, a lot of nutritional yeast (best immune system builder in the universe) that I put in a guacamole I make, or on popcorn, or just mixed into OJ, and a couple immune system supplements like black elderberry and probiotics. I haven't been ill in eleven years (when I ended my affair with beer), so like everyone I'm hoping for the best. But I at least know that for some time I've been preparing for the worst as well.
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-09-2020, 12:31 PM  
Voigtländer LBA - post your pics, notes and thoughts.
Posted By les3547
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The Voigtlander 75/f2.5 may be the "Color Heliar" but it does b&w nicely too:


Forum: Lens Clubs 03-08-2020, 01:11 PM  
Voigtländer LBA - post your pics, notes and thoughts.
Posted By les3547
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Good job of nailing focus at f1.4. I've read a number of reviews that fault the Nokton's sharpness at f1.4, but what I suspect is that reviewers had trouble achieving focus (as most people would) because the DOF is so shallow.

Yesterday I did a comparison of every lens I own shooting the same house off in the distance, vineyard in between me and the house, so lots of detail. With Contax, Leica, and Voigtlander lenses at 21mm through 125mm focal lengths, plus the Pentax 60-250 zoom, I obviously had to extrapolate quite a bit to compare. All are lovely lenses but I was surprised to observe that the Voigtlander 58 stood out as uniquely fine. Just so solid all over the frame, no CA or distortion, great detail, micro contrast and color, a joy to focus and use . . . I didn't do comparisons for bokeh with it this time, but in the past I have and it does a superb (and easier) job at f1.8 and is still very good up to f3.5. I know I've sung its praises before, but I was nonetheless surprised again at its IQ. I've said this before too but . . . I think the CV 58 needs the resolving power of a full frame sensor to show its stuff.

Speaking of Voigtlander and bokeh, the bokeh possible with CV90 is notable even being restricted to f3.5. With prices rising for the Nokton and availability sinking, the CV 90 is more affordable and another brilliant lens. For some F3.5 is too slow, and can be concern for bokeh lovers, but the CV90 has a very unique ability in this regard. A true APO lens, the CV 90 is one of the sharpest lenses ever made (incredibly sharp across the frame at f3.5), but what surprises is how good a bokeh performer it can be. In the shots below I posted earlier in this thread, the tree leaves, branches etc. in all the pictures were not very far behind the subject, yet the bokeh is pretty smooth. Combine that with the amazing sharpness of the subject in the foreground and this lens can really make things look three dimensional.







Forum: Lens Clubs 03-06-2020, 01:52 PM  
Voigtländer LBA - post your pics, notes and thoughts.
Posted By les3547
Replies: 1,083
Views: 224,015
Voigtlander 125 @ F2.8:

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