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Voigtlander Color-Skopar X 50mm F/2.8

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Voigtlander Color-Skopar X 50mm F/2.8

Standard lens on Voigtlander Bessamatic cameras of the 1950s. A decent performer with its own fairly pleasant colouring.
Mount Type: Third-party (adapter required)
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Senior Member

Registered: November, 2008
Location: Melbourne
Posts: 190
Lens Review Date: January 3, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $50.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Sharp, wonderful bokeh, nearly a pancake!
Cons: Heavyish, a little work to adjust focus
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 6    Value: 8    Camera Used: Pentax K5   

This is an extremely compact lens, not much bigger than my 40mm pancake.

Has what seems to be a lovely colour rendition.

Have just taken a few photos and am staggered by what I think is the superb bokeh. This shot is handheld, 1/250th, ISO 640, no processing whatsoever using the reversal film filter in the K5.

Have not yet tried to shoot at anything above F 2.8

New Member

Registered: February, 2009
Location: Ireland
Posts: 21
Lens Review Date: September 4, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $10.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Accurate colour rendition with a pleasant slight saturation, almost a pancake in size, fairly deeply recessed at front, so hardly needs a hood.
Cons: Not very fast, Deckel adaptor is a pain (and was pricey, but cheaper now) and lens prone to a slight flare if allowed.
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 7    Value: 8   

This lens came with a Bessamatic, along with an S-K 135/4 and a 28/4, both of which are pretty good, so the poor old standard lens got forgotten about for a while.
I dug it out and gave it a whirl and was pleasantly surprised by its colour rendering - that'll be why it's called 'Color Skopar', then.
On with the show....

hardware-store by Lensosaurus, on Flickr
You can see the flare at the top left, where the strong sunlight crept in. The lens has a deeply-recessed front element which I thought avoided the need for a hood, but this showed me a hood is always a good idea.

rural-decay-shop-w-father-and-child by Lensosaurus, on Flickr

kickham-street-truck by Lensosaurus, on Flickr

dead-pub by Lensosaurus, on Flickr

tree-stumps by Lensosaurus, on Flickr

river2 by Lensosaurus, on Flickr

All pics taken on a K10D
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