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JHutch
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Nov 28, 2011 00:45 |  #46

I normally use the viewfinder, but happened to use liveview for this shot.

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Dec 23, 2011 20:08 |  #47

I don't get it, Why isn't there very much hype on the internet about this lens? In the canon prime world people are so interested in getting 50mm 1.4 or 1.2, or a 30 or 35mm f/1.4-2, 28mm, and so on...This lens seems like such a solid choice for APS-C and full frame...don't get it. I'm definitely picking one up though.


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Dec 24, 2011 12:36 |  #48

nickfunke wrote in post #13592091 (external link)
I don't get it, Why isn't there very much hype on the internet about this lens? In the canon prime world people are so interested in getting 50mm 1.4 or 1.2, or a 30 or 35mm f/1.4-2, 28mm, and so on...This lens seems like such a solid choice for APS-C and full frame...don't get it. I'm definitely picking one up though.

This lens does not seem to have a huge following here on POTN. But there is a nice group on Flickr (external link) for it. There you'll see posts from folks all over the world using it, mostly on a 5D if they're shooting with a Canon body.

I like it on my 50D, but wonder what it would be like to join the 5D crowd. The one thing that's probably quicker to deal with on a 5D vs. the 50D would be setting up zone focusing. The pop-up flash sits forward enough on the 50D that is somewhat obscures the markings on the lens. Since the 5D does not have a pop-up flash, it's probably easier to see the lens markings for zone focusing. It seems like a fair number of examples on the Flickr group are street photography style shots. This lens seems to work very well for that on a 5D from what I see.

I think some people pass over this lens because it is not as fast as some of the alternatives if they're looking for a lens to handle low-light shooting. If you need f/1.4, then an f/2 lens isn't going to cut it. And I think others just prefer the "look" that the Zeiss lenses offer and are willing to pony up the money for one of those.

To me the strength of this lens is its form-factor. As far as I know, it's the smallest size lens offered in an EF mount. If you want something light-weight and low-profile, this lens cannot be beat. I think that's why some folks love it for street photography. I could see it as a good lens for hikers/backpackers too. This lens and the Voigtlander 20mm would be so easy to take with you if you didn't want to be lugging around a camera bag on an outing. I put this lens on my camera and my Black Rapid strap, and took it with me hiking while having my 19 month old daughter strapped to my back in a carrier and my 5 year old triplets walking with me. It was nice to have a small DSLR setup that wasn't cumbersome to carry while trying to just have fun with my kids.


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Canon: EOS 3, 40mm f2.8 STM, 85mm f1.8 USM. Voigtlander: R3A, 28mm F2.8 SL II, Nokton 40mm f1.4, 50mm f2 Heliar.
Nikon: SB-25. Yongnuo: YN565EX, YN-622C transceiver (x2)
Sony: A7S, a6000, 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 G, Nissin i40.

  
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Dec 24, 2011 13:13 |  #49

tempest68 wrote in post #13594387 (external link)
This lens does not seem to have a huge following here on POTN. But there is a nice group on Flickr (external link) for it. There you'll see posts from folks all over the world using it, mostly on a 5D if they're shooting with a Canon body.

I like it on my 50D, but wonder what it would be like to join the 5D crowd. The one thing that's probably quicker to deal with on a 5D vs. the 50D would be setting up zone focusing. The pop-up flash sits forward enough on the 50D that is somewhat obscures the markings on the lens. Since the 5D does not have a pop-up flash, it's probably easier to see the lens markings for zone focusing. It seems like a fair number of examples on the Flickr group are street photography style shots. This lens seems to work very well for that on a 5D from what I see.

I think some people pass over this lens because it is not as fast as some of the alternatives if they're looking for a lens to handle low-light shooting. If you need f/1.4, then an f/2 lens isn't going to cut it. And I think others just prefer the "look" that the Zeiss lenses offer and are willing to pony up the money for one of those.

To me the strength of this lens is its form-factor. As far as I know, it's the smallest size lens offered in an EF mount. If you want something light-weight and low-profile, this lens cannot be beat. I think that's why some folks love it for street photography. I could see it as a good lens for hikers/backpackers too. This lens and the Voigtlander 20mm would be so easy to take with you if you didn't want to be lugging around a camera bag on an outing. I put this lens on my camera and my Black Rapid strap, and took it with me hiking while having my 19 month old daughter strapped to my back in a carrier and my 5 year old triplets walking with me. It was nice to have a small DSLR setup that wasn't cumbersome to carry while trying to just have fun with my kids.

Yeah, I really am still contemplating the Canon 50 1.4 and the Ultron...Its size is unbeatable. How does the Ultron's IQ compare to that of Canon's lower end primes? (i.e. 50 1.4, 35 f/2, 28 1.8)


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Dec 24, 2011 14:06 |  #50

The quality is very good vs the other non-L primes. Good even wide open. I just got the Canon 50mm f/1.4 a few weeks ago. Shooting wide open is not one of it's strong points. And it doesn't exhibit CA like the Canon 85mm f/1.8 (although this lens is very good in every other respect).


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Canon: EOS 3, 40mm f2.8 STM, 85mm f1.8 USM. Voigtlander: R3A, 28mm F2.8 SL II, Nokton 40mm f1.4, 50mm f2 Heliar.
Nikon: SB-25. Yongnuo: YN565EX, YN-622C transceiver (x2)
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Dec 24, 2011 18:16 as a reply to  @ tempest68's post |  #51

So, considering you've used both, if you had to choose between the 40mm f/2 and the 50mm 1.4, which one would you choose and why?


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Dec 24, 2011 20:19 |  #52

Thats a tough one. I got the 50mm for times when I want a fast lens with autofocus. But there is more of an attachment to the Voigtlander due to it's build quality, image quality, small size. There are also times where 50mm is to long and 40mm is just right. If choosing just one lens between the two for a given day, whether I felt AF would be more convenient than MF factors in heavily.


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Canon: EOS 3, 40mm f2.8 STM, 85mm f1.8 USM. Voigtlander: R3A, 28mm F2.8 SL II, Nokton 40mm f1.4, 50mm f2 Heliar.
Nikon: SB-25. Yongnuo: YN565EX, YN-622C transceiver (x2)
Sony: A7S, a6000, 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 G, Nissin i40.

  
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Dec 24, 2011 20:23 |  #53

I wondered when I got the 50mm if I'd want to sell the Voigtlander. I can say that I won't. They are different enough that I can see using both.


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Dec 24, 2011 20:37 as a reply to  @ tempest68's post |  #54

I think i'm going to pick up the Voigtlander. I hardly ever use AF on my 50mm 1.8 on my 550d. After it started front focusing and i began manual focusing, i felt a pleasing sense of control over my camera after doing it for a while. I haven't used AF since. I'm attracted to the Voigtlander because of its great build quality and IQ. Is it okay to buy this lens without having a huge attraction to the "pancake" size? In other words, disregarding the small size, is it a good buy in terms of Image Quality? I sometimes feel like since I already own the 50mm 1.8, f/2 would not be much of an upgrade. What do you think?


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Dec 25, 2011 23:10 |  #55

I had the mk II 50mm f/1.8 and hated it. AF was lousy in low light and I couldn't stand the MF ring being at the front of the lens. MF ring was not that precise either. Then I tried the older metal mount version. MF ring was better in placement and precision, but I still didn't like it much. The build of the Voigtlander is very good and so is the MF ring precision. IQ is good too. I viewed the mk II 50mm as a waste of money. The Voigtlander I view as an investment in a lens I'll use and enjoy for years to come. I'm neutral on the 50mm f/1.4. It's good enough but not going to be one of my favorite lenses in the bag.


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Nikon: SB-25. Yongnuo: YN565EX, YN-622C transceiver (x2)
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Jan 05, 2012 09:03 as a reply to  @ tempest68's post |  #56

Hi all (first post here ever, ahem:o)

I currently use an old Mamiya 645 lens (Sekor C 45/2.8) via a adapter on my 5D2. I have ordered the matte focus screen.

Anyway, enough boasting: On the Ultron, what is the purpose of the aperture ring? Isn't the aperture controlled from the Canon-body in that case? One snag with the Mamiya 645 lens is that I compose full open and then have to stop-down to where I want to be :(

I have looked at the Voigtländer homepage but they only mention Nikon (sob, sob).

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Jan 05, 2012 10:51 |  #57

There is a Canon version without the aperture ring.
Scott


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Jan 05, 2012 11:40 |  #58

Aha! Makes sense. Thanks. Attractive piece of glass that...

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Feb 07, 2012 23:57 |  #59

One of my recent favorites:

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Nikon: SB-25. Yongnuo: YN565EX, YN-622C transceiver (x2)
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Mar 02, 2012 19:07 |  #60

Some new stuff. Still love this lens!

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