Voigtlander Ultron 35mm f1.7

andyw

Mu-43 Veteran
I have been looking at the 12mm f4.5, would be good for landscapes!! It even comes with a wide view finder!!
 

Streetshooter

Administrator Emeritus
I have been looking at the 12mm f4.5, would be good for landscapes!! It even comes with a wide view finder!!
True nuff but remember, the viewfinder is for 3/2 not 4/3.

This glass is all very wonderful.
I love my Noktons....but I haven't used any of them on the Pen 1 or G1 because I don't want to fall out of love with my dedicated glass....
enjoy your journey....
Don
 

Vidar

Mu-43 Top Veteran
Voigtlander is great quality. The build quality of the m4/3 lenses, compared with Voigtlander, feels like cheap plastic.. But luckily the m4/3 lenses gives great results, not plastic results:thumbup:

Good luck with the Ultron!
 

BillN

Mu-43 All-Pro
The really affordable "poor mans leica" would be a G1 with a better EVF, an FX sensor and a set of Voigtlander lenses from Stephen Gandy - panasonic and oly could "clean up" if they tried

Build quality, design and feel do mean something, and nomatter how good these "plastic fantastic" lenses are they are not the same as a heavy, well built piece of glass - "close your eyes, touch it, feel it and fondle it" - and guess what, there are loads and loads of used ones out there.

The modern digital lens maybe be technically superb, but do the have the (analogue) "glow"
 

Streetshooter

Administrator Emeritus
Yeah Bill, that's exactly what I do with my Panny 20mm.
Haven't touched my Leica Glass in some time.
Shooter
 

BillN

Mu-43 All-Pro
Yeah Bill, that's exactly what I do with my Panny 20mm.
Haven't touched my Leica Glass in some time.
Shooter
no you don't - the Panny 20mm will blow away in the wind - it would never be any good s a paper weight"

your Q for "blow away"
 

slau

Mu-43 Regular
I bought into the M43 system because of LIGHT weight and small size, but still provides acceptable IQ. If I like to stick with big and heavy cameras and lenses, I have more than enough already and will not waste my money on M43. But, this is only my PERSONAL reason and YMMV.
 

chalkdust

Mu-43 Regular
andyw - that is so cool! the lens looks great. But I am sure you will enjoy it more after you get the adapter. I have had no end of fun using various adapted lenses (mostly all Voigtlander) on my G1. The larger aperture on many of them (like on your Ultron) allows some great shots of people in poor lighting with the benefit of very nice, narrow depth of field.

I am not knocking ANY lens, here. Just saying that this Ultron should be a great addition to your bag of tools. Show us some nice examples when you get some.
 

BillN

Mu-43 All-Pro
I bought into the M43 system because of LIGHT weight and small size, but still provides acceptable IQ. If I like to stick with big and heavy cameras and lenses, I have more than enough already and will not waste my money on M43. But, this is only my PERSONAL reason and YMMV.
Stephen, I think that is one very good reason which appeals to many, but isn't it very interesting and inexpensive to have the additional option to try so many "older" lens on this "new system" and view the results like never before
 

laptoprob

Mu-43 Regular
baffle

I have never felt such good quality in a lens! Lets hope the pics are as good as the lens quality!!!! :biggrin:
I tried my Ultron and found it benefits from an added baffle to the rear of the lens. A piece of thin black plastic with a hole of approx. 9mm will do. Don't ask me why, but it sharpens up the corners. Must have something to do with too much stray light coming through the lens. And too little (relatively) hitting the sensor.
I wtill have to figure out a better way to fasten it instead of the little clamping in the rear threads.
 

andyw

Mu-43 Veteran
andyw - that is so cool! the lens looks great. But I am sure you will enjoy it more after you get the adapter. I have had no end of fun using various adapted lenses (mostly all Voigtlander) on my G1. The larger aperture on many of them (like on your Ultron) allows some great shots of people in poor lighting with the benefit of very nice, narrow depth of field.

I am not knocking ANY lens, here. Just saying that this Ultron should be a great addition to your bag of tools. Show us some nice examples when you get some.
I will do!! I have found a few people who have a large selection of Voigtlander lenses and they are (as already said) the 'poor mans leica' which is fine by me! :biggrin:
 

Alan Wolf

Mu-43 Regular
Ultron 35 1.7

Please let me know your impressions of this lens—it's on my (very) short list. I've been using the 50 1.5 and am very very pleased. Currently have a 35 3.5 Summaron (love the size on the GF1!) but I really would like the extra 2 stops this would give, and the more modern contrast could have it's uses too.
 

cosinaphile

Mu-43 All-Pro
the killer affordable voigtlander lens on a micro 4 3rds body is the 15 4.5 screw mount

dont fool yourself into thinking it repeats the 30 mm fov of the kit zoom , its very different,

the perspective is exaggerated like a rectilinear fish eye and the dof is amazing

at f22 all its good from mere inches to infinity at 4.5 a few feet to infinity

a sharp lens with a lot of character and distinctiveness
 

andyw

Mu-43 Veteran
the killer affordable voigtlander lens on a micro 4 3rds body is the 15 4.5 screw mount

dont fool yourself into thinking it repeats the 30 mm fov of the kit zoom , its very different,

the perspective is exaggerated like a rectilinear fish eye and the dof is amazing

at f22 all its good from mere inches to infinity at 4.5 a few feet to infinity

a sharp lens with a lot of character and distinctiveness
WOW! You're right! I have just looked on Flickr groups for this lens and it is a stunner!! The image quality is superb and the DOF is great. I'll add it to the shopping list!
 

Alan Wolf

Mu-43 Regular
the killer affordable voigtlander lens on a micro 4 3rds body is the 15 4.5 screw mount

dont fool yourself into thinking it repeats the 30 mm fov of the kit zoom , its very different,

the perspective is exaggerated like a rectilinear fish eye and the dof is amazing

at f22 all its good from mere inches to infinity at 4.5 a few feet to infinity

a sharp lens with a lot of character and distinctiveness
Could you post some images taken with this lens—ideally with some taken with the zoom at ~15mm. The field of view must be similar; my guess is that the heliar has a lot of curvilinear distortion, which enhances the wide angle feel. I'm seriously interested in this lens, so this is more than idle curiosity. (makes me tempted to suggest some sort of lens swapping service; with Canon or Nikon, it was always possible to rent a lens for a few days and try it out, to see if it was a good match, but with all these options, and many involving "obsolete" glass, rentals seem unlikely)
 

soundimageplus

Mu-43 Top Veteran
voigtlander 15mm problems

Could you post some images taken with this lens


I've been using this lens for some time on m4/3. I also use it on a Leica M9.
It is a nice lens. It has great colour, and is sharp. But there are problems on m4/3.

Until recently, when Adobe updated their raw conveters, there were problems of maze-like artefacts appearing in the corners on the G1 and GF1. This has now been fixed. But if you are using an older version of ACR you may still see the problem.
See here for reference:- http://www.flickr.com/groups/1084614@N23/discuss/72157622637978730/?search=maze

Silkypix has never shown this problem.

There is also a discolouration and darkening of a large chunk of a corner of the image. This is different depending on the camera used.

I've posted an image taken with this lens and an E-P2. If you notice the darkened area in the top right hand corner. There's a blow-up of that section. This is when the image is processed from raw in photoshop.
I don't know whether the Olympus software produces this result as I don't use it. I will check and see if its the same.

If this follows the same pattern as with Panasonic, an updated version of ACR should fix it.

It is apparently a demosaicing problem. Its not the only lens that does this on m4/3. I had the same problem with a Zeiss 28mm M Mount.

If you can get over this problem then the lens is very useful because of its remarkable DOF. If you set the lens wide open & move the infinity symbol to the f4.5 hyperfocal distance market - you have everything from 2 feet to infinity in focus. At f4.5. Very useful.

So, I would recommend it for use on m4/3, but do make sure you have appropriate software to eliminate the above problems.
 

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