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Voigtlander Heliar 75mm f/1.8 Lens


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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 15 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • ASIN: B0046EDB84
  • Item model number: 330150
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 9, 2010

Product Description

This new Voigtlander 75mm 1.8 lens has a true Heliar design with a cemented doublet in the middle instead of a single element (6 elements in 3 groups) and the lens hood reverses for storage. The size of the lens is between the Leica 75mm Summicron and 75m

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Sony makes some great cameras in the NEX series. They even make some pretty good prime lenses up 50mm. That's okay for portraits as it comes to the same angle of view as a 75mm. However, it still has the same neutral compression as a 50 that it really is. The NEX 55-200 is not something I'd use for portraits, so it comes down to third parties to provide portrait lenses.

The Voigtlander 75mm comes out to 112.5mm in effective focal length. That's not a standard of any kind but I've used a both a 135mm and a 105mm for portraits in full frame so splitting the difference is just fine, and perfect for tight head and shoulder shots. And this is still a 75mm lens with that very slight compression that can flatter facial features. The Sigma 60mm is a nice lens, too, and probably the best lens for the money I've found for the NEX system, but it only opens to f/2.8 (4.0 full frame equivalent), which doesn't always provide a shallow enough depth of field.

The Voigtlander Heliar 75mm is sharp wide open and very, very sharp at f/5.6. It has wonderfully smooth bokeh, which I'd expect from its 10 aperture blades. It can also make nice starbursts when aimed at a light source and stopped down. Contrast is wonderful as is saturation. It seems extremely well built and all the focusing ring moves smoothly, the aperture ring has nice firm tactile clicks. I think that it's a great lens for the money.

Obviously, this is a manual lens and needs to be shot with manual settings and manual focusing. Since Sony has put excellent focus peaking in the NEX cameras, that's easy.

I've ordered an M-mount adaptor for a recently purchased Fujifilm X-E1 and am looking forward to using this lens on that camera, too.
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