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    Impressed with VC 15mm Heliar II

    I just got back from Orchid Island (remote island on the east side of Taiwan). It's amazing how well this super-wide can take portrait photos, as well as duh... landscape.

    Even Leica purist can't ignore VC 15 as there's no such focal length in Leica offerings :P




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    Re: Impressed with VC 15mm Heliar II

    Nice Pics

    Are u using it on M9 or M8?
    how about the red corner?
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    Re: Impressed with VC 15mm Heliar II

    m8. vignetting isn't really a big issue (maybe it's the 6 bits coding?). I actually have to amplify the red corner in the first pic during post processing because I like the vignetting effect on it.

    here's another one without red vignetting:

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    Re: Impressed with VC 15mm Heliar II

    Quote Originally Posted by a_summarita View Post

    Even Leica purist can't ignore VC 15 as there's no such focal length in Leica offerings :P
    Agreed. WATE has 16mm but it's very large lens and also expensive. I enjoy mine when I want something WIDE.

    Hiromu

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    Re: Impressed with VC 15mm Heliar II

    Quote Originally Posted by khiromu View Post
    Agreed. WATE has 16mm but it's very large lens and also expensive. I enjoy mine when I want something WIDE.

    Hiromu
    Agreed. One of the reasons I'm using a Leica M is for portability, and the Voigtlander 15 is a perfect fit for wide and small/light. Its IQ is also top notch IMO.

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    Re: Impressed with VC 15mm Heliar II

    Can't complain about the IQ, seems like (sorry, small images).

    I would imagine there's also a certain "fun" factor in setting this lens to f/8 and hyperfocal and just P&S'ing...

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    Re: Impressed with VC 15mm Heliar II

    This lens is great on M9 - red corner work-up aside

    (moonlight, 32 sec)





    (larger: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2798/...5480b41e_o.jpg )

    more CV15 shots: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/tags/heliar/

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    Re: Impressed with VC 15mm Heliar II

    Can you please tell us more about the attenuator type grad ND you have used on this lens [as you mention on Flickr]? How did you customise it, etc? Any link would be helpful, too.

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    Re: Impressed with VC 15mm Heliar II

    This "wedge type" grad ND is available only in large sizes, I have one for my Fujica GSW690 from Formatt, a HiTech 77 mm ND0.6 Blender (with 67 to 77 step-up ring).

    They have a super soft transition over the whole diameter, nice for rangefinder cameras because you dont have to care about correct placement of the transition zone. "Blender" or "wedge type" grad NDs are used in the movie industry, for still imaging they are hard to find, as mentioned.

    My custom made wedge filter is made from a Singh-Ray Galen Rowell 2 f-stop soft grad ND Filter ND-2G-SS (gathered dust) and a cheapo 52 mm Tama U-Slim Digital UV Filter. I asked my optician to cut out a 52 mm disk from the transition zone of the Singh Ray (transition from bright to dark was about 5 cm), and change the UV glass into the ND disk. Cost me the UV filter plus 5 Euro for the optician.

    This filter sits on my CV15/4.5II 80% of the time, very useful IMO.



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    Re: Impressed with VC 15mm Heliar II

    @C_R: Awesome!

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