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    Summarit-M 75mm vs Color Heliar 75mm

    Has anyone used both of these lenses? If so, I'd be interested to hear your comments on how they compare.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Summarit-M 75mm vs Color Heliar 75mm

    Good question. I was wondering about that too. I wouldn't use that focal length too often but it would be a good lens to have for portraits.
    Also there are two Voigtlander 75s
    75/1.8 Heliar Classic M mount
    75/2.5 Color Heliar screw mount

    Here is a link I found on the camera quest site to some examples:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rapidwi...th/4592587261/
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    Re: Summarit-M 75mm vs Color Heliar 75mm

    Hmm.

    While I'd like the Leica lens, I don't use this focal length enough to warrant double to triple the price. I prefer the smaller, lighter form factor of the VC f/2.5 model ... I think CQ still has them in stock in black too.

    Wish more people had had both to comment.

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    Re: Summarit-M 75mm vs Color Heliar 75mm

    Sean Reid at ReidReviews tested both the Summarit and Color Heliar and found them to be about equal in optical quality, so cost aside the choice was down to how you like your rendering (which was very subtly different). In fact in the test the Heliar wasn't very far away from the f2 Summicron in many respects.

    So I went for the f2.5 Heliar and couldn't be happier. It is well built, it definitely compliments a lens collection that is primarily Leica, and is great at all the usual apertures. But as I guess with a lot of people I don't use it as often as a 50mm or 90mm so the cost is a very big plus on the side of the CV lens.

    I've not used the f1.8 Heliar, but from what I've heard it is very soft wide open, so a 'glamour' portrait lens if ever there was one.

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    Re: Summarit-M 75mm vs Color Heliar 75mm

    thanks Steve.
    Pretty much snags it, i'm ordering the Heliar 75.

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    Re: Summarit-M 75mm vs Color Heliar 75mm

    Godfrey, I have owned both the CV 2.5 & CV 1.8.

    Different strokes for different folks but I prefer the small size of the CV 2.5 over the larger 1.8.

    A great lens for the price.

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    Re: Summarit-M 75mm vs Color Heliar 75mm

    Quote Originally Posted by seakayaker View Post
    Godfrey, I have owned both the CV 2.5 & CV 1.8.

    Different strokes for different folks but I prefer the small size of the CV 2.5 over the larger 1.8.

    A great lens for the price.
    Thanks Dan ... that's the one. :-)

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    Re: Summarit-M 75mm vs Color Heliar 75mm

    Sean doesn't cover longitudinal chromatic aberrations in his comparison. I like the rendering style of the 75 Summarit. As has been said the bokeh and sharpness is pretty comparable between these two lenses.

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    Re: Summarit-M 75mm vs Color Heliar 75mm

    Quote Originally Posted by thrice View Post
    Sean doesn't cover longitudinal chromatic aberrations in his comparison. I like the rendering style of the 75 Summarit. As has been said the bokeh and sharpness is pretty comparable between these two lenses.
    Thanks again.

    After a bit of thinking, I decided to hold on the 75mm focal length for a bit. No need to buy everything at once. Combination of 28mm and 50mm will work well for a while on the APS-C format, and I have a Nikkor-H 85mm that will also be useable with an adapter.

    Might go for one of the Nokton 40/1.4 too though ... I think that would be of more immediate use to me.

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    Re: Summarit-M 75mm vs Color Heliar 75mm

    Godfrey I have the 75mm Color Heliar LTM, it was the very first lens I bought when I got my used M8u. I think it was about 180 used on eBay and I have been very pleased with it (after I fixed the slight RF focus problem by polishing the cam). Looking forward to trying it on the GXR when the mount arrives.
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