Site Sponsors
Results 1 to 15 of 15

Thread: Lens Shoot-Out (50mm)

  1. #1
    Not Available
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    1,864
    Post Thanks / Like

    Lens Shoot-Out (50mm)

    Just posted today, the first in a series.

    Lens Shoot-Out (50mm)

    Comparing the Voigtländer 50mm f/1.1 Nokton and f/2.5 Color Skopar Classic as well as the Zeiss C Sonnar T* 1,5/50 and Planar 2/50 ZMs.

    Enjoy!

  2. #2
    ItsReallyDarren
    Guest

    Re: Lens Shoot-Out (50mm)

    Great shootout. I have a Color Skopar 50/2.5 and I've always wondered if a Planar would be a worthwhile step up. After reading the write up now I want a Sonnar

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    76
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    2

    Re: Lens Shoot-Out (50mm)

    Agree with all the above - nice job, and, having the Skopar, I'd really like a Sonnar...

  4. #4
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Auckland, NZ
    Posts
    230
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Lens Shoot-Out (50mm)

    Nice shootout. Having the Sonnar I always covet the Summicron Last week or so be wondering if I should put my name on the waiting list for a Summicron.
    David
    Auckland, NZ.

  5. #5
    Not Available
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    1,864
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Lens Shoot-Out (50mm)

    Thanks for the feedback, guys!

    The Planar is the "best" lens of the group, but the Color Skopar is no slouch - and considering the price... But yeah, the Sonnar is something special unto itself. I love mine!

    I hope to add a Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH to the mix come December <fingers crossed>. We should also find out if the rumored Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH comes to fruition. Exciting times ahead!

    We've updated the shoot-out to include edge and corner performance comparisons wide open!

    Enjoy!

  6. #6
    New Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Toronto, ON
    Posts
    14
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Lens Shoot-Out (50mm)

    For the mere mortals, the Plannar is a blessing. It delivers 80% of the Summicron's performance at 50% of the price.

    I had a chance to test out the Planner 50mm with the M9. I like its warmer look a lot.

  7. #7
    Not Available
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    1,864
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Lens Shoot-Out (50mm)

    Agreed; the Planar is an outstanding lens - especially for the money! I'd say it's more than 80% of the Summicron's performance. The only place it falls short a bit is the slight barrel distortion and maybe into the corners/edges (there's also the mechanical build to consider).

    What I'm a bit eager to see is the new Summicron ASPH version that's supposed to come out next month. By rights, it should be perfection.

  8. #8
    Senior Member dude163's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    New Brunswick , Canada
    Posts
    1,111
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Lens Shoot-Out (50mm)

    You could always buy a vintage Summicron, they are a lot cheaper..........Mine is a 1964 version and its awesome , especially for 400 bucks

  9. #9
    ItsReallyDarren
    Guest

    Re: Lens Shoot-Out (50mm)

    I'm still a fan of older lenses. The newer lenses have better edge performance but I like the look produced by the older lenses like the Summicron. The Collapsible Summicron is still one of my favorite lenses. I guess that's why I'm drawn to the Sonnar.

  10. #10
    Senior Member edwardkaraa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Bangkok
    Posts
    1,470
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Lens Shoot-Out (50mm)

    Thank you for confirming my choice of the ZM planar. I really love this lens.
    M262 ZM 25/2.8 35/1.4 50/2 85/2

  11. #11
    Super Duper
    Senior Member
    iiiNelson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Kentucky
    Posts
    3,187
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Lens Shoot-Out (50mm)

    Agree with Edward and I don't think it gives up anything to the Summicron optically. I think it's just a matter of drawing preference. The Summicron is equally sharp with a more neutral look where the Planar has more punch and pop to my eyes. Neither is a bad or better choice than the other. It's a matter of personal preference and for me it was the Planar as well.

    It's a matter of the Zeiss "3D look" or the Leica "glow" look. There's room for both types in my bag.
    Sony Visible Light & IR Photographer
    http://www.iiinelsonimages.com

  12. #12
    Not Available
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    1,864
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Lens Shoot-Out (50mm)

    Exactly... There is really no "best" lens. Same reason I have a Planar AND a Sonnar.

    Go figure, I just acquired a Summilux-M 50mm f/1,4 ASPH. Too late for this shoot-out. If my luck pans out next month when I'm in Germany I'll be rocking a Noctilux-M 50mm f/0,95 ASPH. But the situation being what it is, I'm not holding my breath just yet.

    Might have to have a "do over."

  13. #13
    Super Duper
    Senior Member
    Godfrey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Near San Jose, California
    Posts
    7,928
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Lens Shoot-Out (50mm)

    Nice job!

    I have the Skopar too, a remarkably nice lens for the money and size. Just finished a roll using it with the M4-2 .. It does very nicely.

    I suspect if I go for another 50mm, it will be a 'Cron ... For the Leica rendering. but both the planar and the sonnar look great!

  14. #14
    Super Duper
    Senior Member
    iiiNelson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Kentucky
    Posts
    3,187
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Lens Shoot-Out (50mm)

    Agreed.. I'm waiting for a new 50 Summilux to become available from my dealer. I refuse to pay used premiums these days for one and it's no rush... I already have a 50.

    Agree about the Skopar... never owned one but I've seen great results with it and the 75 Heliar too. I had a 50 Nokton and it was great for black and white pictures. Very classic look to it.
    Sony Visible Light & IR Photographer
    http://www.iiinelsonimages.com

  15. #15
    Not Available
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    1,864
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Lens Shoot-Out (50mm)

    Thanks, Godfrey! Yeah, I love the lil' Skopars (I've got a bunch). Can't beat 'em for the size and surprisingly nice quality (image, build, etc.).

    Good for you, HiredArm! I'm of the same mind about "not feeding the frenzy" that's afoot. I'm in no rush and I'll wait for the dealer to come through. I too refuse to line somebody else's pockets needlessly.

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •