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    More Decisions CV 21 1.8 or R 19 2.8 VII ?

    What to use - have only need and money for one of them ?

    Any used them both ?

    And down to IQ, who is best ?

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    Re: More Decisions CV 21 1.8 or R 19 2.8 VII ?

    WRT IQ... The R 19/2.8. If you need the speed then the 21/1.8. One is an excellent lens with a reputation to match. The other is a very good lens and a great alternative to many much more expensive lenses. Also you can always crop the 19... You can't make the 21 wider though.

    I own the 21/1.8 and I've looked at enough image samples from the 19 to know it has earned it's reputation as a "halo" lens for a reason.
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    Re: More Decisions CV 21 1.8 or R 19 2.8 VII ?

    How about the C/Y Zeiss 18/4 or one of the 18/3.5 versions?

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    Re: More Decisions CV 21 1.8 or R 19 2.8 VII ?

    True. There are a lot of C/Y lenses out there in new to excellent condition. I just saved a lot of money myself going that way over Leica R lenses and the Zeiss lenses seem to be just as good if not better than some of the Leica variants.
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    Re: More Decisions CV 21 1.8 or R 19 2.8 VII ?

    My Leica 19 is for sale in the B&S so I'll stay out of this. Don't want to sound bias but the 19 is the best.
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    Re: More Decisions CV 21 1.8 or R 19 2.8 VII ?

    Don't know about the 19 but the 21 is just OK on the A7 but it really shines on the leica M.

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    Re: More Decisions CV 21 1.8 or R 19 2.8 VII ?

    I have both but I will definitely recommend Elmarit-R 19 VII over VC 21/1,8 for A7/R. The other lens that you may also consider is Zeiss ZF/ZE 21/2,8.

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    Re: More Decisions CV 21 1.8 or R 19 2.8 VII ?

    The CV 21 is one of my favorites wides; it's quite sharp with nice rendering. Also handles beautifully on the Sony body. Only downside (on the a7R at least) is some noticeable edge coloration. It cleans up beautifully with the flat field plug-in in LR.

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    Re: More Decisions CV 21 1.8 or R 19 2.8 VII ?

    BTW I use the lens profile Zeiss 18/3.5 ZE in ACR for my C/Y 18/4. Works perfect.

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    Re: More Decisions CV 21 1.8 or R 19 2.8 VII ?

    VC 21 is quite good in the center but quite bad at the edges. A few boring test chart images. Sorry for the crappy lighting, and note this was essentially at min focus distance so not the best test. Although it seems to accurately describe how my copy works at other distances.

    I might have a bad copy, but the center is amazingly sharp (basically as good as my 35/55 FE's and the corners all look equally bad. Plus, if I do Roger's "blurry focus test" nothing looks off center.

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    Re: More Decisions CV 21 1.8 or R 19 2.8 VII ?

    Thank all.. I take your wise word into my decision..

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    Re: More Decisions CV 21 1.8 or R 19 2.8 VII ?

    The Nikkor 18mm f/3.5 AI-S competes well with the Elmarit-R 19mm f/2.8 series I from my brief testing so far, and is far less expensive than either the Elmarit-R 19mm type I or II, or Voigtländer 21/1.8, with no color shading or corner problems.


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    Re: More Decisions CV 21 1.8 or R 19 2.8 VII ?

    From the Contax Yashica 21/2.8 to show the Distagon 'family look' and light handling, on a Sony a99.

    All the better ultra wides have plenty to like in them. I am still sore the 24 SEM does not get there on the a7r. I even priced one in anticipation

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