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    Samples VM-E Close Adapter and M-bayonet lenses

    Karlphoto asked a good question (below) about the impact of the Voigtlander VM-E close adapter on the 90 Elmarit lens.

    Below are 'normal' vs 'close' examples when using this adapter on a Sony A7S. Incidentally, I really like the rendering of the 90 Elmarit on both the A7R and A7S cameras.

    For the uninformed the VM-E adapter has a helicoid which moves the lens away from the sensor acting a bit like a macro tube. It shortens the focussing distance but the benefit varies - the wider the angle the closer the focus.

    I don't find much benefit from the adapter but I will state that it is beautifully made and equal if not better than my Novaflex adapter - both of which are high quality adapters for M-bayonet lenses for the Sony NEX/Alpha systems.


    Normal close focusing distance on Leica Elmarit 90/2.8


    With close focus adapter engaged on Leica Elmarit 90/2.8


    Normal close focusing distance on Leica Elmar 50/2.8


    With close focus adapter engaged on Leica Elmar 50/2.8


    Normal close focusing distance on Voigtlander Ultron 21/1.8


    With close focus adapter engaged on Voigtlander Ultron 21/1.8
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    Re: Samples VM-E Close Adapter and M-bayonet lenses

    The Ultron does pretty well. At least the enlarging effect is the most pronounced.
    Perhaps a 28 or 35 works best with this adapter ?

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    Re: Samples VM-E Close Adapter and M-bayonet lenses

    Wider the lens, bigger the effect. The Cosina 12mm, for example, has the biggest effect with extension.

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    Re: Samples VM-E Close Adapter and M-bayonet lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Wider the lens, bigger the effect. The Cosina 12mm, for example, has the biggest effect with extension.
    Yes, I can imagine that, but will you still be able to focus or is it more or less fixed ?

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    Re: Samples VM-E Close Adapter and M-bayonet lenses

    If you use a focusable extension like the Hawk adapter of the Cosina adapter, yes.

    Even otherwise, the answer is yes as the lenses are focusable.

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    Re: Samples VM-E Close Adapter and M-bayonet lenses

    I actually used the old 'rock back and forth' method to focus with the Ultron 21 as I was almost touching the centre of the flower with the lens. I was also stopped down to f11.

    I must try the same shot with the Ultron at f1.8 - only to see how shallow the depth of field will be that close up.

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    Re: Samples VM-E Close Adapter and M-bayonet lenses

    Seems like the new CV15/4.5v3 lens would make a great addition to the bag with this adapter.
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    Re: Samples VM-E Close Adapter and M-bayonet lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by HiredArm View Post
    Seems like the new CV15/4.5v3 lens would make a great addition to the bag with this adapter.
    This is the V3 15mm Heliar, it was about a foot away from the pulley at F8. This was taken with a Hawks, not the VM-E, but the same principle. The helicoid was only about 1/3 deployed to get this close. 'scuse the finger top left...

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    Re: Samples VM-E Close Adapter and M-bayonet lenses

    Looks pretty decent. I wonder how much a lens profile would improve it.
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    Re: Samples VM-E Close Adapter and M-bayonet lenses

    Good question. I posted some more images on the A7x thread. You can definitely see a slight magenta tinge in the corners on the photos closer to infinity so it needs it, but it's nowhere near as bad as the earlier versions and it's nice and sharp into the corners on the a7r.

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    Re: Samples VM-E Close Adapter and M-bayonet lenses

    Are these taken on an A7R?
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    Re: Samples VM-E Close Adapter and M-bayonet lenses

    Yes

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