Cosina Voigtländer SL Color-Heliar 75mm f/2.5
Posted 27 May 2009 - 21:07
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Posted 09 June 2009 - 12:06
As the name 'Color' suggests, it is producing vivid colors, especially reds: I was surprised when I saw pictures of the flowers on my camera LCD screen - it was not so saturated in reality.
The second half of the name - 'Heliar' - means it is supposed to show slight halo around bright areas in contrasty scenes. (That's what I read in the reviews of it's rangefinder brother). Not always visible, but you can see if you know what to look for.
Glass is non-APO, so CA can be visible but not bothersome, to me. Pictures come out not as razor sharp as V 90/3.5, making it more suitable to women portrature (I think it is rather microcontrast, than sharpness itself, because it is not soft by any means) . Acceptably sharp wide open, very good at f/4 and downwards. Bokeh is mostly neutral.
I like this lens a lot, easy to carry and joy to use.
All shot at f/4:
Posted 05 January 2013 - 16:00
I've used it on the D4 and D800 and while I think it's good to very good, I've never felt it to match the excellent sharpness of the other SL series teles (the 90/3.5, 125/2.5 and 180/4). Real strengths why this brush is very good is the bokeh, also the lens has a wonderful fingerprint, very dimensional ie. the 3D "pop" is there to touch in photos.
Weaknesses: I have two, both with same structural problem - the silver focusing ring unscrews itself. Quick googling of user comments confirms this is a common problem with the lens. Easy to fix, some glue in the threads and it was cured.
Unlike the other SL series tele lenses, the 75/2.5 will show purple fringing when pushed to it.
For sample photos uploaded in original size, see my photoset on Flickr:
Edited by percafluvialitis, 05 January 2013 - 22:07 .
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