Voigtlander Heliar 75mm f/1.8

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Malcolm Sales
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Voigtlander Heliar 75mm f/1.8
Aug 1, 2012

Hi,

I fancy getting the Voigtlander Heliar 75mm f/1.8 for my GX1 (and later OM-D E5).

It seems to be a Leica fit lens, so is a Leica/m43 adaptor readily available?
Or have I missed something?
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Malcolm Sales wrote:

I fancy getting the Voigtlander Heliar 75mm f/1.8 for my GX1 (and later OM-D E5).
It seems to be a Leica fit lens, so is a Leica/m43 adaptor readily available?

Yes.

http://www.amazon.com/Fotodiox-Adapter-Olympus-Panasonic-Cameras/dp/B002RJFD7C

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Many thanks Bob. Just what I needed to know
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I've used the Heliar
In reply to Malcolm Sales, Aug 1, 2012

Malcolm Sales wrote:

Hi,

I fancy getting the Voigtlander Heliar 75mm f/1.8 for my GX1 (and later OM-D E5).

A friend let me try his Heliar 75mm f/1.8 with M adapter on my E-PL3 for a week. I used it quite a bit. My impressions:

  • Sharp from f/2.8 onward

  • Has "character" at f/1.8. That means the images are not perfect, but acceptable.

  • It is a front-heavy lens on an E-PL3. An OMD with grip will probably negate that.

  • I find manual focus with my E-PL3 annoying without a tripod when shooting at the 75mm magnification. I determined that the Heliar is a tripod-only lens for me. Again, the OMD with grip might solve that problem.

  • I'm thrilled that Olympus has decided to create its own version. With AF, and sharp results at f/1.8, it will be a much better fit for me.

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In reply to Malcolm Sales, Aug 1, 2012

Considering that they're about the same price, I'm wondering why you're looking at the Voigtlander rather than the new Olympus.

Is there a particular reason?

Alternatively, Voigtlander also has a smaller 75mm f/2.5, too.
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In reply to MAubrey, Aug 2, 2012

Thanks James & Mike for your comments.

Reading reviews I'd got the impression that the Voigtlander was a good lens and in the UK at least is almost half the price of the Oly model.

I shall now re-consider my options and may instead go for the 75~300 instead as it's a similar price to the Voigtlander.

I at the research stage before selling all my Nikon kit and getting an E-5.
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In reply to Malcolm Sales, Aug 2, 2012

I have the 75mm Hellar 1.8 and the 75mm 2.5 Voigtlander lenses. Get the Olympus when it is available. Based on all the reviews it is one heck of a lens. The only "mirrorless camera" I can focus manually on with a degree of accuracey is the Ricoh GXR because of its focus peaking. Olympus and Panasonic do not have that.

As for the 75mm being 150mm on the Olympus EM5 hand holding can get a little hard as far as targeting. I use it on a tripod. Of course remember you will also need the micro 4/3 to Leica M adapter.
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In reply to El P Stern, Aug 2, 2012

Not sure about peaking, I had it on a nex5n and found it a bit of a PITA as it obscures the actual detail of the image you are trying to focus on? The oly evf is very fine and sharp, and with the magnification options seems unlikely you'll be unable to MF?

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In reply to Malcolm Sales, Aug 2, 2012

Thanks everybody for your comments.
The Voigtlander is now off my consideration list.
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