FE 35mm F2.8 vs Voigtländer 35/2.5 with A7R for street photography

Started Apr 16, 2014 | Discussions thread
blue_skies Forum Pro • Posts: 11,453
Re: On tests shots versus actual shots ...

sean lancaster wrote:

blue_skies wrote:

The Voigtlander 35/1.2 is just too big (Why not consider Mitakon's 50/0.95 lens?). The Voigtlander 35/2.8 seems worse than the 35/1.4 at the edges (considering only f/2.8 and up).

The 50/.95 is nearly the same perspective at the Zeiss 55 (and I have that). There is a huge difference between 35 and 50 just as there is between 35 and 20.

I have the Voigtlander 21/1.8 and it's 421 grams. The 35/1.2 II is 471. That's pretty much my hang up with getting the 35/1.2 II right now . . . size. I owned the Voigtlander 35/1.4 and sold it to Zackiedawg when I bought the Canon 6D. I wish I hadn't sold it.

I have done low level test shots which made me appreciate the CV35/1.4 a whole lot more on the A7 than I had expected - it outperformed the ZM35 at the edges, at the same (wide open) apertures. The ZM has better micro-contrast, and both their center sharpness is fairly close.

In low-light, I find that the edges don't really matter. First of, there is DOF limits, and the edges are often outside the DOF, plus, in the dark, the edges may very well not have much detail in them. And then you can always crop or vignette the image in post.

The FE35 lens is different - it is already corrected for vignetting (light fall-off), and the lens profile corrects for errors. The lens renders beautifully, yet feels clinically. More so than the ZM, which always represented that clinical feel for me.

I don't mind bringing both the FE35 and the CV35/1.4 along - they are for different uses.

But yes, the CV35/1.4 is getting a renewed lease on life. The ZM35 now stays in the closet

As to the CV21/1.8, the CV35/1.2, heck all the way up to CV75/1.8 (I use CV75/2.5), I find the extra f-stop that you get not worth the extra money and bulk that comes with it. On the A7r however, these lenses are far more usable than their smaller counterparts (less magenta shift, more edge sharpness).

I have also resisted getting 'super-fast' glass. I have f/1.4 in 35mm and 50mm, f/2.8 in 100mm and 135mm, etc., and, now on FF or with speed booster, it suffices for me.

Do pick up another CV35/1.4 - they are still in production

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