Initial look at Voigtlander 65/2 apo

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Luvwine Regular Member • Posts: 233
Initial look at Voigtlander 65/2 apo

I am always frustrated that Voigtlander does not put out MTF graphs for its lenses.  This makes evaluation of the merits of a lens sight unseen difficult.  Still, the hype was saying this was one of the, if not the best lens Voigtlander (Cosina) had made, so I figured I would check it out.  Got the lens yesterday and after work went to a place fairly close to home where I like to do some lens testing.  Here is what I came up with.

The light was failing, unfortunately, so the comparison favors the shortest focal lengths as I went in order of increasing focal lengths.  The four lenses I compared were the Loxia 50/2, CV 65/2 apo, Leica 75/2 apo, and the Loxia 85/2.4

This post will show the lenses wide open and the next post I will include crops at F5.6.  These are straight out of the camera with no processing or color correction.

Here was the scene to give an idea first from the Loxia (at F2):

Here is the scene (at F5.6 so don't compare them) from the CV 65/2:

I did not include the overall scenes from the 75 and 85mm lenses, but you get the idea.

Center crops:

Loxia 50 at F2 (note CA on left part of image):

CV 65/2 at F2 (well corrected for CA):

Leica 75/2 at F2 (less well corrected for CA):

Loxia 85 at F2.4 (well corrected for CA):

Upper right crops:

Loxia 50 F2 (Loxia 50 needs stopping down for best results):

CV 65/2 apo (This is more in the corner

More midfield at F2 (Marriott):

Loxia 50 at F2:

CV 65/2 at F2:

Leica 75/2 at F2 (I wonder about focus on the Leica):

Loxia 85 at F2.4:

F5.6 crops to come next.

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Sony A7r2, CV 12/5.6, Sony G 12-24/4, Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8, Zeiss ZM 35/1.4, Zeiss FE 35/2.8, Zeiss Loxia 50/2, Leica M 75/2 apo, Zeiss Loxia 85/2.4, Sony GM 85/1.4, Sony GM 100/2.8 STF, Leica R 180/2.8 apo, Leica R 280/4 apo, Leica R 1.4x and @2x Extenders, bags by Thinktank, Ona, and others, Canon IPF 8300

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Sony Alpha a7R II Sony FE 35mm F2.8 Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZM Zeiss Loxia 21mm F2.8 Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM +8 more
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