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Re: Voigtländer SL 180mm f/4 APO Lanthar
« Reply #60 on: February 08, 2021, 15:06:51 »
Of course I mean the AIS-ED version.

Yes, I know.  But the earlier non-ED version that I briefly used during the film days left a nice impression to me, too.
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Re: Voigtländer SL 180mm f/4 APO Lanthar
« Reply #61 on: February 08, 2021, 15:26:49 »
According to JM Sepulchre, a "serious" French tester, the non-ED and ED version are quite different on 12 Mpix already (he used the D3s for testing, at the time). The latter may be worth a try.
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Re: Voigtländer SL 180mm f/4 APO Lanthar
« Reply #62 on: February 10, 2021, 20:39:29 »
Df and CV 180strolling through Lille on a sunny afternoon.

1st one shot through the window. "Face masks are mandatory".

4th one shows rather low contrast (the subject itself has low contrast too), while the 5th demonstrates adequate contrast and saturation. It seems that the CV contrast may drop significantly when there is strong light outside the frame, as sometimes reported. In the present case, all shots benefitted from a HS-2 hood (the snap-on hood that comes with the 105/2.5, 105/4, and 135/3.5) mounted on a 49/52 step-up ring.

Otherwise, sharpness is always high and LoCA near-absent, which is why I am more than pleased. I refrained from testing it with a Z5 in a shop today, because my bank account said "forget it"... well, for a while...
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Re: Voigtländer SL 180mm f/4 APO Lanthar
« Reply #63 on: February 10, 2021, 21:48:00 »
The contrast may be on the lower side to the eyes that are accustomed to the generally highly saturated and sharpened images seen on the 'net.  But these images of "lower" contrast look more natural and real, which I would prefer.
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Re: Voigtländer SL 180mm f/4 APO Lanthar
« Reply #64 on: February 10, 2021, 21:54:32 »
(see below)
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Re: Voigtländer SL 180mm f/4 APO Lanthar
« Reply #65 on: February 10, 2021, 21:55:19 »
The contrast may be on the lower side to the eyes that are accustomed to the generally highly saturated and sharpened images seen on the 'net.  But these images of "lower" contrast look more natural and real, which I would prefer.
Yes. It's that nice unique  look which is typical for the 180/4

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Re: Voigtländer SL 180mm f/4 APO Lanthar
« Reply #66 on: February 10, 2021, 21:55:30 »
Indeed. That's not a Ken Rockwell lens. If you look at the 4th pic, there is lots of detail to be seen in the materials (e.g. the dark gray bottom walls), while the overall impression is "mild".
I think I should pair it with the Summicron-R 50/2, which is also full of Lanthanium oxyd (50% of its mass...).
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Re: Voigtländer SL 180mm f/4 APO Lanthar
« Reply #67 on: February 10, 2021, 22:08:21 »
Yes, the Micro-contrast is very good.

 I personally like the combination with the Voigtländer Color Ultron 50/1.8

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Re: Voigtländer SL 180mm f/4 APO Lanthar
« Reply #68 on: February 10, 2021, 22:27:46 »
I think I should pair it with the Summicron-R 50/2, which is also full of Lanthanium oxyd (50% of its mass...).

That would work nicely with the Lanthar.  I like my single coated Niikor-H 50/2.0 for the same reason.
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Re: Voigtländer SL 180mm f/4 APO Lanthar
« Reply #69 on: February 11, 2021, 15:11:28 »

Otherwise, sharpness is always high and LoCA near-absent, which is why I am more than pleased. I refrained from testing it with a Z5 in a shop today, because my bank account said "forget it"... well, for a while...
Very nice contrast I also like and the lens-camera combination
As for z5 I am also  looking the same way as you these days for one more reason: I think the sensor has similarities with d750 i own which can give such a contrast ;)

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Re: Voigtländer SL 180mm f/4 APO Lanthar
« Reply #70 on: February 14, 2021, 14:09:33 »
Df, CV 180/4 @f/16. The pictured camera is my father's first reflex (fixed lens). It still works, except for the cell.
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Re: Voigtländer SL 180mm f/4 APO Lanthar
« Reply #71 on: February 14, 2021, 17:49:07 »
Good it works as some refuses to work with Contaflex bodies because they should be very difficult to assemble......after disassembly.
The "myth" says you loosen two screws (from behind inside the camera) and then it says "pling" and everything falls apart.....
Maybe you can confirm this if you try? :-)

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Re: Voigtländer SL 180mm f/4 APO Lanthar
« Reply #72 on: February 14, 2021, 18:11:02 »
Nooooo ! this camera enjoys a peaceful retirement, having worked since 1960.
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Re: Voigtländer SL 180mm f/4 APO Lanthar
« Reply #73 on: February 25, 2021, 21:29:31 »
Nice sunny weather for the Voigtländer

(on the Z6 at f/4)

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Re: Voigtländer SL 180mm f/4 APO Lanthar
« Reply #74 on: May 20, 2022, 10:21:16 »
Anyone got the SL 180 APO LANTHAR chipped?
Working or should I just stay with non-chipped as using it with my Nikon Df only