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#21 nfoto

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 18:22

Unfortunately even not that simple. Telephoto designs are at an disadvantage when it comes to handling added extension. This manifests itself in higher "loss of light" when you focus close, plus a sharper drop in image quality. The APO-Lanthar has CRC and is better able to balance its performance across the entire focused range. The very flat field so characteristic of the lens entails a slightly lower on-axis sharpness (no free lunch).

The Macro-Lanthar, while clearly not optimised for 1:1, still works very well in the close-focusing range and gets even better elsewhere. In my opinion the designers have struck a perfect balance giving the photographers a quality lens for close-ups combined with excellence at longer distances all in conjunction with a stellar bokeh and virtually no axial colour aberration. In fact, it's mainly the onset of lateral colour fringing (blue fringe) that limits the lens towards 1:1.
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 19:30

The lens is not an alternative to the CV-125. It is not a macro lens.


The CV-125 is not always used as a macro lens. It is also excellent for other purposes. Along this vein, the Zeiss 135mm f/2.0 is an alternative.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 17:54

Buy it now, just listed for $2K. Bidding is presently low. In the US.
http://www.ebay.com/...ME:B:SS:US:1123


The feeling of something fishy going one appears to have been confirmed. The item is now removed from eBay.
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Posted 09 January 2013 - 18:22

The feeling of something fishy going one appears to have been confirmed. The item is now removed from eBay.

But there are still CV 125 lenses listed, and for those interested two 180/4 Apo-Lanthar lenses in Nikon mount.
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Posted 09 January 2013 - 19:02

Ifyou are willing to pay up to $ 3.000 an APO-Lanthar 125 easily is within reach. But most people would find that price level difficult to swallow.
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Posted 09 January 2013 - 19:17

The prices have indeed gone mad, like on Leica R lenses.
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Posted 09 January 2013 - 19:26

The fact that sellers are asking that much doesn't mean it's the going rate. None of those (125/2.5 or 180/4) with inflated BiN prices have actually sold. The 180/4 sells for 700-800 EUR and the Macro APO-Lanthar 125/2.5 lenses that have been listed as auctions have ended at 1600 to 2000 EUR.
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Posted 03 May 2013 - 19:46

OK, so how does £1500 + shipping sounds like?? 



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Posted 03 May 2013 - 20:54

OK price, but do take care of it...



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Posted 03 May 2013 - 21:32

The CV-125 APO is still my all-around favorite general macro lens. It works well as a close-up and a macro lens.

I also have the CV-180 APO, which is not as well corrected as the 125mm, and not a macro lens, but still a very nice lens and not large.

The CV-90 APO is very nice and has its own little close-up lens.

Still, I end up using the CV-125 most of the time. That and the Leica 60mm Macro Elmarit-R. Those are in my kit all the time, at least outdoors.

Edited by Michael Erlewine, 03 May 2013 - 21:33 .


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Posted 04 May 2013 - 09:08

OK, so how does £1500 + shipping sounds like?? 

 

Sounds very reasonable but I have just taken delivery of the Zeiss 135mm f/2.0.



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Posted 08 May 2013 - 22:03

125/2.5 Macro APO Lanthar sold mid-April 2013 in Finland for EUR 1600. No surprise that it didn't take the seller long to find a buyer

http://www.digicamer....php?t=12709519


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