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Cosina Voigtländer SL Color-Heliar 75mm f/2.5

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#1 ChrisLilley


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Posted 27 May 2009 - 21:07

What is your experience with this lens? This topic will be indexed on our OTHER LENSES  page. Please keep your comments related to your experiences with this lens so that others may draw value from them. Off topic comments will be removed.

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#2 aure



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Posted 09 June 2009 - 12:06

This is kinda special lens. Very compact and light, build quality is the same as other early Cosina-Voigtlander SL lenses. Not sure how many of these were made, but it's long time out of production and rather hard to find (hint: japanese sellers on Ebay), retail price was around 375$, I got mine secondhand for 430$ but saw USD 700+ price tags since then.

As the name 'Color' suggests, it is producing vivid colors, especially reds: I was surprised when I saw pictures of the flowers on my camera LCD screen - it was not so saturated in reality.

The second half of the name - 'Heliar' - means it is supposed to show slight halo around bright areas in contrasty scenes. (That's what I read in the reviews of it's rangefinder brother). Not always visible, but you can see if you know what to look for.

Glass is non-APO, so CA can be visible but not bothersome, to me. Pictures come out not as razor sharp as V 90/3.5, making it more suitable to women portrature (I think it is rather microcontrast, than sharpness itself, because it is not soft by any means) .  Acceptably sharp wide open, very good at f/4 and downwards. Bokeh is mostly neutral.

I like this lens a lot, easy to carry and joy to use.

All shot at f/4:

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#3 percafluvialitis


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Posted 05 January 2013 - 16:00

This is a very nice street photo lens, often more useable than a 50mm (which I find too wide for medium distances). It's small, light-weight and the technical image quality is good to very good. Wide open you'll see very slight vignetting, which is gone at f/4. There is some geometric distortion (very slight pincushion) but it's not enough to notice in practice.

I've used it on the D4 and D800 and while I think it's good to very good, I've never felt it to match the excellent sharpness of the other SL series teles (the 90/3.5, 125/2.5 and 180/4). Real strengths why this brush is very good is the bokeh, also the lens has a wonderful fingerprint, very dimensional ie. the 3D "pop" is there to touch in photos.

Weaknesses: I have two, both with same structural problem - the silver focusing ring unscrews itself. Quick googling of user comments confirms this is a common problem with the lens. Easy to fix, some glue in the threads and it was cured.

Unlike the other SL series tele lenses, the 75/2.5 will show purple fringing when pushed to it.

For sample photos uploaded in original size, see my photoset on Flickr:

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