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Post Options Post Options   Quote onsplekkie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 February 2021 at 19:55
Life was easy when budget is low. For a few years it was just the one camera + one lens (prime) set-up. When money became more ready availibly for hobby, and I thought my skills where up to it I started reading about which lens is best for ta certain purpose. My first e-mount camera created a easy (cheap) step into vintage glass, the charecter of different lenses boosting my creativity.

Over the last years I've bought and sold lots of lenses. Most bought secondhand and mostly sold without losing little or no money (some even making a little money ). I've noticed the the keepers are the ones that give sharp images with a wide open aperture (in the centre) & can handle flare pretty good.

I am a sucker for 35mm lenses. Bought a dozen lenses with this focal lenght, sold as many. Only one stayed with me, but I keep an eye out on new releases. This new anounced Voigtlander 35mm f/2 APO ticks a lot of boxes for me

Edited by onsplekkie - 16 February 2021 at 19:58
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I think in some ways it having enough money to buy new lenses, but not enough to get exactly what you want, is the hardest place to be in. If you've got no budget you just stick with what you've got.

If you can get the ones you want first time, it's easier.

It's when you have to try out lots of different options that it becomes tricky. There's always some compromise. And that leads to some desire to try out something new.

Everything Voigtlander does with their APO-Lanthar lenses is exceptionally good. I expect that the 35mm will be no exception. I await your review after you succumb and buy one...(agree with your 15/4.5 review also. If you shoot at f8-11, which is a common landscape setting, it's sharp across the frame, but at wider apertures the corners are noticeably softer)

(Personally I think I'll stick with the Zeiss Loxia 35/2. The weather sealing and the 52mm filter thread matter for me).

I'll be doomed though if they ever come out with a 135mm or similar, that is of reasonable size...
a77ii- Sony 135/2.8 STF, 16-50/2.8, 70-200/2.8 G
a7riii- Voigtländer 15/4.5, Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2, 85/2.4, Batis 85/1.8, Voigtländer 110/2.5, Sony 24-105/4 G, Sigma 100-400 f5-6.3.
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