Voigtlander has 3-4 lens for the Pentax mount


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reyreina

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I think, there were not meant to AF, but definitely can meter based on what i read at pentaxforums, some of them over there seemed to give scores higher than pentax variants...

Check this out, http://www.chiifcameras.com/site2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=29&Itemid=30, nearly bought it when i bought film from him.

SRP from voigtlaender for the 20mm 3.5, 40mm 2.0, 58mm 1.4 are all 469 euros (~S$920). Yet chiif manages to sell them for S$730/580/580 with 1 year warranty
 

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tabako

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Yea definitely interested in getting the 40mm f2 from him but first have to buy focusing screen, since this is MF.
 

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Focusing screen is not a big issue as long as you do not mind manual focusing. I wonder if the optional 1:1 macro adapter is any good..?
 

tabako

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From the official website, seems like the macro lens is bundled leh. Its looks like just a piece of close up filter.

Using the normal screen now is hard to MF leh. Need split screen. at least for me.
 

tabako

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no leh, how to use?
 

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Enable catch in focus in your menu, and change shooting mode to continuous shooting (burst mode). As you manual focus using the focusing ring, a green dot should appear in your viewfinder when the camera thinks it is perfectly focused. The catch in focus (trap focus) disables your shutter from closing even if you depress the button, UNLESS the green dot is on, in other words, only when the picture is in focused. So, try holding down the shutter button, and turn the focusing ring till it is close to the focused pt. Here comes the usefulness of burst shooting, as you "fine-focus" through a few millimetres which the green dot stays lit, your cam will keep on taking pics at 4.7 fps (K-x)

Anyway, I would recommend you to turn the focusing ring slowly or you will never get it, and tada! out of the 3-4 pictures taken, definitely 1 shot will be dead focused.
 

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I think, there were not meant to AF, but definitely can meter based on what i read at pentaxforums, some of them over there seemed to give scores higher than pentax variants...

Check this out, http://www.chiifcameras.com/site2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=29&Itemid=30, nearly bought it when i bought film from him.

SRP from voigtlaender for the 20mm 3.5, 40mm 2.0, 58mm 1.4 are all 469 euros (~S$920). Yet chiif manages to sell them for S$730/580/580 with 1 year warranty
You should not take Euro pricing as a guide as there is a high tax component and duties built in. May be affordable for the Europeans but the prices are out of whack with what I would be prepared to pay. Chiif is the local Voigtlander distributor and his pricing has been pretty much constant.

Voigtlander lenses are made by Cosina of Japan. They also make the Zeiss ZK lenses too.
None of the lenses have AF but all have the A setting on the aperture ring (basically they are PKA mount similar to the Pentax A series manual focus lenses), which allow full use of every exposure mode on Pentax DSLRs. Unless you're shooting in Manual mode, no need to use the Green Button to get a meter reading.
 

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The 40mm f/2 Ultron is the same price as the 58mm f/1.4 Nokton if I recall correctly.
It's a close fight between the Ultron and the Pentax DA 40mm f/2.8.
Both are good optically but the Ultron has the edge and the extra stop in maximum aperture is a big plus. The close-up diopter comes as standard which is nice.
The Pentax is more compact and has AF but the Ultron has better build quality and costs more. If you're prepared to delve into manual focusing, the Voigtlander is a quality investment.
 

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The discontinued ones are better, 90mm 125mm and 180mm... the current ones are nice if u like manual focusing...
But those are MF too... rite? :dunno:

And yes, the Voigts are a poisonous bunch for manual lovers. :bheart:
 

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all are MF.... but if u ask me... focusing on pentax MF lenses feels much better...
But I find the DA and FA focuses smoother. Can adjust with my pinkie. The older lenses have more control though meaning that a slight touch won't throw off the focusing.
 

tabako

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Use to have a CZ 50/f1,7 on contax mount. Freaking sharp lens, the sharpest lens I ever had. But hard to use, as different f stops needs to compensate either +1 EV or -1 EV, dunno if it is because of the adapter or not. And its cheap. $280 with AF confirm chip. But had to sell it.

So now keen on getting another sharp MF lens to try.
 

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You should not take Euro pricing as a guide as there is a high tax component and duties built in. May be affordable for the Europeans but the prices are out of whack with what I would be prepared to pay. Chiif is the local Voigtlander distributor and his pricing has been pretty much constant.

Voigtlander lenses are made by Cosina of Japan. They also make the Zeiss ZK lenses too.
None of the lenses have AF but all have the A setting on the aperture ring (basically they are PKA mount similar to the Pentax A series manual focus lenses), which allow full use of every exposure mode on Pentax DSLRs. Unless you're shooting in Manual mode, no need to use the Green Button to get a meter reading.
Yup i know that, biz has been quite good for him to open a physical store downtown too. Was just stunned at the huge price difference
 

reyreina

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It's not 1:1 macro, just some closeup add-on :)
Ah yes, tabako mentioned the same thing too, but i was refering to the Optional accessory part in the table at the bottom of the website, not the close up lens they bundle with written in the description (http://www.voigtlaender.de/cms/voigtlaender/voigtlaender_cms.nsf/id/pa_fdih7b4lns.html)

"Optional accessory / filter, macro adapter 1:1"
 

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Enable catch in focus in your menu, and change shooting mode to continuous shooting (burst mode). As you manual focus using the focusing ring, a green dot should appear in your viewfinder when the camera thinks it is perfectly focused. The catch in focus (trap focus) disables your shutter from closing even if you depress the button, UNLESS the green dot is on, in other words, only when the picture is in focused. So, try holding down the shutter button, and turn the focusing ring till it is close to the focused pt. Here comes the usefulness of burst shooting, as you "fine-focus" through a few millimetres which the green dot stays lit, your cam will keep on taking pics at 4.7 fps (K-x)

Anyway, I would recommend you to turn the focusing ring slowly or you will never get it, and tada! out of the 3-4 pictures taken, definitely 1 shot will be dead focused.
hey thanks for the nice tip. i have just started using manual lenses (mainly due to budget constraint) and will give this a try on my K-7.
 

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