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New CV 35/2 on Leica digital CL

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New CV 35/2 on Leica digital CL

Couple of test pics with the new CV Ultron 35/2 on the digital CL. All shot at f/2 where the lens looks more than decently sharp compared to its best competitors. No 6-bit coding, no camera profile, DNG files developed with Silkypix, contrast & WB adjusted with PS CS3:
Pics with CV 35/2 on Leica CL at f/2
I have not tested distortion, which doesn't feel faulty at first glance, but the lens looks free from CA, contrary to the new CV 21/3.5. Also the CV 35/2 does not suffer from red edge nor vignettings on the CL, which could be expected being a crop camera.
The only significant flaws of this otherwise very neat little lens are bokeh and flare. Boheh is not really harsh but not very soft either and tends to produce double lines on contrasty subject matters in the background:
Double lines
Flare doesn't seem an issue when light sources are inside the frame:
Halogen lamp inside the frame
But flare can be disturbing when strong light sources are outside the frame. The LH-4N hood can do nothing against that but flare nearly disappers when i make additional shade with my hand:
Flare with LH-4N hood
Flare with additional shade
As far as handling is concerned, the lens is significantly shorter and lighter in weight than the Summicron 35/2 asph: 
CV 35/2 & Leica 35/2 asph v1
Recalls me of the Summicron 35/2 v4 from this viewpoint. The lens feels well balanced on compact bodies like the digital CL but the latter tends to nose down on flat surfaces when a filter or hood is placed on the lens. Otherwise i don't like much the focus stick of the new lens but i'm (slowly) getting used to it now that i have three lenses designed more or less like that (CV 35/2, CV 21/3.5, CZ 35/3.5). Matter of tastes anyway.
As for accessories, i used the nice and sturdy LH-4N bayonet vented hood dedicated to the CV 35/2.5. I have not received the new LH-12 hood yet but i doubt it is tall enough to fix the flare issue. 
Matching lenses: All current M lenses should fit as well as contrasty ones like Elmar-M 50/2.8, Elmarit 90/2.8 v2, MATE, Summarit 35/2.5, 50/2.5 & 75/2.5. 

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Just added a few f/2 pics to the link above.
As far as bokeh is concerned, double lines look less visible on distant backgrounds than close ones so far. 

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Interested in what happens at f/2.8?
CV 35/2 on Leica digital CL at f/2.8
Still no 6-bit coding, no camera profile, DNG files developed with Silkypix, contrast & WB adjusted with PS CS3. B&W pic processed with Silver Efex Pro 2.
Same positive feeling as above about sharpness, CA, red edge and vignetting.
Flare is still there when strong light sources are outside the frame but double lines look less obvious on backgrounds than they did at f/2.

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On 2/14/2019 at 10:14 PM, lct said:

As for accessories, i used the nice and sturdy LH-4N bayonet vented hood dedicated to the CV 35/2.5. I have not received the new LH-12 hood yet but i doubt it is tall enough to fix the flare issue.

Just received the new LH-12 bayonet plain metal hood. Very nice alternative to the LH-4N hood but it is not tall enough to fix the flare issue as expected. Be then prepared to use your hand or a hat to make some additional shade if you want to keep the sun or other strong light source just outside the frame with this lens.

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vor 18 Minuten schrieb Joeri:

Sorry, my mistake. I thought you were talking about a different lens.

Yes, the Ultron 35mm f1.7 is a different lens to the new f2 one.

I would be interested in a direct comparison between the two lenses.
Especially reg. the bokeh, as it is the most exciting characteristic of the f1.7 version for me!

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Yes, the bokeh of the 1.7 is quite good. It's also a bit heavier and bigger than your f2. I'll try to get my hands on the f2.

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vor 16 Stunden schrieb Joeri:

Yes, the bokeh of the 1.7 is quite good. It's also a bit heavier and bigger than your f2. I'll try to get my hands on the f2.

Would be really great!
I like my Ultron f1.7 a lot, but the new one is a lot smaller and has a focus stick.
These are two strong arguments for a change, if the picture quality is equivalent ...

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