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Has anyone taken shots with the 50mm APO Lanthar with a Tiffen Black ProMist or other diffusion filter? I am curious whether the diffusion filter can soften some of the "too sharp for portraits" criticism that these lenses can have. I am considering selling my 50 Summilux for this lens (don't use 50mm as much but like it for portraits) and am wondering how a diffused/softened approach to this lens might work out. Thanks!

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29 minutes ago, eyeheartny said:

Has anyone taken shots with the 50mm APO Lanthar with a Tiffen Black ProMist or other diffusion filter? I am curious whether the diffusion filter can soften some of the "too sharp for portraits" criticism that these lenses can have. I am considering selling my 50 Summilux for this lens (don't use 50mm as much but like it for portraits) and am wondering how a diffused/softened approach to this lens might work out. Thanks!

OK, but you said  "I am considering selling my 50 Summilux for this lens (don't use 50mm as much but like it for portraits) and..."  

Assumed you meant the VM APO 50 since this is the thread.

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1 minute ago, algrove said:

OK, but you said  "I am considering selling my 50 Summilux for this lens (don't use 50mm as much but like it for portraits) and..."  

Assumed you meant the VM APO 50 since this is the thread.

Let me clarify. I currently own the 50 Lux. I primarily shoot 35mm but enjoy having a nice 50mm around. I want to get a nicer 35mm, like a 35 Summilux. I can't afford both 50 and 35 Lux, so I am looking for a portrait-friendly 50 to replace my Lux when I sell it. I like diffusion filters for the softer look and am wondering if a 50 APO Lanthar with a diffusion filter might be a "two lenses in one" option where with a diffusion filter it'll be softer and easier on skin for portraits, but sharp and crisp without the filter for landscape/cityscape work. I could save myself over $2k if I sell the Lux and get the APO Lanthar. 

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35 minutes ago, eyeheartny said:

Let me clarify. I currently own the 50 Lux. I primarily shoot 35mm but enjoy having a nice 50mm around. I want to get a nicer 35mm, like a 35 Summilux. I can't afford both 50 and 35 Lux, so I am looking for a portrait-friendly 50 to replace my Lux when I sell it. I like diffusion filters for the softer look and am wondering if a 50 APO Lanthar with a diffusion filter might be a "two lenses in one" option where with a diffusion filter it'll be softer and easier on skin for portraits, but sharp and crisp without the filter for landscape/cityscape work. I could save myself over $2k if I sell the Lux and get the APO Lanthar. 

For the same money, you could give up on the 35 Lux as well and have everything from CV:

  • CV 50 1.2
  • CV 35 1.2 III
  • CV 50 APO
  • CV 35 APO

I would not exchange the 50 Lux for the APO and want to try to make the APO look like the Lux. You're setting yourself up for disappointment, IMO, and the results will not blend well with the 35 Lux for a portrait session.

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1 hour ago, hdmesa said:

For the same money, you could give up on the 35 Lux as well and have everything from CV:

  • CV 50 1.2
  • CV 35 1.2 III
  • CV 50 APO
  • CV 35 APO

I would not exchange the 50 Lux for the APO and want to try to make the APO look like the Lux. You're setting yourself up for disappointment, IMO, and the results will not blend well with the 35 Lux for a portrait session.

Would you think the CV 50 1.2 or CV 50 1.0 would be a better match with a 35 Lux FLE V2 for a more affordable 50mm suitable for portraits? Or the CV 50 1.5 V2? 

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32 minutes ago, eyeheartny said:

Would you think the CV 50 1.2 or CV 50 1.0 would be a better match with a 35 Lux FLE V2 for a more affordable 50mm suitable for portraits? Or the CV 50 1.5 V2? 

Here's a good comparison of the 1.2 versus the 1.0 for portraits below. Maybe look at the samples and see what you think best matches your 35. I have no experience with the 1.5, but there is the review thread on FM Forum you could check out.

 

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I prefer 35mm as well as a do it all lens but if I was in your situation I would keep the 50 lux which is prob my favourite Leica lens I’ve ever shot with. 

I currently own the CV 35mm 1.2 III and it’s outstanding on both an M and SL body. As a walk around I use a Minolta 40mm f2 = Summi 40mm f2 which is close enough for me. Really small package when paired with an M body.
 

I do own a VC 50mm APO and a 1/4 BPM filter (not Tiffen though). I could take some shots for you once the family comes back later today. 

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On 1/7/2023 at 6:08 AM, JuveFC said:

I prefer 35mm as well as a do it all lens but if I was in your situation I would keep the 50 lux which is prob my favourite Leica lens I’ve ever shot with. 

I currently own the CV 35mm 1.2 III and it’s outstanding on both an M and SL body. As a walk around I use a Minolta 40mm f2 = Summi 40mm f2 which is close enough for me. Really small package when paired with an M body.
 

I do own a VC 50mm APO and a 1/4 BPM filter (not Tiffen though). I could take some shots for you once the family comes back later today. 

Would love to see these images if you’re still up for it!

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M9 with the Voigtlander 50mm APO. Very happy with this lens and amazing bang for the buck, imho.

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