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Hello,

 

This is my first post here. I do not have an M8 yet but I will shortly. I cannot afford a Leica lens to go with it yet so I am looking at the Voigtlanders. They seem to have a very good reputation (though not as fine as the Leica glass). My question is will the newer, M-mount Voigtlanders work with the Auto Aperture setting on the M8?

 

I am currently a Nikon shooter and have a D3 that I use almost exclusively on the "A" setting. I anticipate using my Leica the same way.

 

Thanks for your help.

 

Mark (East Lansing, Michigan, USA)

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I recommend looking at the 28mm offerings from Voigtlander. They're all really good lenses, and 28mm makes for a very nice walk-around lens for the M8. If you choose the Ultron f2 or f1.9 you can exploit the shallow DOF for isolating subjects (portrait shooting). The 28mm Skopar 3.5 is a very compact lens, it is inexpensive and sharp!

 

Enjoy your new camera,

david

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Hi Mark,

 

Welcome to the forum, and the wonderful world of Leica. The Voigtlanders work very well on the M8. You will often find mentioned here the 12mm and 15mm Heliar's, which produce excellent results. I'm at the moment using mainly the 40mm Nokton f/1.4, which, with the 1.33 fov factor works out to 53mm. This is pretty close to the human eye, or standard magnification. I have had some really great results with this lens and enjoy using it.

 

This certainly offers a more affordable entry into the M system and when you have saved up some money, go for Leica glass. One thing that you should have a look at though, is using Zeiss lenses, while more expensive, they are supposed to be every bit as good as Leica lenses.

 

Andreas

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Welcome, Mark! Perfect decision, new or second-hand from a dealer.

Been shooting on film with Ms for quite sometime and I never regretted going for M8.

The answer depends on the focal length you prefer. If it's shorter than of the ones mentioned, maybe you give a

Snap-Shot Skopar 4/25mm

a try? I bought mine this year new with a rigid M-mount, and found it almost on par with the 2.8/28mm Asph. Tested the Skopar 4/21mm and in my opinion this one is worth even less than it's price, whereas the 25mm is a bargain. (Don't want to upset anybody, but I did some test-shots in the store with the new 24mm and in Lightroom... Anyway this is not your question.) In any case, it can probably stand next to the blue dot 2.8/25mm (which I do not know. Only got the Biogon 28mm, which I use mostly at 50cm, at f:11 or F:16. And friends tell me the 21mm Biogons are also very good).

 

I do remember that the 25mm came out with the first new Voigtlaender Bessa body about 10 years ago (and the 15mm Heliar remember?), which was quite a sensation back then and it could well be, that the people at Cosina were extra careful with their debut outfit.

 

Have a good time with your M8 and Happy New Year!

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I bought a C-V 28mm Ultron 2.0 just before the holidays and have been using it exclusively for the last 3 weeks - am very happy with it, beyond what I expected. I like the size and feel, as well as the contrast, color and the way it ends up looking in black and white.

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I was in the same situation as you a year ago. Bought a CV 15 and I love it. I wish I could afford the coded fast and wide but alas it is not so- at least not yet. Instead buy the CV and enjoy 85% of the fun for 10% of the price (more or less).

 

My 2 cents,

 

Peter

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Hello,

 

This is my first post here. I do not have an M8 yet but I will shortly. I cannot afford a Leica lens to go with it yet so I am looking at the Voigtlanders. They seem to have a very good reputation (though not as fine as the Leica glass). My question is will the newer, M-mount Voigtlanders work with the Auto Aperture setting on the M8?

 

I am currently a Nikon shooter and have a D3 that I use almost exclusively on the "A" setting. I anticipate using my Leica the same way.

 

Thanks for your help.

 

Mark (East Lansing, Michigan, USA)

 

In some cases, in some respects, some of the CV lenses out-perform their Leica counterparts. Certain models are really outstanding even when one does not factor in price. There can be sample variation, however, which is the primary price one pays for the lower cost. But good copies of these lenses can be wonderful.

 

Cheers,

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