Short Review: Voigtlander 75mm f/2.5 Color Heliar.

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Reasons why I bought it?

Due to my experience with the 90mm focal length (see 90mm 3-element review), I had disregarded everything narrower than 50mm. But then I started to think, why have I actually never given 75mm a chance? It's a little wider than 90mm, so maybe I will like it, or even love it! Most 75mm's are quite long, which doesn't suit me, but the f/2.5 versions both Voigtlander and Leica make are actually quite compact. Because the Voigtlander was much cheaper I decided to start with that before making a serious Leica-sized investment.


Reasons why I sold it?

I can definitely understand now why people call 75mm lenses "tele" lenses, as this lens felt much more like a 90mm than a 50mm. When shooting this on the streets I felt like I could never get enough in the frame. Although, I kept giving it a chance because I thought maybe I would like the challenge or new perspectives 75mm could offer me, but it didn't really work for me. This focal length, just like 90mm, is just not for me.

*Funnily enough I actually ended up loving a 135mm f/2.8 lens I was given to try out. It kind of feels like you are a sniper, and you don't need to move at all, you can just point at something far away, and still get in super close. But this is more a lens for when you're in out in nature, or in a car, or on a boat. So I guess I'm just not a fan of short-tele lenses.

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General Thoughts

If I had liked the 75mm focal length, I would have probably like this lens a lot! It's nice and compact, very well built, and relatively cheap. It also renders images sharp enough (I didn't notice any softness, but I don't count pixels), and has a pretty satisfactory bokeh that can be used for portraits, if thats your thing.

The aperture clicks were pretty satisfying and the focus was smooth. I actually couldn't really find any design flaws to complain about! The only thing I could say is that it's not as good as Leica, but that's a pretty impossible standard for this price point.

Note that this is an LTM mount lens, and will need an M-LTM adaptor. I used this lens on digital, and it worked great!

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