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Allergy Season Hits Me Hard This Year — Warm Drought February Means Pollen Bloom

See my January post P100 / N100 Particulate Respirator the Smart Move for Coronavirus — not the Useless Leaky Masks That People are Seen Wearing in the News.

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Allegies just kicked my ass the past 3 days...

My body just could not handle an intense spring training load of 55 miles a day cycling at medium high intensity plus the pollen bloom.

The training was fine—I felt great and biofeedback said I was hitting on all cylinders, but the allergies just overloaded me and I had to sleep most of the day yesterday with an overdrawn “bank account” asking too much at once.

Yellow pollen all over the car windows... and that’s why today I will ride with an 3M N100 particulate respirator today and make sure a HEPA IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier is going in bedroom and office... what a frustrating feel-tired hassle—time to do allergy shots again I guess (it has been years since).

Maybe XYZAL will help, I started that today.

Get a 3M 8233 N100 Disposable Respirator (the 3M 3M 8293 P100 is equivalent) to have on hand for things like Coronavirus (COVID-19) and pollen and smoke. Always have several on hand for pandemics and environmental problems. However, they are hard to find now at a reasonable price due to supply issues from the Coronavirus situation.

Below, this was during smoky days two years ago... smoke is the same idea but worse, because sub 10 micron goes in and never come out—the mask captures stuff down to 2.5 microns.

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Reader Comment: Sony A7R IV Focus Tracking vs Nikon D850

Leo G writes:

To add to my comment a few years ago on the A7R.

I tested the Sony A7R IV against my Nikon D850 yesterday. I had a most difficult dog to shoot for fundraising publication.

I got a couple of hits from the Nikon but it felt like a sack of flour so I put it down. The Sony was light weight, I could maneuver it quickly, with one hand even. The "animal" eye follow focus was superb. With the LCD articulating as a waist level finder and an amazingly fast high speed "motor drive" (I still call it that!), I had about a dozen hits in the most difficult of circumstances.

I have now converted all my animal photography to the Sony. I shoots 35 and 55mm lenses to get close and also becasue of the light weight. I wish there was an 85 or 100 that weighed just a few ounces too.

I will be using my remote Nikon flashes as catch lights triggered from a very light weight Godex transmitter mounted on the Sony. I have to maintain the lightest weight possible for the versatility this camera offers.

I keep hearing you say that the future is mirrorless. I have always vehemently disagreed because of my animal experiences. And though for landscape I still prefer the DSLRs and medium format, for my bread and butter work with the animals, the Sony IS the future. And I can shoot video too, though I don't. Amazing.

Thanks for the great advice!

DIGLLOYD: come and not gone and here—the 'now' is mirrorless.

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Why I am Dragging my Feet with the Voigtlander 50mm f/2 APO-Lanthar: Possible Issue with Sony A7R IV Lens Mount Flange/Sensor Planarity

UPDATE Feb 20: Sony Professional Services is going to take a look at my Sony A7R IV, so I am sending it in today and it should be back in a few days.

That the Voigtlander 50mm f/2 APO-Lanthar is one of the sharpest lenses I have ever tested is clear. But that’s different than sharpness across the field, which is incredibly important on a 60MP sensor when shooting at distance, even at f/5.6 or so. Or on a planar (flat) target.

So... I am feeling really frustrated with both samples of the 50/2 APO because I am seeing lens swing (left/right lens skew) on the demanding mosaic target. I have gone back and re-shot in triplicate and reproduced the same problem as a prior shoot.

What I am trying to sort out is how much of this is the lens (I have two samples), and how much is the camera. The Sony A7R IV that I am shooting is brand-new, and unlike the excellent A7R IV I had last fall, at least some suspicion falls on the Sony A7R IV Lens Mount Flange/Sensor Planarity. This sort of thing drives me crazy. It can be very hard to sort out with only one camera body because both lens and camera can compensate or add up their errors.

I am debating how much more to show of the Voigtlander 50mm f/2 APO-Lanthar until I can assure myself of whether it is the lens or camera or both—it looks to be both camera and lens, since the two lens samples show varying degrees of swing.

Recommendation for Photographers, Two Awesome Choices for Apple MacBook Pro

For the photographers looking for the very best single computer for home and travel, go all-in on the $4299 to $6099 MacBook Pro if the budget allows.

But for most of us, either of these two laptops below represent a fantastic value. Ditto for just about anyone—I wish these deals had been available when I bought for my college-bound daughter.

At $2099 ($700 off, click thru to see), the 2019 MacBook Pro 2.3 GHz 8 core / 16GB / 512GB is an outrageously powerful computer. Its limitations are 16GB memory (the max until 18 months ago!) and 512GB SSD. But you can add 2TB external storage later if needed.

At $2649, the MacBook Pro 2.9 GHz 6-core / 32GB / 2TB has more storage and memory with a slightly less powerful 6-core CPU but that will hardly matter.

James K asks “Is the Mac Book Pro at $2649 2.9GHz 6-core  32GB/2TB a good way to go?   If so I will buy one through your site”. Yes, that is actually the machine I would prefer for the 32GB of memory and 2TB SSD because those things would be more limiting for my use. The 8-core model will be a little faster and with the (allegedly) better keyboard, but I would value the memory and SSD capacity more.

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LG 5K Display for Mac Pro or Other, Plus Awesome Deal on NEC PA302W

Just a quick tip...

I need a 5K display for several reasons. That was built-in to the 2019 iMac 5K, but a 2019 Mac Pro of course has no display built-in.

While the NEC PA302W remains my primary workhorse display, a 5K display is mandatory me; 4K is not acceptable for my purposes, and the 6K Apple Pro Display XDR crapped out on color uniformity issues, though I love the larger usable dimensions (at 2:1 scaling, its 6016 by 3384 resolution “looks like” 3008 X 1692 which is a larger usable area than anything else).

So here are two tips. First, the LG 5K has several flavors whose differences are almost meaningless. Thing is, you can get a 3 year warranty instead of 1 year for $201 less, at least as I write this, as shown—get the LG27MD5KBB.

A very nice bonus of the LG 5K display is three USB-C ports, a big help on a Mac Pro which has a miserly two USB-A ports and WAY better than the molasses-slow USB 2.0 ports on the Apple Pro Display XDR.

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The fabulous NEC PA302W, refurbished

Having damaged my primary NEC PA302W, I needed to replace it. Turns out that the price of a refurbished one is terrific, vs about $2000 new. Thanks to reader Walter K for this tip. I don’t think any panel as good as the NEC PA302W is going to reappear, so I ordered two of them—I count on the PA302W.

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Voigtlander 50mm f/2 APO-Lanthar Aperture Series: Night Lights Along Bike Path (Sony A7R IV)

This series from f/2 through f/8 shows sharpness across the field at distance along with sunstar behavior with checks on ghosting flare as well.

Voigtlander 50mm f/2 APO-Lanthar Aperture Series: Night Lights Along Bike Path

Includes image up to full camera resolution from f/2 through f/8.

f8 @ 30.0 sec electronic shutter, ISO 100; 2020-02-14 18:21:45
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Voigtlander 50mm f/2 APO-Lanthar Aperture Series: Rodin Burghers, Dusk (Sony A7R IV)

This close-range series from f/2 through f/8 shows bokeh style, secondary color, gains in real depth of field and vignetting behavior. Specular OOF background points and aspheric element bokeh effects are also shown.

Voigtlander 50mm f/2 APO-Lanthar Aperture Series: Rodin Burghers

Includes image up to full camera resolution from f/2 through f/8, with crops.

f2.8 @ 0.6 sec electronic shutter, ISO 100; 2020-02-14 18:02:03
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Voigtlander 50mm f/2 APO-Lanthar Aperture Series: Countertop Reflections in Color (Sony A7R IV)

In response to one reader, I have added color images to this aperture series, in addition to the previously posted black and white renditions. The color versions show the degree of magenta/green color bokeh of secondary color and of violet fringing.

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This close-range series from f/2 through f/8 is to show general rendering style. In particular, the 50/2 APO has such impressive color correction that it makes a super lens for black and white photography, as shown here.

Voigtlander 50mm f/2 APO-Lanthar Aperture Series: Countertop Reflections

Includes image up to full camera resolution from f/2 through f/8.

f2.8 @ 4.0 sec electronic shutter, ISO 100; 2020-02-06 17:53:43
Sony A7R IV + Voigtlander FE APO-Lanthar 50mm f/2 Aspherical RAW: Enhance Details, LACA corrected

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And now, for the first time since its release, the Apple 2019 Mac Pro is $500 off on numerous models. I recommend at least a 2TB SSD, 12 or 16 CPU cores for most users. Video card... not so important for most users.

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Abandoned the Arca Swiss Cube, Switched to Acratech Pano Head

This is a “reprint” that I had posted last fall... just got an inquiry on tripods and tripod heads and this was/is apropos. My tripod of choice is the Really Right Stuff TFC-24L now.

More about Acratech...

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I spent about $1600 on the Arca Swiss Cube about 12 years ago. It has given me years of service, but after three replacement/repairs of the gears at $400+ each time, a 4th time at $400+ is getting ridiculous. As a head designed for studio use, it is not at home in the outdoors. Plus, in sub-freezing temps, the gears get so stiff I can hardly operate it. Enough is enough—a damage-prone design means it has been a $2800 experience and I am not going to make it a $3200 experience.

Accordingly, I have now switched to the Acratech Panoramic Head (AKA “Long Lens Head”), a feat of outstanding engineering (and a jaw-dropping value at about $417). It is is now my "go to" tripod head, along with its optional and very lightweight leveling base (10° of leveling, the video incorrectly states 15°).

Don’t let the “panoramic” part fool you—it is an outstanding general-purpose head, and is very lightweight. Acratech also has several other heads which are all outstanding in design, and exceptionally light and compact compared to most ballheads.

I use the leveling base that has a 60mm top, but there is a larger leveling base with 74mm top for larger heads, should you be using something other than the Acratech heads.

The two videos below discussthe Acratech Panoramic Head and why I like it. The head shown is an 8-year-old model; I now have the updated one with engraved markings. Lovin' it.

In 7 weeks of use, the Acratech Panoramic Head performed flawlessly. I don’t see how its design could be easily damaged (unlike the Cube), and it works just as well at 25°F as at 90°F.

Feedback welcome on this and other videos.

Shot in 4K, YouTube mangles the video quality, but given the focus problems with the iPhone 7... whatever. With all the hoopla about AI, can’t Apple get an iPhone to focus intelligently?

Wow, YouTube wiped out all my subscribers accumulated for years. And I don’t qualify for monetization. Google sucks.

This video below I shot a few weeks prior. It covers most of the same stuff, but might have a few other details., such as rotating the clamp 90°. Also, the latest clamp has laser-engraved millimeter markings on the clamp.

John N writes:

I have been using an Acratech GP ss + L bracket and Nodal rail (for panos) for quite a few years, it is simple, robust, versatile, light and it enjoys travelling, It just works.

As an engineer, I have a no BS reputation, it has therefore always amazed me why people would buy anything else or why it seems to get so little press.

DIGLLOYD: ditto. It is a brilliant piece of engineering. However, the Arca Swiss Cube (which I used for over a decade) is still better for certain precision work like fine leveling adjustments.


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Voigtlander 50mm f/2 APO-Lanthar Aperture Series: Countertop Reflections (Sony A7R IV)

This close-range series from f/2 through f/8 is to show general rendering style. In particular, the 50/2 APO has such impressive color correction that it makes a super lens for black and white photography, as shown here.

Voigtlander 50mm f/2 APO-Lanthar Aperture Series: Countertop Reflections

Includes image up to full camera resolution from f/2 through f/8.

f2.8 @ 4.0 sec electronic shutter, ISO 100; 2020-02-06 17:53:43
Sony A7R IV + Voigtlander FE APO-Lanthar 50mm f/2 Aspherical
RAW: Enhance Details, LACA corrected, Chroma NR {10,50,50}, USM {10,50,0}

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Voigtlander 50mm f/2 APO-Lanthar Aperture Series: Olives, Still Life Flora (Sony A7R IV)

Both series include images up to full 60MP camera resolution from f/2 through f/11, plus crops.

This series from f/2 through f/11 evaluates the Voigtlander 50mm f/2 APO-Lanthar on an complex subject at close range. It shows sharpness, bokeh and general rendering style.

Voigtlander 50mm f/2 APO-Lanthar Aperture Series: Olives

f2 @ 1/15 sec electronic shutter, ISO 100; 2020-02-06 17:31:40
Sony A7R IV + Voigtlander FE APO-Lanthar 50mm f/2 Aspherical RAW: Enhance Details, LACA corrected

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This series from f/2 through f/11 looks at sharpness and aberration control of the Voigtlander 50mm f/2 APO-Lanthar at close range.

Voigtlander 50mm f/2 APO-Lanthar Aperture Series: Still Life Flora

Includes images up to full 60MP camera resolution from f/2 through f/11, plus crops.

f4 @ 0.3 sec electronic shutter pixel shift, ISO 100; 2020-02-06 17:25:38
Sony A7R IV + Voigtlander FE APO-Lanthar 50mm f/2 Aspherical RAW: LACA corrected

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Apple Pro Display XDR with Nano Texture Glass  — the Shortest but Most Useful Review You’ll Find on the Web —  and Why the NEC PA302W Rocks

I don’t hold it against it here, but the Apple Pro Display XDR tipped, and its sharp corner hit the front of my my workhorse NEC PA302W, turning it into landfill material with a 10 X 2mm impact that destroyed the panel. What a horrible turn of luck, and I was really trying to be careful...f*ck!!! So I set up my spare PA302W. I don’t know if I can replace the PA302W, as it is discontinued and spending $2K on one with a white bezel is not very palatable.

Funny how things work out. I was sure I wanted the Apple Pro Display XDR, but now I feel a sense of relief in sticking with the NEC PA302W and something like the LG 5K (low resolution and 5K are both needed for my work for several reasons).

In 5 minutes, I am going to tell you more about the Apple Pro Display XDR with nano texture glass than any review out there (some of those reviews are laughable, measuring the color which is ostensibly scientific, but not even understanding the meaning of the gamut findings or even doing basics, like using eyes to compare with another display as a reference).

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These observations apply to the Apple Pro Display XDR with nano texture glass—perhaps the Apple Pro Display with regular glass is better with some things, such as off-angle color rendition.

Note: I have exceptional color vision, never scoring less than 99 out of 100 on every color test I have tried. I cannot take any credit for it since it is a genetic inheritance from my father, so I just state it as a fact. Most people literally cannot see what I see. Probably my vision is less good as I’ve aged, but it is still good. It doesn’t mean I am an expert at color correction, only that I can discriminate color nuances that most people cannot.

What you need to know about the Apple Pro Display XDR

You won’t see these things in an Apple Store with the regular glass XDR display showing the over-saturated images Apple is using for examples like an experiences at Best Buy. At home, I have well over a decade of looking critically at color images under the same conditions year over year. I am tuned-in to what to expect.

  • If you just want to view images for the pleasure of it, I cannot think of a better display than the Apple Pro Display XDR—probably nothing better exists.
  • While nominally a 32-inch display, the Apple Pro Display XDR is actually about 1.5 inches (6 cm) wider than the NEC PA302W (also a 32" display, aspect ratio 16:10), because the XDR is a wider aspect ratio (16:9). The difference does not seem like much on paper, but I am finding that the width of the Pro Display XDR exceeds a comfortable field of view. It is also awkward to have both side by side; not very manageable in terms of view as well as a desk space challenge.
  • The nano texture glass is highly effective, delivering a curiously natural look to images that is slightly 'flat'—much better for print makers than regular glass, which is shiny like the iMac 5K.
  • The uniformity and smoothness of the grayscale is just not there with the Apple Pro Display XDR—side by side with my (spare and now only) NEC PA302W, the grayscale of the NEC PA302W is completely uniform. Not so with the Apple Pro Display XDR, which does not look smooth; it has an almost textural/faint grid look to it, perhaps related to its localized lighting corrections? You won’t be able to notice this on detailed images, but what about gradients, sky etc? It’s a serious negative IMO.
  • Grayscale of the NEC PA302W is remarkable—real gray and why I have stuck with it for years. The Apple Pro Display XDR has the same flaw I have seen in many other displays: a slight magenta tint that colorimeters will claim is not there, but is obvious side by side. I had the same complaint about the NEC PA322UHD next to the NEC PA302W and it has to do with a discontinous spectral distribution of the LED backlighting. The NEC PA302W has a GB-R LED backlight which my eyes tell me is superior to anything else I’ve seen for true gray—it only takes a moment to see it and it cannot not be seen. All of which makes claims of 0.6 delta-E blah blah color measurement masturbation rather silly.
  • Grayscale uniformity of the Apple Pro Display XDR (with nano texture glass) when viewed even 12 inches off angle is AWFUL. I can look at a normal-width window (white background) and it is white on one side and bluish on the other on the XDR whereas the NEC PA302W is free of that color shift. Creating a full-screen window with white background on the XDR and positioning my eyes near either side of the display, I see one half of the display as blue and the other half as white. WTF? Because of the size of the display, this is a problem even when viewing it straight-on, with the outer areas of the display being visibly bluish. Could it be due to the nano texture glass? UPDATE: visiting the Apple Store, I determined that this off-axis bluish color shift occurs with the regular glass also (not just the nano texture glass). I pointed it out to an Apple Store employee, who acknowledged that he saw it also—which proves that even a novice can readily see the behavior.
  • There is no way to calibrate to known brightness with the Apple Pro Display XDR; you get either canned non-standard profiles where the crude brightness slider is available, or canned profiles where brightness cannot be altered. With the NEC PA302W, I can calibrate and profile the display to my exact specifications of contrast, gamut and brightness and it’s the same all the time and has been for years—I deem that critical for consistency year over year, job after job.

The Apple Pro Display XDR is nowhere close to what I require for color management—the off-axis color shift alone makes it problematic at best. Looks like I had better figure out how to get another NEC PA302W.

I might still get the Apple Pro Display XDR (with standard glass) at some point as a Retina display for viewing images. But I am certain that it is NOT the right display for evaluating them, not to my standards.

David T writes:

I’m writing because I don’t think you will find the bezel on the white NEC PA302W to be at all objectionable. I had purchased a PA302 (added to my long-time PA-272) when you mentioned on your site last fall that they are going out of availability. The only one B&H had available was the white variant. I bought that one and have been using it for several months. The front bezel of that unit is actually a neutral gray, darker than the rest of the body, and actually very pleasant to work with. I don’t find it distracting at all, and actually like that neutral gray as well or better for image work than the black bezel on my PA-272.

I am in complete agreement with your many (and accurate) comments on image review and adjustment on the NEC PA302W. The color and grey-scale are just so accurate and dependable. The lower pixel pitch is really helpful in evaluating and adjusting sharpness and other aspects of image acuity. I don’t make any critical judgements on finer pitch screens like on my laptop.

Thank you for all your very useful publications on your web page. I’m enjoying learning about the recent Voigtlander reviews.

I also agree with your comments on macOS Catalina. What a lot of crappy bugs they have supplied to us. All kind of strange behaviors, trouble with disks, and also the infinite safety nags, and the loss of color profiles for monitors, and…. Ugh. Apple really needs to get its shit together on the OS, but I’m not too hopeful at present.

On the other hand, the 2019 MacBook Pro 16” is a really _amazing_ machine for photo editing. Way faster than anything I’ve been using before. And excellent battery life when I’m just writing on the train commuting in to Boston. Best laptop I’ve ever used.

DIGLLOYD: Apple hardware usually rocks, the software is usually rocks.

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Voigtlander 50mm f/2 APO-Lanthar Aperture Series: Blue Bike (Sony A7R IV)

This series from f/2 through f/11 evaluates the Voigtlander 50mm f/2 APO-Lanthar on an finely detailed subject at close range, shot obliquely in order to study focus shift and secondary color behavior in addition to other performance aspects.

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Voigtlander 50mm f/2 APO-Lanthar Aperture Series: Blue Bike

Includes images up to full 60MP camera resolution from f/2 through f/11, plus crops.

f2 @ 1/20 sec electronic shutter, ISO 100; 2020-02-06 17:05:10
Sony A7R IV + Voigtlander FE APO-Lanthar 50mm f/2 Aspherical RAW: Enhance Details, LACA corrected

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Apple Pro Display XDR with Nano Texture Glass  — Here Tomorrow for Evaluation

Readers might recall how I have raved for four years now about the fantastic viewing experience of an Apple iMac 5K including stunning quality for black and white images.

Viewing pleasure/quality is of course a quite different criterion from whether it is the best display for evaluating images—it is not.

Apple Pro Display XDR

Along comes the Apple Pro Display XDR, which I speculated might be the best viewing experience for images in history. Having seen it firsthand in the Apple Store recently, my impression is that nothing I have ever seen can remotely approach what I saw on the Apple Pro Display XDR. Which places the Apple Pro Display XDR at the very top of my gear-lust list.

In a remarkable stroke of luck, B&H Photo not only had the display in stock, but B&H has generously agreed to send me the Apple Pro Display XDR with nano texture glass on loan, arriving tomorrow for evaluation.

Readers might note that I have not done very little photo work recently; that’s for various reasons but in some part it was because I wanted to fully evaluate not just the new Mac Pro but also the Apple Pro Display XDR on both Sony mirrorless and PhaseOne IQ4 images. That now begins!

If my coming evaluation of the Pro Display XDR is of value to you, please do me and B&H the favor of ordering your Pro Display XDR at B&H Photo through these links (or by phone using the numbers below), which is in stock for the nano texture glass model as I write this (vs 5 weeks lead time for Apple). The Apple Pro Stand is not in stock but it should be much more readily available and some may choose to use a VESA mount.

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Voigtlander 50mm f/2 APO-Lanthar Aspherical for Sony Mirrorless

On the docket for evaluation over the next week or two is the Voigtlander 50mm f/2 APO-Lanthar Aspherical for Sony mirrorless. Coincidentallly, I also have the new Sigma FE 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Art, and it should be interesting to see how the zoom does at 50mm vs the prime.

The Voigtlander 50/2 APO checks all the boxes for optical performance along with an ideal size/weight for my own type of outdoor shooting. Its design is as close to ideal as I had long hoped Zeiss would produce—but Zeiss went the large/heavy f/1.4 route for both Milvus and Otus lineups, making for expensive and heavy/bulky lenses whic are great to shoot but a chore to carry.

Voigtlander 50m f/2 APO-Lanthar Aspherical
  • Sony E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/16
  • Apochromatic Optical Design using 5 partial dispersion elements
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Manual Focus Design
  • 12-blade manual diaphragm, stepless or 1/3 stop clicks
  • Contacts Transfer EXIF Data
  • Only 364 grams!

Voigtlander is on a roll with the Voigtlander FE NOKTON 21mm f/1.4 Aspherical, Voigtlander 65mm f/2 Macro APO Lanthar, Voigtlander 110mm f2.5 Macro APO-Lanthar, and now the 50/2 APO.

Is a 28mm or 35mm in the cards? That would be slick.

By luck I received two copies of the 50/2 APO. It’s always a plus to have two samples in case there is sample variation.

I purchased the Voigtlander 65mm f/2 Macro-APO-Lanthar Aspherical last fall, a rarity for me these days, but it is just too good a lens to pass up, and the sample I bought was as perfect a lens as I have encountered. I might end up doing the same for the 50/2 APO, assuming it performs similarly

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Manual focus is not for everyone. But if it works for you, you cannot go wrong with the lenses below—and at$899 the Voigtlander 65mm may be the best price/performance you’ll find anywhere—it is one of the very best lenses available for Sony mirrorless.

Manual focus primes not your thing? I was incredibly impressed with the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art last fall, and I am hoping the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Art will perform similarly—but beware of sample variation issues with zooms of all brands.

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