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A few morning light images...A7ii + CV65
ILCE-7M2    E 65mm F2    65mm    f/5.6    1/125s    ISO 125


ILCE-7M2    E 65mm F2    65mm    f/8.0    1/320s    ISO 2500


ILCE-7M2    E 65mm F2    65mm    f/5.6    1/200s    ISO 640


ILCE-7M2    E 65mm F2    65mm    f/5.6    1/50s    ISO 100
 

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Another morning walk with the A7ii + CV65...
ILCE-7M2    E 65mm F2    65mm    f/2.0    1/400s    ISO 100


ILCE-7M2    E 65mm F2    65mm    f/2.8    1/160s    ISO 100


ILCE-7M2    E 65mm F2    65mm    f/2.8    1/250s    ISO 100
 

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65mm is a reasonable focal length for portraits, so at today's family birthday celebration (not mine) at a local restaurant, I wanted to try it out. I am terrible at capturing the right expressions, and lighting in these places is seldom good...so I apologize in advance for shortcomings. Also, this is not necessarily the best image of the batch, but I am reluctant these days to post images of the younger children. All in all, I had more keepers than usual for these informal gatherings. When I showed the batch of images to my wife, her immediate remark was, "Wow, what lens was this? Your new one?"
Manual focus was super easy, by the way...
at f/2.8:
ILCE-7M2    E 65mm F2    65mm    f/2.8    1/500s    ISO 1000
 

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ILCE-7RM2    Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F2 Aspherical    65mm    f/2.0    1/80s    ISO 640


And the punk:)
ILCE-7RM2    Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F2 Aspherical    65mm    f/2.0    1/160s    ISO 2000
 

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Rest of the photos from the dog walk yesterday. He was pulling badly so my f2 shots sometimes were sharper then stopped down shots due to 1/160sec with cloudy and windy fall weather. It is a very sharp lens wide open and I like its mfd for portraits. However you need to get close on the macro shots where longer macro lenses might work better.

ILCE-7RM2    Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F2 Aspherical    65mm    f/2.0    1/4000s    ISO 100


ILCE-7RM2    Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F2 Aspherical    65mm    f/2.0    1/1250s    ISO 100


ILCE-7RM2    Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F2 Aspherical    65mm    f/2.0    1/1000s    ISO 100


ILCE-7RM2    Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F2 Aspherical    65mm    f/2.0    1/800s    ISO 100

ILCE-7RM2    Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F2 Aspherical    65mm    f/2.0    1/800s    ISO 100

ILCE-7RM2    Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F2 Aspherical    65mm    f/2.8    1/400s    ISO 100

ILCE-7RM2    Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F2 Aspherical    65mm    f/4.0    1/200s    ISO 100

ILCE-7RM2    Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F2 Aspherical    65mm    f/5.6    1/160s    ISO 160

ILCE-7RM2    Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F2 Aspherical    65mm    f/2.0    1/1600s    ISO 100

ILCE-7RM2    Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F2 Aspherical    65mm    f/8.0    1/160s    ISO 1000

ILCE-7RM2    Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F2 Aspherical    65mm    f/8.0    1/160s    ISO 320

ILCE-7RM2    Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F2 Aspherical    65mm    f/8.0    1/160s    ISO 500

ILCE-7RM2    Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F2 Aspherical    65mm    f/2.0    1/800s    ISO 100

ILCE-7RM2    Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F2 Aspherical    65mm    f/8.0    1/160s    ISO 2000

ILCE-7RM2    Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F2 Aspherical    65mm    f/6.3    1/160s    ISO 160

ILCE-7RM2    Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F2 Aspherical    65mm    f/2.0    1/500s    ISO 100

ILCE-7RM2    Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F2 Aspherical    65mm    f/7.1    1/160s    ISO 640

ILCE-7RM2    Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F2 Aspherical    65mm    f/8.0    1/160s    ISO 1250

ILCE-7RM2    Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F2 Aspherical    65mm    f/6.3    1/160s    ISO 160

ILCE-7RM2    Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F2 Aspherical    65mm    f/6.3    1/160s    ISO 160
 

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I forced myself to remove the 65mm APO-Lanthar from my camera and use a different lens. That only lasted for half a dozen shots... The 65mm seems to be my natural field of view. I wonder if being near sighted and wearing corrective lenses for most of my life has caused me to pay most attention to the center of my field of view of view. My opticians are not good at correcting anything near the edges of my eye glasses. Whatever the reason, this lens suits me. I use focus peaking, mid level, red with the magnified assist. I had not used focus peaking before on any other lenses. I have not completely figured out why peaking works better for me on this one (perhaps the slightly longer FL give shallower DOF). As most of my other lenses are adapted, I am discovering now how nice it is to have EXIF data automatically.
Here is one shot from yesterday, 65mm APO-Lanthar @ f/4, 1/250 s, handheld, ARW post processed in Aurora HDR:
ILCE-7M2    E 65mm F2    65mm    f/4.0    1/250s    ISO 100
 

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A7ii + 65mm APO-Lanthar
A few of these are under-exposed because that is what I wanted to do and I like the results (the lens does not typically under-expose).

I am still really enjoying this lens. I have considered having it welded to my camera after a professional sensor cleaning. But probably won't do it...
ILCE-7M2    Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F2 Aspherical    65mm    f/2.8    1/6400s    ISO 100


ILCE-7M2    Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F2 Aspherical    65mm    f/5.6    1/160s    ISO 100

ILCE-7M2    Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F2 Aspherical    65mm    f/2.8    1/1600s    ISO 100


ILCE-7M2    Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F2 Aspherical    65mm    f/2.8    1/2500s    ISO 100

heavily cropped:
ILCE-7M2    Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F2 Aspherical    65mm    f/2.0    1/1600s    ISO 100
 

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One more used available at cameraquest for US buyers:
Voigtlander 65mm f/2 Aspherical Macro Apo-Lanther Sony E Mount
It was gone, but another one popped up. I've been contemplating some changes to my lens lineup, and based on this thread and talk on FM and Phillip Reeve's review, this was a strong contender. So after carefully consulting the chart at Yep. Works for me. ... I bought the lens. It certainly looks like a great lens, so if my images are lacking I will clearly know it is not the gear at fault.

I'll explain to my wife it was serhan from talkemount's fault. That should work, yeah. :rofl:
 

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This lens is SO much fun near a Christmas tree. I took a series of shots off my favorite Christmas ornaments. Here are two that show "first Christmas" ornaments for two of my granddaughters. There is a ordinary amount of post processing for color, contrast, etc. But these are un-cropped full frame from my A7ii. These were both shot at f/5.6. I like the "sun-stars" in the second one.
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I am glad you are enjoying it. It is one of the sharpest lenses on A7R II per lenstip review:
Voigtlander Apo-Lanthar 65 mm f/2 Aspherical 1:2 Macro review - Image resolution - LensTip.com

This lens is SO much fun near a Christmas tree. I took a series of shots off my favorite Christmas ornaments. Here are two that show "first Christmas" ornaments for two of my granddaughters. There is a ordinary amount of post processing for color, contrast, etc. But these are un-cropped full frame from my A7ii. These were both shot at f/5.6. I like the "sun-stars" in the second one.
 

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I recently purchased the brother of this lens, the Voigtlander 50mm APO-Lanthar. So I wondered if I would use the 65mm much anymore. Indeed, the majority of my shooting recently is with the 50mm. But I think the 65 still has its place for me in close-up mode.
ILCE-7M3    Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F2 Aspherical    65mm    f/16.0    1/125s    ISO 5000
 

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When I just want to grab a lens to take with me on a drive or whatever, I still choose the 65mm a fair bit. It gives me a little extra reach and a slightly narrower FOV which I often like, and the 1:2 macro comes in handy. I've thought about selling this and the 40mm and picking up the 50mm APO, but for now I am staying put.

And the 65mm is still an amazing lens, in my opinion, even if it is a bit bulky and heavy. Sharp from wide open and great resolution, and I really love the look CV lenses bring to an image.
 

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When I just want to grab a lens to take with me on a drive or whatever, I still choose the 65mm a fair bit. It gives me a little extra reach and a slightly narrower FOV which I often like, and the 1:2 macro comes in handy. I've thought about selling this and the 40mm and picking up the 50mm APO, but for now I am staying put.

And the 65mm is still an amazing lens, in my opinion, even if it is a bit bulky and heavy. Sharp from wide open and great resolution, and I really love the look CV lenses bring to an image.
I agree. The "bulky and heavy" part is why the 65 will probably not be traveling with me again (when I am allowed to travel again someday. . .). I have wondered if I should keep the 65 when I have the 50. But they really are different lenses. They each inspire a slightly different image goal, I think. But I find it difficult to put into words. I will continue to think about it. In any case, I would never advise people to sell the 65 while they can afford to keep it.
 
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