Showcase Zeiss 50mm f/1.8 Ultron (Carl Zeiss)

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by newst, Feb 9, 2018.

  1. newst

    newst TalkEmount Veteran

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    Steve New
    Originally a Voigtlander design by Dr. Tronnier, issued as a 2.0/50 lens for their Prominent camera, this lens was re-branded by Zeiss after they acquired Voigtlander and marketed in both Ikarex and M42 mount.

    The first two versions of this lens, the Pominent and Ikarex versions, had a concave front element. Voigtlander later marketed a third version of the lens, the Color-Ultron, with a convex front element.

    A7II Ultron.jpg
    2018-02-08 THV A7II Zeiss Ultron 50-18 DSC06794 01.jpg
    2018-02-08 THV A7II Zeiss Ultron 50-18 DSC06795 01.jpg
    2018-02-08 THV A7II Zeiss Ultron 50-18 DSC06796 01.jpg
    2018-02-08 THV A7II Zeiss Ultron 50-18 DSC06798 01.jpg
    All but the camera image were taken with an A7II.
     
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  2. chalkdust

    chalkdust TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Bert Cheney
    WOW! Those are amazing images. The basket blows me away (American expression for extreme approval). What a cool lens. I really like the clarity. And maybe it is the transition from focus to out of focus that is captivating - not sure, really. But I really like this lens.
     
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  3. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur Subscribing Member

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    Ad Dieleman
    Special rendering indeed, beautiful. I really like the last image, great atmosphere of yesteryear. Geez, I already have a Loxia 2/50 but this... hmm.
     
  4. newst

    newst TalkEmount Veteran

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    Steve New
    Thank you. I really love this lens. I bought an Ikarex mount copy but ended up selling it off again. All of the adapters available then for E Mount were built 'thick' to take advantage of the early NEX metal+plastic lens mounting plate. They wouldn't fit on the A7, and that lens begs for a full frame camera. I have held off since because the M42 version, here in the US, sells for twice the price of the Icarex mount ($800 v/s $400). Then a couple weeks ago I accidentally ran into this lens freshly listed on Ebay at a $399 Buy it Now price and free shipping. My conscious brain didn't re-engage until after I hit the pay button on Paypal but I am happy.
     
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  5. newst

    newst TalkEmount Veteran

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    Steve New
    From what I have read this lens was considered the finest 50mm SLR lens of its time. I wasn't involved in photography back then (I was in high school) so really can't speak to whether it received such acclaim but it sure deserved to. I don't know how to describe the way this lens paints an image but it is both beautiful and unique.
     
  6. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2014
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    Will
    Love how it renders the OOF areas....painting like quality.
     
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  7. newst

    newst TalkEmount Veteran

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    Steve New
    Yes, the bokeh is lovely. It is far better than any other normal lens I have used.
     
  8. sam

    sam TalkEmount Regular

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    sam_men
    The lens and camera handle the window lighting perfectly.
     
  9. newst

    newst TalkEmount Veteran

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    Steve New
    I think so too. It is going to be difficult for me to take this lens off the A7II. I guess I will be changing lenses on the A6500 even more often than I do now.
     
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