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    I recall reading in Popular Photography that they thought the Heliar was one of the sharpest 50mm lenses that they had encountered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elekm View Post
    I recall reading in Popular Photography that they thought the Heliar was one of the sharpest 50mm lenses that they had encountered.
    I remember reading that somewhere too.
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    I don't actually know what the design of the new Heliars is, but the Elmar is more or less Tessarlike, isn't it? This may be an apples-and-oranges comparison for that reason as well---if the new Heliars are similar to the old ones, it would be more reasonable to compare the Elmar to a Skopar. I don't know what (if anything) would be a reasonable Leitz equivalent to the Heliar.

    But nitpicking aside, the original post is interesting just as a look at the Heliar. To my eye it comes off looking quite good; if the CV 75mm Heliar is comparable, I may have a case of GAS coming on.

    Just as an aside, the Heliar on my Bergheil (circa World War I vintage) must be about the sharpest lens on earth. If I had world enough and time, I'd do a careful comparison to the Planar on my Rolleiflex, and my money would be on the Heliar.

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    I have the CV Heliar classic 50mm f2.0, the CV Nokton classic 40mm f1.4 and the CV Apo-Lanthar 90mm. All three are tack sharp. Have a look through my gallery for examples. (Thames Barge for the 40mm, Swimmer for the 90mm and Goodbye HIE #4 for the Heliar).
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    I am also using the Voigtlander 50mm f3.5 heliar, though I have the Nikon version. I wrote about my first impressions of the Bessa R2S and lens on this site. I am impressed so far with the lens as well. I am just learning about some of the more subjective qualities of the lens, so far I haven't found any shortcomings with it for my style of photography. Thanks for the post and the nice photo as well.

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    Man.. when are people going to stop beating that *sharpness* drum?

    It's the end-all for some photographers. Sharpness, low grain, sharp sharp sharp!
    Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.

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    I as looking for that mythical Leica glow when I purchased my F7 and 50 Summicron last month. Instead, the lens I have is so unbelievably sharp, even wide open, that I am wondering what the Leica glow really is.

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    I want a Voigtlander.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clayne View Post
    Man.. when are people going to stop beating that *sharpness* drum?

    It's the end-all for some photographers. Sharpness, low grain, sharp sharp sharp!
    It's a tool, is all. Lots of images work well sharp, and it's a hard thing for a lens to do well, but it's certainly not the only tool in the box. I can only speak for myself, but I've got plenty of not-notably-sharp lenses that produce a lot of pictures I like for other reasons.

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    Gads, talk about comparing apples and oranges (scenes; not lenses). I don't have a image of it, but I made a cropped filter out of a 39mm UV filter for my Elmar 50mm f3.5, and now you can talk comparisons.
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