I have accumulated a lot of CV lenseswhich I use on my Bessa R and also on my M2. The R does feel a bit plasticky but works really well, especially the meter, and for the price who cares about a bit of plastic!
The lenses that I have are the 15mm, 21mm, 25mm, 35mm Ultron and Nokton, 50mm Nokton, 75mm and the 90mm. Yes, I know that I need to thin them out, but which ones!? Most used are the 35mm Nokton and the 75mm Heliar, but hey, they are all great lenses, especially for the price.
Perhaps this calls for a separate thread, but anyway, the Zeiss/CV lenses that I've tried (50 Sonnar, 35 2.8 Biogon, CV 21mm) are a step backwards for those who appreciate b&w tonality and shadow detail over high contrast and punchy colours. This is in comparison to the Contax G line and the Contax T2.
Originally Posted by ntenny
I won't even try to begin substantiate the above claims
Still love my R2A.
'Tain't my experience of the CV 21/4, but I'm happy to differ as reasonable people. The others I haven't tried in screwmount (I have a Soviet Biogon copy, but it's nothing to write home about).
Originally Posted by sandermarijn
But then, I like focussing tabs too, so what do I know? :-)
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Bessa R3 here with a nokton 40mm sc which i am quite happy.
Good to see that we are in the place
I love shooting with my 3 Baby Bessas - 1930s, 40s and 50s. The action of the one from the 40s is my favorite; the lens from the 50s. And the bellows from the 50s which don't yet have any light leaks
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R4A and 25mm Zeiss. Really nice combo - no external finder!
Contax G-2 Kit, with a Bessa L Ultra Wide Kit; The Best of Both Worlds !
Here's the kit that I finally was able to put together.
Originally Posted by Red Robin
I find that I prefer this to my SLR kit.
First I started off with a Black Contax G-2, with the
following Black lenses:
21 mm f 2.8 Biogon,
28 mm f 2.8 Biogon,
45 mm f 2.0 Planar,
90 mm f 2.8 Sonnar.
About the lenses: I'm not disappointed one bit with what they
do on b&w or colour film. They are everything I had hoped these
versions of the Contax G lenses would be. Tonality, shadow detail
& sharpness are way up there. The T* Coating is probably optimized
for colour, but seems to work well in B&W, as well.
I find that there is something VERY SPECIAL
about the Biogon lens design.
The 28 mm has a " stretch ", that makes it look like
a 24 mm SLR lens, but without the distortion &
The 21 mm has no " discernible " distortion at all.
I mention this here as a prelude because to augment,
this system I've added a Black Bessa L, ( labeled
Cosina 107 SW ), with the following Black lenses:
The 12 mm f 5.6 &
The 15 mm f 4.5 lenses.
Both of these appear to be Biogon designs as well.
While they don't have T* coatings, they are both
Apochromatic, so I know they are similar in sharpness.
With the Contax G-2 being AF & the Bessa L lenses
being Hyperfocal Focus, focusing is NOT an issue, not
like it was on my Old Minolta CLE w a 90 mm f 2.8
Summicron, the focusing window was so small, it
was difficult to focus at all & impossible to do fast.
I may add a Titanium G-2 with a 35 - 70 mm lens to
all of this someday.
Just in case you were wondering, I use a Sunpak 120 J
TTL & a Quantum X2 along with Stroboframe & Newton
Flash brackets for lighting, with these cameras.
Finally, the key to all of this is to build the kit slowly,
when the prices are right. Don't run out & spend top
dollar on this equipment, this is after all an investment,
not just photographically, but monetarily as well.
CORRECTION: Leica Lens Name.
My Mistake, My Bad, my Leica 90 mm f 2.8 was a
Originally Posted by Vanishing Point Ent.
Tele-Elmarit, not a Summicron.
The Summicron would have been an f 2.0 lens.
Which I tired once & found that it was way too
heavy for the light weight Minolta body.
P.S. The lens was impossible to focus sharply at
f 2.8. Leica says that the body was designed to
use an f 4.0 lens. I think that because of the
" Compact " size, the distance between the range-
finder windows was not wide enough.
It took me awhile to figure this out, but I figured
that the lens would be sharper 1 stop closed down
The Contax having a similar focus window distance
but being AF, does not suffer from this problem &
I've shot many images wide open at f 2.8, with NO Problems.
Bessa R and elmar 50 or summaron 35 or jupiter 8 or industar 61 or elmar 135mm!
Bessa R & Bessa L shooter here. Using the R more, finally begining to come into one with it.