You need a wide!!! Is the VC 15/4.5 the way to go??

Discussion in 'Leica M and LTM Lenses' started by janrzm, Jun 6, 2013.

  1. janrzm

    janrzm New to Leica Place

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  2. Penfan2010

    Penfan2010 Leica Place Regular

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    Apr 18, 2013
    Excellent photo.

    I've always been happy with mine--great build, great contrast, very compact. It's definitely a great lens for a wide. Have found it great for street as well. I started a sample archive elsewhere on this site.
     
  3. serhan

    serhan Leica Place Regular

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    Mar 31, 2013
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    Excellent shot and review. Welcome to Leicaplace. Earlier I posted your excellent Canon 50mm 1.4 ltm review also. Hope to see more of your photos and reviews.
     
  4. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    I could live with that!

    Welcome aboard to Leicaplace.
     
  5. Paxnobiscum

    Paxnobiscum Leica Place Regular

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    Oct 10, 2013
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    Petur Thorsteinsson
    The first shot on this thread proves how good the little CV 15/4.5 really is. I like my LTM-version on M8 very much, even for portraits. I bought my copy with a six bit coded Millich adapter and UV/IR cut filter, held in place by a rubber O-ring. No problem.

    Street life I. Kopasker, Iceland. (Leica M8 + CV 15/4.5 LTM, coded as WATE.)

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    6031-M8-CV-Heliar-15mm-4.5 Streetlife 1 by Count Basil, on Flickr
     
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  6. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    I was never big on ultra-wides...

    before... Good Job convincing me.
     
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  7. tmldds

    tmldds Leica Place Regular

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    Nov 20, 2013
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    Very nice. I have been thinking about getting one... Still, I will have to justify how often I would be using it. I hardly ever even use my Zeiss 25, only when traveling for landscape shots. However, the unique perspective is definitely very enticing.
     
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  8. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
    I love ultrawides, but I prefer an SLR or live-view mirror less for anything wider than 28mm, and even 28mm is pushing it for me on the rangefinder. I just haven't been able to warm-up to external finders and don't like the view on my M Monochrom's 28mm frame lines. Sold my 28 Elmarit-ASPH for that reason.
     
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  9. M240

    M240 Leica Place Regular

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    Sep 30, 2014
    USA (Indiana)
    The CV 15/4.5 is awfully slow for lighting other than outdoor daylight shooting, IMHO. Still, it will fit the bill for many photographers and is very affordable.

    As an alternative to the 15mm, take a look at the Super Elmar M 21mm f/3.4 ASPH. It is admittedly much more costly than the CV 15/4.5, but it is a magnificent little lens. I have had my copy for about three months now and am totally hooked on this little jewel.

    The wider you go, the more specialized your lens is with a more narrow band of application; I have found that a 28mm is a good do it all wide lens, backed up by the 21/3.4 for scenarios that require a very wide lens. The Super Elmar 21 is pretty wide but does not distort around the frame edges in a heavy handed way. It is not an extreme wide angle so it has more all around usability. That has been my experience; YMMV.
     
  10. cobbu2

    cobbu2 Leica Place Regular

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    Sep 17, 2014
    Rockville, MD
    I have the LTM version, I use it on both my LTM and M bodies with the adapter. I can't say enough about this lens and use it often, for interiors, landscapes, etc.

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    Regards, Allan
     
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  11. raid

    raid Leica Place All-Pro

    Apr 12, 2013
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    Raid
    Welcome to leicaplace and to our world of photography and lens testing and buying and selling and raving about it all!
     
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  12. M240

    M240 Leica Place Regular

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    Sep 30, 2014
    USA (Indiana)
    It's hard to evaluate image quality on a screen. Still, the images posted in this thread offer us very little to complain about in terms of IQ.

    It's too bad that there is no CV dealer close by - I would like to try this lens on my M240 for a couple of hours...
     
  13. raid

    raid Leica Place All-Pro

    Apr 12, 2013
    USA
    Raid
    The Canon 19/3.5 and the Minolta Rokkor 21/4 have been my most used wide angle lenses on RF cameras even though both lenses are SLR lenses.
    A very nice lens is also the Canon FD 17/4. It has hardly any distortion.