The Cosina-Made 35ES: The Vivitar Rangefinder You’ve Never Heard Of

If you have to add a Vivitar camera to your collection, forget about their overpriced, simple plastic cameras.

Apart from rare Leicas, limited-edition models of various popular cameras, and the occasional oddballs, some of our vintage finds also include rather obscure cameras most of us haven’t heard about before. Case in point is the Vivitar 35ES. This particular item we spotted is pretty unique on its own. Whether or not it deserves a spot in your collection, we’ll let you decide.

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This Voigtlander 110mm f2.5 Is the Latest Addition to the E-Mount Ecosystem

Cosina has announced a new Voigtlander macro lens for you all to start drooling over

It seems like we can’t go more than a couple of weeks lately without some new E Mount lens being announced or newly available. This time the lens in the question is from the team over at Cosina Japan, who have launched their latest Sony E- Mount compatible Voigtlander branded lens, the new Macro Apo-Lanthar 110mm F2.5 FE. This is a manual focus only lens, so that may curb some of your enthusiasm. However, the Voigtlander brand has long been known for their superb quality, so if you can get over being limited to manual focus, this looks to be an interesting release for Sony shooters. Continue reading…

The New Voigtlander 40mm f2 SL II S Was Designed With Nostalgia In Mind

Photographers who like the look of Voigtlander as well as the functionality of their lenses will be pleased to know that a new Voigtlander 40mm f2 SL II S was recently announced. The predecessor to this lens was a very small pancake optic that could easily fit onto most DSLRs and even was offered with adapters for Sony cameras. But the new one takes a different classical design. You can liken its exterior appearance to old school Nikkor primes that one would get bundled with a camera. In fact, Cosina states that this was their intent: a nostalgic look.

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Cosina Updates Voigtlander 25mm f0.95, You Still Can’t Afford It


When Voigtlander/Cosina released the first 25mm f0.95, the Micro Four Thirds world began to drool. And today, the company has updated the lens according to 43Rumors. The new version does what the 17.5mm f0.95 did–added the option of making the lens de-clicked for video shooting. On the lens, there is another ring right above the aperture ring. This ring can be pulled back and twisted. When it is in one position, the aperture clicks for photographers. In the other position, it becomes clickless.

So for the same price, Voigtlander is trying to make this lens more viable to videographers. Though at the moment, the older version seems to be quite discounted to under $1,000.

When we reviewed the 17.5mm f0.95, we fell in love with it. Indeed, it is still my favorite lens for the Micro Four Thirds system.

The Top Five Most Extreme Wide-Angle Lenses Ever Built

Felix Esser The Phoblographer Olympus M.Zuiko 9-18mm f4-5.6 Review

Wide-angle photography is one of the master disciplines of photography. It’s not something you just do, it’s something that needs a lot of thought, as proper composition is crucial in wide-angle photography. And just like mastering the artistical aspect of it, the construction of a great wide-angle lens is anything but a routine job for a lens designer. In order to honor some of the greatest achievements in the history of wide-angle lens design, here’s The Phoblographer’s list of the top five most extreme wide-angle lenses ever built.

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The Five Greatest M-Mount Film Cameras of All Time

Picture "Leica M3" by Rama via Wikimedia Commons

Picture “Leica M3” by Rama via Wikimedia Commons

Leica M-mount rangefinder film cameras have always held a special place in photo history. For one, because it was Leica who started the 35mm film revolution. Then, because the M3, the first M-mount rangefinder camera that Leica made, started a series of incredibly popular photographic tools used by countless professionals and amateurs alike for decades. And finally, because Leica-made M-mount lenses can be considered to be some of, if not the best lenses there are for 35mm film cameras. In this article, we take a look at what we deem the five greatest M-mount film cameras that were ever made. Not necessarily all by Leica, though.

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UPDATED: Cosina Voigtländer Unveil Two New Fast Lenses for Micro Four Thirds and M-Mount


Picture courtesy of DC Watch

The inventive people over at Cosina never stop working and thinking up new stuff, it seems. At CP+, the big Japanese photo show, the company just unveiled a new superfast lens for Micro Four Thirds, and another fast normal lens for M-mount. As always with Cosina, both lenses come totally unexpected, with no rumors about their future appearance spread through the interwebs beforehand. There also isn’t much information available yet, except for product pictures over at DC Watch. Of course you are curious now what these two new lenses are, right? Well, head past the break to find out!

UPDATE 02/01/13 — Officially announced in Germany, see below.

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Using my Dad’s Old Manual K-Mount Lenses on Micro Four Thirds

Felix Esser The Phoblographer Panasonic G1 + K-mount Lenses

FLTR: Panasonic G1 + Lumix 20/1.7, Tokina 135/2.8, Revuenon 50/1.8 + K->MFT adapter

When my dad gave me his old Pentax ME SLR last year, it came with three lenses: a Cosinon 28mm f2, a Revuenon 50mm f1.4, and a Tokina 135mm f2.8. The body was in pretty bad shape, though. Not only did it have lots of dents and scratches and parts of the leatherette missing, it also had massive light leaks and would scratch the negatives I ran through it. So I decided to buy an adapter to use the K-mount lenses on my Micro Four Thirds camera — one of the best purchases I ever made.


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Photokina 2012 Report — Part 5: Leica, Hasselblad and Voigtländer

Wait, what? A Ferrari? What does this have to do with photokina? Well, nothing, except that Hasselblad had one at their stand. Yup, a real, proper Ferrari.

First off, let me apologize. This post was meant to be up yesterday. However, since my laptop decided to break down, I couldn’t work on it. So it comes one day late. So without further ado, this is part five of or photokina 2012 report. Featured today: the new Leica M and Leica M-E, the Leica X2 Paul Smith edition and à la carte, the Hasselblad Lunatic Lunar and the Voigtländer 21mm f1.8 lens for Leica M.

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Quick Note: Voigtländer Color Skopar 28mm f2.8 SL II Lens Formally Announced


The Voigtländer Color Skopar 28mm f2.8 SL II lens–which was first shown at the CP+ show back in February–is now finally available for Canon and Nikon SLRs. So far, only European prices have been announced, with the Canon version retailing for € 549 and the Nikon version retailing for € 529. It is unknown as of yet when the lenses will hit the U.S. market.

Correction: the lens is listed at a couple of German retailers but not available for purchase as of the publishing of this piece

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Cosina Announces New SL II N Lenses At CP+

The new Voigtländer Color Skopar 28/2.8 SL II N. Picture by DC Watch

At their showcase on CP+ in Yokohama, Japan, Cosina presented a number of new Voigtländer lenses in Canon and Nikon mount. The new series of SL II N lenses comprises the well-known 20mm f3.5 Color Skopar, 40mm f2 Ultron and 58mm f1.4 Nokton lenses. Additionally, Cosina presented an SLR version of their 75mm f1.8 Heliar Classic lens (previously available only in Leica M-mount) as well as a completely new 28mm f2.8 Color Skopar pancake lens. Read more after the jump.

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