Voigtlander, Skopar and Ektar, Oh My!

December 20, 2011

I’ve got some more toys.  This was shot on Ektar 100 with a Voigtlander Bessa R4A, a Voigtlander 21mm Color Skopar 4P lens on Ektar 100.  The voigtlander came about because I’m switching out my Canon 5D DSLR for a smaller, mirrorless Sony Nex-5N.  The resolution’s better, the dynamic range is about as good and I can slap on tons of cool lenses like this Voigtlander 21mm.  Plus with the extra cash from selling the kit off I picked up a rangefinder film body so I can finally start getting into M mount glass.

I’ve fought with Ektar in the past and haven’t been too pleased with the results.  I’ve discovered that it was my lack of experience that was at fault.  When I heard the stuff’s as finicky as slide film I figured I should give it another chance.  The Bessa has a TTL meter so it’s tough to make a mistake on the exposure.  Too little exposure and it takes on a red cast.  Too much and it takes on a cyan cast.  Expose it just right and it’s a great 35mm film that works well for 14 inch enlargements!  The grain is so fine that it’s very hard to spot when enlarged to 14 inches.

This is probably going to be my “small works” kit and my first camera I reach for when doing a site survey, looking for new subject matter.  I’ll post my thoughts on it and the Nex-5N once I have some more use out of it.

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2 Responses to “Voigtlander, Skopar and Ektar, Oh My!”

  1. Patrik Borgenhard says:

    Hi. Saw your post on another site that was testing the CV 15mm on a Sony Nex-5n. I saw that you are using the CV 21mm on your 5n.
    I am thinking of on of these lenses for my 5n and are wondering if you could give me some input on with one is the better, or why you bought the 21mm.
    I am more and more into landscape photography and want a good wide angle lens for my 5n.

    Thanks from Patrik Borgenhard in Sweden

  2. SeanEsopenko says:

    I like it so far. I wanted the 15mm but the local shop didn’t have it in stock. I think the 21mm is more useful though if you are using the lens on both digital and film.

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