Voightlander Heliar -Whats all the Fuss??

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I asked a lens guru friend of mine about getting a "character Lens" to shoot editorial type portraits. He mentioned a Voightlander Heliar (uncoated). He said it was a sharp lens but they used it for portraits. I found one from a portrait photographer and he said it was soft. I bought it for $300.00, and I love it. It seems sharp ( I just started shooting 8x10 so "sharp" is relative) It is flat meaning very little contrast- so that is why it might be considered soft. I shoot only B&W with filters to increase contrast. I see this lens with high price stickers $800-1200. Anyone know this lens ? Whats all the fuss ??? Does anyone have a "character" lens that they like?

-- Richard (richardwarren@rcn.com), January 13, 1999


Thanks for asking this Richard. I was wondering the exact same thing.

-- sheldon hambrick (shambric@us.oracle.com), January 13, 1999.

We still sell the Rodenstock Imagon.

-- bob salomon (bob@hpmarketingcorp.com), January 16, 1999.

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