Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2007/08/17

[Author Prev] [Author Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Author Index] [Topic Index] [Home] [Search]

Subject: [Leica] Viso III, Black 65 image examples
From: chs2018 at (Chris Saganich)
Date: Fri Aug 17 09:22:31 2007
References: <BAY108-DAV751BE7CE3AB4A0CB185F2C8DF0@phx.gbl>

I'm one of those folks who like the viso and take it out with me when I 
think I'll be in some good macro situations.  Here are some examples of the 
Black 65 on a viso II (which is my perference) on my MP hand held in 
available light from infinity to as close as it will go without additional 
extension.  One handy feature of the black version is you can open the 
aperture all the way to focus and then close it down to whatever stop you 
were using without taking your face from the finder.  The lens has above 
average contrast which is a bitch for some B&W but once you get the hang of 
exposure and development the added resolution is a great asset.  The images 
below are triX processed in straight D23 which by definition is low 
actuance.  Having enlarged at least one of these images (the giant leaf) to 
16x20 I was impressed by the definition which remained despite being hand 
held in low light at full magnification.

Chris S

At 04:59 PM 8/16/2007, you wrote:
>There is a big difference in the performance of the chrome and later black 
>65mm Elmar lenses.  The chrome version is a low contrast lens that gives a 
>pastel like performance that is charming in a way.  The black Elmar is a 
>high contrast lens with much improved resolution.  It is one of my 
>favorite lenses, and is great on the viso or R bellows.  The performance 
>on the edges is not the best at infinity, but the lens is designed for 
>close-up work, and is a delight in this range.  Erwin Putz does not 
>consider either of these lenses as being exceptional performers, and makes 
>a comment that the Elmar design is not optimum for macro work.  I don't 
>agree with him on this in regard to the performance of the black 
>version.  I might also add that the 100mm f4 macro Elmer for the Leica R 
>series cameras is also a classical Elmar design, and it performs quite 
>well both in near and far distances.
>Ferrel Anderson
>Leica Users Group.
>See for more information

Replies: Reply from pjtotoole at (Peter O'Toole) ([Leica] Viso III, Black 65 image examples)
Reply from ricc at (Ric Carter) ([Leica] Viso III, Black 65 image examples)
In reply to: Message from andersonfe at (ferrel anderson) ([Leica] Viso III)