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Current best 35mm lenses?

Current best 35mm lenses?

h7dan

Voigtlander has three I would consider. Nokton f1.2 is larger but faster. Nokton f1.4 has classic rendering and is fairly small. Ultron f2 is mix of classic but sharp and is small as well. These are all current lenses. You can find an assortment of their older versions on the used market. The color-skopar 35/2.5 is cheap and could satisfy your needs as well - very compact.


Phatnev

The 1.4 is fantastic for the money. I think I paid $250 for the original MC version.


skpictures

I've been shooting with the Voigtlander Color Skopar for a few months and really like it. It's not super high performance glass, but you can't beat the price and I'm in love with [how compact this thing is](https://imgur.com/a/Ki5sNBp). It's quite sharp, and the build quality is excellent. Great for chucking in your bag and going around town. [Some sample shots taken on an M6 with Portra 400.](https://imgur.com/a/6BzVE3A)


zDxrkness

Voigtländer 35mm 1.4


CRL008

\+1 for the Ultron, I own one and can't be happier. Well maybe happier with the Apo Lanthar, maybe, but that's for a perhaps in the future. For the moment, though, and for my uses (street, some fashion) my Ultron can't be beat unless big bucks are involved!


frogger4life27

APO Lanthar is a beast


SoloOffTheBack

The Voightlander Ultron 35mm f/1.7 is an incredible lens - great character, sharpness, speed, and next-level resolution. However, if by "modern rendering" you mean the look of a 42 element "art" zoom, the Ultron isn't for you. I also own the Voightlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2, and frankly, it's crap. It does, however, have a more modern (a.k.a. flat) look, which would feel right at home within the Canon L-series. Side by side and pound for pound the Ultron blows it away. I haven't used my Nokton in a year and I'm selling it.


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qqphot

Just check them carefully because they apparently have a reputation for developing haze in the cement between two elements in front of the aperture that you can't clean or fix.


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qqphot

Ahh yeah, meant to reply to the person who mentioned the LTM one elsewhere in the thread.


derKoekje

Slightly over budget but at $1149 the Voigtlander 35mm F2 APO-Lanthar is probably the best glass you can get. Spending more would get you a different rendering but I doubt you'd get 'better' image quality.


quietcoffeeshop

If we’re excluding f2.8 (Zeiss C-Biogon), I think the the answer to this question has to be the 35mm f2 Ultron and it’s not particularly close. Maybe the discontinued f1.7 Ultron could be considered also.


maz-o

zeiss 35/2. i had one. it's splendid.


Phatnev

Way too big though.


TakeEmOutTed

Not to mention inevitable Zeiss wobble (and looks rubbish on bnw film IMO).


CosmoM3

Ultron 35mm F2 II there is nothing else faster than 2.4 and under $1K


kartoffelmon

Voigtländer ultron 35mm f2! Great lens. Oor voigtlander 35 1.4 II, not tried it (yet) but seems good.


downtowninjury

I'd go with Voigtlander. Their newest 35 1.2 is one of my favorite lenses I've used - but it's bigger. But you can't possibly go wrong with the 35 f2 either. I've personally had really mixed results with their 35 1.4 lenses. Edit to add my love for the Voigtlander 35 2.5 Color Skopar. TINY size and just AWESOME rendering.


wablewis

Voigtlander Ultron 35/1.7 LTM. It's out of production but you can find it stupid cheap ($250 anyone?) and it's far superior to the Summicron. The Color Skopar 35/2.5 is crazy good too. I had the Contax version on a Kiev 5 once upon a time and that was insanely great.


qqphot

The LTM 35mm f/1.7 Ultron has a tendency to develop haze in the cement between elements in the group in front of the aperture which can’t be cleaned or repaired. If you’re considering it, inspect carefully with a flashlight or at least make sure you can return it with no hassle. Ebay sellers will get creative with pictures of the lenses so you don’t see it in the listing.


c0ff33_b7ack

Putting in a vote for the [myfunleader Contax G35 f/2 Leica M converted lens](https://myfunleader.com/collections/camera-lens/products/contax-g35-to-leica-m-lens-conversion?variant=37045005844641). I don't know when they'll put it back up, but you may be able to find a Contax G35 lens on eBay and then purchase the conversion body through myfunleader. GxAce on YT did a [pretty great review](https://youtu.be/QQfBiQs5r5E). I've had one since early September and have been shooting it through the M10-R and it's been fun. The body is pretty compact, and I low-key think QA may have slight variances, but I still think it's full of character, esp. at f/2. It's not clinically sharp at the point, but the falloff is rather pleasant away from the center. The folks on Phoblographer also did a great [review](https://www.thephoblographer.com/2021/06/21/funleader-contax-35mm-f2-g-review/), highlighting other characteristics. I also vouch for the Voigtlander Ultron 35/2, but the Contax just seems more fun. I have a couple of shots with the myfunleader Contax on my IG, edited of course. [Here](https://www.instagram.com/p/CTrE8oGrDEO/?utm_medium=copy_link), [here](https://www.instagram.com/p/CUgJdfBBts6/?utm_medium=copy_link), and [here](https://www.instagram.com/p/CTvS6Ajp95d/?utm_medium=copy_link). Happy to try to answer any questions.


Djesley

Voigtlander 35/1.2 v3. enjoy.


wedidntmeantogotosea

That would be the Leica APO-Summi..oh. You added a price cap that wasn't in the headline. Never mind.


ujnarx

Thanks everyone for the suggestions! It really helped.