An elegant Weapon for a more civilized age.– Obi-wan Kenobi
Earlier this year I acquired this Visoflex only lens, a Telyt 200mm F4.5, first version. I do not own any of the 3 Visoflex versions, but as the mount is just the standard Leica L39 Screw, I can adapt it via a macro extension tube designed for Summar/Elmar plus a 10mm extension ring to get flange distance right. Combining this configuration with a M-to-L helicoid adaptor, the lens is very useable on the Leica SL. I brought a Haoge branded on from Amazon, but I have seen generic one badge with 7artisan, fotodiox and other names. The lens is more compact and lighter than the native L-mount Panasonic S 24-105mm, but still fell solid and substantial on the hand, due to the brass construction.
The Telyt 200mm lens itself is quite short. This is without extension tubes to makeup the flange distance and without lens hood.
The Leica SL2 has a bright 5.76 million dots high resolution electronic viewfinder, 5 axis in body image stablization, focus peaking and a decent grip, all good attribute and far more superior than my M10 body to adapt this lens. I have never tried any manual focus lens over 135mm on the M10. I can only assign it as a 180 Elmar-R in the SL2 body , the stablization is usable. Those in the panasonic camp can set it exact.
A 1930s 5 elements 4 groups design, it has medium contrast, flatter lens characteristic that is more romantic than sharp. Is it as well corrected as a modern lens? Absolutely not. Some people may call it full of aberrations. For me, I just love its characters. It does render fine details nicely. It is has the Leica magic glow for less than AU$200 including leather case and original box posted locally, which is a bargain I reckon.
I will let the photos speak for themselves. I do like the result from this lens.
- SL2 firmware 3.0 is released.
- 7Artisans 28mm F1.4 + leica M Monochrom (CCD)
- Wide Angle Tri-Elmar (WATE) 16-18-21mm F4 lens on Leica SL2
- 40mm Summicron-C F2 on Leica M Monochrom
- TTArtisan 50mm F0.95 on Leica SL2