Voigtlander Prominent


The technical stuff:

Camera Type:- 35mm Rangefinder 

Lens Type:- Fixed 50mm Voigtlander Ultron 

Shutter:- Synchro Compur 1,2,5,10,25,50,100,250,500 + B


When someone asks if you would like to borrow a Voigtlander Prominent for a couple of days do you, gracefully decline and say something like I'm sorry but I'm washing my hair, or do you say yes please I'd love to and then rip their arm off to get to it. Well I have had the loan of the Prominent and made good use of it. What a magnificent piece of engineering and it is beautiful with it, so much so that I was stopped in the street, while using it, by a young man who said wow what a beautiful camera. In operation it does take some getting used to. Bear in mind that this is a completely manual camera apart from the rangefinder and even that is different in that the focus is controlled by the left hand knob on the top panel. With a little practice the reward is worth the effort, it really is a delight to use, all of the controls are smooth and light and have that precision feel to them. As for the results this is a slightly different story, however, I think this is another area where practice will improve the result. At the front of this huge Ultron lens is an even larger UV filter which I think may have been my undoing. When you check the gallery you will notice that any shots pointing toward light are showing signs of flare and I think this may be in part due to the large surface area of the UV and the fact that it has no hood. I am hoping to have time to try it again without the UV to see if it improves the situation. When the shots are taken down sun or in shade the quality of the lens shines through with superb detail and contrast. This is one camera I'm unlikely to ever own but it has been a real treat to have the chance to use it.





















































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