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Voigtlander 21mm f/4 Black Leica Screw Mount Color Skopar Lens

Voigtlander 21mm f/4  Black Leica Screw Mount Color Skopar Lens
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Price: $599.00
Product ID : 9261695
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Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm f/4 BLACK

Leica Screw Mount

old stock - worn box - NEW lens ONLY, no viewfinder

Check out the Voigtlander 21/4 Image Discussion HERE

 excellent for film - for digital use the later 21mm f/3.5

 Leica Screw Mount -- add Screw Mount adapter for perfect compatibility Leica M cameras!  

For ANY Leica Screw Mount or Leica M mount camera!

For film Leica M's and Leica M9/ME/M240, use the Metal 21/25 Viewfinder 

 or Voigtlander 21mm Plastic Viewfinder $189

For the Leica M8/8.2 use the Voigtlander Film 28mm Viewfinder 

For the Epson RD1 or Ricoh GXR M use the Voigtlander Film 28 or 35mm film viewfinder 

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The Voigtlander Leica Screw Mount 21/4 Color Skopar has rangefinder coupling and a convenient focusing lever.  8 elements in 6 groups, 39mm front filter, built in hood.     To mount a filter, remove the shade by unscrewing it WITH the lens cap attached, mount the 39mm filter, and then remount the shade.  The filter fits tightly inside the shade, and is not accessible for removal or mounting without 1st removing the shade.    On my M6 the 21 rangefinder couples from infinity down to about 2.5 feet,   but will SCALE FOCUS even closer to about 18."    This closer than expected focusing is a very nice feature which can add up to interesting adventures in perspective.   Perhaps the best word for the super convenient focusing lever is GREAT.   The short throw of the focusing lever is also VERY convenient,   you go from close-up to infinity in only about a 95 degree throw!

While the original 21/4 was discontinued and replaced by the M mount 21/4 P using the same optics, the screw mount version has some advantages: 1) its more versatile as it can mount on screw mount OR M mount cameras (M mount can not be adapted to screw mount cameras) 2) available in silver or black (M mount black only)


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Introduced with the screw mount 21/4 and sold with it is a very well done plastic bodied 21 brightline finder with glass optics.   This superb finder, clear and bright.   Yes, the finder is available separately for older 21's with not so great finders.    The amazing thing about Voigtlander's pricing is the new 21 with finder sells for not much more than Leica's 21 finder alone.    The 21/4 shares the VL-1 lens case, with its upper compartment for the finder and the lower compartment for the lens, with the 15, 25, and 35 Compact lenses. 

In 2010 two new 21 mm finders were introduced:  a metal combination 21/25 viewfinder using the improved optics at $209 (chrome or black, and a combined 21/25 viewfinder using the older optics and the plastic bodied viewfinder finder (black only) $169. On top of that, the new 15-35 Zoomfinder was introduced $529.  Mr. Kobayashi enjoys quality viewfinders!


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In September 2001 Cosina Voigtlander introduced a new rectangular metal shade for their 21/4 Color Skopar in Leica mount.  It will also fit the 25/4 and 28/3.5 Color Skopars in Leica mount, but not the 21/4 SC Skopar in Nikon Rangefinder mount.    I haven't done any tests of the standard round shade Vs the new much larger rectangular shade, but it stands to reason this much larger shade with its stepped interior will be additional flare protection.   If you like to shoot against the light, or with bright light sources outside of your frame, this may well be worth a look.

  • The new shade consists of 3 parts: the rectangular body, a rotating threaded mount, and a chrome lock screw.
  • Unscrew the round hood, you will probably find this easier with the lens cap attached
  • Screw in the rectangular hood (it will rotate if the lock screw is loose)
  • Rotate the rectangular hood until Voigtlander name is on top
  • Lock down the hood with the set screw
  • You can use filters, just by attaching them before you attach the hood
  • Alas, so far there is no push on lens cap to go over this new hood
  • To remove the round hood on your 21/4, 25/4, or 28/3.5 to mount the LH-1, leave the lens cap ON the lens when you unscrew the lens hood.

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