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Nikon D4

Examples with Leica 180/2.8 APO-Elmarit-R (Zoo Animals, etc)

This page shows examples with the Nikon D4 using the Leica 180mm f/2.8 APO-Elmarit-R, easily the highest performing ~200mm lens available for Nikon. I bought my 180/2.8 APO some years ago, and had it converted to Nikon mount using a Leitax lens adapter.

How hard is it to use a manual focus 180mm lens for moving targets?

Pretty darn hard. This page shows both hits and misses.

Compared to the Nikon 200mm f/2 VR II

My recommendation would be to use the Leica 180/2.8 APO for static or slow-moving subjects, particularly on the tripod, where its outstanding image quality can be utilized fully.

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1/3200 sec @ ~f/4, ISO 200
Nikon D4 + Leica 180mm f/2.8 APO-Elmarit-R

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