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Leica M Monochrom

Leica MM vs Nikon D800E (21mm, Pine Creek Tungsten Mine)

See discussion of various considerations and comparison details on the 35mm comparison page, not repeated here.


For this test, both cameras were focused very accurately (confirmed at max aperture):

As of late 2012, these were the best 21mm lenses available for these two cameras. I would personally rate the about $5000 Leica 21/3.4 Super-Elmar-M ASPH as a somewhat superior lens overall to the about $1843 Zeiss 21/2.8 Distagon, but it is not entirely fair, as the Distagon is 1/2 of a stop faster, and has to deal with a DSLR telecentric design.

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