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M240 + 50/2 APO ASPH vs Nikon D800E + Zeiss 50/2 Makro-Planar

The 24-megapixel Leica M240 sports a full frame sensor with no anti-aliasing filter. Together with the 50mm f/2 APO-Summicron-M ASPH, it represents the finest imaging quality ever available from Leica in the 35mm format. The combination costs about $14200.

The 36-megapixel Nikon D800E offers outstanding resolution, and no anti-aliasing filter (but still has dual-layer sensor cover glass which could degrade performance for some lenses). As a full-frame camera, the D800E demands the highest lens performance to show its best, and in practice its full resolution needs are often not quite met, or at least require ƒ/5.6 - ƒ/8 to approach its potential.

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Leica M240 + Leica 50mm f/2 APO-Summicron-M ASPH
Nikon D800E + Zeiss ZF.2 50mm f/2 Makro-Planar
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