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vs Sigma 150/2.8 APO, 180/2.8 APO, Voigtlander 180/4 APO, Nikon 70-200 VR2 (D800E, Rulers)

Four lenses compared on the 36-megapixel Nikon D800E of which four are designated as APO.

How does the vaunted Leica 180mm f/2.8 APO-Elmarit-R perform for color correction relative to less prestigious alternatives?

In production as of 2013 is the Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO Macro DG HSM and the Nikon 70-200/2.8G ED VR II. The Leica 180/2.8 APO and Voigtlander 180/4 APO are available on the used market.

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Diglloyd Guide to LEICA contains in-depth coverage of Leica M system cameras and lenses, with additional coverage of Leica M Monochrom, Leica Q.

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  • Make better images by learning how to get the best results right away.
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  • Aperture series from wide open through stopped down, showing the full range of lens performance and bokeh.
  • Optical quality analysis of field curvature, focus shift, sharpness, flare, distortion, and performance in the field.

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Leica 180mm f/2.8 APO-Elmarit-R
Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO-Macro DG HSM
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
Voigtlander 180/4 APO-Lanthar (not shown)
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