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Leica 180mm APO-Summicron-R f/2 35mm Primes

5 star rating
                      5 / 5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $6595.00

  • Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeFixed Focal Length Lens
    Focal Length180mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/2
    Min Aperturef/16
    Focus TypeManual Focus
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    Closest Focusing Distance59.06 in
    Picture Angle14 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size100 mm
    Groups / Elements9 Elements in 6 Groups
    Diameter4.6 in
    Length6.9 in
    Weight88.18 oz
    Product ID20724108

Product Description

The extremely fast long telephoto lens with apochromatic correction guarantees flawless image quality all the way to the edge of the frame - and from infinity all the way down to the 1.5 meter (4ft 10in) close-up limit. Even at the widest aperture pictures are produced with maximum contrast, optimum resolution and well-differentiated color reproduction. It's the ideal telephoto lens for poor light conditions and when shooting over longer distances. The shallow depth of field at wide apertures enhances the ability to use selective focus creatively, and in conjunction with the wide focusing ring, the inner focus adjuster makes silky smooth, highly accurate focusing possible. The solid rotating and locking tripod attachment ensures user-friendly tripod work .

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by momiziano a Expert

Date Reviewed: March 12, 2011

Strengths:    Apocromatic leica colors, bokeh.
Sharp from f2.
Probably the best leica R lens.
Probably the best 35mm lens ever made.

Weaknesses:    Heavy

Bottom Line:   
A monster of optical quality. Big and heavy but lighter than Canon 200 f2 or Nikkor 200 f2. Solid metal-bulid. Very hard correct focusing, not for sport-action but for close distance portraits.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $3500.00

Purchased At:   shop

Similar Products Used:   Nikkor 70-200 f2.8
Sigma 150 apo macro
Leica 100 apo-elmarit
CZ 100 f2 makro-planar
CZ 85 f1.4 planar

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by 52Bassman a Expert

Date Reviewed: April 11, 2003

Strengths:    Fantastic image quality and colour. Black and white slides are also perfection. No need to stop the lens down at all, unless you want to control depth of field. Super contrast and sharpness. This lens is heavy, but you don't notice the heaviness when you're looking at the images this lens produces! Build quality is superlative. If you want the best look no further.

Weaknesses:    None. Even the size and mass of this lens are beneficial for your arms! I look at it like it'ds my excersise regime!

Bottom Line:   
I struggled with purchasing either the F2 or 2.8 version of this lens. I decided on the F2 because of the speed and the fact that with the 2x apo tele converter I would still have a working aperture of F4! The extra lightness of the 2.8 would have been nice but as far as I'm concerned both of these lenses are a bit of a pain to handle without a tripod. I have absolutely no regrets with my deciding to go for the F2.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $3400.00

Purchased At:   Kurland photo

Similar Products Used:   Nikkor 180 2.8 Af D IF

Type of photography:   People

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Alex Ng a Intermediate from Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2000

Strengths:    Truly exceptional optical quality, ultra faithful color rendition, spectacular out of focus effect at F2, ultimate build quality.

Weaknesses:    Ultra heavy for a 180 lens, the weight and the shallow depth of field makes the use of at least a monopod mandatory. Ultra expensive price tag and ultra expensive series 6 PLC (hard to find, too).

Bottom Line:   
Best 180 range lens ever seen, certainly not as handy or practical as the 2.8 version, but the optical quality is unrivaled....

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Similar Products Used:   Canon 200 2.8L

Type of photography:   People

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David Almy a Professional from Annapolis, Maryland USA

Date Reviewed: February 18, 2000

Strengths:    A hoss of a lens, built like granite.
Extraordinary at f2
Better at smaller apertures
Overall, stunning, optically and mechanically.
Internal focusing is precise, easy
Makes the neighbors think I know what I'm doing.

Weaknesses:    Weighs as much as my house, costs about as much.
Difficult to use handheld

Bottom Line:   
One of the gems of the Leica R line. Worth every penny because of its performance, particularly wide open at close distances for face shots.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Similar Products Used:   Nikon

Type of photography:   People

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