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

180mm APO-Summicron-R f/2

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 .

User Reviews (4)

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momiziano   Expert [Mar 12, 2011]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

Heavy

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.

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
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
52Bassman   Expert [Apr 11, 2003]
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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

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.

Customer Service

None needed.

Similar Products Used: Nikkor 180 2.8 Af D IF
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Alex Ng   Intermediate [Jul 17, 2000]
Model Reviewed: 180mm APO-Summicron-R f/2 (ROM)
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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).

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

Customer Service

None required

Similar Products Used: Canon 200 2.8L
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
David Almy   Professional [Feb 18, 2000]
Model Reviewed: 180mm APO-Summicron-R f/2 (ROM)
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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

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.

Customer Service

V. Good

Similar Products Used: Nikon
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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