Leica 180mm f/2.0 vs Canon 200mm f2 IS L lens

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by dennis_biela, May 29, 2010.

  1. Thinking of buying the Leica 180mm f/2.0 Apo Summicron R to use on Canon bodies. I have read where the sharpness tops out at f5.6 but how is it at f2 or f2.8 anyone use it compared to the Canon 200mm f2 IS. I can go without IS and autofocus since it will be used on a tripod but would want the best image quality when shooting wide open. If you could post a few samples or email me an image. Thanks Dennis
  2. Dennis,
    It will be a miracle if you get anyone who has actually used both. They are both optically superb. But I would give the nod to the Canon because it has IS - I know you are using a tripod, but at least the Canon has accurate auto metering on both Av, Tv and P modes and auto aperture in addition to the useful IS. I guess nowadays the Leica might actually be cheaper than the Canon though.
  3. I doubt the Leica 180/2 is cheaper. The last couple went for about GBP2200-2400. It's a rare lens and so copies don't come up too often.
    As for IQ, I've posted a reply on your other thread.
    Best wishes,

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