Voigtlander APO-Lanthar 180mm f/4 SL - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Nikon / Nikkor (APS-C)

Sample Images

Here're some quick'n dirty (handheld) sample shots taken with the D200 and RAW converted via RawShooter Premium.

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Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 180.0mm
Exposure Data: f/4.0 @ 1/1500s
Size 2613x3898
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 180.0mm
Exposure Data: f/4.0 @ 1/1000s
Size 3898x2613
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 180.0mm
Exposure Data: f/4.0 @ 1/500s
Size 3898x2613
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 180.0mm
Exposure Data: f/4.0 @ 1/350s
Size 2613x3898
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 180.0mm
Exposure Data: f/4.0 @ 1/640s
Size 2613x3898
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 180.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/1500s
Size 2613x3898

Verdict

The Voigtlander APO-Lanthar 180mm f/4 SL is one of the forgotten marvels - a fate that it shares with the rest of the SL series. Optically it is a very good performer without any major weaknesses - it is very sharp, shows very little vignetting and distortions, and CAs and purple fringing are basically non-issues. The build quality is excellent. If I had to name a characteristic where it really shines beyond the mainstream it is the bokeh (out-of-focus blur) - this lens is one of those few cream machines (similar to its SL 125mm f/2.5 APO cousin). However, similar to the Zeiss ZF series it is still not a lens for the masses simply due to the lack of AF and electronic coupling. Manual focusing is difficult with a standard DSLR screen even with the help of the focus indicator. If you don't mind this limitation grab one while they last because the remaining stock will be sold out soon.

Optical Quality:    
Mechanical Quality:
Price/Performance:discontinued
      
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