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02-17-2012, 06:36 PM   #1
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What is out there for a compact tele near 200mm?

Would like to buy a VOIGTLANDER APO-LANTHAR 180 mm F/4. But they are hard to get. Is there any other tele near its class that is almost as compact?

Would be nice if Pentax made a 180 LTD like the Voigt!

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02-17-2012, 07:20 PM   #3

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I'll endorse Adam's suggestion.

The M200/4 makes a good "consolation prize"
when you can't get a Voigtlaender Apo-Lanthar 180/4.
At less than one tenth the price and twice the length,
it's a useful lens if you want more edge-to-edge sharpness
than a lighter consumer zoom can offer.
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I've got the M200/4. Very underated IMO. An absolutely cracking piece of kit with it's own built in hood

I've also got the K200/4. It's a little bit bigger and no hood.

IQ and resolution are identical on my two

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Or the M150 3.5.

The Tamron 180 macro or the Sigma 180 macro are bulky but less expensive than the Voigt. And the IQ is on par.

02-18-2012, 06:02 AM   #6
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A third vote for the M 200mm f/4.0. Fast enough for outdoor shooting, solid glass and metal like they don't make' em anymore and sharp as a razor.
The built-in lens hood is a machining work of beauty itself. Focus throw is smooth and slow, just what's needed for MF.
Usually less than $100.00 USD on eBay.
It's the tall one on the top right;
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The M42 Takumar 200/f4 is a great lens imo. The 150 as well, very sharp. Think there's one in the market place now.
02-18-2012, 06:27 PM   #8
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I was going to vote for the M150/3.5. Very nice lens with the built-in hood and everything. I think there was one for sale in the marketplace recently for a decent price, too. It's an odd focal length, but I quite like mine.


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