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Out of curiousity, what qualities of the APO-sonnar would you want in 1:1 that other excellent APO-macro lenses cannot give you?
* Best of the best sharpness.
* Great bokeh.
* Real APO.
* Excellent color reproduction.
* Native Nikon mount (I don't want to work with adapters).
* Great build quality.
* No plastics.
* No electronics that can and eventually will fail.
* No IS or VR.
* Great service (Zeiss has excellent service, for Voigtlander f.e. I don't know if they still service the 125/2.5 and about Leica I didn't read that much good about their service).
* It must be a current type (not a type that is out of production).
Well, this is it.
Recently I bought the Nikon 200/4 AFD Micro, because I now don't expect Zeiss to come with a new macro in short notice. While it is not APO, it is exceptionally good corrected with execellent sharpness. Most of the points I mention above are fulfilled with this Nikon. And it was "only" 950 euros (100% like new secondhand sample), while good alternatives easily cost the double.
Edited on Feb 06, 2014 at 04:05 PM · View previous versions