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Nice shots, Saph! Just my opinion, but the first shot would look really great in BW(IMO), and the last is really painterly!! What fantastic bokeH!!
I'm curious...why does everyone say the 3.4/180 APO is better than the 2.8/180?? Been looking at those on the bay, and prices reflect that too!! Anyone can chime in on that answer, btw!
Gregg, there are 3 versions of the 180/2.8: the first and very heavy one, with built-in tripod-socket, is supposed to be the weakest performer. The second version (E67) is a good to very good performer from what I have heard. The Apo-Elmarit 180/2.8 is one of the finest lenses ever made, but quite rare and expensive compared to the "old" Apo-Telyt 180/3.4. The Apo-Telyt was designed for great distances and won't focus as close as the other 180's, if memory serves (MFD of the Apo-Telyt is 2.5 meters).
I have the 180/3.4 and it's performance is excellent if the nut behind the camera is acting carefully.