Nikon D800 + 200f2 vs. Leica M9: Engagement Shoot.. which do you prefer?

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Nikon D800 + 200f2 vs. Leica M9: Engagement Shoot.. which do you prefer?


I use my Leica M9 for 95% of my photography including wedding photography but I sometimes wonder if I should still take the big bulky heavy Nikkor 200mm f2 AI-s (that fills a rucksack on it's own and weighs more than all my Leica gear put together!) for those 'Money shots'!

So.. I thought I would do a test.

I did a mock engagement shoot at Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire and took along two models.

Here are the results. One page for each camera. Both cameras were shot in B&W JPEG mode.

To summarise the Nikon D800 is 36MP and the Nikkor 200mm f2 AI-s is one of the best Nikon mount lenses ever made. The Leica M9 is 18MP and I was using it again with some of the best Leica M mount lenses ever made - Leica Summilux ASPH 50 f1.4, Leica Summicron 90mm f2 and Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2 ASPH ii. Both cameras shot at lowest ISO setting.

Leica M9 engagement photos:

Nikon D800 engagement photos:

Which set of photos you prefer?

The 200f2 is a nice lens but I did not see that big a wow factor vs the Leica M glass. Personally I prefer the M9 rendering and now wonder if I really need to take the extra Nikon camera bag to each wedding (for the 200f2).

*The 200 f2 was stopped down to f4-5.6 for some shots as I was using strobes and don't have bin lin sized ND filters! (So bokeh not quite as creamy).


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Matt (MatthewOsbornePhotography)
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