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| p.1 #11 · Zeiss 135/2 APO available for pre-order at B&H |
Lee Saxon wrote:
135 1.8 is a great lens, no doubt. Hard to believe there's all that much room for improvement. Especially since the price difference isn't huge (yes, the 135 1.8 is AF, but it's screw drive [no expensive internal focus motor] so that probably doesn't affect price enormously).
I don't know the 135/1.8, but believe there is room for improvement anyway. Improvements are of all times.
In the Contax days, I considered the P100/2 to be my best lens. The MP100/2 is a noticeable improvement in terms of raw optical performance. The new AS135/2, in turn, outperforms the MP100/2, although the latter lens still has better correction of lateral chromatic aberration. Clearly the APO designation of the new lens concerns longitudinal CA. In comparison with the P135/2 for Contax, the improvement offered by the AS135/2 is astronomical.
I never understood why so many people rate lenses with a 10 in the review section of FM. Apparently they are under the impression that further improvements are not possible. However, improvements are of all times. I will skip the ApoSonnar and just grab the SuperApoSonnar in the new Zeiss lens line.