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Several of us have posted Zeiss 135 images over on the ZE/ZF/ZM official thread. I forgot this thread was started.
I've been using the lens extensively since April 9, especially for artifact and flower photography. I'm extremely pleased with what I get from the 135/2. It ranks right up there with the Coastal Optics 60 APO and the Hartblei 80 in image quality, although it would probably take me six months to make a hard, fast comparison there. Only those highly specialized lenses, one (Coastal) custom made and fantastically color corrected, the other with German Zeiss glass (Hartblei) have image quality and bokeh in that league, but the Hartblei is very cumbersome to use and the Coastal has a much wider field of view. Both are considerably more expensive. In my artifact work I quickly discovered the 135/2 works amazingly well with the latest version of Helicon Focus, which gives the photographer the ability to "paint in" the depth of field he or she wants, without sacrificing the sharpness, clarity, separation from background and bokeh of smaller apertures.
I'll post some images here in the future, but for now, the first dozen or so images in this slideshow should provide an idea of what the lens can do with HF and -- with and without Helicon Focus -- in uniform, soft light conditions. The low light images in the series are shot that way deliberately, to keep very bright reflective white objects from blowing out or effecting the rest of the frame, and, hopefully, to pull out the very best color the lens can deliver.