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p.2 #1 · Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T* Review


wfrank wrote:
Pre-focus is king.


But not always sufficient.



Feb 06, 2014 at 04:04 PM
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p.2 #2 · Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T* Review


jhinkey wrote:
But not always sufficient.


You think AF is?

In many cases I find pre focus MF to be the only option.


Edited on Feb 06, 2014 at 06:51 PM · View previous versions



Feb 06, 2014 at 05:15 PM
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p.2 #3 · Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T* Review


Zeiss lenses optical performance are nice, but I can't live without AF..
my eyes are getting older and older to do thin DOF MF



Feb 06, 2014 at 05:41 PM
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p.2 #4 · Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T* Review


I have had this lens for several months. It lives on my D800 and like anything we do it takes practise to focus quickly and accurately. 80% if my photos are in focus. I mostly rely on my eyes for focusing and only confirm if there is time with the focus indicator. I am also realistic about shooting moving objects and stopping down.
It is by far my favorite lens, my 200/2 has been sitting on the shelf since I bought the 135.



Feb 06, 2014 at 06:27 PM
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p.2 #5 · Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T* Review


Then there is always the AF version, at f/1.8 it is tad faster but not an APO lens and it is of older design. In addition to that, it is a Sony alpha mount but less expensive....


Feb 06, 2014 at 10:07 PM
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p.2 #6 · Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T* Review


I have had the 135mm ZE for a couple of months now on my 5D3.

Technically it is the best lens I have ever owned. I find it easier to focus than my 100MP ZE, probably because it is higher contrast and better corrected wide open.

I still use my Canon 70-200mm as first choice for most of my paid work for this focal length as getting the shot pays the bills. The Zeiss would be sharper wide open than the 70-200mm stopped down.




Feb 07, 2014 at 12:51 AM
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p.2 #7 · Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T* Review


wiseguy010 wrote:
If it had 1:1 macro capabilities I would have bought it. But for now I don't see much use for it in my situation.


That's how I felt when it came out. Even 1:2 would have been tempting. But I ended up with a Leica-r 100 apo instead, sold my 100 Planar, and haven't looked back since.



Feb 08, 2014 at 05:27 AM
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p.2 #8 · Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T* Review


Hope i can put it on Leica M...135 with F2 is something that you cant image


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p.2 #9 · Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T* Review


geaves wrote:
What about the Zeiss 135 f1.8 in autofocus for Sony?


Have a look at this http://zeissimages.com/showreplies.php?qid=1094



Mar 07, 2014 at 05:08 PM
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p.2 #10 · Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T* Review


The zf is sharper but I like bokeh of the ZA better.


Mar 08, 2014 at 07:02 AM
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p.2 #11 · Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T* Review


Pixel Perfect wrote:
Doesn't matter how sharp the lens is if I can't nail focus.


Oh, the lens can nail the focus on anything, but can you?



Mar 08, 2014 at 10:53 AM
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p.2 #12 · Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T* Review


AhamB wrote:
Oh, the lens can nail the focus on anything, but can you?


Two statements that summarizes my month long experience with this lens. At this point of life, IŽd say that I prefer this marvel of a lens that produce pixel perfect images if I do my part, than blurry images caused by inadequate AF. Unless, of course, you need to blame someone else for you failures.



Mar 08, 2014 at 09:30 PM
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p.2 #13 · Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T* Review


I found the 135/2 ZF to be easier to focus using the focus confirmation dot in my D800 than just about any other lens - I think due to the high contrast and sharpness wide open.
It is, however, much harder to nail the focus at large distances without going into live view (which is a pain). It was actually easy to focus when mounted on my m43 GX7 (talk about a front heavy setup!), but the images were still superb at 100% viewing on my GX7.

At infinity nailing focus is especially difficult due to the high sensitivity of the focus ring. A very slight movement or even pointing the lens downwards and back up again after getting the focus spot on will result in it being not quite in focus - this bit me a couple of times.



Mar 08, 2014 at 09:40 PM
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p.2 #14 · Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T* Review


+1

If your subject isnt moving then focusing isn't too much of a problem. My 135mm is probably easier to focus through the viewfinder than my other Zeiss lenses. Way easier than the 100MP. This is because it is very well corrected at f2.




Mar 09, 2014 at 12:09 AM
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p.2 #15 · Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T* Review


I may be in the old category here - with failing eyes.

And I have zero read zero problem focusing the 135 APO on my D800 E

And it is a joy to hand hold.

And it is definitely not 'heavy'.

Yes it is not cheap. So what ?

I say this because I use it - more than my other lenses.



Mar 19, 2014 at 01:13 AM
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p.2 #16 · Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T* Review


I found focusing with 135 and 100MP are easier than 50MP (all at F2) for full body portrait, I'm using green focus confirmation.



Mar 19, 2014 at 01:45 AM
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