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johnahill
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Manual 135mm Lenses


Hi All
I have a Zeiss ZE 135 Apo which I love but don't use that much due to a number of reasons (seize/weight and malfunctions with the Metabones adapter).

So to get around the metabones issue (either I have a bad one or it's miscommunicating due to flex in my A7r mount), what are the good 135 manual lenses out there?

I have Contax, Leica R and Nikon mount adapters all ready so those mounts would be preferred.

Lets say upto $500 which rules out the obvious Leica Apo-Telyt




Oct 04, 2016 at 11:15 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Manual 135mm Lenses


The obvious solution is the Samyang (Rokinon) 135/2 which comes in E-mount and has drawn comparison with the Zeiss. An absolutely stunning lens for very little money.


Oct 04, 2016 at 11:22 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Manual 135mm Lenses


yes been thinking about the Samyang, I wonder if the native mount may be a bit heavy for my A7r without tripod mount


Oct 04, 2016 at 11:25 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Manual 135mm Lenses


yes been thinking about the Samyang, I wonder if the native mount may be a bit heavy for my A7r without tripod mount


Oct 04, 2016 at 11:25 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Manual 135mm Lenses


It might be on the a7r. Best to check it out first. I only use mine hand-held on an a7r ii and cart it around on a Black Rapid strap with no thought about the mount


Oct 04, 2016 at 11:35 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Manual 135mm Lenses


I love my Zeiss APO 135mm...it's the nikon ZF.2 version.

manually entering the exif data isn't as bad as I thought it would be because I take less shots with the lens because when I do take a shot and I'm only using manual focus it's going to be a keeper.

my first manual lens with no electronics...I'm hooked I just ordered a nikkor 50mm 1.2 all manual focus.

I honestly think this lens is possibly the sharpest thing I've ever seen, but the samyung(Rokinon) is the only option I can think of if you're jumping the ship for that set price. a review comparing the milvius 135mm to the apo 135mm and the samyang(Rokinon) 135mm. basically without pixel peeping bokeh is a little different and the color is different.

http://www.thephoblographer.com/2016/09/08/review-zeiss-135mm-f2-milvus-canon-ef/#.V_OdBJMrJcA






Oct 04, 2016 at 12:16 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Manual 135mm Lenses


I have the Rok 135 in F mount, and its performance is unreal, meaning it edges out the CZ 135/2. It is pretty darn heavy, although workable on my A7ii if I were inclined to mount it. The A7/A7R mount might be a real issue.


Oct 04, 2016 at 01:38 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Manual 135mm Lenses


I had the Rok in the e mount. Thing is a laser, no weight issues on the A7r II.

Seriously as far as sharpness it beats the Zeiss but bokeh and such it does not. It's a big lens though.


I would not mind buying it again



Oct 04, 2016 at 01:50 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Manual 135mm Lenses


I might go for the canon mount one and use it on the metabones with the tripod mount, should work fine in 'dumb' mode.The issue I have is that the metabones loses communication with the lens and aperture reads f-, this wont be a problem with an aperture ring.


Oct 04, 2016 at 01:51 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Manual 135mm Lenses


Unless you have Canons lying around why not just get the E mount. No adapter needed


https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1110674-REG/rokinon_135m_e_135mm_f_2_0_lens_for.html


You really don't need a tripod collar so using a meta bones is a waste with its tripod adapter



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Manual 135mm Lenses


Tair-11A


Oct 04, 2016 at 02:32 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Manual 135mm Lenses


John.
The Nikon AIS 135 F2.8 is highly praised by many, and you have the E adapter.



Oct 04, 2016 at 03:13 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Manual 135mm Lenses


Take a look at Leica 135 F4 M lens. Works well for me and it is small and light, as long as you are not shooting indoors, it works well. Novoflex adapter is thin and of good quality. I tried one of the cheap adapters, and damn near could not get it off the lens the first time I tried it.


Oct 04, 2016 at 03:15 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Manual 135mm Lenses


The Contax 135/2.8 is fairly inexpensive and not too big. The MM version is supposed to be a bit better. I had the AEJ and it was sharp with great bokeh, just didn't use it much.


Oct 04, 2016 at 03:33 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Manual 135mm Lenses


GMPhotography wrote:
Unless you have Canons lying around why not just get the E mount. No adapter needed

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1110674-REG/rokinon_135m_e_135mm_f_2_0_lens_for.html

You really don't need a tripod collar so using a meta bones is a waste with its tripod adapter


The main reason for wanting a tripod collar was to avoid putting too much torque/stress on the a7r lens mount which is rumoured to be weak



Oct 04, 2016 at 05:13 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Manual 135mm Lenses


The A7r yes but you can install a tough mount which I did and worked very well. I think they are 60 dollars. I would replace it regardless , I wore my original mount out. The plastic was very worn when I replaced mine.


Oct 04, 2016 at 05:18 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Manual 135mm Lenses


I currently have the Leica Elmarit-R 135/2.8, Leica Tele-Elmar-M 135/4 (pre-built in hood), and the CY Sonnar 135/2.8. The Leicas are generally at their best mid-to-infinity stopped down to f/5.6. The Sonar's a better portrait lens (better bokeh, same gentle focus transitions, best wide open). I'm selling my copy of the Sonnar (since I have a ZF version of the APO-Sonnar) and will likely sell the Elmarit-R if I can get over the idea of selling one of the Mandler lenses. The Tele-Elmar is my choice for a solid all-arounder that's small and relatively light.


Oct 04, 2016 at 06:05 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Manual 135mm Lenses


I have the Rokinon 135/2 in Emount and it is my favorite lens. I also sold a Canon 6D and Sigma 35/1.4 that I loved, but that I decided was too large as a combo. So I won't touch the Sony Zeiss 35/1.4 (variability aside). And, the Samyang/Rokinon is similarly impossible to use with a wrist strap (for me), but there's something about it that makes me not care. I love it enough that I'll use my BlackRapid with this one lens on my camera and be happy.


Oct 04, 2016 at 07:01 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Manual 135mm Lenses


Not much help for ZE vsn, but for ZF.2 I'd speak to David Llado about this Otus level lens, to ensure it can be mounted with a Leitax to become an A mount lens; then use an LA-EA3. You get the tripod foot, and it adds just 160 grams.

The A mount also makes the lens very appealing to new a99II buyers as well, and can reversed quickly and easily for Nikon. Looks like you can also go straight from ZF.2 to E but - no tripod foot, which is critical in a7r, which was designed as a small lens camera to a greater extent than the later model. You won't find a better 135mm from anyone, especially for landscapes. It's one of Zeiss's best four lenses.

http://www.leitax.com/Voigtlander-lens-for-Sony-cameras.html
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1008165-REG/sony_laea3_a_mount_to_e_mount_lens.html
http://www.leitax.com/Nikon-lenses-for-SonyE-cameras.html



Oct 04, 2016 at 09:44 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Manual 135mm Lenses


If you could stretch to a bit more, you could find a used Minolta (not Sony, as they run for a bit more) 135/2.8 STF. Its a gem.

I went through this same struggle, and I went cheap and cheerful. I got the Minolta MD 135/2.8 with the 4/4 design. It was under $70. I had the Sony CZ135/1.8. While it was amazing, it was just so enormous, I didn't use it enough. But, wow, what a lens.

Another option to consider is the lovely Minolta AF Maxxum (Dynax in Europe) 135/2.8. It is selling for dirt cheap. You could get it and the LA-EA4 for under $500.



Oct 04, 2016 at 09:54 PM
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