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Justin Stone
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Out of curiosity, which adapter are you or others using for CY mount to E mount?

Thanks!

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That's exact my set up. The Contax VS 100-300 is my go-to telephoto landscape lens whenever the ZM 85 is too short.
In the past, I have used 135mm primes for landscape but find myself using 100, 200 and 300mm quite often which makes a high quality zoom more desirable for my needs.

The VC 100-300 is very hard to beat in color, contrast and resolution even against the native Sony tele zooms. I highly recommend this lens!
My copy is sharp to the edges wide open at 100-150mm.
200mm needs f/5.6 for crisply edges and 300mm needs f/8 which is not
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Apr 11, 2017 at 06:15 PM
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Justin Stone wrote:
Out of curiosity, which adapter are you or others using for CY mount to E mount?

Thanks!


I'm using the Leitax Nikon to E-mount adapter. It's solid and only weights about 50 grams.
Novoflex is also a great choice although a bit heavier.



Apr 11, 2017 at 06:25 PM
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Fred Miranda wrote:
I'm using the Leitax Nikon to E-mount adapter. It's solid and only weights about 50 grams.
Novoflex is also a great choice.


Another great (premium priced) choice is Kindai/Rayqual. A little lighter than Novoflex but same precision, and an excellent set of light baffles and masks.



Apr 11, 2017 at 08:52 PM
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AGeoJO wrote:
Fred, that makes sense. I venture to guess that the main reason for Sony not to do it because of the dated AF motor/system of the lens itself. I had that lens for a few years. Optically, it is awesome, well, it has some LoCA issues but it can be fixed and for portraits, it doesn't matter much, if any. Sony has to tweak the optics a bit to reduce the LoCA issue, and more importantly put in a new AF motor/system and the new Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM is born and ready for prime time! As far as
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Until we see a 135GM, there are two great options for those who prefer 135mm with native auto-focus functionality: (EyeAF and all Lock-AF functions)

*Sigma 135/1.8 + MC-11: Should be a better choice for those who favor speed over weight while still retaining "native" AF functionality through the adapter. It seems to be well corrected for aberrations (Not as good as the Batis) and great resolution/contrast (Probably similar to the Batis at same apertures). Full AF functions including EyeAF but some reports of hunting at certain distances. With the adapter it's $1,650 ($350 less compared to Batis).
Weight: 1,300g (with MC-11 adapter) making it more than twice as heavy as the Batis. (615g)

*Batis 135/2.8 APO: The only choice for whose who prioritize weight over speed with native AF. It's a bit more than a stop slower but seems to be better corrected for aberrations with slighter higher resolution/contrast across the field. (both wide open). They should be very similar in terms of IQ at f/2.8 which is quite an amazing feat. The major compromise is the lower background blur due to the smaller aperture.



Apr 17, 2017 at 03:27 PM
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Love the bokeh and drawing style of the ZA 135/1.8!
That lens is special for portraits.



Apr 18, 2017 at 03:52 AM
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In case someone wants to see some more samples and a brief review in Japanese:

http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/review/special/1055625.html

Personally, I love the way this lens draws. The price is a real heartbreaker



Apr 21, 2017 at 01:52 AM
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The last sample pic is indeed really nice


Apr 21, 2017 at 02:37 AM
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I love the Google translations: "Batis 2.8 / 135 has the impression that it is an omnidirectional ski lens"


Apr 21, 2017 at 02:56 AM
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From the review. This image is a CA torture test and the lens did an amazing job. I can only imagine how my 55/1.8 would fare here.

http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/img/dcw/docs/1055/625/23.jpg



Apr 21, 2017 at 03:07 AM
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Fred Miranda wrote:
From the review. This image is a CA torture test and the lens did an amazing job. I can only imagine how my 55/1.8 would fare here.

http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/img/dcw/docs/1055/625/23.jpg


Wow that would be a SLOCA fest with any lens I know; even the APO Sonnar f2 would display green fringing on the background balls.



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DavidBM wrote:
Wow that would be a SLOCA fest with any lens I know; even the APO Sonnar f2 would display green fringing on the background balls.


This picture is making consider this lens now!



Apr 21, 2017 at 04:32 AM
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Water sparkles in sunlight is a torture test, for sure. That's about the best color correction I've ever seen: no TCA, no LCA, no defocus fringing. For fringing, the taxing area is by subject's feet when the sparkles are just going out of focus.



Apr 21, 2017 at 07:55 AM
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Fred Miranda wrote:
From the review. This image is a CA torture test and the lens did an amazing job. I can only imagine how my 55/1.8 would fare here.

http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/img/dcw/docs/1055/625/23.jpg


This is very impressive. And this in an AF lens. The only real competiton I know of are the Voigtländer Apo Lanthars, but I think the Batis 135 is better.



Apr 21, 2017 at 09:56 AM
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Are these shipping any time soon? Europe first?


Apr 21, 2017 at 10:19 AM
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Fred Miranda wrote:
From the review. This image is a CA torture test and the lens did an amazing job. I can only imagine how my 55/1.8 would fare here.

http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/img/dcw/docs/1055/625/23.jpg


I agree that the virtually absence of LoCA in that image is impressive but how do we know that it wasn't somehow reduced/minimized in PP? If it is minor to begin with, and it is an APO lens, it can be done more easily, right? I am not talking the Batis 135mm down, BTW. With that said, I could imagine how it would look like had the 55mm f/1.8 been used under those conditions.



Apr 21, 2017 at 04:04 PM
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AGeoJO wrote:
I agree that the virtually absence of LoCA in that image is impressive but how do we know that it wasn't somehow reduced/minimized in PP? If it is minor to begin with, and it is an APO lens, it can be done more easily, right? I am not talking the Batis 135mm down, BTW. With that said, I could imagine how it would look like had the 55mm f/1.8 been used under those conditions.


I think it's unlikely the reviewer reduced LoCA in post but anything is possible.



Apr 21, 2017 at 04:08 PM
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Another review with some beautiful samples, in my opinion.

https://news.mapcamera.com/KASYAPA.php?itemid=30695

To me, the rendering looks very different from the Sigma 135. And I love it.

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Apr 23, 2017 at 12:58 AM
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floppy86 wrote:
https://news.mapcamera.com/KASYAPA.php?itemid=30695

To me, the rendering looks very different from the Sigma 135. And I love it.


I was wondering about close up with that minimum focusing distance. These shots help. Thanks




Apr 23, 2017 at 01:18 AM
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floppy86 wrote:
Another review in Japanese with some beautiful samples, in my opinion.

https://news.mapcamera.com/KASYAPA.php?itemid=30695

To me, the rendering looks very different from the Sigma 135. And I love it.


Beautiful shots. Love the creamy bokeh.
It will be nice to see more photos in the wild from larger numbers of real-life users.



Apr 23, 2017 at 01:21 AM
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I got to try the Batis 135 at NAB. Other than some cat's eye bokeh, and the bokeh perhaps not being buttery smooth, there's nothing at all to complain about. In every other respect, the image quality is spectacular. It reminded me of the 50/1.4, in that the color/contrast/sharpness of the images are striking, even when simply viewed through the viewfinder (I consider the 50/1.4 to be one of the technically best e-mount lenses, and it feels like the 135 can rival it). No onion rings, zero CA or LoCA wide open, and of course amazing sharpness. It balances very well on the camera.

I don't have a burning need for a 135, but I'm very tempted by this lens. I definitely liked it more after having the opportunity to actually try it.

A Zeiss representative told me that it'll be available next month, although "supply will initially be constrained" (surprise surprise).



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