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Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T*

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Review Date: Nov 19, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,100.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: extremely clean and sharp at f:2 (compared to other pro lenses)...the most sharp and crisp stopped down; focus is very easy and precise; extremely high contrast even with backlight/high flare situations
Cons:
slightly heavy, but does balance well

It is absolutely the best lens I have ever used for selective focus environmental portraiture. The contrast of supersharp against very smooth bokeh backgrounds is ideal. The ultra-high contrast and apochromatic color correction produced by this lens allows a more gentle (softer contrast) overall tonality to be used for the image during post-processing. The super-clean color and tonality which results is extremely pleasing. When combined with the Nikon D800e sensor, there is no doubt that this combo will match or beat the quality of most medium format digital.

 
Nikon 58mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor

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Review Date: Nov 15, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,699.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: good image quality over most of field at 1.4, better at 2.0 and excellent thereafter with clean color and high sharpness
Cons:
slight forward focus shift

very fast and reliable autofocus in studio for use with moving subjects (kids); excellent color correction giving extremely clean colors at f 4.0 and beyond; full sharpness/resolution with D800e...... overall best normal, even if a bit pricey.