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Re: Zeiss APO Sonnar T 135mm f2.0 ZE
« Reply #15 on: October 11, 2014, 02:58:38 PM »
Great shots, Eldar! Since you also have Zeiss 85 Otus, have you done any comparison with Zeiss 135 side-by-side in terms of sharpness, general IQ? How comfortable are you handholding and focusing with both these lenses?
I think (and this is a rare occasion) the DxO test of this lens up against the Otus 55 and 85 told a significant story, provide you skip their final score. Read the individual tests and you´ll see that the 135 may have deserved the highest overall score.

I firmly believe that if this 135/2.0 had been wrapped in Otus mechanics, everyone would think it was an Otus and pay $4500 for it. Sharpness, color, bokeh, CA, you name it, this lens performs. I have not done a structured head to head comparison between the 85 and this, but I am sure it would perform just as well. I´d give the Otus a minor advantage on mechanics, but that may be just a matter of taste. From a price/performance perspective, the 135/2.0 beats the Otus by quite a margin.
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Re: Zeiss APO Sonnar T 135mm f2.0 ZE
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Re: Zeiss APO Sonnar T 135mm f2.0 ZE
« Reply #16 on: October 11, 2014, 03:04:38 PM »
Great shots, Eldar! Since you also have Zeiss 85 Otus, have you done any comparison with Zeiss 135 side-by-side in terms of sharpness, general IQ? How comfortable are you handholding and focusing with both these lenses?
To your other question, regarding manual focus. Almost all the images I have posted of the Otus 55, Otus 85 and this 135 has been shot wide open. They all have very shallow DOF. If you disregard some of the comparison shots I did with the 55 and the Sigma 50 Art, and a few long exposure shots, all shots have been hand held.

With the Ec-S precision focusing screen in the 1DX, I find it quite easy to focus manually and my keeper rate is high. I have a long photography history pre the auto focus era though. It requires practice, but it should not deter any from getting these lenses. They simply do something with how you shoot images. But to shoot wide open, you do need a precision focusing screen.
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Re: Zeiss APO Sonnar T 135mm f2.0 ZE
« Reply #17 on: October 11, 2014, 04:20:15 PM »
Here are a couple tripod mounted shots of my next door creek. We had some rain and then it cleared and a full moon came out. I went down to try to catch the extra current from the rain, lit by the moonlight. In general I am not very fond of long water exposures, because it makes water look like thick oil or a silk cloth. And these two images sort of exemplifies my point. The first is in my view a much better images than the second (none of them are really good, but I wanted to prove a point) one, because it has a lot more energy in the water. Judge for yourself.

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Re: Zeiss APO Sonnar T 135mm f2.0 ZE
« Reply #18 on: October 11, 2014, 04:21:52 PM »
Here´s number 2, where I wanted to have more DOF and thus got a much longer shutter speed.

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Re: Zeiss APO Sonnar T 135mm f2.0 ZE
« Reply #19 on: October 11, 2014, 04:37:29 PM »
Lovely shots, thanks for your responses  :)

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Re: Zeiss APO Sonnar T 135mm f2.0 ZE
« Reply #20 on: October 11, 2014, 09:50:26 PM »
I also had one from the Iceland trip. In my view a very cool landscape, with a very prehistoric look.

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That's an awesome landscape.

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Re: Zeiss APO Sonnar T 135mm f2.0 ZE
« Reply #20 on: October 11, 2014, 09:50:26 PM »