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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
« Reply #15 on: October 11, 2014, 02:58:38 PM »

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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 #21 on: February 17, 2015, 03:26:38 PM »
One from yesterday - off hwy 26 sort of +/- 20 miles SE from Mt. Hood )
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Re: Zeiss APO Sonnar T 135mm f2.0 ZE
« Reply #21 on: February 17, 2015, 03:26:38 PM »

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Re: Zeiss APO Sonnar T 135mm f2.0 ZE
« Reply #22 on: August 08, 2015, 06:21:12 PM »
Hello - I've been lurking here for some months and decided to join the fun.

A little about myself:  I have been a 4x5 and 617 panoramic photographer for many years (mostly landscape); I have had a Canon DSLR for a long time, but never for "serious use". When the 5DSR was announced, I preordered one with the thought that it might be good enough for me to give up shooting film with 4x5 and 617. After weeks of testing, I decided that it would replace my large cameras, which are now being sold.

I'm in the process of replacing most of my older Canon lenses with Zeiss primes. Here are a few images from the flower garden, using the 135/2. It's certainly a marvelous lens and I see myself using it frequently!

EDIT: 3 photos immediately following this post.
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Re: Zeiss APO Sonnar T 135mm f2.0 ZE
« Reply #23 on: August 08, 2015, 11:40:51 PM »
Aha! Thanks to the moderator who suggested reducing image size.

A garden coneflower with visitor; 5DSR, Zeiss 135/2 at f/2.

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Re: Zeiss APO Sonnar T 135mm f2.0 ZE
« Reply #24 on: August 08, 2015, 11:42:15 PM »
Same coneflower sans visitor, from a slightly different angle.

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Re: Zeiss APO Sonnar T 135mm f2.0 ZE
« Reply #25 on: August 08, 2015, 11:43:27 PM »
One more for now - the yellow coneflowers that create the wash of color behind the pink flower of the other photos.

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Re: Zeiss APO Sonnar T 135mm f2.0 ZE
« Reply #26 on: October 05, 2015, 06:30:13 PM »
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Re: Zeiss APO Sonnar T 135mm f2.0 ZE
« Reply #27 on: April 04, 2016, 12:57:58 PM »
Thanks to all for sharing!  :)
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Re: Zeiss APO Sonnar T 135mm f2.0 ZE
« Reply #27 on: April 04, 2016, 12:57:58 PM »

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Re: Zeiss APO Sonnar T 135mm f2.0 ZE
« Reply #28 on: April 04, 2016, 03:01:28 PM »
Thanks all for sharing your art!

I started my love for Zeiss lenses with the 21mm f2.8. That has evolved ultimately into the 50 MP, 100MP and finally the 135mm APO Sonnar. I really like all of these. I use them with the 6D although they work great with the 5D3. I have the alternate focusing screen on the 6D.

Since the 135mm is the hardest of all to nail focus, I tried a test handheld using just the viewfinder (ignoring the focus confirmation), using the focus confirmation beep and red glow on the focusing point and finally live view at the highest magnification. Upon working up the 3 images and really enlarging, I could not tell any appreciable difference between them. I believe that the auto-confirm operates pretty much like auto-focus does only you are the motor and you have the wonderful long-throw focus ring...why I gave up my Canon 100 L macro and got the Zeiss.

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Re: Zeiss APO Sonnar T 135mm f2.0 ZE
« Reply #28 on: April 04, 2016, 03:01:28 PM »