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Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*
« on: July 26, 2014, 10:21:35 AM »

Dustin Abbott, a friend of Canon Rumors has completed his review of the Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T* in the ZE mount for Canon. The review is pretty glowing for the Zeiss, as one would expect. Dustin directly compared it to the classic Canon EF 135 f/2L and came away with the conclusion that the Zeiss is optically better, though for twice the price it should be. However, the missing AF in the Zeiss is a big deal when comparing the two.


Says Dustin: “Will it be replacing my 135L? Probably not. Until I shot with the Zeiss I thought the performance of the 135L was fantastic, and I will still enjoying shooting with it. I knew that the Zeiss would be better before I did the review, although I was surprised by just how noticeably better it was in head to head comparison. But for many of the applications that I use the 135L in, I need the AF. But I’m also not a full time professional photographer, and frankly, there are a few higher priorities for that kind of money in my kit at the moment. I’ll keep using my trusty Canon, but I will cherish the images that I took with the Zeiss. And one day, there WILL be a Zeiss lens in my kit. They are just too good.”


Read the full review | Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T* at B&H Photo


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Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*
« on: July 26, 2014, 10:21:35 AM »

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Re: Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2014, 10:32:34 AM »
If only Zeiss made AF Canon lenses.  :P

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« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2014, 10:51:24 AM »
If only Zeiss made AF Canon lenses.  :P

I think I can safely say that all of us agree with you on that point.  This lens with AF and IS would be worth $3000+.  It is crazy good optically.
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Re: Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2014, 11:03:27 AM »
Nice review.  I was reading along and going "meh, they are pretty similar" until I got to the crop of the dandelion.  That one made me mad because I own the 135L.  Sigh.

On a different note, have you done a review of your 14mm f2.8?  My kid is getting into night photography and he needs something wider.

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« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2014, 11:12:45 AM »
Nice review.  I was reading along and going "meh, they are pretty similar" until I got to the crop of the dandelion.  That one made me mad because I own the 135L.  Sigh.

On a different note, have you done a review of your 14mm f2.8?  My kid is getting into night photography and he needs something wider.

I thought the exact same thing until I actually compared the two side by side.  The micro-contrast in the Zeiss just kills the 135L.  I mean, kills it.

I did review the 14mm f/2.8:  you can find the review here:  http://dustinabbott.net/2013/10/rokinon-14mm-f2-8-wide-angle-review/
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Re: Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2014, 11:24:35 AM »
I've been attracted to the Zeiss lenses on a number of occasions, but, regrettably the truth is I've never been that good at manually focusing, even in the days before AF  :-[

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« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2014, 11:31:56 AM »
On a different note, have you done a review of your 14mm f2.8?  My kid is getting into night photography and he needs something wider.

I did review the 14mm f/2.8:  you can find the review here:  http://dustinabbott.net/2013/10/rokinon-14mm-f2-8-wide-angle-review/

Thanks so much, exactly what I was looking for.

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Re: Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*
« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2014, 11:42:19 AM »
Very nice review. Thank you for the time you have spent on it.
I am really impressed of the detail the Zeis lens captures like in the crop of the dandelion. Still I will hold on to my 135L obviously AF is an important reason.

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Re: Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*
« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2014, 11:47:32 AM »
Excellent review Dustin.

I am also impressed by the details that the Zeiss lens captures.

Thanks for the review.

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Re: Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*
« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2014, 12:12:26 PM »
I've been attracted to the Zeiss lenses on a number of occasions, but, regrettably the truth is I've never been that good at manually focusing, even in the days before AF  :-[

I hear you.  I would be interested in trying replacing the focusing screen in one of my 6D bodies with one more suited to manual focus.  I do enjoy using vintage lenses a lot, and if I did invest in Zeiss glass I think I would change the screen in one body and use it primarily for manual focus.
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Re: Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2014, 12:12:43 PM »
On a different note, have you done a review of your 14mm f2.8?  My kid is getting into night photography and he needs something wider.

I did review the 14mm f/2.8:  you can find the review here:  http://dustinabbott.net/2013/10/rokinon-14mm-f2-8-wide-angle-review/

Thanks so much, exactly what I was looking for.

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Re: Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*
« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2014, 12:13:46 PM »
Very nice review. Thank you for the time you have spent on it.
I am really impressed of the detail the Zeis lens captures like in the crop of the dandelion. Still I will hold on to my 135L obviously AF is an important reason.

Excellent review Dustin.

I am also impressed by the details that the Zeiss lens captures.

Thanks for the review.

Thanks for the feedback from both of you!  The 135L is not a bad consolation prize at all!
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Re: Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*
« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2014, 12:21:12 PM »
I rent this lens to test with my Sony a7r = killer for portrait.
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« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2014, 12:36:01 PM »
I rent this lens to test with my Sony a7r = killer for portrait.


I would appreciate to see some of those portraits....if possible....thanks

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« Reply #14 on: July 26, 2014, 12:46:03 PM »
I rent this lens to test with my Sony a7r = killer for portrait.


I would appreciate to see some of those portraits....if possible....thanks

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« Reply #14 on: July 26, 2014, 12:46:03 PM »