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Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 135 F2, reviewed by icor1031v2

 
icor1031
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May 02, 2016 16:10 |  #1

My Flickr album: https://www.flickr.com …/albums/7215766​4882098509 (external link)
The first 9 shots were taken with a full-frame body (6D). The next 60(?), I shot with a T3i.

I love this lens; it's absurdly sharp, and gives beautiful bokeh. Going by the measurements I've seen, its quality is equal to my otus, excluding the fact that it doesn't go to f/1.4.
I generally prefer it for the kind of pictures I take, over my Otus - unless I'm doing portraits. Then, I use my Otus 85 or Art 50.

My only complaint about this lens is the excessively tense focusing ring, I would have Much preferred otus-level tension. The ring's placement is good, however.
My low rating for focus is due to this high tension.

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(2) Canon 6D || Zeiss Sonnar 135mm f/2 || Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 || Sigma 85mm f/1.4 || Helios 44-2 58mm f/2 || Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art || Canon 24mm f/2.8 || Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 || (2) Eg-S Focusing Screen
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FTb
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May 03, 2016 22:07 |  #2

icor1031 wrote in post #17993366 (external link)
My only complaint about this lens is the excessively tense focusing ring,


Hmmm, mine is buttery smooth, with just about the perfect amount of tension. I wonder whether the tightness you're experiencing might be sample variation or possibly damage from something like being dropped during shipping.

But I agree it's a lovely lens. The ability to shoot backlit scenes without CA is top drawer.



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Favorite lenses: Canon 16-35 f/4 L IS, 50/1.2L, 85/1.2L II, 135/2L, 70-200L IS II, TS-E 17mm f/4L

  
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icor1031
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May 03, 2016 23:10 |  #3

FTb wrote in post #17995137 (external link)
Hmmm, mine is buttery smooth, with just about the perfect amount of tension. I wonder whether the tightness you're experiencing might be sample variation or possibly damage from something like being dropped during shipping.

But I agree it's a lovely lens. The ability to shoot backlit scenes without CA is top drawer.


I doubt it's damage, because it's smooth.
Great lens. :)


(2) Canon 6D || Zeiss Sonnar 135mm f/2 || Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 || Sigma 85mm f/1.4 || Helios 44-2 58mm f/2 || Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art || Canon 24mm f/2.8 || Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 || (2) Eg-S Focusing Screen
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