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Zeiss ZE/ZF.2 Apo Sonnar T* 135mm f/2 : Specifications and Opinions


Zeiss ZE/ZF.2 Apo Sonnar T* 135mm f/2

The Zeiss ZE/ZF.2 Apo Sonnar T* 135mm f/2 is a tele lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 2012 to 2016 (discontinued). The focus is done by Manual Focus, it does not have image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 1600 €;
18 users have given it an average vote of 10.0 out of 10.


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 Specifications
 Focal lenght   135 mm
 Angle of view   18.2°
 Format   FF, APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/2.0
 Aperture blades   9
 Lenses/Groups   11 elements in 8 groups
 Min. focus distance   0.80 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.25x

 Features
 Stabilization   No
 Focus   Manual Focus
 Internal AF   Yes
 Full Time MF   Yes

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   No
 Extenders   No
 Filters   77 mm
 Lens hood   Yes (not supplied)
 Weather sealing   No
 Weight   930 g
 Dimensions   84 x 130 mm
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avatarjunior
sent on March 19, 2019

Pros: Everything you've always dreamed of in a lens, and all together!

Cons: Little stuff, the usual front and back caps not level

Opinion: It is very difficult to review a Zeiss-Cosina, who has never possessed them does not have valid terms of comparison, then quibble on the 135 Apo Sonnar without using Hyperbolas is really a feat! We simply Talk about an incredible lens that has no rivals in its focal and perhaps not even in the other, a masterpiece of optics and mechanics that can make you fall in love even those who do not like the manual MAF. The sharpness is already astonishing to TA, and from edge to edge, leaves really open-mouthed! The colors are the absolutely natural of Zeiss with nuances that manage to move, the bokeh is textbook. Try to imagine the sharpness of the Nikon 200 F 2 coupled to the fuzzy creamy and silky of the Nikon 85 F 1.4 AFD, add a color palette that more realistic you can not, and here you are in the hands of the 135 Apo Sonnar! Do not look for comparisons, there is nothing like this, not the good 135 Art or the excellent Nikon 105 f 1.4, let alone the Nikon Defocus that the comparison are Knick. The Price is relatively high but absolutely beneficial if we think about quality. Handling The Ring of MAF is a thing of initiates, it is demultiplied to make an incredible and very soft, fluid all'unlikely, a pleasure in absolute. Lastly, I wholeheartedly recommend the Classic series, at least for this model. The MAF Ring of the Milvus, accomplices the O-rings of tropicalization, is slightly less soft, less lustful, and this also has its importance. For Those who are already Zeiss users I spend only two words: this lens is better than the phenomenal albeit 100 Makro Planar, and I don't add anything else...

avatarjunior
sent on November 05, 2018

Pros: Stunning! A scalpel! Sharpness out of the common parameters, real color rendition, for those who love the background blur: a cream. No kind of disturbance or distortion, very precise fire ring, sliding but not sled: a real, massive jewel!

Cons: As far as I am concerned: Requires 6d machine switching to 5DSR and purchase Zacuto Pro 3x Viewfinder!

Opinion: The dream for years... Arrived today, November 5, 2018 (now it is difficult to find new, 2 orders, two refunds for supplier left without... The third is gone). It makes an impression already as object: really massive and built according to perfect Deutsche Optische technologie, even if Made in Japan. Proven, alas I will have to change machine, since I love pushing the equipment to the limit... and for precise focus closer will need a zacuto 3x viewfinder. Proven with Kenko Pro 300 DGX 1.4 x multiplier and I find myself a monstrous 189 mm! The Blur is noted, the shots freehand will be reduced in number, no matter... With the extension tubes, even cascading, the macro images are impressive. Reduced depth of field? So what? Program stacking shots Helicon Focus Pro: And it snaps to maximum sharpness, at ISO 100-F 4. Extension Warranty (as if needed...) on Zeiss website. The Mercedes of DSRL lenses? No. The Bugatti.

avatarjunior
sent on May 16, 2018

Pros: Chromatic Rendering, absence of aberrations, contrast and precision in the reproduction of the detail, a delightfully fluid focusing ring, precise at the right point.

Cons: For someone it might be a against manual focus and lack of stabilization, in fact the only cons for me is the cost.

Opinion: Objective to say the least exceptional, in my opinion by far the best 135 mm available on the market, apochromatic and able to make the best both in the portrait and in the landscape. With extension Rings is also used effectively in the macro field and still life. I'm in love with this lens, a must for photography enthusiasts. In This album I collected shots made with Zeiss lenses: https://www.flickr.com/photos/henry62/albums/72157672374854560 in this album The shots made with 135/2 ApoSonnar: https://www.flickr.com/photos/henry62/albums/72157697607109640

avatarjunior
sent on May 16, 2018

Pros: Exceptional optical output, brightness, flawless mechanical fabrication, minimum focus distance

Cons: Nobody

Opinion: I found a used specimen in absolutely new condition at an interesting price and I didn't let it slip. Already from the first test shots I could see an excellent optical yield and now, after a few months, and after using it in the most disparate shooting situations, I can only confirm the high quality of the images that this lens is in can provide. The yield is extremely uniform across the frame and there is no trace of aberrations of any kind. The perfect fluidity and the wide angle of rotation of the focus ring allow an extremely accurate focheggiatura. The electronic rangefinder of my Nikon Df (the "Green Dot" in the viewfinder) provides a sufficiently precise indication for most circumstances; In the most critical cases I use Live View. The lens comes with a beautiful metal lens hood coated internally with Velveteen and equipped with a bayonet mount, which effectively performs its task. It is a lens that I would like to recommend to all those who are looking for a bright medium-tele and with an excellent image quality, and that do not let themselves be intimidated by manual focus.

avatarjunior
sent on August 07, 2017

Pros: Very good image quality in all aspects: high definition, contrast to the right point, macrocotrasto and three dimensionalities combined with great pleasure, vibrant colors but natural and balanced in the lights and shadows ... in short, there is only to be done praises

Cons: If you are looking for a lightweight mediotel, with fast and stabilized autofocus ... that's not it

Opinion: It may seem strange to buy (in the case, however, at half price) a lens of this type to plug it on the Panasonic GH5 and make videos ... but the results are there, too. In video, the manual focus is very good thanks to the large and well friction ring with rotation. But this is just the startling surprise premise, even in close-ups and macros (butterflies, dragonflies, reptiles) exploiting a yield that remains unchanged and always high even at the minimum distance of 80cm (and seems to be missing nothing Also with the extension rings PK11 and PK13, I have the Nikon Attack). This 135 Zeiss is the best goal I have ever used, in some ways even higher than the Leica R 100 macro-apo.rnFrancally now that I know that you can get such a quality and enjoyment of shooting I would do it without you.




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