Photokina - Zeiss 135mm/2.0 - test shots

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Leon Obers
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Photokina - Zeiss 135mm/2.0 - test shots
Sep 22, 2012

Thursday I was at Photokina and visit the Zeiss stand. As in previous years they had a stage set-up with flowers etc. and Nikon and Canon camera's suited with Zeiss glass. (Also Sony NEX camera's fit with Zeiss glass). You can try out and use your own memory cards to take images.

O man what a lens is that new Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 135mm F2

By the APO design, it is corrected so well for chromatic aberrations. Specially the longitudinal CA is corrected well as it has this APO designation. The color shift in out of focus regions, as red/purple in front, and greenish in background blur as many fast lenses do exhibit (even older Zeiss lenses), this new lens practically is nearly absent if none, even at full wide aperture. Only by taking a shot into a light-pot at the roof with high blown-out clipping, a tiny trace of minor errors could be seen. By the high correction, the contrast and natural color rendering gives a high "3-D" appearance, that few lenses exhibit, if none till yet in this degree.

IMO this lens is even a (far) class better in quality than the Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 100mm F2 already is.

Shots were taken with a Nikon D3s. ALL FULL WIDE OPEN ( F2 aperture)

RAW-files, Picture Control setting "Standard" in Nikon Capture NX2 changed to "Neutral". Nothing changed further, only resized or cropped plus extra adequate unsharp masking is done.

Keep in mind the very tiny depth of field by the wide open aperture.

Just a tiny area in front or back at the focus point is not sharp any more as possible.

1a

1b Look at the ridges of the lens focus ring.

2a

2b Look at the ridges of the lens focus ring. The side of the Zeiss rangefinder camera is already out of focus, but doesn't exhibit the blue red-purple color fringing at glossy metal as other lenses do.

Comparison to a Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 100mm F2 at full wide opening.

The subject is a D700 plus Zeiss 21mm/2.8 lens. (Image at about 50% cropped). Look at the blueish/purple color shift at high glossy metal ring of the Zeiss 21mm lens. And opposite to the greenish metal accessory hot-shoe of the Nikon D700

5P Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 100mm F2 at full wide opening

The following examples taken with a Nikon D3s. ALL FULL WIDE OPEN ( F2 aperture)

RAW-files, Picture Control setting "Standard". Nothing changed further, images are right of the box. Only resized or cropped plus extra adequate unsharp masking is done for web-use.

Keep in mind the restrictions at the Zeiss stand. Camera's are locked by cable. (camera lens unlock button secured by a glued cap). Composition of images is not done in best way. By the crowd and many usage, camera's are set in different settings, ocular correction maybe off. Lenses are not cleaned up well etc.

See the fantastic 3-D rendering and high quality in color plus the smooth out of focus areas / bokeh.

3. - Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 135mm F2 at full wide aperture opening.

4. - Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 135mm F2 at full wide aperture opening.
(This image do have a small exposure correction in Nikon Capture NX2 of 0.2 EV).

5. - Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 135mm F2 at full wide aperture opening.

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