d800e - and now Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar in my hands

Started Mar 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
RBFresno
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In reply to Astrophotographer 10, Mar 31, 2013

Astrophotographer 10 wrote:

My only concern with this lens is how often would you use 135mm as a focal length? Its a bit specialised.

I suppose I can answer my own question as I have just put a Contax g Zeiss 90mm on a Nex 6 which gives 135mm focal length.

Its a telephoto view and it can create some interesting perspective even with landscapes.

Still, 70-100mm may be more commonly used??

Greg.

HI!

In my own experience, I've found that when I have a great lens, that I begin to use its focal length more than I would have when I had a more mediocre  zoom to cover the focal length.

I know that was the case when I got  the 28 1.4, Zeiss 100/2, and 200VR.

I even find that I shoot landscapes and people  at 500mm more now that I have the 500VR, than when I had the 200-400VR/1.4TC:

Nikon D4 ,Nikkor AF-S 500mm f/4G ED VR
1/125s f/14.0 at 500.0mm iso800

Nikon D3 ,Nikkor AF-S 500mm f/4G ED VR
1/160s f/4.0 at 500.0mm iso200

Nikon D3 ,Nikkor AF-S 500mm f/4G ED VR
1/640s f/4.0 at 500.0mm iso2500

If the image quality of the 135/2 Zeiss is as good as I suspect it may be, i would predict that I'll be shooting more at 135mm that I did when I had the 70-200VR (I).

RB

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