Zeiss 135/2.0 vs Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VRII vs Nikkor 70-300 4.5-5.6 VR

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Re: Zeiss 135/2.0 vs Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VRII vs Nikkor 70-300 4.5-5.6 VR
In reply to Dan_168, Jun 7, 2013

Dan_168 wrote:

Of course not all Zeiss lenses are equal. But the 135/2 belongs in the Zeiss upper Echelon.

I find that those who tend to dismiss Zeiss lenses, are often the ones who have not used them.

Or those only take the sharpness as their only criteria when judging a lens. I also prefer my Zeiss 21 over any of my Nikon Canon in/near that FL and Zeiss 100 over any Canon Nikon 100/105 FL lenses. but then I really don't care much for the Zeiss 18, 25 F2.8,  & 85 1.4 when compare to my similar FL Canon Nikon primes such as TSE 17, TSE 24 II, Nikon 24G & Canon 85L II or even the 85G.


I don't have personal experience with the Canon lenses, but agree with your Zeiss comments.

Also, looks like we agree, that not all Zeiss lenses are created equal and some Zeiss lenses clearly out distance their Canon and Nikon counterparts while others do not.

The Zeiss 15, 21, 100/2 and 135/2 are among the best of the Zeiss offerings in the F-mount from what I've seen. The 50/2 Makroplanar might also make the cut....

I did test the relatively new Zeiss 25/2.

While it is an excellent lens, for me, I didn't feel that it distinguished itself enough from the 14-24 and 24-70 Nikon lenses that I already have, to justify my keeping it.

There are some  Zeiss lenses on the horizon that may well set the bar much higher, not only in performance, but also price!:

Zeiss 55 1.4

Best Regards,


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