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

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orchidblooms
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d800e - and now Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar in my hands
Mar 29, 2013

Huge thanks to Zeiss USA

The Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar in my hands today - makes up for the 10 month wait for the 15 zf.2

I will be shooting with this lens all weekend / d800e starting this evening -

Lots of glass in this lens - it is beautiful and i can see immediatly it will be much easier than the zeiss 100 makro-planer to focus... much longer throw...

are there any considerations - type of shots folks would like to see this run thru?

i will do my best to run this beauty thru the paces

i can see this lens will be 'bright' and will really bring my images to light!

p.

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In reply to orchidblooms, Mar 30, 2013

Actually, if you could post a picture of the physical location of the lens and D800E ...

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orchidblooms wrote:

are there any considerations - type of shots folks would like to see this run thru?

I'd like to see some landscapes at infinity shot wide open and maybe f4. I'd also like to see some head shots.

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In reply to orchidblooms, Mar 30, 2013

Congrats.  If possible some comparison head shots focused on the eye, lenses wide open, 135 vs 100.

Cheers

Nitin

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In reply to orchidblooms, Mar 30, 2013

Congrats orchidblooms,

Well, since you're asking, and I myself am considering this lens vs the 100 Makro (on a D800E) . . .

How about:

1. ClosEST Focus:

A. Portraits (faces) as well as objects, wide open f/2 to demonstrate max bokeh and image                 separation, AND

B. some stopped down for absolute maximum "cut yourself" sharpness and overall performance. Use lowest ISO, of course . . . let's see what this latest Zeiss can really do !!!!

2. Close Focus (not closest)

3. Random Medium Distance

4. Random Infinity

Along with your own personal impressions of it -- results, quality feel, handling, focus, image view thru OVF, and Screen, etc etc.

In other words, as you said, just put it through its paces, baby !!

Also, If, as implied in your post, you also have the 100 Makro, pleeez compare the two.

Very Best of luck and success with it -- enjoy, enjoy, enjoy ! (did I mention, enjoy ?)

Thanx

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orchidblooms wrote:

Huge thanks to Zeiss USA

The Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar in my hands today - makes up for the 10 month wait for the 15 zf.2

I will be shooting with this lens all weekend / d800e starting this evening -

Lots of glass in this lens - it is beautiful and i can see immediatly it will be much easier than the zeiss 100 makro-planer to focus... much longer throw...

are there any considerations - type of shots folks would like to see this run thru?

i will do my best to run this beauty thru the paces

i can see this lens will be 'bright' and will really bring my images to light!

p.

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Congrats!

For those of us that can't wait, I found an alternative!:

Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 135mm f/2.1 T* (Feet) Nikon Mount Lens

Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 135mm f/2.1 T* (Feet) Nikon MSRP $5700

Looking forward to your images and impressions!

RB

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In reply to orchidblooms, Mar 30, 2013

I have this on order and hope to use it for studio shots...Mainly Beauty head shots...so it we can some of them That will be great. I will pair with a D800 and an E.

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In reply to orchidblooms, Mar 30, 2013

Lots of glass in this lens - it is beautiful and i can see immediatly it will be much easier than the zeiss 100 makro-planer to focus... much longer throw...

I am also waiting for this lens, I found my Zeiss 100 is already really easy for focus on my D3 and just slightly more challenging on D800E as I don't have a after market screen on it, but still very manageable, it's definitely a great news this new 135 is even easier to focus. Any sample pictures are greatly appreciated.

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In reply to orchidblooms, Mar 30, 2013

images from an outing this evening - quick processing in capture one pro 7

when these were taken - fellow dp'r massimo was as the 'scene' - he has d800 i am d800e

the images of Minneapolis skyline seemed sharp in his screen - and dull / drab on mine (we put the new zeiss on d800 for comparison) to the point we thought my camera was not 'focusing' long distance - the mpls skyling some 2-3 miles from where we were..

the evening air was very soft - moisture in the air - almost 'foggy'...

the first image hand held - others on tripod

the tiff / raw file of this is much softer...

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In reply to orchidblooms, Mar 30, 2013

Great images.

After you've had a chance to get to know it I'd love to hear your thoughts on this lens as its one I am considering.

Greg.

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In reply to Astrophotographer 10, Mar 30, 2013

Thank you for posting samples and thoughts about this lens.

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Astrophotographer 10 wrote:

Great images.

After you've had a chance to get to know it I'd love to hear your thoughts on this lens as its one I am considering.

Greg.

it was really befuddling shooting with this lens especially long distance on hazy conditions...

when i got home - and did some WB corrections - and some 'soft sharpening' in cp1 things looked a whole lot different - i was shooting at 5200 (i generally leave camera set this way so i have some reference for histograms)

things generally look 'soft' in d800e viewfinder / screen

raining all day - will see if i can get anything as day progresses

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In reply to orchidblooms, Mar 30, 2013

Will look forward to seeing more of these.  Not sure if that lens will be on my own list but I had the 100mm zeiss when I shot pentax and thought it was outstanding.  Nice to see some shots of Minneapolis.

Pete

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No EXIF data?

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jhinkey wrote:

No EXIF data?

it is there if u click on image

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/3913881860/photos/2488807/_dsc5180

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In reply to orchidblooms, Mar 30, 2013

Just sold my 2/100 yesterday to make room for the 2/135.

OrchidBlooms showed up out of no where at a meetup with this beauty. It is much bigger than the 2/100. The 2/100 is like holding a coke can while the 2/135 feel more like a coffee can...or something like that. The lens looks great on the D800e and I.m sure a D4 or D4x. What more can I say, you have to see one in person.

I too await more image samples!

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In reply to Mssimo, Mar 31, 2013

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.

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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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In reply to RBFresno, Mar 31, 2013

Yes too true RB.

Greg.

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