The Best Portrait Lenses?

Started Mar 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
Leon Obers Senior Member • Posts: 2,788
Re: The Best Portrait Lenses?

I've owned some and only tried the others, but feel free to add your opinion as I want one more.

135 DC - I though I'd buy one of these and then I tried one. It was very good, but it was not as good as the VRII optically. I have friends who swear by it, but it wasn't for me.


Tried the new Zeiss APO 135mm/2.0 last year at Photokina. I was totally flabbergasted by it's quality. Fine bokeh, sharp, great contrast and micro contrast. No LoCA.
Lloyd Chambers did test it last time extensively and did comparison to the Nikkor 135 DC.

The quality for the Zeiss wide open for sharpness, contrast, micro-contrast, corrections for color aberrations etc. as LoCA , is already at the level what the Nikkor does when stopped down to F5.6 - f8.0
(Except for depth of field of course).

IMO the best 135mm you can find. Better than the previous Zeiss Planar 100mm/2.0 macro, specially as for correction of color aberrations.

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