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

Started Jun 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
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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

WernerInMunich wrote:

Since one month I have the Zeiss 135 APO Sonnar and am very satisfied with the IQ of this lens. To show you the class of this lens I made a comparison with two Nikon Zoons. All Pics shot with D800E, Mirror prerelease and tripod. For AF I used Live View. Picture Control Standard, no sharpening applied. Here is the scene first:

I focused on the vase. The following shots are crops from the 100% view. First all shots wide open:

Now a comparison with the Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VRII at 2.8 and 4.0

For me, the 70-200 is a very good piece of glass, but the zeiss at 2.0 already outperforms the Nikkor at 2.8. Closed down, the differences diminish. The 70-300 plays in an other league (it is much cheaper). If you also want to see pics of this lens closed down, please  let me know.

Yours Werner


Thanks for the comparision.

I've had the Zeiss 135 for about a month. Still getting to know it, but the more I know, the better I like it.

Many seem preoccupied with how "sharp" it is.

As your examples show, it's plenty sharp, even at f/2. Interestingly, my images don't tend to shout "sharpness", but when viewed under magnification, the differences between the Zeiss and my 70-200VR become even more apparent. And when more sharpening is applied in post processing, the difference seems even greater.

I just took this hand held in my garden. No tripod, no mirror lockup, just a simple shot. It's at f/5, so no big deal I guess....:

Nikon D4 , Zeiss ZF.2 Apo Sonnar T* 2/135
1/200s f/5.0 at 135.0mm iso200


Best Regards,


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