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
RBFresno Forum Pro • Posts: 12,533
Re: Zeiss 135/2.0 vs Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VRII vs Nikkor 70-300 4.5-5.6 VR

WernerInMunich wrote:

Dear RB,

you are right; sharpness is not equal to IQ. Zeiss lenses (I also have the 35mm 1.4) do render the image in a different way than Nikon lenses do. Colors are not the same and the transition from the focused area to the blurred background is very beautiful. Said this, also the 70-200 is a very good lens; the differences are small. You can see the quality better when compared to consumer lenses like the 70-300.

And Zeiss lenses have top build quality, not comparable with the best Nikon or Canon lenses. I am sure, you know that.

Yours Werner


Yes. My experience (with the Zeiss 100/2 and 135/2) parallels yours.

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.

On a trip last year to Tanzania I took the 70-200VR and Zeiss 100/2 along with me (along with  some other lenses)

I had intended to keep my tele (a 500VR) on one body, and the 70-200VR as my second most used lens on another, and initially did so.

However, as I began to use the Zeiss 100 more, it was evident, that even stopped down, I was much more pleased with the Zeiss, and soon was pretty much giving up the flexibility of the zoom for the rendition of the 100/2 Zeiss macro.:

D3   ISO 200   Zeiss ZF2 / ZE / Zx Makro-Planar T*
f2.0 100mm
@ f/8

D3   ISO 1600   Zeiss ZF2 / ZE / Zx Makro-Planar T*
f2.0 100mm
@ f/5.6

However, the Nikon lens caps are superior to those from Zeiss



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