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
Dodi73 Senior Member • Posts: 1,742
Re: Zeiss 135/2.0 vs Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VRII vs Nikkor 70-300 4.5-5.6 VR

@ Werner

your 135 eats the 70-200 for breakfast in the shots you posted, that's for sure. I won't go for it because I already have the 100 and would prefer a longer lens (180/200mm) rather than (the otherwise stellar) 135mm. Also a 75/2 MP would be a great addition and perfect for a 35-75 combo.

@ RBFresno

Agree with you with the 100. I used in Medjugorje past month and was my most used lens.

You can see some shots here: (sorry, don't want to hijack the thread, just contribute with other Zeiss samples) > http://italy74.smugmug.com/ALLTHEREST/Medjugorje-2013/Medjugorje-e-Loreto-le-mie/29256460_PPkjq2

In the Zeiss line, I'd say three levels exist:

1st and top: 15, 21, 25/2, 50/2, 100/2, 135/2: on a sheer detail and image rendition they are truly stellar performers. The good news is that all the latest Zeiss lenses have been a hit.

2nd 35mm - maybe just a "tad" less sharp than the above yet excellent for close up and do-it-all lens (also stopped down in diffraction zone)

3rd 18, 50/1.4 and 25/2.8 - for some reason, Zeiss missed the "star" with the 18. I don't question the 50 and the 25 which were among the very first lenses released and were not probably expected to work at such high resolutions. A revised 18mm (even f/4 I don't mind the relative slower aperture) with less field curvature and higher border performance would be great.

About the 55 f/1.4 I wish I could afford it as one-for-all lens (something I didn't get so far is if its large hood is built-in and sliding on the lens or screw mounted), yet I need else at the moment and I'm very very happy with the 50/2, so far the best 50mm I ever had.

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