Hands-On: Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 2/135 Lens

Full-resolution image samples from an impressive new lens

Zeiss 135 sample gallery
Zeiss 135 sample gallery
Matthew Ismael Ruiz

Zeiss DSLR lenses have a reputation for being some of the sharpest and brightest available. We took the new 135mm F/2 out into the streets of New York City to see if it lives up to the legacy.

As you'd expect, the all-metal body (even the hood is made of metal) makes it a bit bulky, but not so much that it becomes unwieldy. We used it primarily on the D4 because the pro body helped counterbalance the weight of the lens.

Focusing is very smooth and accurate, even though it lacks AF functionality. As you can see, it produces a nice, pleasing bokeh, which is crucial on a focal length so commonly used for portraits.

Look for a full test of this lens coming soon, but for now, check out the sample gallery of images. All were shot on the Nikon D4. You can see the full-resolution versions by clicking on the link in the caption.

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Tech Specs: ISO 10000, 1/6400 sec, f/2.5.Exposure compensation of -1.0.
Focal Length Equivalent: 135mm
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Dan Bracaglia
nd4_3621.jpg
Tech Specs: ISO 800, 1/80 sec, f/2.
Focal Length: 135mm
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Matthew Ismael Ruiz
nd4_3662-2.jpg
Tech Specs: ISO 100, 1/160 sec, f/2.
Focal Length: 135mm
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Matthew Ismael Ruiz
nd4_3706.jpg
Tech Specs: ISO 100, 1/500 sec, f/2.
Focal Length: 135mm
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Matthew Ismael Ruiz
nd4_3713.jpg
Tech Specs: ISO 400, 1/250 sec, f/4.
Focal Length: 135mm
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Matthew Ismael Ruiz
nd4_3721.jpg
Tech Specs: ISO 100, 1/80 sec, f/4.
Focal Length: 135mm
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Matthew Ismael Ruiz
nd4_3745.jpg
Tech Specs: ISO 400, 1/1250 sec, f/2.
Focal Length: 135mm
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Matthew Ismael Ruiz
nd4_3758.jpg
Tech Specs: ISO 800, 1/1250 sec, f/2.
Focal Length: 135mm
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Matthew Ismael Ruiz
nd4_3762.jpg
Tech Specs: ISO 100, 1/1250 sec, f/2.
Focal Length: 135mm
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Matthew Ismael Ruiz
nd4_3763.jpg
Tech Specs: ISO 100, 1/1250 sec, f/2.
Focal Length: 135mm
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Matthew Ismael Ruiz
nd4_3769.jpg
Tech Specs: ISO 400, 1/1250 sec, f/2.
Focal Length: 135mm
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Matthew Hanlon
nd4_3800.jpg
Tech Specs: ISO 3200, 1/50 sec, f/5.6.
Focal Length: 135mm
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Matthew Ismael Ruiz