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Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 135 mm f/2.0 ZE/ZF.2

3 November 2013
Szymon Starczewski

11. Summary


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Pros:
  • solid, huge and stylish casing,
  • brilliant image quality in the frame centre,
  • excellent image quality on the edge of the frame, both on the APS-C and full frame,
  • sensational correction of chromatic aberration,
  • proper spherical aberration correction,
  • imperceptible distortion,
  • perfect correction of coma,
  • slight astigmatism,
  • moderate vignetting on the APS-C/DX,
  • very nice off-focus images.

Cons:

  • noticeable vignetting at the maximum relative aperture on full frame.

So far, I’ve had an opportunity to use intensively as many as several hundred different lenses. If I were asked to choose the best ten I’ve dealt with, I would put the Zeiss Apo Sonnar 2/135 on that list without any second thought. Mind you it would occupy a rather high position. It is a thoroughly uncompromising lens - its great build quality is combined with a fantastic image quality. The lens fully deserves our ‘The Choice of the Lenstip.com Editorial Team’ badge - there was no doubt whatsoever and we took the decision unambiguously. Believe me, we haven’t had such a situation for a long time.

Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 135 mm f/2.0 ZE/ZF.2 - Summary