Truly Stunning Lens
April 03, 2014
This is a truly stunning lens.
I also have the Canon 135/2L, which I have always thought was a wonderfully sharp lens. The Zeiss, without hesitation, trumps it in terms of sharpness. Even at f/2 the Zeiss challenges the Canon lens stopped-down.
The ZE 135 also has a very smooth bokeh, and the focus transition (going into and then out-of focus) is very subtle and realistic.
The quality of the bokeh, especially when contrasted with the wonderfully crisp in-focus sharpness, and then the handing of the focus transition, lend the Zeiss that wonderfully compelling 3-D look to its images.
The 135mm focal length has its uses, and they are obviously not universal. If you like the focal length, and aren't in so much of a hurry as to need autofocus, this lens is truly sensational and I feel worth the hefty price tag.
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