ZEISS 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE Lens for Canon EF Mount

ZEISS 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE Lens for Canon EF Mount

ZEISS 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE Lens for Canon EF Mount

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Product Highlights

  • 135mm Telephoto Prime Lens
  • Fits Canon EF Mount Cameras
  • Aperture Range: f/2-22
  • Minimum Focus Distance of 2.62' (0.8 m)
  • Apochromat Lens; Minimal Aberrations
  • Nine Blade Circular Aperture
  • Anti-reflective Coatings
  • Precise Manual Focus
  • Compact Design; All-Metal Barrel
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ZEISS 135mm f/2.0 overview

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The 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE Lens for Canon EF Mount from ZEISS is medium telephoto lens that offers a wide maximum aperture, vibrant color rendition and attractive out-of-focus background. It maximum aperture of f/2 provides substantial light gathering for sharp, high resolution imaging and lovely shallow depth of field photography. A nine-blade circular aperture will offer harmonious background blur when shooting with minimal depth of focus. Special anomalous partial dispersion glass minimizes chromatic aberrations in this apochromat lens and anti-reflective coating reduces reflections and ghosting. It is a compact lens for its focal length and its "floating elements" optical design consists of 11 lens elements in 8 groups with minimal glass-to-air surfaces. The lens design ensures consistent imaging performance throughout the entire focusing range as well as sharpness to the periphery of the image. A rotation angle of 268º enables precise manual focusing and its all-metal barrel provides longevity and protection for its high-quality design.

A focal length of 135mm provides medium distance telephoto imaging and is also an oft-chosen length for portraiture.
The maximum aperture of f/2 allows for substantial light gathering at faster shutter speeds and offers shallow depth of field.
A nine-blade circular aperture contributes to attractive out-of-focus and transitional areas within the image.
The lens design ensures consistent imaging performance throughout the entire focusing range as well as sharpness to the periphery of the image. Its minimum focusing distance is 2.62' (0.8 m).
An "apochromat" lens built with anomalous partial dispersion glass, it will minimize chromatic aberrations for sharply detailed, high contrast images free of color artifacts.
Anti-reflective lens coatings and a deep-black special lacquer treatment on the element's edges reduce reflections and the negative effects of stray light.
A wide rotation angle of 268º enables precise manual focusing.
In the Box
ZEISS 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE Lens for Canon EF Mount
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Reversible Metal Lens Hood
  • Limited 2-year Warranty (Extended to 3-year with Registration)
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    ZEISS 135mm f/2.0 specs

    Focal Length 135mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/2
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Canon EF
    Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
    Canon (APS-C)
    Angle of View 18° 7'
    Minimum Focus Distance 2.62' (.80 m)
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4
    Elements/Groups 11 / 8
    Diaphragm Blades 9
    Image Stabilization No
    Autofocus No
    Tripod Collar No
    Filter Thread Front: 77 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.31 x 4.25" (84 x 108 mm)
    Weight 2.05 lb (930 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.95 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.9 x 5.9 x 5.7"

    ZEISS 135mm f/2.0 reviews

    135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE Lens for Canon EF Mount is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 23.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Sharp I thought the sharpest lens I've ever owned was the 90mm Schneider T/S Makro. It was until I got the Zeiss 135mm f2.0 Apo. OMG, this lens is amazing! Even at f2.0, this thing is incredibly sharp. It's a great lens for landscapes and portraits. Contrast, color, no chromatic aberration make this lens a stellar performer. I attached it to my new Sony a7R and achieved remarkable results. It's a bit heavy, but I like that because the added mass keeps movement down, and I really dislike cheap-feeling plastic lenses. It's not a macro, but will give you .25x magnification (which is what the Schneider produces).
    Date published: 2014-07-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sharper then my 85mm otus! Yep you read that right, even with an wide open (f/2) aperture this lens is sharper then my 85mm otus at f1.4 and f/2, more noticeably in the corners on my 5d iii, lovely colors, bloody sharp, and lovely bokeh. This lens blows away the already awesome canon 135mm ! And sharper then the otus at 1/2 the price! 0.0 talk about an hidden gem........
    Date published: 2015-02-08
    Date published: 2013-05-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from UNBELIEVABLE LENS!! I own a Canon 85mm 1.2, which I absolutely love and adore. I recently purchased the 135mm f/2 Zeiss lens to add to my portrait lenses, and I was absolutely blown away. The sharpness, contrast and clarity are on levels that are in the stratosphere!! Once you get past the manual focusing, the lens is magnificent. I have the Canon 5d Mark 3, and I use the focus verification beep with great success. Not that many OUF throw aways. The lens is built like a tank, is a little heavy, but actually feels good in your hands. I love the lens!!
    Date published: 2014-04-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best 135mm you can buy! I love the Canon 135L... it has served me well over the years. Like many of you, I've read about Zeiss glass and how the Zeiss 135 T* is an amazing lens. It's even been considered Otus status without being in an Otus designed body. Build: All metal construction even the lens hood and cap are metal. It's an engineering work of art. Focus: The focus throw is so smooth...and precise! Color/Contrast: Smokes all other 135mm lenses with ease. Chromatic Aberration: This is where my jaw hit the floor! I've shot several scenes where if I had taken the same images with the Canon 135L... the evil purple fringe would have been in the scene. It just doesn't exist with the Zeiss. Seriously... nothing... it is a sight to be seen. Sharpness: Well... I'm an avid macro photographer and I can tell you the Zeiss is out resolving and is sharper then my Sigma 150mm macro OS lens. It is sharp @ F/2 and that is across the frame. Stunning! Bokeh: Topnotch! Auto Focus... nope... it's a manual focus lens and this really shouldn't deter you from buying the lens. I would not recommend it for fast moving subjects where AF is truly needed. Although... if you look back in the past.. stunning images were being made well before auto focus came on to the scene. Up to you really. If you shoot portraits.. you owe it to yourself to at the very least, rent the lens and then come back to B&H and buy it. On the Canon 5Ds this thing is now my reference lens/combo. I'm seeing details I've never experienced before. It's color rendition is spot on.. true to life would be the best way to describe it. Super...super sharp! Hire a makeup artist for your clients as it shows every detail ... good and bad. I'm now a Zeiss convert. Next up is the Zeiss 50mm F/2. So... if you are looking for the best 135mm on the planet (IMO) then look no further. The Zeiss 135mm T* F/2 is it. Hands down! Again.. do not let the manual focusing deter you from using this lens. With Live View you can really hit the focus and even hand-held it isn't an issue. Great lens! Hatch
    Date published: 2015-06-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite lens: sharp and nice bokeh This picture says it all about the sharpness and bokeh. The picture was taken handheld and the background on the other side of the fence is approximately 5-10 feet away (at f/2.0). It has become my go-to lens since I got it. The only time, I would go with canon 85mm/1.2 is when I have an important session involving kids. Even that I have had some great shots with Zeiss 135mm.
    Date published: 2017-04-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A stunning optical achievement There are lots of very good lenses you can put on your Canon EF mount body, and there are a few really great lenses for the Canon too - Canon's own 135mm f2.0 being one of them. It offers superb sharpness across all apetures, has autofocus, is reasonably lightweight, and is modestly priced for a Canon L series prime lens. So why would anyone want a 135mm lens that weighs almost twice as much, is twice the price and doesn't even have an AF motor? Because very rarely, a lens comes along that crosses over from the land of the merely great to the realm of the truly astonishing. I know that sounds like ridiculous hyperbole, but the Zeiss 135mm apo f2.0 is one of those rare lenses... It's so astounding in so many ways that it's hard to know where to begin when describing it. I guess the first and most obvious quality of this lens is its sharpness, and not just its sharpness when stopped down comfortably around f5.6 or so - even wide open at f2.0, from the center to the corner, the Zeiss trounces the Canon in sharpness - and remember, the Canon is a fantastic lens. Distortion is expectedly very low too, matching the Canon 135mm in this respect. But perhaps most remarkable is the Zeiss's chromatic aberration, or almost complete lack thereof. With a measured CA of 2um, the Zeiss 135mm produces less CA than literally any other lens made for the Canon - ever, period. Not even the Zeiss Otus lenses can match that. This lens is so good optically that I seriously wonder if even Zeiss were surprised by how well their design manifested itself. What does a CA that's almost non-existent mean? Absolutely astonishing, mind-blowing color rendering to go along with the absolutely astonishing, mind-blowing sharpness, that's what. This lens literally opens up a world of color that I had no idea existed, or that at least could be captured by a camera. Just a note too regarding the manual focus on the Zeiss - the 135mm has the trademark Zeiss super-smooth and deliciously damped focus ring, and despite the focal length it is remarkably easy to focus, even with my 5D Mk II's primitive 9 point AF confirmation. If you have the 5D Mk III or the 1Dx (lucky you!) then focusing the 135mm will be a non-issue. You probably won't be doing sports photography with it, but beautifully focused handheld portraiture or landscape shots will be a breeze. And then there's the Zeiss 'character' that is imbued across their line of lenses, and is quintessentially represented in the 135mm - fantastic microcontrast, deep, rich color rendering, and that undefinable atmosphere that is the hallmark of Zeiss images, and what made me love Zeiss to begin with. Let me close by saying this: I know that most folks will end up with the Canon 135mm - it's practical, reasonably priced, and optically wonderful. But if you can live without the autofocus, can handle the not-insubstantial weight of this gorgeous beast of a lens, and are fortunate enough to be able to afford it, The Zeiss 135mm apo f2.0 will not only reward you with some truly amazing images, but it will inspire you to want to live up to its limitless potential - it certainly has inspired me.
    Date published: 2014-03-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sharpest Lens on the Planet Just got this thing yesterday and took it out for a test run. The images are unbelievable. Even wide open, this thing outperforms every other lens I've ever owned, including my Schneider T/S 90mm Makro. I can't wait to use it in the field. This lens simply blows everything else out of the water (with the exception of the 55mm Otus). I highly recommend this amazing piece of equipment.
    Date published: 2014-06-27
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