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ZEISS 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F Mount

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ZEISS 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F Mount
Key Features
  • 135mm Telephoto Prime Lens
  • Fits Nikon F Mount Cameras
  • Aperture Range: f/2-22
  • Minimum Focus Distance of 2.62' (0.8 m)
The 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F 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.
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ZEISS 135mm f/2.0 Overview

The 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F 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.

ZEISS 135mm f/2.0 Specs

Lens MountNikon F
Angle of View18° 7'
Minimum Focus Distance2.62' / 0.8 m
Optical Design11 Elements in 8 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9
Dimensions (ø x L)3.31 x 4.13" / 84.07 x 104.9 mm
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.9 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.9 x 5.8 x 5.7"

ZEISS 135mm f/2.0 Reviews

Zeiss is tops!

By Jeffrey
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-10-29

My second Zeiss. Heavy due to all metal. Sharp and precision-made. And Zeiss service is fantastic.

yes

By Sharonlee
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-08-21

out standing lens

Is it the best lens I own?

By Brooks
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-08-14

Having rented this incredible lens, I could not pass up the opportunity to own one at the new price while the Milvus line rolls out. While many other lenses in the Zeiss ZF.2 lineup were improved optically, this lens uses the same optical formula as its Milvus equivalent, just without the new styling and the dust/weather sealing. I guess it's hard to improve on perfection. Having grown up on manual focus, the absence of autofocus in this lens is no big deal at all. The focusing is a dream to use, not like trying to manually focus most autofocus lenses. It was designed to work this way. Now, it is heavy, and if you're not used to manual focus it will take some practice to nail focus, but it's worth it for the results. This very well may be the best lens I own, and that's saying something since there's some Leica glass in my collection.

Amazing image, simply amazing

By Terry
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-07-25

This has been a dream lens of mine for a while. Always wanted a copy, but just way out of my budget. Well, thankfully with the sale I was able to finally get one. It has just been a joy to use, and honestly lives up to the hype. The output this lens can produce is just wonderful.

The Best 135mm Ever

By John A.
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-09-30

Contrary to Richard's review, the Sigma 135 is a poor substitute for the Zeiss. If you need AF, and don't care about micro-detail, get the Sigma. If you want absolutely sublime micro-detail (esp. if you shoot close), the Zeiss blows the Sigma out of the water (look-up Dustin Abbott's 7/11/17 review on YouTube, and be convinced). The crispness at f/2 is unmatched. The sublime bokeh (and especially the micro-detail, blown-up) are of a category that plasticky AF lenses just don't offer. Costs extra, yes. But is worth every penny.

Splendid but not the best.

By Richard
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2017-09-07

It is radically superior to my 135mm Nikkor f/2 in all respects. However, I quite prefer my Sigma Art 1.8 135mm. The Sigma is faster, has auto-focus, and in my limited unscientific side-by-side testing is visually superior to the Zeiss. I will be returning the Zeiss lens. It's great, just not as great as the Sigma which is similarly priced. IMHO

Love it

By Mark
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-08-28

This is one of my all time favorite lenses. The photos that this lens takes with the Sony A7Rii are a thing of joy. Reminds me of the Ziess Hasselblad lenses.

My new BFF!

By MICHAEL
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-08-23

Hard to beat this baby - all the good stuff you read is true. I use it for landscape and nature work on a tripod.

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Nikon DX body owners: What subjects do you photograph w. this lens? Have a D7100, don't want it left in the closet.
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Yes for sure if as has been said you have enough room. I love mine.
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compatible with D600?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, completely compatible with this camera. I use it with both D700 and D810 with no complications. If autofocus is an issue, it is not available with this lens.
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will this lens work on a D5300 ?
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Date published: 2018-08-28

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Hello, I am interested in buying the Zeiss 135mm F2 APO. I have read nothing but great reviews of this lens. I photograph wildlife. While the reach is not totally there, the sharpness and bokeh appear to be very good. This is important to me. I am trying to find a lens that will give me similar qualities in sharpness and bokeh as Nikon's 200mm F2. The camera bodies I use are the D750 and D7000. From the lens reviews I break it down to the choice between the Nikon 135 mm F2 DC and the Zeiss 135 F2, APO. I also shoot with the 70-200mm F4, which provides very good results. I will continue to use this lens for longer reach. I am also considering Nikkor 300mm PF in lieu of the Zeiss APO. The 300 mm F2.8 is another option, however it is a heavy lens (for me). My questions are: Does the Zeiss provide similar results as the 200mm F2? The other question: in the lens reviews of the Zeiss, camera bodies used were Nikon's 800, 810E. Would using the D750 and possibly the D7000 result is lesser than results, for any reason - MPs, etc I will be renting the Zeiss before I purchase. Thank you for your time and suggestions/information. Sermet
Asked by: SERMET
Hi Sermet. I use this lens with D600 which has a similar sensor to D750. I don't have any other lenses you mention but the 130 APO is great from F 2.0. A truly apochromatic lense -it shows no fringing, and no broken fringing even at f2.0. Tests with 36mp and 24mp crop (like your D7000) by others also show edge to edge great results from f2.0. If you're ok with no AF this lens is a bargain.
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Date published: 2018-08-28

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