Showcase Zeiss Sonnar 135mm f/2.8

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by Ned, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    This is my Carl Zeiss Sonnar 135mm f/2.8:


    Here's a sample image, shot wide open f/2.8:

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  2. Rich M

    Rich M Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 2, 2010
    Nice shot Ned. Do you think the IBIS makes a difference?

  3. Canonista

    Canonista Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 3, 2011
    At least it's not this big


    But I up you one :biggrin:

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  4. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Absolutely. :) With digital lenses I tend to take it for granted because it's so automatic but with legacy lenses I really notice the difference if I forget to turn it on, or set it to the wrong focal length (if the difference is great). Legacy lenses have really let me really appreciate IBIS. ;)
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  5. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    Super shallow DOF eh? Awesome!

    Now we need something similar in native m4/3 format. Maybe a 100/2 not bigger than the Oly m40-150, if it's physically possible.
  6. stratokaster

    stratokaster Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 4, 2011
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Don't know about 100/2, but most 100/2.8 lenses of the film era were really small. I have the Canon FD 100/2.8 and it's almost as small as the 50/1.4. I would love to see the digital version of this lens with fast AF and OIS.
  7. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    Maybe I'm being overly optimistic! But I'd be satisfied with a small 100/2.8 in native m4/3 as well. 2.0 just sounds so much better though. :)
  8. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Zeiss Sonnar 135mm f/2.8 with the EC-14 teleconverter, hand-held...


    Unfortunately it had to be cropped as 200mm is not very long, but the lens still shows good detail.
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  9. Sammyboy

    Sammyboy m43 Pro

    Oct 26, 2010
    Steeler Country
    Excellent moon shot Ned.
  10. NikkoExiledInSF

    NikkoExiledInSF Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 8, 2011
    Wiltshire, UK
    Zeiss Sonnar 135mm f2.8 on Olympus OM-D

    I bought this lens about 2 weeks ago, based on the mediocre samples that I'd seen posted from native M43 slow zooms. I was not disappointed by the new purchase:

    Here's the 135 attached to my camera next to the native collection for comparative purposes:


    The following were taken with the OM-D/Zeiss 135 f2.8 combination. Firstly, my son on a dog-walk:


    He also had a fairly decent sports day haul a week ago:


    Even the dog looks good:


    I can't recommend this lens highly enough. FWIW, I paid GBP170 for it on Ebay for a mint specimen.

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  11. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    From a short concert this weekend, Japanese band Capella's first overseas performance at our local anime convention. Shot with the Zeiss Sonnar 135mm/2.8 and EC-14 teleconverter (I think):

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  12. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    So you have a Zeiss to 4/3 adapter and you are using the ec14 with the zeiss lens? ( I assume Leica M Mount?)

    Nice shot BTW.
  13. svenkarma

    svenkarma Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 5, 2013
    mark evans
    Take off


    South Downs


    GX7 Panorama

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  14. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Sorry for the super-late reply, but yes the Zeiss (this one is Contax/Yashica mount) is adapted to 4/3 to use with the EC-14 teleconverter. All my SLR glass is adapted to 4/3 rather than m4/3, so that it can be used with both systems as well as the brilliant 4/3 teleconverters and extension tubes, which are still not available yet for m4/3. Since 4/3 was the shortest of SLR mounts, this can be done with pretty much all SLR glass, but not rangefinder glass or cine lenses. Minolta and Konica mounts are the only ones which work better adapted directly to m4/3, as adapting Konica to 4/3 requires a bit of lens hacking (removing a lever) and Minolta to 4/3 requires a hex key tightener since there's not enough clearance for the regular twist lock (you can also perma-mount an adapter to each Minolta lens, though). The Zuiko 4/3 teleconverters happen to be some of the best ever made (well, in my experience the best), so that makes this system perfect. :)
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  15. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Interesting - thanks for the reply!
  16. Frogwatch

    Frogwatch Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 13, 2016
    Perth, Australia
    I was going to upload a different photo... but after reviewing the thread and seeing your lizard, this seems only right.
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  17. Tommi Lahtinen

    Tommi Lahtinen Mu-43 Rookie

    Jun 26, 2017
    Hi guys,

    I have been reading only positive things by this lens Carl Zeiss 135mm f2.8 Sonnar T* and am very impressed by the pictures shown here. However, I am new to cameras and still a little confused about this whole "conversion" -thing. Is there some specific adaptor you guys would recommend and is there a way for the C/Y Carl Zeiss 135mm f2.8 Sonnar T* actually be 135mm in my Olympus OM-D EM10 Mark Ii instead of the 270mm it would convert to (if I have understood correctly).
  18. Frogwatch

    Frogwatch Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 13, 2016
    Perth, Australia
    I purchased my C/Y to m43 adapter from AliExpress where a standard adapter runs from anywhere between US$8 and US$20. These kind of adapters tend to vary in quality, so look for ones with a higher number of orders / reviews. I've never been burnt too badly with cheap adapters, only a little frustrated with the dodgy finish of a cheap C mount one - but your mileage may vary.
    Ultimately the lens costs a lot more than the adapter so there's probably little point in skimping unless the price difference is extreme.

    From a quick google search,
    Apparently yes there was a speedbooster made for C/Y to m43! Though it appears to be out of production and cost ~US$500 when it was available (possibly more, I only found an old ebay listing for one)
    It's possible there are some knockoff speedboosters available for C/Y to m43 but... quality may be questionable.

    I enjoy using this lens but it's an awkward starting point for getting into adapted lenses due to the long focal length. However I've found my copy to have really smooth focus so if you are prepared to be learn the focal length then it's actually quite pleasant once you find your rhythm (just need to keep in mind that the focus ring runs for most of the length of the lens - very easy to accidentally change focus)
  19. RnR

    RnR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    No. The best you could hope for is about ~190mm effective (full frame) with a focal reducer such as the one listed above by Matthew. But it becomes a glorious 200mm'ish f2.0 :D
  20. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California

    Hi, the ACTUAL FL is still 135mm.
    If you've shot a tele zoom that covers 135mm on your camera, then you already know what the FoV will be.
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