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Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar 135 mm f/ 2 Z Lens

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Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar 135 mm f/ 2 Z lens


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Optical design

Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar 135 mm f/ 2 Z optical design

Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar 135 mm f/ 2 Z optical design

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Manual Focus (MF)

Lens mounts: Canon EF, EF-S, Nikon F (FX, DX)

First year of production: 2012

Optical design: 11 elements in 8 groups

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Average price: $2340


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Additional information:
  • Angle of view on FF cameras (diagonal/horizontal /vertical):   18.7 ° / 15.6 ° / 10.5°
  • Max. magnification: 1:4
  • Minimum focusing distance coverage: 145 х 96 mm
  • Diameter: 84 mm
  • Angle of the focus ring rotation: 268°
  • Length (with caps): 128 mm (ZF.2) and 130 mm (ZE)
  • Weight: 920 g (ZF.2) and 930 g (ZE)
  • Price: approx. 1600  € or 2000 $ (w/o VAT)

The Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar 135 mm F2  is an  apochromatic portrait manual focus and zoom lens for 35 mm Canon EF (model ZE) and Nikon F (model  ZF.2) DSLR cameras.

The apochromatic design is provided with optical elements with anomalous dispersion. As well as  the other SLR lenses, the Sonnar 2/135 features Т*  anti-reflective coating. The edges of its optical elements have been treated with special black varnish, which considerably decreases rereflections and light scattering inside the lens.

The Apo Sonnar T * 2/135 features an all-metal body design,  providing durable consumption  and high-quality performance. The lens is compatible with F (model ZF.2) and EF (model ZE)  camera mounts.

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Posted by: dv   Date of publication: 11.09.2012

Mechanical quality4.6712
Optical quality4.5012
Pricing / Value2.6712
Overall lens rating

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Owner reviews: Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar 135 mm f/ 2 Z

Kostas 25.10.2018 14:20:34
Period of use: 3 years


Very sharp lens (used on digital cameras from 24 to 50 mpix). Can't think of a sharper 135mm fast lens. Superb construction. Minimal focus distance is quite good. Produces a large image circle when stopped down a bit, therefore it is usable on 0.79x factor cameras like Fuji GFX or Hasselblad X1D.


Quite heavy. Focus ring is smooth but not very comfortable too grip. With this exeptional sharpness and mechanical quality, it could use more that 9 blades in iris.


Probably the best portrait prime lens I have ever used. Although it is not that expensive for the bang when bought new, I would suggest too look for a used option, as sometimes it is possible to find them for a great price.

Gianluca 06.10.2016 13:25:41
Period of use: 2 years


Extremely sharp with good color & contrast.

One of the best 135mm never build




Buy a second hand.

eric thomson 25.12.2015 08:08:14
Period of use: 3 years


extremely sharp with good color & contrast


It's big


No better lens made at 135mm