Wednesday, July 17, 2024

135 f2.8 Sonnar T*

135 f2.8 Sonnar T*

The Selective Telephoto

135/2.8 Sonnar T*

135f2.8 2.8/135 135mm f2.8



135mm f2.8 Sonnar T*, with build-in hood extended (right).

135mm has always been one of my favourite focal length. At this focal length, the compressing effect is very apparent and I like the way 135mm renders a photo. I have a long time experiences with German 135mm as described here. With the Contax C/Y system, I am spoilt with choices of 135/2.8 Sonnar, 135/2 Planar and 100/2.8 Macro-Planar.


100/2.8 Macro-Planar is certainly an interesting lens, good for use as a medium telephoto with speed of f2.8,  and yet a versatile macro lens up to 1:1 reproduction ration without additional attachments. However it is a much heavier lens when compared to the 135/2.8, and so is the wonderful and beautiful 135/2 Planar.

The Contax 135/2.8 Sonnar does not disappoint me either. It is much lighter and thus good for hand held photography. To me its performance is very good and I do not think it is far away from the mighty 135/2. At a much lower price tag the 135/2.8 Sonnar is definitely very good value for money, like the 28/2.8 Distagon. 


RTS II, VC400, 135/2.8 Sonnar T*, 29 May 2009



Sun Bird, Sentosa Singapore, Aria, VC 160, 15 Jun 2005.



159MM - f8 1/500 - Manfrotto 190B/488RC2 - 24 Oct 2009


159MM - f4 1/250 - VC160 - 18 Oct 2009




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