A7RII and the untouchable 135mm 1.8 ZA

Sony A7RII Zeiss 135mm F1.8 ZA

This is my second day with the new Sony A7RII.  I am glad to say I am not here to review the camera. There are many reviewers out there touting the greatness of this little beast. I am just here to Show and Tell what this little puppy can do with the big dog 135mm 1.8 ZA.

After taking the camera out today for a lunch time walk with the Zeiss 135mm 1.8,  It became obvious why I would never ever in a million years part with this lens. Cameras come and go, but great lenses last for ever and the 135mm 1.8 will go down in history as one of the best ever made.

Using the Sony LA-EA4 adapter with the A7RII allowed me to mount the 135mm 1.8 ZA lens on the camera and use it with it’s auto focus capability. Keep in mind this lens uses a screw driven focus mechanism which only the LA-EA4 adapter can accommodate at this time. Newer lenses with the SSM focus can be used with the LA-EA3 which does not have the screw drive or mirror in it.

None the less, the lens is heavy and way off balance on the A7RII. But, when you want the best you put up with a little inconvenience knowing the end justifies the means.

The 135 paired with the the A7RII yields amazing results. Well, at least it did today in bright day light. From past experience, it works like magic in low light as well with the A6000 and A99. However, the 42 megapixels of the A7RII really shows what this lens can do. So much so that I just cancelled my Batis 85 order.

Below are some photos taken today along with some 100% crops as well.

Maximize your window before clicking on images below. The bigger the better :)

 

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A7RII and Zeiss 135mm F1.8 ZA

 

A7RII and Zeiss 135mm F1.8 ZA ( 100% Crop )
A7RII and Zeiss 135mm F1.8 ZA ( 100% Crop )
A7RII and Zeiss 135mm F1.8 ZA
A7RII and Zeiss 135mm F1.8 ZA
A7RII and Zeiss 135mm F1.8 ZA ( 100% Crop )
A7RII and Zeiss 135mm F1.8 ZA ( 100% Crop )
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A7RII and Zeiss 135mm F1.8 ZA
A7RII and Zeiss 135mm F1.8 ZA ( 100% Crop )
A7RII and Zeiss 135mm F1.8 ZA ( 100% Crop )
A7RII and Zeiss 135mm F1.8 ZA
A7RII and Zeiss 135mm F1.8 ZA
Sony A7RII Zeiss 135mm F1.8 ZA
Sony A7RII Zeiss 135mm F1.8 ZA
100% Crop
100% Crop
A7RII and Zeiss 135mm F1.8 ZA
A7RII and Zeiss 135mm F1.8 ZA
A7RII and Zeiss 135mm F1.8 ZA ( 100% crop )
A7RII and Zeiss 135mm F1.8 ZA ( 100% crop )

 

Anyway, Don’t let the size and weight put you off. This ens rocks !

 

Zeiss 135mm f/1.8 ZA Gallery

 

9 Comments on A7RII and the untouchable 135mm 1.8 ZA

  1. I respectfully beg to differ with you, when you say the ZA 135 f:1.8 is “untouchable”. I chose the ZF.2 135 f:2.0 APO over it. If you look at Jorge’s test with the watch, you will see why. Of course, if you need AF, then it is no contest. But, if you don’t, the APO is a fantastic lens. It is called “the Otus without the name”, and Zeiss have confirmed to me that, optically, it is exactly what a Otus 135 would be. This image, of no artistic value, shows an image with the lens wide open, and is strictly SOOC.

    • Philber,

      I can’t argu with you on the 135 APO. It is an outstanding lens. However, I am finding it more difficult to focus manually these days and the AF on the 1.8 is a godsend.

      • Besides, if you are going to MF then get a Samyang 135mm F2 which matches the Zeiss IQ for a much smaller price.
        Check the lenstip review for example…

  2. I am thinking about this vs. the Zeiss 135 APO in Nikon mount with an adapter on my A7RII. Autofocus is great to have on the ZA, although from what I have read and seen in examples the APO may be slightly better optically, especially regarding purple fringing/CA. Have you seen this with the ZA? I too have the 85mm Batis on order but am wondering whether a 135mm may better suit my needs, especially for landscape, but which 135mm?

  3. How do you find the AF of this lens and adapter on the A7Rii?
    I have had issues with inconsistent focussing when wide open at f1.8 on this lens/adapter/camera… when it gets the focus correct, it’s amazing… but the accuracy rate seems about 50% in my simple tests.
    I tried calibrating the lens (with a Spyder Lenscal) but it didn’t seem to need any adjustment.

    • I have had no issues with the focus based on my expectations. If you want lightning fast focus it wont happen with this combo. However, It works well and delivers. On still subjects it is really good. On moving subjects it works well but not on the same level as an SSM.

  4. Hello Toralba,
    danke für den Bericht über das Zeiss Objektiv 135mm f/1.8 an der Sony A7R MkII. Die Bilder überzeugen !
    Schärfe und Kontrast sind sehr gut. Wie schnell ist der AF-Modus in Verbindung mit dem Adapter LA-AE4 ?
    Ich habe das Batis 85mm f/1.8 geordert. Warum hast Du das Batis-Objektiv ?
    Viele Grüsse
    Horst Wittmann.

    P.s.: Pleas excuse me that I have write in German. My English is very bad !

    • Danke für die netten Worte.

      Ich besitze nicht die Batis. Ich werde wahrscheinlich ein, um zu testen. Aber, ich mag die längeren Objektiven.

      Der Schwerpunkt der LAEA4 war genauso schnell wie mit der A99. Sehr akzeptabel für meine Anwendung.

      JT

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