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