Men’s editorial: shot with the Zeiss 135mm f1.8 and the Sony A7r

Men’s editorial: shot with the Zeiss 135mm f1.8 and the Sony A7r


A challenging assignment, then again, are there assignments that aren’t challenging?

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The Zeiss 135mm 1.8, a magical magical cream machine and my favorite of them all, works very well with the LA EA4, no focus problems on this shoot (keep in mind this isn’t a sports lens). Love the combination with the A7r, the models like it too because of the loud shutter sound they can still hear when I am shooting full figure.

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7 thoughts on “Men’s editorial: shot with the Zeiss 135mm f1.8 and the Sony A7r

  1. Richard

    Hello Mike!

    I have sony A7 and zeiss 135 1.8 za with the sony adapter.

    the focus is great with model shooting, i have 8 sharp image with 10 shoot. i wanna buying a7R body. what do you think? The af better with the a7R?


  2. Simone Schieppati

    I suppose i will have to deal with center Af only too..
    Thank you very much.
    Have a nice day

  3. mike.kobal Post author

    Thanks Simone! I have two adapters and my lens focuses accurately without fine tuning, however once you fine tune, it should do the job. I use the center point only, I found any other points aren’t accurate when tracking. Hope this helps.

  4. Simone Schieppati

    Hi Mike,
    great work as usual…but you already know that! ;)
    I’m also shooting people mostly with Nikon gears..but i also have Sony A7r with several lenses and with the 135 f1,8 ZA and LA-EA4, i really love the 135ZA but i can’t find a way to make it working properly for slow moving people. First i had to fine tune the lens with adapter to -11 for the central AF point (external points require different values so i can use only the central one and than recompose…) than i tried different settings but the most reliable one is with AF-s and half-push to focus, keep pushing and recompose than shoot. This way i find really difficult to use a monopod as you say here because of the limitated ability to move in the composition. I’d really appreciate or impressions and advices if you have some…
    I’d really love a new adapter with a better spread of AF points!
    Thank you

  5. Chris Knight

    I love my 135 too; only wish it had an optional tripod collar! Any third-party options you try?

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