The wonderful Zeiss Sonnar 135mm 1.8, a lens I mostly use for beauty and life style shoots, however, once in a while it can be fun to break up the routine of street shooting with shorter lenses, isolating subjects from the crowd instead.
I use it on any of my A7 bodies with the Sony LA EA4 adapter,
A7s with LA EA4, Zeiss Sonnar 135mm 1.8 and my new favorite Peak Design Pro strap, snapped with the A7 and the Zeiss 55mm wide open.
Now when compared to the Zeiss 85mm 1.4 ZA, which I mostly use for out door portraits wide open,
shot with the A7s and the Zeiss 85mm wide open at 1.4.
I find the 135mm a bit more versatile,I prefer the longer working distance for shots like the one above. Af speed is a little snappier as well and as a bonus, the barrel doesn’t extend and it focuses down to 0.72cm (about 2 feet)!
Overshadowed by current Otus and Sigma ART releases, both lenses are optically superb already wide open, offer af and the T* coatings ensure similar color reproduction across the lens line up, which might not be important for everyone but can be a huge headache on bigger shoots, when at the end of the day, looking at thousands of images you realize some have a greenish hue and look like shot on a different day or with the wrong white balance.
I ended up replacing the Sony FE 70 200mm f4 OSS with the Zeiss 135mm 1.8, no regrets since shallow depth of field is more important to me then the ability to zoom and if I need to shoot at 200mm, I use the A7r in crop mode.
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