Zeiss 135mm f/2 – Apo Sonnar T* 2/135 lens


Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 2/135 lens

Product Summary

  • Model name: Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 2/135
  • Release Date: September 7, 2012
  • Focus Type: Manual
  • Format : Full Frame
  • Mounts: Canon | Nikon
  • Color: Black
  • Availability: December 2012
  • Price: $2.000
  • Purchase options: Amazon | Adorama | B&H


The Apo Sonnar T* 2/135 is the ideal lens for capturing detailed images from long distances, such as the skyline at sunset, a leopard in the zoo, or a pop star on a faraway stage. The new lens offers outstanding clarity of detail, high contrast and high resolution at any aperture. This mix of attributes makes it the perfect choice for portraits in advertising, fashion and lifestyle, as well as for landscape and reportage photography.

After putting the lens through its paces in New York, Magnum photographer Christopher Anderson was clearly impressed: “I am delighted with the performance of this new lens. It is relatively compact for a telephoto lens. Its image resolution and quality are outstanding, and there is a touch of magic in the way the light is refracted by the lens elements. I took some amazing photos, including some in poor light conditions.”

The Apo Sonnar T* 2/135 can capture subjects up to a scale of 1:4. It has been built based on Carl Zeiss’s proven “floating elements” design. A special variable arrangement of the lens elements delivers excellent images over the entire focusing range, from 0.8 meters to infinity. The compact telephoto lens features eleven elements in eight groups. Because this lens is an apochromat, chromatic abberations (axial chromatic abberations) are corrected with elements of special glass materials with anomalous partial dispersion. The chromatic aberrations are therefore significantly below the defined limits. Bright-dark transitions in the image, and especially highlights, are reproduced almost completely free of color artifacts.

As with all other SLR lenses in the ZE and ZF.2 series, the Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating as well as the sophisticated treatment of the elements’ edges with a deep-black special lacquer make the Apo Sonnar T* 2/135 resistant to reflections and stray light. Another advantage for the user is the large rotation angle of 268°, which enables ultra-precise focusing.

The Apo Sonnar T* 2/135 is equipped with an all-metal barrel, which enables long-lasting use with high-quality results. It will be available with F bayonet (ZF.2) and with EF bayonet (ZE).


Focal length135mm
Aperture rangef/2 -22
Lens elements/groups11/8
Focusing range0.80m (2.62ft) – infinity
Angular field**
18.7°/ 15.6°/ 10.5°
Coverage at close range**145 x 96 mm (close-up)
Image ratio at close range1 : 4 (close-up)
Filter threadM 77 x 0,75
Length with caps128mm (ZF.2)
130mm (ZE)
Weight920g (ZF.2)
930g (ZE)
MountsZF.2 (F bayonet)
ZE (EF bayonet)
Price€1.600 or US$2.000


Sample images

Purchase options

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