Zeiss Apo Sonnar 135mm f/2 ZE First Impressions (by The Phoblographer)

Video above: Michael Schiehlen, Sales Director at Carl Zeiss, introduces the new tele lens Apo Sonnar T* 2/135.

The Phoblographer had the opportunity to briefly test the new Zeiss Apo Sonnar 135mm f/2 ZE lens (Canon mount) on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. As expected first impressions of this high end lens are totally positive. Sample shots are provided. Quoting The Phoblographer:

As a slightly long portrait lens or for non-macro closeups the Zeiss 135mm f/2.0 is an upper class contender. It is super sharp with the typical micro-contrast that Zeiss optics give, and it also provides a clinically clean and beautiful look that is valued by many photographers willing to pay top dollar for what they put in front of their camera sensor. In fact, when a Zeiss lens is put on a Canon body, it only seems like the white balancing right out of the camera just becomes better vs actual Canon glass. We’re looking forward to putting this one through its pace

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Zeiss Apo Sonnar 135mm f/2 ZE First Impressions
Image credit: The Phoblographer

 

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Want The Canon EOS M Now And For Less? DigitalRev May Be Your Best Choice (if you live in Europe)

Want The Canon EOS M Now And For Less? DigitalRev May Be Your Best Choice

While neither Amazon (maybe by third party sellers) nor Adorama or B&H have Canon’s supersmall mirrorless camera, the EOS M, in stock and ready to ship, Hong Kong based DigitalRev’s online shop has various EOS M kits and bundles on sale and all are ready to ship. But there is more than just a well organized shop having the EOS M in stock. DigitalRev’s prices are absolutely competitive: around €200 less than what you would pay if shopping in other, EU-based online shops. And shipping is free. Some examples.

  • The Canon EOS M with EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is sold to customers in Germany for €644.80, to Italy for €644.80 and to the UK for £464 (click here)
  • The Canon EOS M with the EF-M 22mm f/2 and the EF/EF-S adapter is sold to customers in Germany for €683.65, to Italy for €700.60 and to the UK for £509 (click here)
  • The Canon EOS M with EF-M 18-55mm and EF-M 22mm and Speedlite 90EX is sold to Germany for €785, to Italy for €805, to the UK for £ 579 (click here)

I chose three EU countries for the example, but prices should be more or less the same for other EU countries.

How does this work? I was so curious that I decided to contact DigitalRev and to ask them. DigitalRev assured me that for almost all European countries the listed prices are comprehensive of all import taxes and customs handling fees. When checking out you will see (either hoovering over the price with the mouse, or below the price) a sentence like “No Import Tax/Duty to Pay: Any import tax/duty charged will be billed directly us“. If you get this on check-out, then everything is fine and the listed price is all you will have to pay (e.g. €644 for the first kit in the list above).

Let me recap this: For those countries that are offered with “No Import Tax/Duty to Pay” the prices are comprehensive of all custom taxes and import handling fees: DigitalRev assured me by email that if for any chance a customer is charged for additional taxes upon receiving the ordered items, she or he may contact DigitalRev and ask for reimbursement. So, you shouldn’t run into any nasty surprises when the ordered items enter your country. I have been told that this is applicable to almost all European countries. Things may be different for the US (due to different tax laws among states), no problems of any kind if you are in Asia. However, and wherever you are located, to be sure you just have to verify it before checking out. Look out for “No Import Tax/Duty to Pay” and you should be fine. I know from customers in the UK that everything worked as expected for them. There are many different EOS M bundles on sale at DigitalRev, check it out here.

Supercharged Canon EOS 5D Mark III Bundle For $3800

Supercharged Canon EOS 5D Mark III Bundle For $3800

Top rated ebay seller getitdigital has a supercharged Canon EOS 5D Mark III kit for $3,800 (click here to check the deal). The picture above gives an idea of the items in the bundle (the last two items come with every 5D3, do not count them). None of the lens is “L” grade (three lenses are Canon, one is image stabilized), yet a good and powerful starter kit that includes anything you need to leverage your photographic creativity. For a price that's just $300 more than the price the 5D Mark III had when it was released.

 

Here They Are: Canon’s New EF 24-70mm f/4L IS and EF 35mm f/2 IS Lenses (specs and images leaked)

As expected, these are the lenses Canon will soon announce, both image stabilized: EF 24-70mm f/4L IS and EF 35mm f/2 IS. The EF 24-70mm f/4L IS will be the Canon EOS 6D's kit lens (great!).

EF 24-70mm f/4L IS specifications:

  • 15 elements in 12 groups, two aspherical lens, lens configuration sheet 2 UD lens
  • 9-blade circular aperture
  • Weather sealing
  • Full-time manual focus
  • Can switch to macro mode at the telephoto end
  • 0.2m minimum focusing distance, 0.7 times the maximum magnification
  • Hybrid IS Image Stabilizer
  • 77mm filter size
  • 600g weight, 93mm length, 83.4mm in diameter
  • Released in early December 2012
  • Expected price in Japan is ¥145 000 (including tax) – should be aroud $1800, probably less in the US

EF 35mm f/2 IS specifications:

  • 10 sheets in 8 groups, the lens structure is molded glass aspherical lens
  • 8 blade circular aperture
  • 4 stops image stabilization
  • AF motor ring USM, full-time manual focus
  • 67mm filter size
  • 62.6mm length, 77.9mm maximum diameter, 335g weight
  • Released in early December 2012
  • Expected price is Japan ¥74 000 (including tax) – should be around $900

As you can see, both lenses are expected before the end of 2012.

Source: digicame-info