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    Sharpest medium-long lens

    I need to rent a lens for a single picture. I'm looking for the sharpest lens at infinity in the 120 to 135mm range. Ideally something not too exotic, because I'd like to be able to rent it in NYC. The local places don't have as wide a selection as the mail order places.

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    Re: Sharpest medium-long lens

    the Zeiss 135 /2 Zf.2 is the sharpest lens in that range

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    Re: Sharpest medium-long lens

    +1 and I'll add a +2 as well. Lol
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    Re: Sharpest medium-long lens

    Another +1 on the 135/2 APO - it spoils you.

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    Re: Sharpest medium-long lens

    The other is obviously the 200 f2. Screaming lens
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    Re: Sharpest medium-long lens

    I see a lot of good things said about the 105 DC and 135 DC as well.

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    Re: Sharpest medium-long lens

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    +1 and I'll add a +2 as well. Lol
    I'll see you +2 and raise you a couple more...LOL! Definitely the Zeiss 135mm f2 ZF2.

    As Guy mentioned, if you can extend your focal length out to 200mm, then the Nikon 200 f2 is without question the sharpest lens in this range for a Nikon DSLR.

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    Re: Sharpest medium-long lens

    I am curious to know that 135mm Zeiss or 200mm Nikon is sharper? And Also wanted to know 70-200 f4 vr is comparable with this Zeiss 135mm? I am planning to buy one lens, please help.

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    Re: Sharpest medium-long lens

    There's a cheaper alternative as well; the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 Macro, although slightly longer.
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    Re: Sharpest medium-long lens

    Quote Originally Posted by Oamkumar View Post
    I am curious to know that 135mm Zeiss or 200mm Nikon is sharper? And Also wanted to know 70-200 f4 vr is comparable with this Zeiss 135mm? I am planning to buy one lens, please help.

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    Hmmm tough question I owned all three. As far as the zoom no it's not better than the Zeiss 135mm. Now believe it or not the 135mm Zeiss I would say actually resolves more than the 200mm at F2. Yea the Zeiss is that good wide open. After that at 2.8 I would say its a coin toss between the 2. Reason I say at F2 the Zeiss is because it holds the contrast better so appearance is it is sharper. The bad part is I never owned them at the same time so really hard to give a definitive answer. Regardless these two are the best I have seen on my D800e and right behind it is the Sigma 35 1.4.

    I also owned the Sigma 150 as well. Great sharp lens but suffers a little with AF. Still a great lens.

    Geez having read what I just wrote I realize I really am a lens whore. LOL

    My wish list is the new Nikon 58mm . I would not mind having the new Sigma zoom 24-105 for PR work. If it's anything like their other Art series lenses it should be stellar
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    Re: Sharpest medium-long lens

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    Hmmm tough question I owned all three. As far as the zoom no it's not better than the Zeiss 135mm. Now believe it or not the 135mm Zeiss I would say actually resolves more than the 200mm at F2. Yea the Zeiss is that good wide open. After that at 2.8 I would say its a coin toss between the 2. Reason I say at F2 the Zeiss is because it holds the contrast better so appearance is it is sharper. The bad part is I never owned them at the same time so really hard to give a definitive answer. Regardless these two are the best I have seen on my D800e and right behind it is the Sigma 35 1.4.

    I also owned the Sigma 150 as well. Great sharp lens but suffers a little with AF. Still a great lens.

    Geez having read what I just wrote I realize I really am a lens whore. LOL

    My wish list is the new Nikon 58mm . I would not mind having the new Sigma zoom 24-105 for PR work. If it's anything like their other Art series lenses it should be stellar
    Thanks Guy..! So I will go for the Zeiss lens.
    I ordered Sigma 35mm f1.4, and received a bad copy. it was very soft, my 50mm f1.8D lens resolves better details. So I returned the lens.

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    Re: Sharpest medium-long lens

    Most of my shoots are Jewellery with models or fashion shoots for advertisements.They blow up the image to huge billboards. So I have to narrow down the aperture to F8 or F11. I would like to know how Zeiss 135mm performs in that range too. Thanks.

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    Re: Sharpest medium-long lens

    It is extremely good at 5.6 and f8. It will handle exactly your needs there.
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    Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.

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    Re: Sharpest medium-long lens

    Hard to be disappointed with a 200F2, but that is not your desired focal length. I will add, that the Zeiss is all manual focus, for some shooting, that matters, making the 200 f2 the best AF 200mm probably on the planet. You have made a good decision on the Zeiss as Guy says, and he wouldn't steer you wrong.

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    Re: Sharpest medium-long lens

    Yes, I decided to go for the Zeiss 135. Thanks the suggestion.
    The review was great..! Thanks once again.

    Oam.

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