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    Lightweight and/or compact 135mm for A7R

    Does anyone have any recommendations for a lightweight and/or compact 135mm or longer prime lens for use on a A7R (or A7S for that matter).

    Lightweight is fairly key as my back problems are now so acute that I really can't lift monster lenses.

    Does such a thing even exist?

    I can just about use the FE 90/2.8 but a bit longer for some purposes would be good.

    Thanks for advice.

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    Re: Lightweight and/or compact 135mm for A7R

    Louis, I am very happy with my Voigtlander Super-Dynarex 135/4 ... very compact and very light, while still excellent image quality, IMHO ...
    I use it on my E-M1, a 4/3 camera, but since it was developed to be on 35mm cameras, it should also work on your FF Sony ...
    Mount adapters are easy to find on EBay ...

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    Re: Lightweight and/or compact 135mm for A7R

    If you don't mind 4 and manual focus, the classic Leica 135mm Elmar M is very small (and very inexpensive). I regretted selling mine almost immediately.

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    Re: Lightweight and/or compact 135mm for A7R

    a7r | Olympus Zuiko Auto-T 3,5/135 mm

    I own that lens. It is so light, that you can always take it with you.


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    Re: Lightweight and/or compact 135mm for A7R

    Zeiss Contax Yashica 135/2.8. Surprising small and light for a SLR lenses of its focal length and speed.
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    Re: Lightweight and/or compact 135mm for A7R

    Quote Originally Posted by f 1,0 View Post
    a7r | Olympus Zuiko Auto-T 3,5/135 mm

    I own that lens. It is so light, that you can always take it with you.
    Another vote for the OM 135/3.5 - it is light and excellent IQ

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    Re: Lightweight and/or compact 135mm for A7R

    Quote Originally Posted by f6cvalkyrie View Post
    Louis, I am very happy with my Voigtlander Super-Dynarex 135/4 ... very compact and very light, while still excellent image quality, IMHO ...
    I use it on my E-M1, a 4/3 camera, but since it was developed to be on 35mm cameras, it should also work on your FF Sony ...
    Mount adapters are easy to find on EBay ...

    Good luck,
    Rafael
    Thanks, I will check it out. Dumb question this but what mount adapter would I need exactly?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEvangelist View Post
    If you don't mind 4 and manual focus, the classic Leica 135mm Elmar M is very small (and very inexpensive). I regretted selling mine almost immediately.

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    Mike, did that work well on the A7R? It was a favourite of mine at one time... I maybe should have thought of that myself.

    Quote Originally Posted by f 1,0 View Post
    a7r | Olympus Zuiko Auto-T 3,5/135 mm

    I own that lens. It is so light, that you can always take it with you.


    I'll check it out, thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by HiredArm View Post
    Zeiss Contax Yashica 135/2.8. Surprising small and light for a SLR lenses of its focal length and speed.
    Again, apologies for the naive question but what mount adapter would I need? Is it straight Contax?

    Many thanks for the responses. I should have stated I was only expecting to get a manual lens.

    My problem is that while I like the 70-200 I just bought it is too big and heavy for me because of a recurring back problem. I think I am going to have to sell it but I would at least like a fixed length lens for 135-150, or even 200mm if it was small enough.

    Thanks again

    LouisB

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    Re: Lightweight and/or compact 135mm for A7R

    It really depends on what you need it for, but I think the Minolta AF 135mm 2.8 is highly underrated, especially for portraits. It's sharp in the center wide open, though CA is a bit heavy at that aperture. F4 is the sweet spot for portraiture, and f8 for landscapes. It's got great contrast and a classic Minolta color signature.

    Even with an la-ea4 the combination still weighs less than the CY 135 2.8. They don't call it the pocket rocket for nothing!

    Here's a 100% crop at f4, though you would see basically the same at f2.8.

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    ^^^^ Tom, very impressive! ^^^^

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    Re: Lightweight and/or compact 135mm for A7R

    Quote Originally Posted by biglouis View Post
    Mike, did that work well on the A7R? It was a favourite of mine at one time... I maybe should have thought of that myself.
    I sold it when I got rid of my Leicas. But it was a pretty good performer on the M9 and M240, so I imagine it would do well on any of the A7 family.

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    Re: Lightweight and/or compact 135mm for A7R

    I would love a lens in this category also. I did own the Minolta 135 2.8. It was fast to focus (with adapter) and very sharp. Unfortunately facing the sun it suffered from very low contrast. This was never a problem in other situations.

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    Re: Lightweight and/or compact 135mm for A7R

    I sold my Leica 135mm for the Voigtlander APO-Lanthar 180mm f/4 SL. The lens is no longer made but it is extremely small and light for 180mm. Optically extremely sharp even wide open. You can find on eBay for 900 to 1200 dollars. I have the Nikon mount in case I want to use on the D810. A little bit of vignetting at f4. Not bad for an old lens in terms of CA. T

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    Re: Lightweight and/or compact 135mm for A7R

    Quote Originally Posted by JMaher View Post
    I would love a lens in this category also. I did own the Minolta 135 2.8. It was fast to focus (with adapter) and very sharp. Unfortunately facing the sun it suffered from very low contrast. This was never a problem in other situations.
    A fare point - it's definitely showing its age in that regard. I just wish Sony (or someone) would release an updated e-mount version. Screw drive lenses are too noisy!

    I used to have an old Canon ltm 135 f3.5. It was tack sharp throughout the frame, but in every other respect wasn't much fun to use. Still, it was great for landscapes...

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    Re: Lightweight and/or compact 135mm for A7R

    How about Carl Zeiss Jena MC Sonnar 135mm (M42) f/3.5? It is 430g with 1m mfd. Here is a review:
    http://slrlensreview.com/web/reviews...35-lens-review

    This was shot on nex 6 with speed booster:
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    Re: Lightweight and/or compact 135mm for A7R

    There's the Canon FD 135/2.8 as well to consider. It's 395g and 78mm. I've considered getting a manual 135mm as well but are waiting to see what's going to come out as surely it's going to be a focal length that's in a future lens announcement.

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    Re: Lightweight and/or compact 135mm for A7R

    Louis, Contax Yashica is the mount. No flex (and others) make adapters for them. The lens should cost in the $2-300 range tops in excellent or mint condition.
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    Re: Lightweight and/or compact 135mm for A7R

    The OM 135/3.5 can be had for cheap. I got one in like new condition and the original case from KEH for $65. I just sold it on FM for $55 - lens was good on an A7RII even wide open (with a bump in contrast at f5.6) but I just didn't get along with 135mm and decided to use the FE 70-200 in that range and get a small fast prime in the 85-100 range for travel light kit and portraiture.

    The built in lens hood is nice particularly given the OM's propensity to flare.
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    Re: Lightweight and/or compact 135mm for A7R

    Quote Originally Posted by f 1,0 View Post
    a7r | Olympus Zuiko Auto-T 3,5/135 mm

    I own that lens. It is so light, that you can always take it with you.
    Dito - this little Zuiko is very nice. All these lower f-stop Zuikos are little gems. Grab them as long as they are still cheap. Here is my little collection of
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    Re: Lightweight and/or compact 135mm for A7R

    I exchanged my Zuiko 135/3.5 (which was indeed very nice) for a Zuiko 135/2.8. Only slightly larger, also a built-in hood and slightly sharper/less CA vs. my copy of the 3.5. Might be down to sample variation so YMMV.

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    Re: Lightweight and/or compact 135mm for A7R

    You could also try the old EBC Fujinon T 135 in either 2.5 or 3.5. I have the fuji mount version with an adaptor for the A7 but they were also available in m42 mount. Plenty of threads on the net about them, fantastic value @ sub $100.
    I just prefer the 100mm focal length and the C/Y Planar 100 f2 is my choice followed very closely by the lighter and slightly smaller C/Y Sonnar f3.5 which is also stunning.
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    Re: Lightweight and/or compact 135mm for A7R

    @serhan that is a fantastic cat portrait!!! Love the rich color and pose.

    @f1,0 @shac and all those who vote for the Zuiko 3.5/135 ... does the filter thread rotate when focusing? @serhan what about your MC Sonnar?

    Any of you tested these lenses on the new A7R II ?

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    Re: Lightweight and/or compact 135mm for A7R

    I have the sonnar contax 135mm 2.8 and it's tremendously sharp... It's actually quite nice it has a built in hood and I have the 2x zeiss adapter..
    It does have an interesting focus shift, which IMHO makes it a better landscape lens over a portrait lens
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    Re: Lightweight and/or compact 135mm for A7R

    Thanks. The filter thread on Jena 135 3.5 MC does not rotate. However lens extends during focusing. More info on the lens:
    http://aflenses.net/id/21982

    Quote Originally Posted by Massimo View Post
    @serhan that is a fantastic cat portrait!!! Love the rich color and pose.

    @f1,0 @shac and all those who vote for the Zuiko 3.5/135 ... does the filter thread rotate when focusing? @serhan what about your MC Sonnar?

    Any of you tested these lenses on the new A7R II ?

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    Re: Lightweight and/or compact 135mm for A7R

    Quote Originally Posted by Massimo View Post
    @f1,0 @shac and all those who vote for the Zuiko 3.5/135 ... does the filter thread rotate when focusing?
    Any of you tested these lenses on the new A7R II ?
    I don't have mine anymore, but as far as I remember it didn't turn when focusing.
    I've not tried the 135/3.5 (or 135/2.8) on the A7RII, but I did try the Zuiko 100/2.8 on it.
    Worked great, here's a candid portrait example at iso 12800:

    I think the 135's would do equally well.

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