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Zeiss ZE 135mm f/2 vs. Canon 135mm f/2L

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We had a chance a few days ago to look at the first copy of the Zeiss 135mm APO-Sonnar CP.2 lens, but today received several copies of the 135mm APO-Sonnar in ZE (Canon) mount. I've been wanting to play with it personally, of course, but more to the point wanted the chance to test multiple [...]

First Look: Zeiss CZ.2 70-200mm T2.9

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Ah, as if the 70-200 zoom field wasn't crowded enough, with each camera maker having one or four along with the Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 VC and the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 OS, but Tyler decided we have to stock yet another one. So today I have to test yet another 70-200mm, the Zeiss 70-200 T2.9 CP.2. [...]

The Best Lens Bargains

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Increasing vision is increasingly expensive. - R. A. Janek (actually Michael Crichton) For the last year or so, it seems like almost every new lens release has been accompanied by sticker shock. The manufacturers are businessmen and they know when we've been salivating at the promise of a new wonder lens. They know we''ll be [...]

Roger Buys a Camera System: Refining My Choices

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In the earlier portions of this process, I have: 1) Gotten a quick idea about the relative importance of lens versus sensor resolution 2) Screened for camera systems that might meet my needs 3) Investigated the rough cost of candidate systems After some preliminary screening I had decided to investigate several full-frame and several APS-C [...]