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    Posted: 04 June 2019 at 07:34
After an acute attack of G.A.S. I have purchased an as new CZ 135mm f1.8 Sonnar ZA, and took it on a first test outing when I walked my daughter's dog this morning.
It's going to take some getting used to with respect to its characteristics and capabilities at various settings, but first impressions are pretty exciting.
Taken on a99ii, and EXIF embedded. C&C welcome.

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Magnolia bud by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Paper flower Bouganvillea Glabra by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Red autumn leaves by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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'Geneve' lacework shadows by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Golden autumn leaves by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Autumn berries by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Bird of Paradise flower by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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'Summer', the 2 year old Border Collie by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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I always loved this lens.
Apparently, it is in good hands here.
It delivers a fine separation of the subject and beautiful background
Congratulations on the 'faux pas' you made, giving in to G.A.S.

The super details against the soft background show in all shots.
Hard to pick a best So I have to go for the subject.
That means #7 and #8.

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I sold mine some time ago, but the signature is very recognisable.

I agree with Domien this one has again landed in good hands and they're all nice, but #6 is my absolute favourite with the repeating oof red shapes in the background.
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You will have a lot of fun with this lens, it is awesome! One of my favourite lenses. The character and build quality is outstanding. I use it one my A900. How does it pair with your A99II? AF should be considerably improved, especially AF-C. Eye-AF is also a huge plus.
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Hi Joe,

Surprise, surprise.....

Well - that's now two of us on a steep learning curve I guess; I suspect you might have more time on your hands than I have but let's see how we progress.

I think the shots presented here show the performance off very well; the OoF areas are a 'given' but also the fine level of detail it is capable of resolving as well - especially on an a99II.

One thing I've noticed with mine and, perhaps, it's slightly seen here in a few cases, is that some images can appear a little 'thin' (to use an old negative phrase) at first offering and benefit from a touch of either contrast or, as I tend to do, a small tweak in Curves in PS; it helps knock some of the highlights back a fraction but also helps in developing a richness to the medium and darker tones that can be a little lacking - especially in those shots taken at f/1.8 - 2.8 due to the large amount of light that gets onto the sensor I suspect. Try it with #'s 3 and 5 and see if it makes a difference for you?

either way, I suspect it's now in exceptionally good hands and surprising how we can have similar 'learning experiences' halfway round the World from each other!

Enjoy and best regards, Neil.
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Neil,
I have to admit my G.A.S. attack was triggered by my seeing your Hole hall flowers images taken with the copy of this lens you had recently bought from Clyde (@Photosopher). They looked almost 3D, with the subjects jumping out from their backgrounds.
I had long thought that setting my SAL70200G at 135mm would give me pretty much the same IQ, and was prepared to leave it at that.
However, I did have a look to see whether there might be any examples of this lens for sale on line, and found one here in Melbourne listed on eBay by a reputable seller who was migrating from a-mount to e-mount.
After reading lots of positive reviews and studying sample images, exchanging a few PMs with yourself, and having quite a bit of an internal wrestle, I lost!! But I'm thrilled with the acquisition.
Very early days obviously, but right from the start it's obvious that this lens is very special in its optical design and its IQ, in the way it can isolate its subject against dreamy Bokeh background. I'd have to say, it really is outstanding.
Despite its heft, I can see myself leaving it fitted to my a99ii for quite some time in the coming period, as I get familiar with its capabilities, and limitations. I'll look forward to sharing some images here as I go, and look forward as always to the C&C in return.

Thanks everyone for the encouraging feedback.
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It's going to be a fun ride.
Enjoy every minute of it
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My congratulations, Joe, for this new arrival on your lens shelf. And my condolences for another pulse of suffering from GAS. Maybe we can start a 12-step program. I would join, of course.

I am sure you will enjoy the lens. And now that you have one there will be every reason to exchange it for a Sony GMaster F/1.8 135mm as soon as you jump ship to e-mount! It's all preordained!
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"Maybe we can start a 12-step program. I would join, of course."

Step 1- buy the ZA 135mm 1.8.
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