Sony 135mm F2.8 T4.5 STF A-mount lens review by robertsmx

reviewer#10023 date: Mar-12-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 90mm/2.8
Minolta 200G APO HS

price paid:1100 USD (Used)
3D feel!
Magnification (1:4)
Did I say, bokeh AND sharpness?
negative:Some CA (wide open)
No MF confirmation (but non issue with Focus Peaking)
comment:Fantastic. Superb. Excellence. Perhaps the most underrated benchmark. The only downside would be lack of AF to most people and to many who are okay with MF but not so much without a focus confirm. This should not be an issue for people with MF assist features (as in EVF prescribed 7x-14x zoom).

And speaking of MF Assist, here is something I was not expecting: Focus Peaking works! So, my NEX-3 may see this lens quite a bit, a reason I got the NEX-3 was to use MF lenses. But, I had absolutely no trouble focusing with SLT-A55 via the EVF at all (not using the 7x-14x zoom).
This lens could even substitute for a macro lens, unless a magnification better than 1:4 is desired.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 43
  • sharpness: 4.90
  • color: 4.95
  • build: 4.84
  • distortion: 4.86
  • flare control: 4.77
  • overall: 4.86 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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