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

reviewer#10138 date: Apr-23-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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:Beercan, Sigma 70-200 /2.8 Macro
Minolta 100 Macro
price paid:950 $Australian
3D effect
negative:Manual focus
Loss of light
comment:This is a LOVELY lens. Bokeh is in a class of it's own (well maybe the nikon 100/135 DC are comparible). Compared at times the difference between the STF and a normal lens feels like the difference between a normal lens and a reflecter. 3D effect is outstanding - in certain situations this lens does a brilliant job when any other lens (even the 100/135 DC) would be absolutely lame.

Problems with this lens:

Dissatisfaction with all my other lenses.

Sometimes a little bit of "bad" bokeh in distant highlights can be good.

Useless for people inside - too dark.

I find manual focussing with the optical viewfinder (A580) at 2.8 extremely unreliable. If theres something with high contrast focussing is much easier - sadly most stuff you photograph ith this lens is harder to focus on than printing on a page. Mostly I use this on a tripod with live veiw to focus.

This lens is a very stong arguement for an electronic view finder with focus peaking - it's made me into an EVF convert - now will buy the A99 even if a FF with OVF comes out.

I can confirm - Focus peaking makes an amazing difference to this lens - FF is a LOT nicer than APS for field of view

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania