Sony 135mm F2.8 T4.5 STF A-mount lens review by livinginparadise
|livinginparadise#10138 date: Apr-23-2012|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Beercan, Sigma 70-200 /2.8 Macro|
Minolta 100 Macro
|price paid:||950 $Australian|
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