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

reviewer#11359 date: Oct-1-2013
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:Sony 85mm f/1.4 ZA
Minolta 200mm f/2.8 HS APO G
price paid:1100 USD open box
Background control
72mm filters.
negative:The STF function is 100% manual, but I knew what I bargained for.
Not really a good lens for being indoors.
I wish the hood was not plastic, but it is at least good plastic.
comment:Before buying this lens, try to know what you are getting first. This thing is everything I bargained for. It makes my work look like it has melted oil painting backgrounds. I've used it on an A99, A77 and A900. On the A77 you really need to be outside and with good light or posted on a tripod with a fairly still subject or you'll risk being above ISO 400 and ISO 800 really ruins the shots on the A77. Since the A99 and A900 have decent ISO 800-1600+ you can work with a little less light. Wide open this lens looks pretty darn good. Play around with the STF and you get a better idea of what your shot is going to look like. On the A99 and A77, the EVF is spot on and Focus Peaking really makes the biggest weakness of this lens manageable.

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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