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

reviewer#44282 date: May-6-2019
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:Minolta 80-200mm f/2.8 APO HS G
Minolta 100mm f/2.8 1:1 macro
These both have pretty nice bokeh in my opinion, but not as nice as the STF
price paid:~US$1000 (new)
positive:What more can be said? This lens *is* the bokeh master, the cream machine! Wonderfully sharp, dreamy out of focus rendering, and no vignette or significant distortion to speak of.
negative:Manual focus only, and the T4.5 transmission value mean its better to use with a tripod and still subjects, but it was never designed as an action lens
comment:Simply amazing lens that produces the most tasty gooey melty background blur ever. A pity Sony (and Minolta) didn't make STF lenses at 50mm, 85mm, 100mm for A-mount.

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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