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

reviewer#5654 date: Jul-6-2009
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:Sigma EX DG 105mm
price paid:1100 Euro (new)
positive:Very sharp
Excellent color reproduction
No lens disortation
No vignetting
negative:No AF indicator (but that's not possible due to the apodization element)
comment:The 135 STF is a speciality lens. The STF does what it is designed for excellent. It's all about bokeh.

The STF is not a every day walk around lens. You need time when using this lens. It is not designed for fast action.

In many situations a tripod helps a lot. Also a bright viewfinder like in the 7D, A700 and A900 helps for easier finding focus. I woud recommend this lens only for cameras with 12MP or higher.

With 6MP cameras you are losing a lot of details due to "low" MP.

When you taking some time working with this lens, you will be rewarded with outstanding pictures.

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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