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

reviewer#5698 date: Jul-14-2009
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:
price paid:
positive:Sharp, extremely well made, handles very well, spectacular out of focus areas.
negative:No autofocus, terrible in lower light, range on APS-C, expensive.
comment:I rented this lens for three weeks and really enjoyed it. The weight and handling of the lens are really nice and the focusing ring is well weighted. The build quality is stellar and feels a good cut above the 24-70 and on par with some of the older high-end Minolta glass. More importantly the results are stunning and the out of focus areas this thing renders give its output a 3D feel. The infocus areas are also quite sharp. The big downside is that it is a very slow lens which when combined with it being a 135mm makes it almost useless for any sort of indoor or lowlight work. The lack of AF also limits it but for the type of work it is designed for that isn't a huge issue. What is somewhat of an issue is that unless you have an FF viewfinder it can be hard to get your focus perfect wide-open. I find it a great lens to play with and as fun a lens to use as any i've tried but were I to choose between it and the 135 1.8 i'd probably go for the 135 1.8 because of the far greater versatility.

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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