Sony 135mm F2.8 T4.5 STF A-mount lens review by 6tyNine
|6tyNine#8519 date: Jan-13-2011|
flare control: 3
|ownership:||I used to own this lens|
|compared to:||Minolta: 35/1.4, 50/2.8, 58/1.2, 85/1.4, 200/2.8|
|price paid:||$1,695 CAD after tax|
|positive:||Solid build. beautiful colour, sharp.|
|negative:||Slow, slow, slow. Thick DOF. A hint of purple fringing. Macro mode drawing style in terms of transitions to OOF areas.|
|comment:||I have no opinion on distortion or flare. Wasn't an issue and didn't notice it.|
This lens is matches the 35G, 85G and 200G in terms of build, colour, tones, saturation, drawing style and contrast and should be a "G" lens in my book.
But the combination of slow maximum aperature combined with long focal length gives this lens less than ideal practicality. Anything but a sunny summer afternoon would require bumping up the noisy ISO more than a few notches.
I was interest in the STF's 1:4 marginal macro capability, however was a bit dissappointed. The transition to out-of-focus areas was not to my liking.
For non-macro shooting, while bokeh is uniquely soft and smooth, perceived DOF can be thicker than I hoped.
In the end, it was too similar to my 85G and 200G, the main difference was trading the lack of harsh bokeh highlights for slow aperature, to justify owning.