Sony 135mm F2.8 T4.5 STF A-mount lens review by mob81

reviewer#9014 date: May-13-2011
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:
price paid:$1249 NEW
positive:Sharp, Build, COLOR, Rendering, BOKEH, BOKEH, BOKEH, BOKEH, BOKEH
negative:No focus confirmation of any type! :(
comment:This Lens is magic! really seeing images on the internet only getting your excitement starting. Once you use it you'll be stunned "Assuming you get your subject within focus". The way it renders the out of focus area is amazing and complement your subject big time. I JUST LOVE IT.

I tried it first with Sony a700 which I got 1/3 of the images I took was in perfect or acceptable focus! Really there is no focus confirmation at all! but I wanted to use it with 35mm film camera anyway. So I mounted on my Dynax 7 and out of the 36 exposures I used 32 exposures with the STF lens. I got 29 or so PERFECTLY FOCUSED....WOW
The big viewfinder really makes that much different (TO ME) when focusing this Bad Boy :)

I didn't find any problem with flare or any other problem, So I gave it perfect 5 on every thing (unless there was ease of use option :)!


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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