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

reviewer#9378 date: Sep-1-2011
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:85mm F2.8, 70-300G
price paid:749UKP(new)
positive:Well built, sharp, bokeh.
negative:Manual focus. Effectively 200mm equivalent on APS-C.
comment:Lives up to its reputation. Very sharp.

It's easy to see why there are so many flower and plant shots with this lens - as these display its ability to declutter the background (and foreground). It's a pity it doesn't focus closer. It would make a great macro.

I find it a bit of a struggle to manual focus on a A700. There's no focus confirmation. A cheap Seagull 2.3x flip up focus magnifier from Hong Kong (looks suspiciously like the Sony equivalent) helps solve this problem but slows down composition of shots.

So using this lens is a different experience in terms of pace of work and its abilities.

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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