Sony Carl Zeiss 135mm F1.8 ZA Sonnar T* A-mount lens review by Nas79

reviewer#10301 date: Jun-14-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
price paid:$1700.00 (New)
positive:Very sharp
Solid build
negative:Purple fringing (F1.8)
Focus ring play
AF Auto clutch grabs focus ring at times
comment:I love this lens although it is not perfect. It is very quick on my A77 and very accurate.

The image quality is like nothing I have ever seen before. The Bokeh is beautiful and what is is focus is razor sharp. I also like the way it handles colors.

I have noticed some purple fringing when stopped down to F1.8 in high contrast situations. I find it relatively easy to remove however with Lightroom.

I also have noticed that when you hold the focus ring and it is in Autofocus the autoclutch doesn't always disengage and it turns the ring in your hand. Im not sure if it is because it is new but will be watching it.

I saved for almost a year to get this glass and am not in any way dissapointed.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 118
  • sharpness: 4.99
  • color: 4.91
  • build: 4.76
  • distortion: 4.97
  • flare control: 4.94
  • overall: 4.91 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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