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

reviewer#10336 date: Jun-26-2012
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Canon 135 F2 L
price paid:$1100 (used)
positive:Sharp, smooth bokeh, excellent color and contrast
negative:not SSM, not weather seal
comment:Sharp wide open, smooth bokeh, excellent color and contrast. Relatively short minimum focus distance. Focus is quite fast even it is screw driven. Maybe 135mm is easier to make, similar to the Canon one, I can't find any fault as well. If you like this focal length, then this is the lens.
My minor complaints are that it is not SSM, and not weather sealed.

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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