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

reviewer#11243 date: Jul-12-2013
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:
price paid:1500 AUS (new)
negative:Hunts in low light
comment:After a lot of research through website and through these reviews, i finally took the plunge. It does not disappoint at all and is the sharpest lens i own to date with the smoothest bokeh i have seen (other than the STF) straight out of the camera.

It is a heavy lens but balances well with the a99 + vertical grip (both batteries), however it makes for a heavy piece of kit all up. Focus peaking is great to use in low light with this lens in manual mode, as it tends to hunt in low light\contrast situations in auto focus.

No SSM.... well i can live with that for now. Its amazing when using this lens for a while then switching to a SSM lens, you really notice the difference in noise and AF speeds. But to be honest, it focuses quite fast on the a99 if there is good lighting.

Originally was tossing up between this lens and the cz 85 1.4, i obviously went the 135. My reasoning was that i had the Min 50 1.4, so the cz 85 would be a little too close in focal length to be as useful as the cz 135.

But i have to admit, i tested out the cz 85 1.4 at the shops as well and I'm definitely going to save up for that.

Overall, a must have lens and highly recommended!!!

rating summary

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  • 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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