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

reviewer#11603 date: Jan-13-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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:None. Not much like it.
price paid:1400.00
positive:Build quality is top notch, Good sharpness at all apertures
negative:Terrible purple fringing wide open and a few stops slower, I mean i had to do the lens correction in LR for every picture I have taken. I wouldn't have to do this if i was a photographer for the Minnesota Vikings.
Focal length.
comment:I'm kind of on the fence with this lens. I think it is best suited for still life photography because I haven't been able to get a properly focused shot shooting anything with moderate to a lot of movement. Maybe this lens is better on full frame A99 but not great results with A77.
I would think for the price you pay for Zeiss you would get a near flawless lens. No SSM, purple fringing, yuck.

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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