Sony Carl Zeiss 135mm F1.8 ZA Sonnar T* A-mount lens review by Panito
|Panito#1548 date: Dec-18-2006|
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|ownership:||I have experience with this lens|
|compared to:||Minolta AF 85/1.4G(D)|
Minolta AF 135/2.8
Minolta AF 200/2.8 APO G HS
Minolta AF 100/2.8 Macro RS
|price paid:||1300 €|
|positive:||Very very sharp wide open|
Color and contrast are just wonderfull
Fast AF and very accurate even in low light
Construction (hey, it's a Zeiss)
Minium focus distance very confortable (72cm)
|negative:||Heavy for a 135mm|
|comment:||This Carl Zeiss come from another planet. It's heavy, it's massive, it's all in metal, the front element is really impressive (77mm), and its size is bigger than the 200/2.8 (the 135/2.8 compared to the CZ looks like a lensbaby). |
It is incredibly sharp wide open (the sharpest lens wide open I ever seen). Color and contrast are excellent. And the bokeh is so smooth (maybe very closed from the STF), it might be the most beautiful bokeh of all minolta AF lenses.
The AF is very fast and very accurate. It does not hesitate on the subject even in low light. I am still very impressed after using it for one month. Images are simply superb.
Its 1.8 aperture make an ideal tool for sports, action, concert, and everything else in low light. You can also take some very closed portrait thanks to its 72cm minimum focal distance (vs 85cm for the 85/1.4, and 100cm for the 100/2).
Definitly the best lens I ever have.