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

reviewer#2782 date: Sep-26-2007
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:50mm F1.4 D
Sigma 24-135mm F2.8-4.5
135mm F2.8 (ABramley's)
price paid:Ł653 (new, imported)
positive:Beautiful images,
with a gorgeous build,
very bright.
negative:Hood attracts dust and the rubber is not good glued on very well
comment:My impressions from shooting this during daylight are that it's bokeh is dreamy, the colours and are great, and in-focus subjects are very sharp and very contrasty compared to their background.

The lens is a giant, for someone shooting primes, yet it is well worth it. The weight stabilises the lens when you are handholding it in low-light, and with the A100 I can shoot as slow as 1/20sec without camerashake.

The front element is pretty accessible, so I recommend either using the hood or a filter to protect that.

EDIT: Using this lens on the Sony A700 is a breeze; the two were made for each other. My only gripe is that they put the AF illuminator too close to the lens mount, whereas they could have shifted it further to the right. As such, the AF illuminator does not function with this lens.

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania