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

reviewer#3629 date: May-26-2008
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:Sony 70-200 G SSM
price paid:950 EUR (quasi-new)
Fully usable wide open
Beautiful bokeh
comment:Awesome, awesome lens. Get it if you can! Fully usable at wide open.

The only downside are the longitudinal CA's. They're generally hard to compensate for in LR. Stopping down a little, of course, solves problem, or just go B/W.

The Sony 70-200 G lens virtually does not suffer from that problem. I've made a direct comparison of the two lenses here:

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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