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

reviewer#4266 date: Oct-21-2008
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 200/2.8HS G
Tamron 90/2.8 Macro
Sony 70-200/2.8 SSM G
price paid:
positive:Sharp Sharp Sharp
Fast Fast Fast
Beautiful Images
All Metal Build
Shallow DOF
negative:No SSM
Shallow DOF
comment:Two pounds of glass and metal combine to create magic.
If you're used to the old Minolta "fast and light" primes like the 200/2.8 you're going to be in for a shock, but it does share one characteristic with its older step-brother... this lens is usable wide open and takes fantastic pictures. A bit long for traditional portraiture on the APS-C crop, it's a perfect length for candid or travel shooting. Lack of SSM and slightly sluggish focusing is the only significant downside.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 115
  • sharpness: 4.99
  • color: 4.90
  • build: 4.77
  • distortion: 4.98
  • flare control: 4.95
  • overall: 4.92 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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