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

reviewer#45739 date: Jul-5-2021
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 70-400mm G1
Sony 70-400mm G2
Minolta 80-200mm G HS apo
Minolta 28-70mm G
Minolta 85mm f1.4 G D
Sony CZ 24-70mm SSM I
price paid:$1800 AUD (new)
negative:I guess the colour fringing (minor) at f1.8-2.0 range in some conditions
Front metal casing started to wobble and had to go for a repair - once taping updated - all good
comment:Echo the other comments already describing this lens. As soon as it was acquired I've really not used the Minolta 85 f1.4 G D; it's very versatile for photo art of plants and exceptional for portraiture. Definitely one of the best in the a-mount range. Goes great on Minolta film bodies as well.

rating summary

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  • 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