Sony Carl Zeiss 135mm F1.8 ZA Sonnar T* A-mount lens review by PaulinUK99999

reviewer#5277 date: Apr-22-2009
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:
price paid:Ł950
positive:Sharp; beautiful bright colours. 77mm filter.
Solid feel so ideal in a tough environment or studio.
negative:Fixed length too long as portrait lens on APS-C.
Not SSM - but not a major problem.
Fixed length and weight mean not a first travel walkabout choice.
comment:I have had this lens nearly a year now and it still amazes me with its clarity and feel everytime I pick it up. Very sharp; beautiful colours and a confidence about it.
Its too long (imo) as a portrait lens on an APS-C camera and lacking SSM, but if taking time and care with a static subject then that doesn't matter.

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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