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

reviewer#6583 date: Dec-14-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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:Beercan
price paid:1600 CDN
positive:Sharpness, especially micro contrast
negative:Price (Only before I purchased)
comment:I would have given a fractional rating (e.g. 4.5) for build if it was a choice , because of the common complaint of the fine pitch focus ring ribs. As it is not an option, I give it a 5 for build rather than a 4.

I bought this in Feb 09 and it has been flawless.. I have yet to experience lens wobble described in older posts and that is after (my guess) about 60 to 90 hours of use.

Heavy, yes Expensive, Yes Little noisy, Yes... But the way it renders the rays upon the focal plane defies description by words.

I also like the lack of SSM as I can use it on the 700si for a roll or 2 of film from time to time.

If I were limited to one lens for the a850.. Far and away, this would be the one..

Edit - Loose front element noticed Mar 2010 - Sent for repair Via Henry's Canada Late July '10, Picked up Mid Aug '10, Covered under warranty. Dropped build to 4 accordingly

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania