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

reviewer#6718 date: Jan-9-2010
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 used to own this lens
compared to:135/2.8
Min and CZ 85/1.4s
Minolta 80-200 HS
price paid:Ł1050
negative:A bit bulky next to Minolta primes.
comment:Amazing lens. Second to none. I can't fault it in any way.
AF is slower than the Minolta primes, because it has a lot more glass to move. But it is faster and quieter than the CZ 85 - fast enough for anything but sports..

IQ is in a league of its own, much cleaner than anything I've seen before.
Pictures are beautiful. No CA to speak of, colurs are perfect, sharpness and contrast wide open are unbelievable. Ace lens for easy portraits on A900.

Best tele I've ever used.

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