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

reviewer#7007 date: Mar-5-2010
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
price paid:Ł225 used.
And the look of every picture you take.
negative:Its so heavy you can feel the body of my A300 flexing!
And its not every focal length I'll ever need.
Plus you won't be happy with cheap glass ever again.
comment:I picked this up because it was too cheap to say no. No box or hood :(

I work in theatre and its been great for catching shots onstage in low light.
Its made taking good shots almost effortless. Its also great for candids. And I really like it for portaits too, the length ends up giving really intimate framing.
It makes me look like I know what I'm doing, I just wish it was 400mm or 50mm or 11mm or.... yeah... every lens I will ever need.

If I had the cash I would just buy every Zeiss lens because of this one.

Its damn heavy!

rating summary

lens image
  • 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
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