Sony Carl Zeiss 135mm F1.8 ZA Sonnar T* A-mount lens review by roweraay
|roweraay#7030 date: Mar-8-2010|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Canon 135mm f/2L USM|
CZ 85mm f/1.4ZA
|positive:||Mindblowing edge-to-edge performance on Full-frame.|
Being a tele-lens, there is zero detectable distortion.
No optical flaws that I can detect - just peerless optically !
Massive and unprecedented max aperture for a 135mm prime (which also adds to its weight/chunkiness).
|negative:||Big, chunky and heavy - par for the course for its Focal-length and the massive max aperture.|
Heavy metal hood (if they offered a cheaper plastic hood, I would gladly buy it).
|comment:||This lens is truly an asset to the Sony/Alpha mount. I have been using it for several months now, and find the images from it to be peerless. In the past, the Canon 135mm f/2L used to be my reference standard for a 135mm prime, but the Carl Zeiss 135mm has easily supplanted the "L".|
I have blown up several 25MP FF pictures shot with this lens, upto 24"x36" and they hang on the walls of several houses, including my own.
To be quite honest, if I had an option to replace the Full-metal hood of this lens with a lighter plastic hood, I would gladly do it. That is the only downside I see in the package that comes with the lens.
Bottomline, sheer edge-to-edge quality on the extremely challenging territory of the 25MP FF sensor. Optically, there is none better, in any other system. Truly an asset to the Alpha mount !