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

reviewer#7129 date: Mar-21-2010
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:Minolta 135 f/2.8, Sony STF, Sony 70-200 SSM.
price paid:
negative:Heavy, big, expensive, bokeh wide open a tiny bit busy.
comment:Simply put: one of the best lenses money can buy, any brand.

But: almost all 135mm are quite good. Compared to the old and much smaller Minolta 135 f/2.8 the two lenses are not that easy to tell apart from f/5.6 onwards. From a pure photographic point of view, if you don't shoot in available light, you don't really need this lens. From a purely emotional, unreasonable point of view, it just is like buying a luxury watch or pen...

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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