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

reviewer#7250 date: Apr-6-2010
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 85mm f/1.4 G D
- Minolta 135mm f/2.8
- Minolta 200mm f/2.8 APO HS G
- Sony Carl Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Planar T*
- Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro
- Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SSM G
price paid:
positive:- Razor sharp!
- Almost lateral CA-free, even wide open!
- Neutral Zeiss color (good for portrait).
- Deep hood, minimal flare.
- Excellent bokeh.
- Best construction (ALL metal) I've ever seen.
- Constant length when focusing.
negative:- Some axial or "bokeh" CA at very large aperture settings.
- Lack of SSM (doesn't affect my daily use though).
comment:This is THE crown jewel of current Sony Alpha DSLR lens lineup. I could only hope all lenses are built and perform in this high caliber.

Its only weakness might be a bit of axial or "bokeh" CA when using wide open (lateral CAs are very well controlled). But so is true for almost every other 85/135mm competitors.

It is also lack of SSM. But I don't find that makes much difference in my daily use.

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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