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

reviewer#7406 date: May-5-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sony 70-200mm f2.8 G SSM
Sony 85mm f1.4 ZA
Sony 100mm f/2.8 macro
Minolta 100mm f/2
Sony 135mm f2.8 (4.5) STF
Minolta 200mm f2.8 APO
price paid:
Accurate & relative fast focus
Perfect for MF
Lens-Hood in metal too heavy
comment:This lens is simply a joy to use. I own a very nice collection but I can say with assurance that this lens is my best lens ever.

I gave a 4 for Build rating as I find the lens hood not that much appropriate, would be better to have a carbon lens hood, and the lack of SSM.

I find myself using this lens very much between 1.8 and 2 and sometimes going at 2.8/4 , tried some landscape shots at 5.6, it's razor sharp.

Since I own this lens I don't use anymore my beloved Min. 200 2.8

I prefered this lens to STF, & don't regret a second the switch.
The bokeh is not as creamy but is still wonderful for a "normal" lens.

UPDATE : I'm now using the 70-200 G lens hood on the 135/1.8 ZA, it fits perfectly and it's much more practical to use with c.pol and less heavy. I found the perfect compromise :)

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania