Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM E-mount lens review by Cekari

reviewer#44283 date: May-7-2019
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:Sony FE 100mm 2.8 GM
Sony FE 90mm 2.8 G
Sony FE 100-400mm GM
price paid:$2347
positive:Supersharp, like 5+ at f1.8 even out in the corners.
Very fast AF, even faster than the 100-400 GM.
Fits the a7RIII as a glove, and feels just right when used with the battery grip.
negative:Not as nice bokeh as the 100mm STF, but very close.
Can't use Sony's TCs???
No OSS but seems to work very well with the IBIS.
comment:Love it.
Can use the Kenko AF Extension Tubes 10, 16 and 10+16mm and still very fast AF and exceptional sharpness.

Edit: Well, IBIS doesn't work well with both ETs on the camera. The 10mm works rather well, 16mm so so and both at closest distance... nope.
Guessing it's lack of OSS for this lens that make it like this.
Works almost flawless on my other FE lenses with OSS like:
FE 90mm Macro
FE 100 STF
FE 100-400 GM

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 6
  • sharpness: 5.00
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 4.83
  • overall: 4.97 - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania